Top 7 Moments of 2012

It’s day 1 of 2013, and I have spent the entire day cleaning the house and organizing our junk room. Let’s hope that’s not a sign that I’m turning over some sort of weird “neat freak” leaf. Instead, let’s hope it’s a sign of progress and productivity in the new year.

Even though we moved forward in the house cleaning department today, there’s been a lot of looking back at 2012 over the past few weeks. In fact, some of you may know that every year, we send out our Christmas cards with a top 10 countdown of our best moments from the year. So it’s typically in early to mid December when I start reminiscing about all the good things that happened to us over the past 12 months.

So to officially wrap up 2012 with a nice little bow on top, I give you… Mike, Larissa & Teddy Riley’s Top 7 Moments of 2012. Sorry, I’m shortening it to seven for the blog because some of the moments are ones that I’d like to keep under wraps. And no, that doesn’t mean I’m preggers, people. (Sorry to burst your bubble, MOMS!) The omitted moments are work-related, and the hubs and I just like to keep that stuff between family and friends. No offense.

Mike, Larissa & Teddy Riley’s Top 7 Moments of 2012

7. In May, Mike and Larissa took a spontaneous trip to Las Vegas with two of Larissa’s best friends from college and their husbands.

Reunited with my former roomies, sorority sisters, bridesmaids and BFFs!

Reunited with my former roomies, sorority sisters, bridesmaids and BFFs!


No trip to Vegas is complete without the sun on your face and sand in your feet!

6. Mike acquired a couple hobbies this year – brewing his own beer and smoking meats in his new smoker.

Bringing in the goods.

Bringing in the goods. The Bear trails behind for security purposes.

Beer Kit

A new beer kit from Brooklyn Brew Shop. Towels from NestaHome on Etsy.

5. Mike turned 30 in November and celebrated at a local microbrewery with a big group of family and friends.


Posing at the Urban Chestnut bar, where many beers were had.

4. Mike and Larissa visited friends in Seattle and saw many sights, including the Space Needle, Bainbridge Island and more.

Seattle Space Needle

Seattle Space Needle

On a ferry to Bainbridge Island

On a ferry to Bainbridge Island

3. While in Seattle, Mike, Larissa and their friends took a side trip to Vancouver to watch the St. Louis Blues hockey team play the Vancouver Canucks. The Blues lost, but it was fun nonetheless.

Blues fans Vancouver

On Vancouver’s home ice with friends, Doug and Katie.

2. Mike and Larissa took the trip of a lifetime to Ireland in October. In eight days, we drove the Irish countryside, visiting six different villages along the way. An unforgettable experience, for sure.

Rossbeigh Beach, a stop we made along the Ring of Kerry.

Rossbeigh Beach, a Blue Flag beach along the Ring of Kerry.

The magnificent Cliffs of Moher

The magnificent Cliffs of Moher

1. Larissa’s mom, Connie, underwent treatment for her third bout of breast cancer this summer. She came out thriving, surviving and cancer-free. The whole family couldn’t be happier!

My mom, the survivor!

My mom, the survivor!

I’m curious to see what 2013 will bring, but like every year, I hope it involves a lot of traveling! But more importantly — good health, happiness and prosperity. Happy New Year, all!


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