Tomorrow is the last day of 2010, so what better time to take a look back at the crazy year that was! I just finished putting the final touches on our second annual “yearbook” of sorts, using our original photography and text from this very blog, which was just ordered from Blurb. 118 pages worth of cherished memories… and I will even let you see the free preview if you wish. Just click the image below.
This was a huge month of traveling. First we spent three days in South Dakota over the New Years weekend. Then I went to CES in Las Vegas for six days. And less than a week later we departed for Jamaica for eight glorious days. So all in all, I spent more nights in other beds than our own in January 2010, perhaps my biggest month of travel ever. And then the month came to a terrible close with that Vikings NFC Championship Game debacle. Still, a solid month.
Lauren celebrated her 20-somethingth birthday with a small gathering at Jasmine 26. Lauren and I continued our Valentine’s Day tradition of eating at Buffalo Wild Wings while watching the Wild game.
The big highlight here was taking in the first two baseball games ever played at Target Field—first the Gophers, then the Twins vs. Cardinals exhibition game. Lauren and I also ventured to Ames, Iowa for the Wes Buchele 90th birthday extravaganza and I reunited with long-lost cousin Justin Bell.
In April we welcomed new niece Hadley Elizabeth Malinda Glanzer into the family and traveled back to South Dakota to greet her. We also took in a few more Twins games. We officially put an end to our search for a house after coming within $500 of closing.
May was highlighted by the start of our co-ed softball league, the wildest Mother’s Day party ever, and an impromptu 636-mile one-day road trip to Vermillion to see the Krogman children in various activities. We also went camping and canoeing along the St Croix River with Walsh and Sarah.
We traveled to Niagara Falls for Lauren’s friends Daphne and Sal’s wedding which was a blast. We also saw Zane Lamprey’s stand-up drinking comedy show and met Lauren’s brother’s girlfriend over dinner at Gasthof’s.
Over the Fourth of July weekend, we ventured to Doland for the Bell family reunion and camped at Lac Qui Parle State Park on the way. A week later I returned to South Dakota with Jason to photograph the Hanson/Woodburn wedding.
The traveling continued as Lauren and I visited Toronto for Lauren’s friends Jocelyn and Elias’ wedding. We saw all the sights of Toronto and took in a Jays game. Later that month the Glanzers visited and took in a Twins game. We also took in the NASCAR-themed Kartak/Houselog housewarming party and celebrated my 28th birthday at Toby Keith’s.
It was a month of seeing lots of old familiar faces. First Mr. Mangold visited and we went out on the town in Victoria. Then it was the big Burke/Assmann wedding celebration where I reunited with Liz’s Omaha gang. The very next day Nick and I visited the Ahrendts in Wisconsin.
Lauren and I took in the Gioielli/Hammarlund wedding festivities, then celebrated our one-year wedding anniversary with a romantic one-night getaway in Stillwater. Later in the month, Lauren scored a free suite at a Wild game, and I ended the month recovering from oral surgery.
After DJing my 50th ever wedding dance, we celebrated Thanksgiving a week early in South Dakota and then took in the Carpenter poultry party where Lauren, Alex, and I all called Bingo numbers, and before we left officially purchased a “new” car from Dick’s Garage. We also reached a major financial goal by paying off the last of our credit card debt.
Christmas parties, the 12 Bars of Christmas, and Saved by the Bell Night highlighted December. But of course the real story was the record 38.4″ of snow that fell in Minneapolis over the month, which caused us to attend the Vikings/Bears game at TCF Field after the Metrodome broke. We also welcomed in a new nephew, Owen Charles Anderson.
There were plenty of highlights and not too many lowlights for the year. Obviously my lowlights were sports-related things with the Vikings and Twins and their playoff woes. Paying off the credit card was a nice goal to achieve, especially considering how much traveling we did. We didn’t get the house we sought after, but we’re okay with that. We’ll pick the search up again in 2011, perhaps.