Disclaimer: I am not a professional photographer, as the following photos will demonstrate.
Here are some of, but not all, of the highlights of this past year (the ones captured in photographs, anyway):
My sister-in-law's husband (is there a name for that? is that a thing?) and I destroying snow elementals with swords.
Running the Thanksgiving Point Half Marathon with our friends Jon and Andrea (it was actually quite gorgeous).
My sister-in-law and I both graduated with our Masters degrees in April. (This is my wife's family.)
Notice my brown hood. And check out those sleeves. Yeah, you don't see that stuff often. MFA all the way, baby. (?)
My Dad, sister, and her husband were able to make it down for the graduation as well.
The fattest man I know got married and it was awesome.
We moved to Lehi, where I started writing full time in this shnazzy little office. That's white-board paint on the wall, by the way.
A couple of fun trips this summer, including Zion National Park.
Oceanside, CA with Rachel's family (okay okay, this picture is from a few years ago...apparently I didn't take any pictures there this year).
Florida with my family, including Disney World and--of course!--Harry Potter World (or whatever it's called)! Notice our wands, here. Pretty awesome.
Rachel was much more excited about halloween than I was, this year...but our costumes turned out quite well.
This guy got re-elected, and I'm pretty happy about that. Thanks for the low gas prices for Christmas, Obama! (Hey, if you can blame him for high gas prices, I can blame him for low ones. He is equally involved in both, and when I say equally I actually mean infinitesimally...)
My parents and brother came down to UT for Thanksgiving--that was the first Thanksgiving we'd spent as a family in at least 5 years, so, yeah, that's pretty cool. (This was when we went to Temple Square to check out the lights.)
Rachel and I celebrated 6 years of dating and 4.5 years of marriage on 7 December of this year. Don't you wish your marriage was hot like me...us...hum.
It actually snowed in Utah for the holidays this year, which is quite the miracle considering the dismal showing we had last year...
We spent Christmas in La Crescenta, CA with Rachel's family, and had a blast. Saw Les Miserables on Christmas Eve, and it was just about the best Christmas present ever.
More taking advantage of the snow. Rachel and Kristi made a pretty sweet snowslide in our backyard.
Also, I had a beard.
There are some other pretty awesome things that happened this year, but those are the visual highlights according to my hard drive.