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2013 in review | MontgomeryFest

Two thousand thirteen was no less than epic. The being spouses and the traveling and the becoming locals to Brussels. We really feel like we belong here. A little recap and some fave fotos from this most gnarly year:

January was exciting as Januarys usually are. But this one was special. It was the start of our first full calendar year of being Mr. + Mrs. Montgomery..in Belgium, no less. And that, I can tell you, is exciting. Well, maybe not the Belgian part, but the marriage part and the European part. As Januarys also start the Mr.’s busy season, its quite quiet. It snowed and snowed in Brussels and Doris and I started testing out the best tea spots to keep warm. We managed to celebrate LSU Gameday, beach style. And to solidify our Belgianness, we finally got a Liege waffle and fell in love.

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February: we made little weekend visits to cities around Belgium. It’s such a small country that you could drive from border to border in an afternoon, but there’s so much in between. We went to Dinant, where they claim the birthplace of the saxophone, and flittered around Abbaye de Villers.

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In December, we frequented the Brussels Christmas Market. Nayra came to town to celebrate JMonty’s thirtieth. We took off to celebrate Christmas and his birthday in the warmth and there really aren’t very many warm places in Europe at this time of year, so the Canary Islands were really our only choice. And a layover in Barcelona meant we’d stay a couple days and ring in 2014 there. It was fab.

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Happy New Year folks!
Love,
Annie + Justin

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24 Comments

    • well, we didn’t have tug o’war at work, but we kept busy ;) thanks adam!

      • Yes, it is tough to beat Tug O’ War as my most exciting 2013 event…. Enjoying your Blog keep up the good work and fun times!

    • my sentiments exactly! but it kinda makes me tired just looking at all of it at once! ha!

  1. Okay, that’s it. I’m adding Belgium to my must-go destinations list. You guys are great photos. My fave is the one with the duck’s bum sticking out of the water. SO cute.

    • it SO is! we love these quick trips. but actually we haven’t even used the train yet! its kinda weird for europe.

  2. That’s it. You guys are the most adorable, sugar-sweet, photogenic couple on the Internet. Brad and Angelina – SIT DOWN. If/when? I ever get seriously coupled-up again, I will email this post to my dearest with words “I want a whole album of this, please.”

    • take that, brangelina! (is that it?) stop it, you’re too kind..no, no..keep going.. ;)

      • LoL, that is EXACTLY it! I am sure you guys will give me plenty more reasons to ‘keep going’ in 2014!

  3. I love seeing recap post. Such an incredible way to remember all these sweet moments! You girl had an amazing year and since we’re living so close from each other i totally suggest that we meet for coffee!!

    • i love em! well, i love it now that its finished (that was a lot of work!) ;) i most definitely agree! let’s do this thing – I have a pretty flexible schedule (as in, barely one at all), so your choice!

    • it was pretty fab! are blog friends are totally a part of it too, mrs. gillies ;)

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