Today is the end of the 2011...it always amazes me to write that out 18.104.22.168. It feels like the Y2K scare was just last year doesn't it, and here we are bracing for the start of 2012. Gosh, thinking back to Y2K and all the "fear" is almost funny. I was pregnant with Haven around that time (she was born in May) so I really only cared if there would still be popsicles if all the world's computers stopped working...popsicles helped with my morning sickness :)
So here we are, the end of another year and as I have stated before, I don't do resolutions because they get tossed aside like a prom dress. So instead I will wrap up our year with a tidy little bow, and feel content that I think we did the best we could in our endeavors and we tried to live life to the fullest and appreciate what we have been given, well, at least most days we did!
This year had it's trials, mainly dealing with Finn's health issues and trying to figure out what was going on with him. Now we know and have begun working through getting him what he needs, such as therapy and visits to specialists. I will say, that he has come so so far, and back in July I would not have imagined we would be where we are. He is still lagging in some areas, but I am watching him make progress every day and I am excited to see what he will accomplish in the coming year. This year Grayson finished Kindergarten and started First, Brittan finished Third and started Fourth, and Haven finished Fifth and moved into Middle school. They are great kids and doing well in school and they make me incredibly proud daily. Teagan turned two and holy smokes she is a riot! This kid is destined for something big, I can't explain it but there is just something about her personality and her wit (yes she has wit at two!) and she is smart and sweet and just naughty enough to keep me hopping. Oh and my Finny, he is such a sweet boy, smiley and happy and lately he has been showing a bit of a temper which makes me laugh. These kids, without them our lives would be sad and lonely and boring, I am so very thankful for all they bring to us and for being lucky enough to be part of the team that is parenting them and hopefully raising them into five fantastic adults.
Personally work has been great and I am lucky enough to have my FT gig and PT gig. I feel appreciated and respected at both and given that so many people are without work right now, I am thankful every day that I have my positions and that Ryan has his job and that we are both afforded flexibility in our schedules so we are able to be here for our kids. I completed the first three chapters of my dissertation this year and had my first defense a few weeks ago and was approved with just a few small changes...so happy that I am moving forward!
Looking ahead I think this will be a big year for us. We are meeting with a developer soon to discuss building our dream house. We are also beginning to search for land to build that house on. This summer we will either be moving or finalizing the house for us to move or rent it out since our cut off to move away is Summer 2013 due to the kid's ages and stages in schooling. It is a scary and exciting time here as we begin these final steps, but it is time to make these changes for our family.
I wish you all a Happy and SAFE New Year, remember it is not about today or tomorrow, but all the days that follow. Make resolutions to be present, open, joyous, and truthful as those are easy to keep, and remember to tell the people in your life that you love and appreciate them, you can't say it enough.
See ya on the flip side!