We are totally suckers for tradition. This year, we kept our usual New Years Day tradition, and headed out to the Columbia River Gorge. Last year, I had no idea I was only 3 days away from meeting our sweet baby. We hiked around (likely scaring the fellow hikers (“Is she going to birth on the trail?!”)). This year, it was about bringing Alba into our tradition. Like 2012 & 2013, it was freaking cold. And windy. Al was not the biggest fan. We opted out of a lot of hiking, and instead, made a few small spots and did lots of driving. Our ride home was right into the beautiful sunset. Last year was so special, as it was our last trip before Al. This year was so special, because it seemed like the perfect cap to our first year of parenting.