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Thursday, January 31, 2013

2012 By the Numbers

2012 was such a great year, thanks mostly to Jake. He just makes everything so much more fun, you know? The annual recap is below... but first, the obligatory New Year's Day picture. January 1st marked the six-year anniversary of our first date and began our seventh year together. Needless to say, we have high expectations for 2013 -- lucky #7!

2012 by the numbers

5 - years of togetherness celebrated by blessing Jake on New Year's Day:

 2 - very special trips to see Grandpa Smith before he passed away this summer:

 83 - hours spent Skyping family and friends:

3 - trips to the Happiest Place on Earth (only 3?).

9 - centimeters: the distance between us and Meryl Streep at the Critics' Choice Awards.

58 - degrees: the best kind of snowboarding temperature. We'll miss you, Mt. High. But not your fake snow.

50 - minute ferry ride to the perfect long weekend on Catalina Island.

0 - Number of sharks seen snorkeling off the coast of Avalon. Thank goodness.

Infinity - number of days 'till graduation at USAFA, right Jake? Also, how much we loved reliving the best week of our lives through Coley and Jordan. (Here, here and here.)

20 - month-long engagement that finally ended in a beautiful, fun wedding for the little Rozsas. (Open House & Reception)

17 - number of flights flown by Jake by the end of the year. Such a good little traveler, that one!

8 - months-old when Jake took his first steps at Balboa Beach!

1st - Mother's and Father's Days. So great.

75 - minute drive to Los Angeles that is already missed. So many fun little adventures!

786 - miles traveled up the PCH and back on the best road trip ever (ever, ever)!

371 - shirts unfolded by this little mischief-making munchkin.

Never enough - days at the beach! (A few here, here, here, here, here, here and here.)

70.3 - miles covered by Matt in his first half ironman. You go, babe!

$$$$$$ - dollars spent moving from California to Utah and building our first home.

8 - p.m.: the time we stayed on the lake until until at the end of summer. Let's hear it for daylight savings!

365 - days of sleepless bliss celebrated on Jake's 1st birthday (and at his milk & cookies themed party)!

5 - kilometers covered in a few fun runs with Matt.

117 - hours spent pushing this happy little guy on the swing.

8 - touchdowns scored by our teams thanks to our presence in the stadiums.

38 - feet: max height reached on our hang gliding adventure.

6 - blocks away from my parents' home is this great little reservoir for play.

24 - full hours spent alone in Park City!

7 - Avengers and their handlers, just saving the world one Halloween at a time.

1,693 - books read and puppy videos watched.

5 - awesome days spent getting into the holiday spirit in NYC.

1 - Happy Christmas with our sweet baby Jake!

Just for fun, here's our By the Numbers posts for 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Flying with Jake

Jake is an awesome little traveler. It's probably due to a few factors; like his happy demeanor, my preparation, and the fact that he's flown early and often. After all, his first cross-country flight was when he was two months old, and he had been on ten flights by the time when was eight months old. But I was still a little bit nervous heading into our Utah-to-East-Coast flights for our NYC trip. It had been a few months since we'd flown, which meant that Jake was both out of practice and a few months older and more rambunctious.

I shouldn't have been worried at all. Jake was nothing short of perfect on the almost-6-hours of flights to EWR. It was only after we finally landed at our destination that he fussed a tiny bit, and that was only because we wouldn't let him touch the bald man's head in front of us as we were waiting to get off the plane. You can hardly blame him, though -- that thing was so shiny! Jake had probably been eyeing it for awhile. Other than those 10-seconds of no-touching sadness? He was a perfectly behaved, perfectly adorable airplane passenger. We always get a lot of compliments from (relieved) fellow travelers and the stewardesses.
That seat belt lasted approximately 9 seconds before Jake was up and turned around and...
Making friends.
Eating ice chips, playing with ice chips, and laughing as he rubbed ice chips on Mommy.
Cuddles and naps.
The way home was more of the same. We had an extra-long wait in Philadelphia, so we walked clear across five terminals to the USO to hang out for a couple hours. Jake led the way, which led to endless entertainment. There was a musician playing in one terminal and Jake stopped every ten steps to dance for awhile. He was quite the attention magnet and we had multiple people stop to take pictures or make comments about how cute he was. And he kept doing it -- walking a few steps and then stopping to dance/squat dance. By the time I finally whipped out my phone to record him, we were laughing so hard we were crying. The video is below, and you can just imagine a good ten minutes of the same before the video even started.
Lead the way, Jake!

PHL had this cute little kiddie play area, which got some good use from my kiddies.
Jake LOVED the moving walkways. He was so fast!
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