I look forward to this post each year as it is great to be forced to sit down and think of all the many blessings in my life - and to capture my reflections on those blessings!
Today I am thankful for all the many travel opportunities I have had this year!!
I have been blessed this year to have traveled to many cities and to have seen so many friends and family members. For most of these trips, I stayed in the home of a friend or family member - it was so generous for so many to host me!
I will (mostly) let the stories do the telling!
In January I flew to Tucson to visit my sister Abby and her husband Ryan.
|Hiking at Mount Lemmon|
|Abby & I at a fabulous sushi restaurant - eating outside in JANUARY!!|
|Heidi, Elle, and I, standing in front of her beautiful lemon tree!|
Later in the month of January, I flew down to St. Louis to visit Nora! It was so great to stay in her home and meet her parents. I lovingly refer to her dad as Michael Corleone as he is a true Italian father!
|Nora & I at a fabulous Mexican restaurant where we had my early Birthday dinner!|
In February I traveled to Paris to celebrate my 30th birthday! The trip was tres magnifique!!
|Running along the beautiful Seine was one of the highlights of my trip!|
In April I flew to Washington, D.C. to visit Becky! We had read each others' blogs for years but this was our first time meeting in person. She was a fabulous host!!
|Becky and I got to see D.C. during Cherry Blossom season - it was a gorgeous time to visit this city!|
|Charbelle & I before the race.|
Later in September, I took a trip to Austin and Dallas for work, but once again, I took no pictures - mostly because this trip was pretty much all work and not much fun (and I was really sick)...
In October, I flew to Seattle. Lauren picked me up at the airport and we spent the night at her friend's house.
|Standing by Green Lake in Seattle|
The next day, we met up with Amber and Leigh and took the ferry to Victoria. We had been planning this trip since the spring and all of us were so excited to both check out a new city and complete another race (a half marathon for Amber, Leigh, and I, and a full marathon for Lauren).
|Us 4 girls, standing by the Victoria Harbor!|
|Anna, sleeping in her car seat, wearing her baptismal gown|
|Standing in front of the bean on a beautiful fall day in Chicago!|