I am running a little late on my end of year post... obviously.
Last year was another big year for the Lubitz Family. So many milestones, so many fun times. Possibly one of the most notable events of January 2012: I discovered INSTAGRAM! It was love at first iPhone photo. Each of the pictures used in this post were taken with my iPhone and transformed (yeah, that's a big word, don't burst my bubble... I am not a big fan of techno-gadgets, but I am still enamored with this one) using Instagram. In January, we were all together as a family for about a week and a half. Then Joey took off on a road trip with friends from Portland to Oberlin, in the middle of winter. A little crazy, yes, but they had fun. Sammy frantically got all his college applications in--at the very last minute, literally.
A walk at dusk in Tryon Creek State Park.
In February, Michael headed off to Japan for work and I visited Salt Lake City for a baby shower. February also included my "Breakfast with Sammy" blog series.
The "Mauna Kea" breakfast with Waffles, raspberries & whipped cream.
March included more biz travel for Michael, another trip to Salt Lake City for me, plus a really fun and relaxing family trip to beautiful Bandon on the Oregon Coast. Joey flew in from Oberlin. I was shocked both Joey and Sammy's spring breaks fell on the same week. That will never happen again. We stayed in a fun little cabin in the woods, on a lake, with no TV or internet. We brought our projector from home, draped a sheet over the rafters, and watched DVD's using the laptops. We actually checked out DVD's at a rental store. I did not even realize "video" rental stores still existed. Well, they do in Bandon, Oregon. We watched our very first episode of 'Breaking Bad' at that Bandon cabin. If not for Lily's ear infection and my toothache, it would have been perfect. Even still, it was pretty amazing having everyone together enjoying quality time. We did a puzzle, I made fresh chowder and chocolate chip cookies, and they even had an old-fashioned record player and record collection.
Joey and Lily enjoying some comfy couch time at the little Bandon cabin on the lake.
April was a whirlwind of activity for Sammy. Tennis season started, it was his last official month of high school, he received all his college letters and then had to make a college decision before the end of the month. Sammy and I traveled back east and visited colleges in Massachusetts, Vermont, and New York. Sammy chose Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. Our CSA farm share started back up.
Carousel outside our hotel in Boston.
May was quite a month. Sammy was offered a spot from the wait list at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, which he took. So, in a matter of days, he went from being a Skidmore College Thoroughbred, to a Bates College Bobcat. Sammy and his tennis partner also went to the state tennis tournament and came in 3rd doubles. Sammy shadowed a trauma surgeon for his Catlin Gabel senior project and went with friends to the Sasquatch Music Festival at the Gorge Amphitheater. Joey finished his Sophomore year of college. I turned 49 years old.
Memorial Day lunch at Oven & Shaker. Leek, Speck and Goat Cheese Pizza.
In June, we saw Sammy graduate high school, and leave for Europe. Sammy and friends visited Amsterdam; Bolzano & Florence, Italy; Monaco, St. Tropez; Figueres and Barcelona, Spain; and Paris, France. Joey returned from Oberlin and started his pizza dough making job at Oven & Shaker.
Zinnia's on the deck. Early summer dusk.
Sammy returned from Europe in July. Joey made a jaunt to Albuquerque. Uncle Chris and Aunt Akiko came to town and we visited Crater Lake. Michael and I celebrated our 23rd anniversary at The Allison Inn & Spa in the Oregon Wine Country.
August was a lot of fun and a little melancholy. We started the month with a fun trip to Sunriver for the annual Godsey Family Retreat. A total of 30 'Godsey' family members
crammed into shared three homes. On August 26th, Joey left for his Junior year Fall Semester abroad in Amsterdam. On August 27th, we helped move Sammy into his dorm at Bates College. At approximately 4:00pm on Monday August, 27th, we said good-bye to Sammy and our hearts sank. We got in the car and drove up to Woods Pond in Bridgton, Maine about an hour away, where we had spent a family vacation about a decade before. We reminisced and frankly, did not know what to do with ourselves. It was more difficult than we had imagined. Michael flew home from Boston and I took the Amtrak to Hartford, CT and had much more fun helping my friend Dana move her daughter into her dorm room. I then spent a fantastic week in NYC with Dana. We saw plays and walked and saw more plays and ate and walked and it helped a lot!
Visiting Detroit Dam on the way back from Sunriver.
In September, Michael learned to live without his sons and it wasn't easy. Joey turned 21 in the lonely land of Amsterdam, where turning 21 doesn't really hold much excitement. We took a really fun road trip with Andy, Lindsay, Kate, Lucy and Lily to Calistoga and the weather was gorgeous. Later in September, Michael picked all the apples from our backyard trees and started the hard cider making process.
Our backyard apples.
October was AMAZING! We left October 8th for a three week long trip to lands far and wide. We spent 4 days in Amsterdam with Joey. We boarded our cruise ship and spent 10 days visiting Bruges, Belgium; Normandy, France; Gijon, Vigo & Malaga, Spain; and then finally Barcelona. We spent 4 days on land in Barcelona and it was awesome. Michael turned 49 in Barcelona. We then flew to Boston and drove up to Lewiston to visit Sammy on his 19th birthday.
Spanish hillside outside Vigo.
November was also pretty exciting. Michael attended his 30 year high school reunion in Calabasas, California and I really don't think anyone has ever enjoyed a class reunion more. Sammy came home for Thanksgiving and we had the big feast at our house again--a new tradition. After Thanksgiving, Michael and I headed to Washington DC. I had never been. It was so much fun. The weather was gorgeous. We went to the Memorials at night--twice! I would have loved to have seen the White House all decorated for Christmas, but this was a last minute trip--next time! There is really no place else like Washington DC.
We shared a chocolate malt, two blocks from the White House.
In December we held our company retreat at The Allison Inn & Spa in Newberg. This is one of my new favorite places and it is so close to home. The day after we returned from our retreat, we boarded a plane for Kauai. Both the Washington DC trip and the Kauai trip we scheduled to use Marriott points we were going to lose if we didn't use them, so we used them. Kauai was wonderful, peaceful, warm, beautiful, relaxing, lovely! Sammy returned to Portland for his break and Joey was close behind. We got a full 9 days with both boys before Joey headed out to Albuquerque. It was a great 9 days! We realize it is going to get less and less likely that the boys want to spend their breaks with us and we are preparing for this inevitability. They both just need to know, we will go to them, no matter where they end up. Not to worry :)!
Crisp December morning at The Allison Inn & Spa.
Thanks 2012, for some really phenomenal moments--actually, a lot of really phenomenal moments!
... and thank you Instagram. I don't care how many bazillion dollars some big, rich company paid for you. To me, you are worth it....