January The beginning of 2013 brought Colorado life feeling gloriously routine. The kids already had a month of ski school behind them and continued to spend weekends honing their skills on the mountain. I enjoyed a work adventure in NYC and reconnected with some dear friends from my high school, Hebrew University & Upper West Side days.
March The beginning of March brought the final sessions of ski school and a Mad Science party to mark the occasion of Caleb turning 8. At the end of the month, Grandma & Toot Toot Schwartz and the Reingold cousins came to visit and we shared two fun, meaningful seders. And we took a road trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico to see where the character in a very important book moved when he was a kid.
April We were so excited to have Uncle Brian & Aunt Rachel come to visit in April! April also featured lots and lots of soccer.
June June was BeckerPalooza time. We started our journey with a few fabulous days with Aunt Becca in Chicago. Then it was off to Washington, DC to hang out with Grandma & Toot Toot Becker and see Uncle Brian & Aunt Rachel before they headed back to Israel. We also drove down to Virginia Beach for a wonderful day with Andy, Dee Dee & Brenna, and a reunion with my best friend from elementary school. Oh, and before all that ... Larry & I had our annual Red Rocks date. STING AT RED ROCKS!
August In August, we hiked and biked and camped. On one incredible hike the kids went up (1100 feet up!) and back for a record breaking total of 8 miles and we saw a real live moose. Friends with guitars who sing Jewish songs made our our 2013 camping trip super special. And then ... Caleb went skipping and hopping into third grade, and Adina finally agreed to try kindergarten. And Larry & I were forever exonerated for moving Caleb from Ohio to 10266 E. Fair Place when Marc moved in next door.
September September was about sharing the Jewish holidays with our Denver friends. I embraced my inner Martha Stewart/Chabad rebbetzin and reveled in opening our home for a wonderful first day of Rosh Hashanah luncheon and a rockin' Sukkah party on the last night of the holiday. We spent the first days of Sukkot in Pittsburgh, PA with Grandma & Toot Toot Schwartz.
October We enjoyed a fun visit from Aunt Becca at the beginning of October, and then I joined Larry at a conference in San Francisco for two fabulous nights & one perfect day. Love that city. Love my husband. Love Shanna the babysitter who enabled me to go!
November In November, Uncle Michael (Becker) came to visit and we schlepped him around kid-friendly Denver. Then it was back to Boise, Idaho for Thanksgivingukah!
December We had special guests for the first two weekends in December - Grandma and Toot Becker and then Grandma Schwartz. They came to watch Adina perform in "Annie"! The cutest orphan ever also earned her white belt in karate towards the end of the month. And then, the icing on the cake to a fantastic year, we went back to Chicago to visit not one, but TWO Aunts! And 3 cousins! And an uncle! It was so wonderful to see the Saba crew after more than a year and I was reminded yet again of the tremendous gift I have in my sister.