Lots and lots of things changed for me in 2013. Heck, I’ve done a lot of moving, friend-making and passport stamping since 2008. Ahhh, the adventures of a college student. Despite this, I want to sum of 2013 for yinz. Pray it’s my last year of a nomadic lifestyle? Pretend this is my Christmas card, will ya?
My first car, a 1995 Honda Civic died. I used my AAA membership twice within a few hours. The first time to get my car jumped and the second time because my engine was smoking… This was the end result.
The new car I decided on was a 2007 Ford Fusion. Got South Dakota plates and learned how to drive a manual. It’s the
dune pearl tan one on the right. I thought the snow would cover up the hail damage nicely. Did I mention this is the coldest winter I’ve ever experienced?
Zach and I traveled to Kansas City to visit this guy and his lovely wife (not pictured) for a long weekend.
My lovely roommates and I read Seven by Jen Hatmaker attempted to eliminate excess from our life.
I had three wedding showers in four weekends. Very thankful for all of the love I received through this time!
So glad I could travel to Pittsburgh for a shower and impromptu bachelorette party with some of my lifelong friends.
Caught up with some of my fellow PULSE alums at PULSEations 2013.
All of this despite the massive and devastating ice storm that hit Sioux Falls. Seriously, this was declared a state-wide emergency.
In May, Zach and I drove to Pittsburgh for our wedding.
Unfortunately, we had drove back to Sioux Falls the day after our wedding. Zach started his internship at East River Legal Services. I interviewed for a Marketing Coordinator for the Division of Continuing & Distance Education and the Graduate School at the University of South Dakota which I started toward the end of June.
We were lucky to find temporary housing in the upstairs apartment of a house.
On June 15, 2013, the Davelaar family added yet another member. Kim and Andy got married.
We grew a small garden on the only available plot of land, which I blogged about here.
I finished working at Starbucks and wrote about it here. Some memories of my last day:
Working at the University of South Dakota meant an hour commute to work each direction. We also knew we would be moving to Vermillion in the fall (more on that later). As a result, I commenced working with The Funding Farm.
We went camping with some friends in Yankton, South Dakota. It was very hot and humid. It might have ruined me for camping.
For a good portion of the summer, Zach and I played tennis, pick up soccer and sand volleyball in a summer league.
Just for fun, some photos of my in-laws farm.
We took our honeymoon to Riviera Maya, Mexico.
When we got back from Mexico, we began moving to Vermillion, home of the University of South Dakota. We currently live in Phi Kappa Theta where Zach is a fraternity graduate assistant. It sounds crazy, but we’ve grown to love the guys we live with. (Don’t worry – we have our own personal space and bathroom!) Here is an example of some of the fun we had during RUSH week.
Zach began his third, and final, year of law school.
We discovered “the beach” of Burbank. Can’t complain when you are this landlocked.
We spent much of the fall busy with school work and I refereed throughout South Dakota. As a result, we drove through Mitchell, South Dakota and visited the one and only Corn Palace.
October was full of intramural sports [flag football, soccer and coed basketball]
Some random photos from October.
And our first canning experience! Bring on 12 pints of homemade salsa.
Notes from TedXOmaha.
I took a side trip to visit my friend Joey in Denver, Colorado.
Zach and I drove to Chicago to spend Thanksgiving with my parents and family friends.
I turned 25.
And…. Christmas decorations!
It’s been a busy, busy year! I relearned the importance of reflecting. If I don’t take the time to think about what happened, it’s easy to forget what I learned. And, I learned the importance of rest.
Happy New Year!