The One with 29!


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

"The hills are alive with the sound of..." me turning 29 :)
I am so thankful for my family and friends and my jobs (can't even call them that cuz I love them so much!) and cute animals and good food and this beautiful earth and all of these amazing places that we get to explore while we're here and the gospel, and, of course, scrapbooking :)

28 was a pretty amazing year. Definitely my "golden birthday" year!

We went to Vancouver Canada and did a session in the temple.

We spent 6 weeks in Seattle with my family before our big move to Germany.

I guest designed for Studio Calico!
We survived 3 weeks without Chris while he was at BOLC in Texas.
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We went to Utah for Jay and Haylie's wedding and the annual Evans Family Reunion.


We moved to Germany.

I returned for another year as the American Crafts Blog Hostess and Design Team Coordinator!

We went on our very first German adventure to the little town of Weiden - on Chris' birthday!

We finally received our car and went to the cute town of Erbendorf, Germany.

I drove on the scary autobahn for the first time!

We visited Nuremberg, Germany!

I re-opened my etsy shop after a 2 month closure from the move. It's a fun little side business that helps fund our travels :)

We made our house a home by hanging frames and eventually painting the walls.

We saw the beautiful town of Regensburg, Germany.

We went on our first 4-day weekend trip to Budapest, Hungary!

We explored the super duper cute down of Rothenburg, Germany.

We toured Seehof Palace!

We saw the stately Walhalla Memorial.

And the same day we went to the Kelheim Hall of Liberation.

We potty trained Fox :) Hey, it's a big deal m'kay!

We went to Wüzburg, Germany! Such an amazing city!

We visited the Nazi Party Documentation Center and Rally Grounds in Nuremberg, Germany. Humbling and sad.

We strolled through the Hermitage and Court Gardens - one of my favorite places!

I documented a day in my life for Amy Tangerine.
We went to the Křivoklát Castle in the Czech Republic.
We trudged through the pouring rain to see the Karlštejn Castle also in the Czech Republic.

We stayed a few days in the beautiful city of Prague, Czech Republic.

We saw the creepy church filled with bones in Sedlec, Czech Republic.

Fox started pre-school!

We went to Jerry's Pumpkin Patch to get some (green!) pumpkins!

We went to the painted town of Oberammergau, Germany.

We saw THE Neuchwanstein Castle!

Right next to Neuschwanstein is Hohenschwangau Castle.

We meandered through Garmisch Partenkirchen, Germany.

We went to the top of the tallest mountain in Germany, the Zugspitze.

We oogled at the beautiful Lake Plansee.

We toured through Mad King Ludwig II's Linderhof Palace.

We had super fun trick-or-treating in our neighborhood!

Jane finally started walking!
We got a new car (which is costing insurance $14,000 to fix...)

We went to Vienna, Austria!

We traveled to the far-off-the-beaten-path town of Bratislava, Slovakia!

I made an entire pink scrapbook for a loving lady in our ward overcoming breast cancer.
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We spent our first Thanksgiving in Germany in the snow with our ward family and then took the kids to see their first movie - Frozen!

I spiced up our home for the holidays with handmade crafts!
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I reached 1700 blog posts and had a fun giveaway including a book I made!

Another dream came true when I was asked to be on the Studio Calico Creative Team!!

We braved the cold and fog and visited the city of Bamberg, Germany.

We spent Christmas at home with our little family of 4!

We went to Venice, Italy and didn't take nearly enough family photos!

We strolled through Vicenza, Italy.

We saw a plethora of amazing sites in Verona, Italy.

We saw the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua, Italy.

I was asked to be a Garden Girl for twopeasinabucket.com for another year! Yay!
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We walked the streets (finally!) of our very own town of Eschenbach, Germany!

I was featured in JOT Magazine!

We did a walking tour through Ingolstadt, Germany.

We discovered the Speinshart Monastery only TEN MINUTES away from our house!

My blog got a facelift :)

We had a house divided for the Super Bowl. (I'm from Seattle, Chris is from Denver. Go Seahawks :)

I made some layouts using the Fresh Cut line by BasicGrey which are still some of my favorites to date :)
 I created a book for Jamie's Christmas memories!

I went on a girls trip to Bolesławiec, Poland to shop for Polish pottery!

I taught Fox how to paint! Okay, he's just naturally talented, but I'm taking the credit :)

We went to Barcelona, Spain!

I started a book club called Noble Paiges with my friend Kelsey.

