Thursday, January 2, 2014

Top o' the year

We got this from Ryan and Camilla. You should do it too! Apparently I need to work on my counting skills.

Top 5 movies you saw in 2013
Robot and Frank
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Get Low
After Earth
Catching Fire
Despicable Me II

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
After Earth (pleasantly surprised)
Ender's Game

Top 5 albums or songs you listened to in 2013
The Shins Port of Morrow
Radiohead In Rainbows
The Strokes Angles
Paradise by Coldplay (or "Peponi" by the Piano Guys)
On Top of the World by Imagine Dragons
Don't You Worry Child cover by the Piano Guys (feat. Shweta Subram)
The Little Drummer Boy and Radioactive covers by Pentatonix
Share it Maybe
by Cookie Monster

Imagine Dragons Night Visions
The Lower Lights A Hymn Revival Vol.1, Vol. 2
Mumford and Sons Babel
Celtic Mist Emerald Dreams
Shins Port of Morrow
Ye Elders of Israel cover by The Lower Lights

Top 5 favorite TV Shows you watched in 2013 (we have a hard time finding anything we like)
American Idol
Studio C
Duck Dynasty 
Dance Academy (Australian high school drama - still on the first season but I'm addicted)
Falling Skies seasons 1-2

American Idol
Studio C
Falling Skies seasons 1-2
Duck Dynasty
The Glenn Beck Show

Top 5 Books you read in 2013
The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
Theft of Swords, Rise of Empire, Heir of Novron by Michael Sullivan
Earth Afire by Orson Scott Card
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Furies of Calderon: Codex Alera (just Book 1) by Jim Butcher

The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
The Riyria Revelations by Michael Sullivan (Theft of Swords, etc.)
Rereading The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan
The Emperor's Soul by Brandon Sanderson
Reread of The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason

Top 6 Memories from 2013
Christmas with my family
Thanksgiving in MD and DE
Michele, John, and Anna's arrival from Cambodia
Anniversary trip to Carmel by the Sea
Burkmans come and visit
Half marathons
Lincoln learns to walk
President Monson helps my friend and saves the day
Heather visits for 4th of July
Bryce's homecoming
(that's six, right? ahem)

Going to Carmel with  my wife
Going to Europe with my wife. That was fun.
East Coast visit for Thanksgiving
Cool missionary experience in Vegas. Shared the gospel with a cab driver.
Conference October 2013. It was awesome. Blew me away.
Backpacking Yosemite
Reading aloud to the boys
Taking the boys to a Lego expo
Family history graveyard experience

Worst 4 Memories from 2013
Lincoln inhales a peanut. Staying overnight in the ICU after the operation. Hearing him cry.
Bennett swallows a Lego and I get to "find" it
Bennett disappears from the park for 15 minutes
Bennett splits his forehead open
Bennett pulls a neck muscle and doesn't move for an entire day
Joshy peels a large section of paint off his classroom wall + phone calls from the principal and the school nurse
Joshy cuts the colorful wires inside the neighbor's DSL box 
(and that's about four...)

Totaling my 230,000+ miles college car
Baby son inhaling peanut
All the political scandals. Because I'm political like that.
Bennett splitting his head open

Things to look forward to in 2014
A new vehicle
Arranging more choir music with Finale
Learning the violin
Natalie's wedding!

Accomplishing some long held goals
My children's birthdays
Date nights with my wife
Imagine Dragons concert
Family vacations, family reunion in June
Turning 8 1/2


michele said...

Wow, I can't believe we made it on your list of favorite memories!!! I am so honored, Adele. Seriously, we felt so special that week you guys welcomed us and took care of us. It was so fun!

Ryan said...

Oh yeah, After Earth! Very pleasantly surprised. And we did just see Walter Mitty and really liked it.

And I"m excited to listed to your music ideas too! There's a Cookie Monster song on there too! And I love the Lower Lights.

Yes for Falling Skies! And season 3 wasn't as good; we just watched it.

Good idea on the books; I'm already enjoying Theft of Swords.

See you in July!

Ashley A. said...

This is a great list. We will go to an Imagine Dragons concert with you! Are they coming to town?

Linda said...

Very informative. I want to read the books and listen to the music to see what was so great about them/it.

Enjoyed the family photos! (though I'm not sure why Josh Sr. looks less than happy)

Mandie Flood said...

You guys totally rock! Keep up the great living. It looks good on ya!

Mandie Flood said...

ps Where is Natalie getting Married? How exciting!