It's hard to believe that a new year is here. A lot of changes in 2013 and fresh start for 2014. We have been a bit under the radar in December. We were doing the final packing of our 'dream house' to finally depart on December 14th. With a crew of amazing friends, we moved to our new abode and said good bye to a great chapter of our lives. I said my final good byes to the house on the 16th after a few days of wrapping things up and cleaning, but with all said and done, I am fine. It is, after all, just a house. We entertained and hosted many friends in our 5 years there. Lot's of good memories. It was an easy place to live. Built exactly for our needs. But we are just as happy in our new home and gradually finding new processes and systems. Eventually we will be 100% organized. I would say we are at about 80-85% right now.
I can't even recall the highlights of 2013 off the top of my head. I guess winning a national and world title in January would be one of them, but that seems forever ago.
My mom came to visit somewhere in there. Seems we need to take more pictures next time. There were also plenty of weekends hosting friends at the cabin, including Pam and her kids for spring break. And my sister had a baby back in MN. I didn't go visit, but got some great updates on Anna Maxine.
The beginning of summer began to look like many others. Lots of riding. And racing. But normality was disrupted at the end of June while I was in Bend racing the Blitz and dog sitting Frank, with the sad news that Ralph Butler was going into hospice. Tim and I were soon on a plane to Wichita. Tim's dad, Ralph Butler, passed away at the end of June. We had a nice long trip to Wichita with family, despite the sad circumstances.
All in all, 2013 was a good year. Lots of changes. Always adventurous. Taking life as it came to us. Making the best of all things. Isn't that what life is all about anyways? Never a dull moment and I am looking forward to 2014. I've set some resolutions. Some goals. I look forward to the challenges that are ahead. Happy New Year to you and thanks for coming along on my adventures with me. Cheers!