Happy New Year!!!!

Sitting on the upper deck of the beach house sipping pink champagne, watching as brave souls down the beach shot off fireworks at the stroke of midnight, Dave and I began to discuss what a wonderful year of new adventures 2013 has been.

We have said goodbye to our old faithful suburban that we bumbled around in for the past 10 years and replaced with a smaller, new Buick Enclave.  Jessica, our youngest child, got married in April to Chambliss.  The end of May found Dave and I on the adventure of a lifetime in Peru checking off the number one item on my bucket list—Machu Picchu.  June found us in Miami sitting on a rooftop overlooking South Beach once again drinking champagne ringing in our 29th year of marriage. The summer was spent like every other summer on Longboat Key, sunning, golfing, and fishing but with the added fun of chasing down all things wedding for Christi.  The end of June found me in Phoenix during what was called the hottest week in history pretending I was a florist helping Christi pull together arrangements for her reception and getting the call from Matt telling me that he was intending to propose to Kathleen.  July found us on Cape San Blas, Florida searching for the perfect house on the beach.  September started with us signing the papers on our new beach house.   We spent the next month exploring our new summer home and the area surrounding it.  October found us in Moab, Utah standing on a bluff in the Arches National Park watching as Christi, our middle child, said “I Do” to Kenny.  Halloween, David’s favorite holiday, was celebrated 2 days in a row due to the threat of bad weather.  David fully embraced both days happy as a clam for the extension.  November found part of the Allen family gathered around the table for a wonderful Thanksgiving Dinner.  December our house was engulfed with the smells of chocolate and baking cookies.  Christmas found everyone except Christi and Kenny gathered around the Christmas tree.  The day after Christmas we were back on the road headed south, taking Dave’s parents down to their condo on Longboat Key to stay for the snowbird season.  December 30th we woke up alone for the first time since Dave’s parents moved in with us almost 4 years ago in our own beach house listening to the waves crash on the beach.

So with a clink of our glasses and a kiss for good luck we are off to see what amazing adventures await us 2014.

We wish you all a New Year full of family, fun and fabulous adventures!

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