January was still a time of transition. We were settling into our new home in Provo. We were buying furniture, organizing our little house, and getting to know our new town.
In February, I was offered a job at a local bank doing marketing. Bear was busy teaching at UVU and was just beginning to figure out what he needed to do to start researching.
Ryan, one of our dearest friends came to visit. Bear and Ryan went skiing, we all went out to eat, and had a blast having him around.
March started to warm up and we took full advantage. We explored a lot of the trails around the area and hiked up to the 'Y' on the mountain.
April was a quiet month. We celebrated Easter with my Parents here in Provo. And someone hid easter eggs all around the yard for Shento to find.
In May we had some car problems and decided it was time to buy a new one. After many hours of test driving and researching, we finally decided on one to purchase. We took a road trip to Moab and almost got blown away with the wind gusts that were going through the canyon. After Moab we ventured onto Colorado to spend a long weekend with family.
June was a busy month. A lot of my family came into town and we enjoyed spending as much time with them as possible. We went out to lunch (and ice cream), went shopping, and had dinner outside in the summer sun.
Bear and I celebrated our 4 year wedding anniversary. We enjoyed a walk to the lake with Shento and an evening out at Maxwells Pizza.
In June I also celebrated my 26th birthday. Bear planned an entire day of events for me. We first went out to lunch at one of my favorite cafes, Gourmandise. They have they best peach dessert I have ever had. We later went to Tracy Aviary and had a great time looking at all the birds. We walked around the park, Bear went on the carnival swing, and we ended the day with slurpees.
July was filled with fireworks, fresh fruit and veggies from our farmers market, and watching Tyler Glenn from neon trees perform Tom Petty songs.
August was an end to a good summer. We took another road trip to Colorado to visit family and we had a blast. We went on a beautiful hike, had a bbq dinner with a live bluegrass band, and ate way too many chocolates from the local chocolate store.
In August my parents welcomed Sadie May to the family. The laberdoddle that stole our hearts from the moment we saw her. She became our entertainment for the next couple of months.
Our good friend Kenny came to visit. We explored Antelope Island and had a picnic lunch yards away from a heard of buffalo.
We celebrated Shento's birthday with a cake bake-off. Bear and I put our dog baking skills to the test. It was hysterical for us, but poor Shento had no idea what to do when we presented him with two cakes.
October was beautiful in Utah and we tried to take full advantage. The leaves were magnificent colors and we spent many weekends taking drives up the canyon and walking around Sundance. We went to a pumpkin patch and came home with a lot of pumpkins and squash.
December was magical. It was by far the best month out the entire year. Bear and I made an effort to enjoy the holiday season in Utah. And we did. Almost everyday we had some type of holiday activity planned.
However, the best part of December was spending the holidays in California with all my amazing family.