2015 in Review!

Dear Tawny,

Guess what? It’s that time of year again. Since 2012 I’ve written you these “year in review” posts because you have such a terrible memory and you never seem to remember how much we actually accomplish in a year. So, buckle up, here we go.

My love, in 2015…

Sweden

We went to Sweden.

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Where we climbed the rooftops there.

Swedish friends

Our year began as we met good friends.

Finland

We also went to Finland.

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And slept here.

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We got to hang out with these glorious people.

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We celebrated my viking heritage.

Tawny Clark Staudinger

And you were so beautiful it hurt.

Viking ferry to Estonia

We sailed to Estonia. On a whim.

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And, as it turns out, we fell in love with Tallinn and Estonia.

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We brought home many pelts. As any good viking would.

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We learned how to brew mead.

 

Speaking of being a viking.

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And you let me braid your hair. I don’t know why.

Tawny Clark and Ashley Day

We spent Valentine’s Day with Ashley Day. As we always do.

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We helped my mom build bee hives.

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We returned to Hawaii.

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And visited Grandpa.

We also wrote about how much our heritage means to us and all that we’ve learned.

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Somehow you got younger.

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And as always, you looked amazing.

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We got stranded on the Pali Haighway. Which actually ended up being pretty awesome.

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We got to see the Merry Monarch festival.

 

We visited Lana’i and got to see so many cats that even you got your fill.
 

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You got even MORE fit.
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And gorgeous.
 

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We got to swim at the Grand Wailea!!
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And enjoy sunsets.
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And drive the road to Hana with quality people.
 

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We embarked on a massive campaign through Europe.
(On May 1st, you can tell because you’re holding a May Day basket, where you hang a basket of flowers on someone’s door and then run away. Something I taught you.)
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In which we ate beaver…
 

And were attacked by one.
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We actually got upgraded to first class on a long flight.
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We went bog trekking and you discovered a new passion for cranberry foraging.
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We arched!!
 

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We kayaked through Latvia under the cover of darkness.
We were baptized in fire, earth, and water while traveling through Lithuania.
We traveled to Luxembourg.
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We got to fall in love with Estonia all over again (TWICE IN ONE YEAR!!)
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We returned to Girona, and partied like it was 1999.
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We found peace.
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We biked through the French countryside.
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We got to see these gorgeous people get married.
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We were there for the first international bucket toss challenge. Even though we lost to Finland.
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We explored so much of Italy with Eurail.
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And we tasted the treasures of Tuscany with Walks of Italy.
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We explored the Oregon coast.
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And we went clam digging. Your favorite.
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We had our minds blown when we saw the David in person.
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We delivered letters on the Maverick Expedition.
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And through it all you only got more beautiful.
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And you worked out like a beast.
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Oh Tawny, we stood in the rain in Pompeii.
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Drank wine on the Amalfi coast.
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We also tackled this monster.
Damn.
 

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We tried a float tank.
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We went to see Post Modern Jukebox.
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We conquered the Tacoma scavenger hunt.
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We explored the great Pac NW.

 

We had adventures with some of the greatest people on Earth.

We had a successful honey harvest.

We even returned to Hawaii, again.

 

 

 

We hosted the finest archery tournament yet.

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Ben Herndon showed us what I would look like if I could grow a beard or if the talented Bart Budwig could grow hair.

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We went back to Barcelona.

 

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And then as soon as we got home you were like, “Oh hey, we are having a BABY!!”

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And you never looked more beautiful than you did in that moment.
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But then again, I know you work hard at it.
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So I went on a life changing quest. Because I turned 30.
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We crushed a ton of apples into cider.
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Went to New York for your birthday. Because you turned 30 too.
Not that you can tell.
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Then we were like, “What the hell, why don’t we move?” So we did.
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And now, Tawny my love, we are in Taiwan working with Janet Hsieh and TLC and Discovery.
 

We lived hard this year. We lived honestly, with compassion, patience, and courage. All of the traits we want our new baby to be instilled with. I hope you look back on this year proudly, this is only a few of the things we accomplished together this year. Just wait and see what 2016 brings.
As always, I love you.

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10 Comments

  1. Jessica
    December 9, 2015 at 5:40 am - Reply

    This annual love letter never fails to make me smile. You guys are the most outgoing and loving couple, and this baby of yours is going to have one heck of an amazing life! Congratulations on another stellar year of kicking goals and living life to the fullest. 2016 is going to be incredible x
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  2. Sofie
    December 9, 2015 at 5:53 am - Reply

    This is beautiful. Like Tawny. I love these Year in Review post.
    Also, I need the girl’s workout schedule. Asap.
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  3. Jules
    December 9, 2015 at 6:42 am - Reply

    You guys inspire me so much! The few times we’ve met it’s always so obvious how in love you are! You give me hope that it’s possible to have a relationship that great! Keep being awesome guys 🙂 x
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  4. Victoria | Girl Tries Life
    December 9, 2015 at 8:44 am - Reply

    What an incredible year! Congratulations on Baby Staudinger! Can’t wait to see how the adventures continue with the little one in tow. All the best during Tawny’s pregnancy.
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  5. Gina
    December 11, 2015 at 10:20 pm - Reply

    Fun to scroll through all your pictures — looks like an exciting year. Congratulations on the baby! Parenthood is a super fun adventure. 🙂
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  6. Valen-This Way To Paradise
    December 30, 2015 at 12:49 pm - Reply

    It was fun to look at your year! Being baptized in wine is my kind of baptism!!
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    January 4, 2016 at 8:34 am - Reply

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  9. Kristin @ Camels & Chocolate
    January 12, 2016 at 7:13 am - Reply

    Awwww your letters to her are always my favorite! Thanks for helping me start my day with a smile =)
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  10. Jen
    January 24, 2016 at 4:07 am - Reply

    Nice one to watch you guys being baptized in fire, earth and water. Is this sort of Lithuania culture welcoming new friends?

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