I taught a month-long class at Studio Calico called STITCHED!

I designed my first of many cut files exclusive to Studio Calico! So thankful for these fun opportunities :)

I was the CARDS Designer of the Month for March 2014!

We went to Disneyland Paris in France!

I saw my Amy Tangerine Plus One projects on live TV on HSN!

I guest designed for Shimelle.com!
We went to Görlitz, Germany!

Then we walked across the bridge to Zgorzelec, Poland.

We visited the amazing city of Dresden, Germany.

We went to the mysterious Bastei Bridge in Germany.

I taught a couple of scrapbooking classes at the Crop Am Rhein!

Our first visitors, my parents, flew in and we went to Mattighofen, Austria.

We spent a couple of days in BEAUTIFUL Munich, Germany!

We spent an entire morning touring the Nymphenburg Palace and Gardens.

We spent an afternoon in Prague. Because it's only 2 hours away.

We celebrated Easter!

I did some guest work for Bella Blvd!
We spent our 7th anniversary on an island in Korćula, Croatia!

I celebrated my 4th Mother's Day!

We went on the ultimate road trip and our first stop was Zagreb, Croatia.

Then we visited the enchanting Plitvice Lakes, Croatia.

We had a marvelous time in Split, Croatia.

We went to Mostar, Bosnia, of all places, and honestly it's one of the coolest places we've been yet.

We had a spectacular time in the walled city of Dubrovnik, Croatia.

We relished in the private fjord of Kotor, Montenegro.

We had fun exploring the coastal town of Budva, Montenegro.

We took a gander at the exclusive and private Sveti Stefan island!

We had a luxurious time in Korčula, Croatia.

We fell in love with Ljubljana, Slovenia and would love to live there some day :)

We stopped briefly at Lake Bled, Slovenia and can't wait to go back next summer.

We went to Herrenchiemsee Palace and marveled in its grandioseness. (Re-cap coming soon!)

We sung in the hills of Salzburg, Austria! (Re-cap coming soon!)

We glided along Königsee and saw St. Bartholomew's church. (Re-cap coming soon!)
 Basically, 28 was insanely great! 29 will have to try very hard to beat it!

And do you know what this means? "30, flirty, and thriving" next year!

20 comments

  1. Man, what a year! I was so lucky to get to spend it with you and I can't wait for many, many more! Happy Birthday!

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  2. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! What an AMAZING year you had!! Here's to an adventurous 29!!!!!

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  3. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! gosh, what an exciting year! i'm about to wrap up my 30th and i hope my 31st year is even 1/10th as exciting as your 28th was!

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  4. Wow! What a year! Here is to a fantastic 29th year!!!

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  5. WOW! fantastic year. Happy birthday!

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  6. Happy Birthday, sounds like you had an extraordinary year!! - Gabi from Denton, TX

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  7. Happy birthday, Paige!!! Love that you have such an amazing opportunity to live life to it's fullest. Here's to another amazing year!

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  8. I love that you quoted 13 Going on 30! Wahoo! Happy 29th Birthday!!

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  9. Happy Birthday Paige! What an amazing year - wow. You are really living the good life and I'm so happy you're sharing it with all of us across the world. Enjoy your day!

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  10. Happy Birthday! You are quite the accomplished young woman. What an amazing year for you and your family. Here's to another great one. You made it happen last year.

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  11. wow what a great year!!!! you've done sooo much!!!

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  12. Happy Birthday to
    You! Loved traveling
    around with you on
    your blog. Thanks
    for sharing.
    Carla from Utah

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  13. Lots of adventures over a year, and I hope you have many more Paige!! Happy Birthday!!

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  14. Happy Birthday and what a great year of travel for you. Thanks for sharing your travel stories with us.

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  15. Wow, what an incredible year! Talk about most amazing Golden Year anyone could ever dream of. Happy birthday Paige, I love you!

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  16. i hope you had a wonderful birthday! what an amazing year for you (and the whole family!). cheers to many more! :) *

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  17. Wow!! What a year you have had!! :) I hope you had an amazing day!!

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  18. What an exciting year!! It's so fun that you get to experience all of those cool places!

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  19. Oh you came to Vancouver?!?!? I would've loved to meet you ^o^

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  20. Wow, you have got to be kidding me!!? :D This has been an aqwesome year for you and your family - so many great travels!! Makes me wonna plan a year full of great things to see and try!! Thanks for the show and tell!! :D I Am excited about what´s coming next!! So fun!!

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