January-We had a wonderful trip to Washington state to visit family and ring in the new year. We got stuck in Seattle for a few extra days due to snow storms back east. Getting "stuck" with family isn't the worst that could happen ;)
Once back in Boston it was back to business. For Me-work, a baby shower to help throw, a birthday party, friend dates, and jury duty. For job-a work trip to Detroit, lots of practicing, and starting his last semester of school!
February-came upon us quickly and with very strange winter weather. We decided to sell our car and go "green" by using the wonderful public transportation available here, as well as becoming zipsters. How about that. I met my goal of reading the Book of Mormon again in a month. Job was with me for v-day (rare, he is usually traveling) and totally knocked it out of the park. We took in a short term roommate again and enjoyed having another interesting person around the house.
March- St. Patricks day meal with friends, festive fun at work, a Celtics game, events around the city, and we finally made it to Dine Out Boston.
April- Patriots day was an extra big deal this year in Boston. Coming off of the bombings last year, everyone was united as a city and determined to make this a special year. And it was! The Spring was absolutely beautiful, and we enjoyed spending time outside. Per usual we went to concerts, events, etc. Job was extra busy finishing up his program.
May-Job graduated! Two years of work for this awesome G.P.D. degree. It took so many hours of practicing, lots and lots of pizza nights, creativity, hard work, and I like to think support and encouragement from me helped too ;) His whole family came to visit and attend his amazing final recital, and then to see him walk and receive his diploma. We had a grand time showing them the city, and spending time talking and laughing late into the night, as the Salazars do. His parents extended their stay and stuck around for a few extra weeks. They were wonderful guests and we were so happy to have them.
June-We moved neighborhoods and Job started a part time job while he continued to audition for jobs. I started biking to work and my commute went from 1.5 hours, to 25 minutes. We had a glorious month enjoying the best weather, and did all sorts of essential summer activities, including a pre World Cup game at Gillette stadium to see Mexico play. Ever getting older, I turned 24. Job played at a festival in central mass and we got to go see his final concert. (Include video).
July- My family came to visit and we had a grand time exploring Boston, going to Vermont, celebrating 4th of July in one of the greatest cities in the country, cooking tons of Great food, playing many games of Life, taking walks, and watching old episodes of 'the mole Australia'.
August- The U.S. Gained a new citizen! The best looking, sweetest, smartest, most talented guy around. You KNOW I am talking about Job. Yay! It was a big process and lots of work to get to this point, and we thank everyone who helped us get there.
We continued to enjoy the amazing summer weather (uncharacteristically fantastic!) with lots of walks, beach trips, bike rides, eating outside etc.. Just lots more summer fun, ya know? I took my yearly work trip to New Hampshire and got paid to vacation (ok, I did work too ;), and also took a coworker trip to Canobie lake park, the best New England theme park. (I forgot how much I love roller coasters + how much I scream at spinning rides.)
September-Job turned 30, woohoo! Welcome to the grand decade! I took a once in a lifetime trip to South Korea to pick up my little sister who was serving as a missionary there. It is such a beautiful country, and very special to my family. I went to my first legit, outdoor clambake.
October-Job took a trip to Mexico for work. Playing concerts and making contacts like a boss. the start of a new tradition (pizza potluck), Halloween fun with friends. It was our month to officially start our Fall fun list. and then a lot of getting down to business because we try to work sometimes too ;) also, who wore it best?
November- Job voted as a US citizen the first time! A delightful dinner party with friends (where we were spoiled and didn't have to cook anything), enjoying the reopening of the art museum in our neighborhood, I took advantage of some open food and science lectures at Harvard, Job took another trip to Mexico and returned just an hour or so before we left for thanksgiving dinner with friends.
December-We enjoyed our 12 dates of Christmas, getting in a festive mood for the holidays. Music, lights, cuddles by the fireplace, events around town, and lots of quality time together. That's a gift. We laid low for the holidays, choosing to stay in Boston as we usually do and enjoyed the quiet city and beauty of New England during this season. We for ourselves a really fun gift that I will share in April :)
Writing this all out really has been fun. It reminds me that 2014 was really, really great overall. However, I do consider 2014 to be a pretty trying year for me personally. It tested a lot of things in me and I didn't always handle it well. And while I am not going to share all the trials and really difficult moments this year here, I just want to remind myself that they were there. I am still hoping I can learn something from those trials and come out stronger, but I'm not totally there yet. We have been so blessed in many unique and personal ways, and I do recognize that and thank my Heavenly Father for loving the Salazars. He loves us enough to let us mess up, to struggle, and sometimes to step in and solve things in huge ways. He knows what we need.
But seriously, 2014 was wonderful. I mean, just look at that year chocked full of goodness!!