Closing Out 2012

As I type this, I am trying to ignore a nagging sore throat/cold that has lingered on for eight or nine days. Just when I have a good day and think it’s beat, the next day knocks me down worse than ever. I called in sick to work (RARE for me!) one day but have valiantly made it through several more since I managed to suppress symptoms with DayQuil.

When under the weather, it is really easy to dwell on the bad things, and that’s not really how I want to close 2012 out. Overall, it was an amazing year.

Early in the year I photographed our old house for the blog and I love those pictures–when I look at them I really want to go back. We put a lot of love into the house, inside and out, and I hope the new residents love it as much as we did.


However, I am so happy that we finally made the leap–and made my dream of moving back to San Diego a reality. Financially it has not been a walk in the park, but it’s something that we are proud to have accomplished. In some ways, the city is as if I never left. In other ways it is so much better (namely–Doug and Mosey are here with me)!

Merry Christmas from Staci, Doug, and Mosey

Not to mention our epic trip to Europe this summer–(parts one, two, and three), which was only six months ago but feels so far away…


Our New Year’s Resolution for 2012 was to make the final payment on our car, which we didn’t accomplish due to moving, but we have made some great progress toward financial freedom and the light at the end of the tunnel is getting nearer. My other goal of losing weight didn’t get accomplished either, however when I look at the highlights of the past 12 months I am glad things are the way they are. Accomplishments in other areas that we didn’t even plan–It’s important to weigh out the highs and the lows and get balance.

2012 was an awesome year–I hope 2013 is just as good if not better. Here are a few resolutions–vague ones which will be much easier to check off next December, right?

  • Get over this stinking cold! 
  • Eat more healthily
  • Exercise more
  • Make at least one major trip for our anniversary
  • Pay off the car
  • Put more money into savings

What are you planning to work on? 


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2 thoughts on “Closing Out 2012”

  1. Oh you old house is so cute. I am sure that the new residents are loving it very much. Also good for you moving to where you really want to be. Things will work out and so what if you didn’t exactly make some goals they are still there to be made but better decisions just put them behind your schedule. All schedules should have a slide for important things that come along, not every whim that comes along but, the really important things. You look like a nice young couple and I wish you all the best. Blessings, Sue

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