Welcome 2014 Linky: Fun and Family

01 January 2014

I am linking up with Blog Hoppin' to welcome the New Year!

Up today is Fun and Family.

I actually rang in the New Year in VT with a bunch of old friends and new!   I even tried snowboarding.  Umm....I need more lessons.  

Winter fire pit in the backyard.

We played Cards Against Humanity in the evenings in the cabin...it is not for the P.C. or PG crowd.  Think of it as The Tosh.O version of Apples to Apples.  My friends made fun of me because I did not know what a lot of the words that were on the cards!   So this was also a bit of an educational game for me, too.  Everyone enjoyed a good laugh at my expense, but I did not mind at all!   We all laughed.

View from the deck.   
Vermont was just so beautiful and peaceful.  It snowed all the time and made everything look like a winter wonderland.   I am so glad I went.

I have been traveling a lot more in 2013 and I love it.   I finally have people to travel to or travel with.  At 35 and single, I was running out of travel companions where I would not be crashing a family vacation!  I hope to continue all this traveling and meeting new people.  I would love to see more of the United States this year. 

I am so close to my family.  Last year was a hard year for us.  My grandmother (Nanny) ended up passing away around this time last year.   We take comfort  knowing that she is in a better place.  

We celebrated my cousin, Chris' wedding in October!   It was a sad that Nanny could not be there.  She was really looking forward to it.  She was going to wear something with lots of glitter!   My aunt and uncle live next door to my parents and we are a very close family.  We often do Sunday dinners together.  They know I don't cook and always invite me over.   Priscilla, Chris' bride, has been dating him since they were 16.  She was already like family, but now it is official!

My mom and me

Here is a picture of my parents, my brothers, my nephew, me, my brother's girlfriend, and my brother Brett's fiancee!   We will celebrate their wedding in April. 

2014 will be another year of new beginnings.  I hope my family continues to grow and we continue to support one another.   I am so grateful for them and I am so lucky that I get to call them family. 

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  1. Great pic of Vermont & mom's dress at wedding is beautiful! Cheers to a wonderful year!

  2. Lovely pics! Family means everything:) where in VT were you? I live right near Mt. Snow and teach in Ludlow near Okemo! I love winter because the kids get out early every Wednesday to ski! Just wish we could join them instead of doing PD!!!

    1. That is so cool! I was near Stratton. Not sure the exact name of the town, but it had such adorable old houses. I think all of VT is beautiful.

  3. Hi Erica! I see that you love to travel too. I have traveled to 45 countries and am currently living in South Korea teaching English. I loved traveling so much that I wanted to live overseas. I have a great travel organization to tell you about. I have gone on 3 tours with them, and it is specifically for teachers. There are no more than 15 people in a group, and I still talk to several of the people I have traveled with. Check them out at http://www.geeo.org/ and tell Jesse that Angela sent ya. And if you ever want to travel to South Korea, I have an extra bed!
    Gig ‘Em Teacher


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