Unshared Moments of 2014

posted on: 12.31.2014

Instead of reviewing each of my favorite blogged moments of 2014, because let's be honest that's basically redundant information, I have decided that I will share with you a few of my favorite unblogged experiences of 2014. You may recognize these images from larger events that I have already discussed, however I censored out the listed images because I either found their related anecdotes uninteresting or was just to lazy to disclose it's story.
To begin let's revisit my jaw clenching drive up the California coast to Monterey Bay. The above image was just minutes before the road climbed to higher heights and I had a melt down. Here, Erik and I stopped to soak in this gorgeous view. I was not afraid I was at peace. I should also note a very funny moment when Erik stopped to relieve his bladder and a friendly squirrel chose to sit and observe him in the act. That was my last laugh for the road trip. Moral of the story...Erik is a trooper.
Ah yes, our desert/river trip. An annual 3 day mini-vacation Erik's family has enjoyed since before he was born. We had a blast this time, and I already told you all about the rain storm, but this photo is from a short moment Erik and I had alone on the river. His family went for a ski run while the morning waters were still and the other campers had not yet risen, leaving Erik and I to ourselves with the calm running water and the rising desert sun. It was heavenly.
How can we forget Belize?! The most adventurous trip we have taken as a couple by far. I have already discussed the trips highlights, except for one... our first time at Palapa Bar. I've mentioned this bar before, but it was basically the only bar open in San Pedro. Palapa Bar, an American Bar who only played Jimmy Buffet, we still joke about this fact. What is it with people and Jimmy Buffet? We honestly do not get it. Anyway after a few Belikins we walked down to exit and saw this adorable boy throwing string into the water. Thanks to my buzzed curiosity I sat down to inquire about his activity. This local child was attempting to catch lobster with a string and a rock, seriously. Erik and I smiled and figured there's no way this works. He told us that the tiny holes in the sea sand are where the lobster hides.  He only exposes his antennae through the hole as they sense the movement of prey, in this case the rock. We watched and talked, I even got involved by helping him find the ideal pebble. After about 10 minutes this kid succeeded, he caught a lobster! It let go just before reaching the surface, which was entirely OK to our new friend because this was fishing for entertainment. Entertaining it was. 
Lastly, Santa Barbara. I have spoken very little about my work in SB and I think I would like to keep it that way. What I will say is the 9-5 life ate at me as you can see in the picture Erik snapped of me after one long day at work. However, near my office was a small pond that attracted migrant birds such as ducks. One of my co-workers fed them daily and at first I found this to be a little weird, that is, until I had my chance to serve up duck lunch. After one feeding I was hooked and even convinced this adorable female duck to eat out of my hand as she was often bullied when attempting to share seeds with the others. I will miss her and simple moments like this from SB.

Obviously I could go on and on about 2014, but let's keep this shorter and fairly sweet. 2014 you were good to me and readers you were a big part of that joy. So thank you past and thank you friends! Cheers to the New Year! xox


  1. I am so glad you shared these, they are all so amazing!

    xx Cara

  2. Gorgeous photos! And a wonderful 2014 -- cheers to a great 2015!
    xo Southern Style

  3. Beautiful couple!! And you captured such sweet moments here. Wishing you all the best in the new year, hun!! xx


  4. I just loved reading your recap!! Yall had amazing trips and moments this year. :) See you next year!


  5. Gorgeous pictures! I just wanted to point out that we have the same name, haha. :)

  6. LOVED reading these moments and the pictures are totally gorgeous. That lobster story is perfect. Happy New Year :)

    xx 365hangers

  7. Loving your pictures! Happy NYE! xo, Hayley www.dailydoseofdarling.com

  8. Some sweet moments- you've celebrated some great adventures this year, and I'm excited to see what this year bring you!


  9. looks like 2014 was incredible! I hope 2015 is even better for you :)
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

  10. This trip looks one for the books. The first picture from above is breath taking :)

    *I'm following you now in bloglovin. Hope you'll do the same :)

    Wishing you a Prosperous and a Happy New Year, Michaela! :)


  11. Lovely photos and I love how they have stories behind them. The squirrel watching him wee was funny and that duck photo is lovely.

    Corinne x

  12. How beautiful post! I wish you all the best in the new year! Have a nice day!

  13. Beautiful sunny moments! The view on the first photo is stunning.


  14. Love this! You've definitely had a busy 2014! Cheers to the new year!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  15. I love this post. And those photos. And I am so jealous that you went to Belize!! It's on my list. Happy New Year, friend!

    <3 Daisy
    Simplicity Relished

  16. Beautiful pictures :)


  17. I love these little moments! Such a sweet story about the duck- and glad you're out of that draining environment in SB!

    Le Stylo Rouge