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12 December 2014

My Favorite Photos of this Year

I just found out that Chelsea and her husband are doing a 12x12x12 photo challenge today, and I decided to quickly hop in! The goal was to find 12 of the most iconic photos from this year and post them today, on the 12th of December. I decided to add an extra layer of complexity to my post, and in order to narrow down my search, I made sure that these are 12 photos from the year that I never posted on the blog before. So I present to you: 12 iconic moments from my 2014!


I have a long standing relationship with the movie Pirates of the Caribbean, and an especially close relationship to the baby sister I haven't spent much time with, since I moved out when she was almost 2. Walking into the ride hand in hand with her is not something I ever thought I'd do in my lifetime. I love looking at this photo now, with her in her too-big borrowed winter clothes, me carrying mom's purse full of snacks so we'd be fed throughout the day, and the uncle who brought us along on this trip leading the way into the ride--it was pretty much perfect.

It took Angel and I being together for 4 years before my parents finally had the chance to meet my in laws, but it finally happened this year. It was fun to see them in the same place at the same time, if only for a very brief visit.


This photo is in honor of something I really hope to never experience again: Winter in Michigan. This last one was pretty bad as far as snow and ice go.


This has to go up, because the World Cup characterized a good chunk of my summer. I'm not exactly pro-soccer, but it meant spending a lot of time with good friends when the games were on, so it wasn't a bad thing. I don't know why Angel is holding the flag, though, he definitely wasn't supporting Italy!


In July, we realized that our time in Michigan was quickly coming to a close, but we'd never been to Grand Haven! For some reason, this prompted us to quickly take a day trip up to check out the boardwalk and the beach, and it was fun. Funny how the prospect of leaving causes you to do and see things you've never felt any need to do before....


Angel quit his job a few days early to make sure that we could both go to the Riverbend Show and hang out with the family and play with tractors and engines all day. This was back when he could wear his green hat without fear of rebuke. I love this photo of him and grandma!


I feel so loved when I see this photo. Angel and I went out swing dancing with my sister and two of my cousins on our last night in the US. We later returned home at about 10 p.m. (we had to wake up at 2 a.m. to leave for the airport) to find that our house had been disarranged. There were partially eaten bowls of oatmeal on the kitchen table, and worst of all, these beings had already taken up residence in our bed! Some relatives who happened to know where our spare key was hidden decided that our last evening was the perfect night to prank the prankster (Angel).


We had the whole bus to ourselves as we were headed to Waikiki Beach one morning in Hawaii, so Angel said, "Quick, take my picture!"


This photo from our month of TEFL training is currently the background screen on my computer. Wow, August was a whirlwind. Learning how to build lesson plans at the same time as being put in front of a classroom every single day at the same time as learning that China has BOTH 5 "dollar" bills and 50 "cent" bills and vendors will laugh at you if you confuse them....all of that made for a pretty fast adjustment to a completely different lifestyle! We also lived in a hotel for 3 solid weeks, so there's an experience I can check off the bucket list, because I'd never experienced full-time hotel life before!


My first day of teaching at our school, ever! We were so excited to finally settle down into our new home and new jobs at our high school. The first day and week were exciting--if occasionally confusing, and the rest of the year have continued on in the same manner. Our coworkers have done a great job of making us feel welcome, and our students never leave us bored!

Taken during our trip to Malaysia in October. This is what happens when Angel puts the camera on the ground and yells that we all have to pose for a family photo. I love it!


And let's finish off with a selfie from our anniversary pictures at the park. By the way, if you've ever really wanted to be the center of attention, just be an expat who puts on a wedding dress and takes a point-and-shoot camera to the neighborhood park to snap a couple of anniversary photos. You will get all the attention you crave, and more. :)

27 comments :

  1. I have a long standing relationship with Pirates of the Caribbean as well ;-) Great pics! My favorite is the one with the camera on the ground.

    Alex - Funky Jungle

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  2. This is such a good idea! I love to look back on the year and remember the highlights, and this is a great way to do it. Thanks for sharing! I love that you guys took your own anniversary pictures, and in your wedding dress no less!

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  3. What a lovely idea! Beautiful photos: so chock-full of memories!

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  4. This sounds like a great challenge, may jump on the bandwagon myself :)

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  5. what a busy year! :) love that family picture!

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  6. So many great pictures! Love this idea. How great that your families got to met, we have been together four years and no in law meetings have happened yet. Hopefully soon!

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  7. These are all so great. Really a recap of your year, and could be turned into a scrapbook. You have had a busy one!

    That is so funny about Goldilocks. I must have missed that post.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  8. Rachel, I loved this post. It was so nice seeing the photos of your year with Angel and your families. I feel it was a nice way to get to know you guys via your blog. :)

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  9. hoooray! so glad you did this! be sure to add your post to the link-up so new people can find you because you have such excellent photos!

    i especially love the one with you holding hands with your sister, the sweet photo of angel with his grandma (and green hat!) and of course the incredibly sweet selfie from your anniversary!

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  10. Love all these photos. You two have so much life and joy!!! My favorite is probably the last one-- selfie anniversary photos for the win!

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  11. what an absolutely happy picture round up. it's so inspiring to look at all you've done this year - it must be wild for you to look back on all of it. from michigan to hawaii to china with all sorts of adventures thrown in the mix :) think you can top this in 2015?

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  12. What a fun post, and I love the twist that you used to make it more creative. You guys had a big year!

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  13. Very nice! Looks like it was a wonderful year!

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  14. Great challenge! And great pictures! What a crazy year you guys have had.

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  15. I'm impressed you took your wedding dress with you to China! This is such a fun idea! I love that you have all of these great memories documented. I'm looking through my photos from the past year and realizing that I need to do a better job of taking photos of my husband and I. I wanted to make a Christmas card and realized all I have is 3,000 photos of food! Oops.

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  16. I love this - that ground photo is so cool!!

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  17. I have a comment for all of these, so instead I will just blanket comment and say these are all awesome! What a year for you guys. Here's to 2015!

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  18. I love the pic of your 1st day teaching and meeting the in-laws. Pics are such a great reminder of where we've been throughout our journey!

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  19. Love the selection of photos Rachel! They're so fun, and the prank is hilarious!

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  20. These are such amazing photos of an amazing year! Thanks for sharing!

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  21. I love this idea (I may borrow it for a future post! :P )! Looks like you had a great year and that you got to go to a ton of cool places! :] That's an awesome idea with the wedding dress (yay for getting more use out of it! :P )!

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  22. Those are beautiful pictures and I could feel the love through each and every one! What a wonderful and blessed year you've had!! Cheers from northern Illinois (where we are sure to get some of that winter you referred to....again.....!!)

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  23. I love the photos you picked! You guys have done so much this year!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  24. This is a really neat idea and way of looking back at the year.

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  25. I love it! What a great idea and it looks like you had some awesome moments in 2014.

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  26. I love that photo taken in Malaysia. Looks like it was a crazy but fun year!

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