I wasn’t going to do a year-end post. But I was lying in bed last night, not sleeping, thinking of some of the things I did in 2012.

And what kept coming in to my head was how much I traveled this year.

Man, did I travel. And I loved it.

With kids. Without kids. With my husband. And without him.

I took a few trips to Las Vegas, my home away from home. Including one where I almost killed my husband. (Glad that I didn’t.)


Lake Mead. AKA the bike ride from hell.


A couple of cruises.


Sunset from Majesty of the Seas


A week-long adventure in Israel with most of my family, in celebration of my niece’s and nephew’s B’nai Mitzvah.


At the Western Wall. Praying.


A mother-daughter trip to New York.

Visiting an old apartment. 70 Grove Street.

Visiting an old apartment. 70 Grove Street.


Some time in Southern California.

Torrey Pines State Preserve.

Torrey Pines State Reserve.

A week at the beach in North Carolina.

Caswell Beach.

Caswell Beach.

A camp reunion in the Georgia mountains.

Camp Coleman, Cleveland, GA.

Camp Coleman, Cleveland, GA.

A 24 hour trip to Key West.


Okay, so it’s a little freaky.


A cousin’s beautiful wedding in Atlanta.


The husband cleans up real nice.


And, just this past weekend, a quick trip to Miami to see family and visit the new butterfly exhibit at Fairchild Tropical Gardens.

Inside the new butterfly exhibit.

Inside the new butterfly exhibit.

And like that, the year is almost over.

Thankfully, I don’t have many regrets about the last 364 days.

And I’m looking forward to a New Year.

I’m up for the challenges: work, teenagers, relationships.

At least that’s what I keep telling myself.

And I hope I get to travel as much as I did this year.

So, Happy New Year everyone. I wish you all a happy and healthy 2013.

P.S. Hope you’ll be here when I launch my redesigned site. Look for it in mid-January. All the same Dewlaps you’ve been following plus a load of new features.