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New Year’s Eve

For new years eve, my husband, some friends and myself decided to try the “First Night Spokane” – First Night is an event held in many areas and is a night filled with events and no alcohol (yay!). I’ve never been to one, but it seemed like a great opportunity to hang out downtown and see fireworks over the Spokane river, something I had heard was awesome.
We crammed a lot into a few short hours- we watched an improv show, had a sketch made of the two of us, rode the historical Looff Carousel (something I’ve been wanting to do), watched a karaoke competition and of course, got to countdown to midnight and watch the fireworks.
Happy New Year to all- here’s hoping 2014 is just as awesome as 2013 was!

This is totally not my kid, but I couldn’t resist snapping a few pictures (incognito of course) of her playing with the chalk wall.

 

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Our 3-minute sketch

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Carousel time!

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Waiting for midnight

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With our friends

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Year In Review

2013 was an incredible year- not only did I grow as a photographer, but I had so many amazing things happen this past year- not only did I get married, but I got to leave the country for the first time (on our honeymoon to St. Lucia), run a few fun 5k’s, meet some famous people (Mr. Belding from Saved By The Bell and Chief Executive Imagineer for Disney, Marty Sklar), as well as see parts of the country I would have never imaged I’d get to see!
Here are my 16 favorite images that I’ve taken this year. I tried to narrow it down to 12 (one for each month) but just couldn’t do it, so 16 it is. Here’s to a great 2014!

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Eagle Watch at Wolf Lodge Bay

When I moved to Washington this past summer, I did some research on things to do/places to go while we were stationed here, and one thing that came up was “Eagle Week” in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho (about a half hour from where we are). There’s a lake in Coeur d’Alene called Wolf Lodge Bay, and apparently it is packed with a type of fish that Eagles love, and when they migrate south for the winter, they stop at Wolf Lodge Bay for a bit to rest and eat. They begin migrating south from Canada in mid-November and are gone by mid-January, and their peak week (called “Eagle Week”) is the days between Christmas and New Years, so today my husband and I went. At last count, there were almost 200 Eagles (both adult and juvenile) in the area this week, but I was happy to even see just one! We saw about 15 total over the course of the day, and I’m sure if we had stuck around longer we would have seen more! Just before we left, an eagle swooped down towards the water, grabbed a fish and took off– all the photographers around me were cheering and screaming because it’s a shot some people wait their entire life to get.

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!
We got to spend our first Christmas together today- we made (my families) traditional biscuits and gravy with grits for breakfast, opened our presents, and skyped/talked with our families before heading out to “Orphan Christmas” at a friends house (she coined that term because we’re all so far away from our families during the holidays so we got together) and then went to dinner at another friends house. It was a busy day but we had fun!
I hope everyone else enjoyed their day as much as we did!

While we opened our presents, I set up the tripod and remote to snap a few pictures– this one is classic “us”.

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