The Year That Was 2013

What an amazing year 2013 has been. After a rocky start with the lingering effects of loosing our dog Bosley on Christmas Day 2012, the year that has become 2013 turned out to be a pretty great year.

The year started with my mother and sister continuing their visit, and us taking a couple of road trips as part of their “experience America” tour, including a trip to New Orleans. Chris and I love that place, and it was the first time I had been back since Katrina devastated the city.

The biggest news of 2013 was Chris and I getting married. It was an amazing adventure as we trekked off to Vancouver and then continued our journey through Hong Kong to Australia. We had a great visit with my family and our friends. We also had time to get away from it all with a week in Palm Cove and found a new place to re-visit (we added it to the places we could retire to). Oddly enough, married life has not been that different to our previous 14 years of life together (which reinforces what our friends have said many times: “you are just like a married couple”). To me though, I still feel that it is different, but in that good way!

During the early part of the year, we also put a pool in. We both love it and very happy with the end product, even with some speed bumps in the journey to get it finished. We put this down to a learning experience, and blogged about some of the things you should look for when building a pool. All the issues have since faded away as we have spent countless hours enjoying our new backyard environment. We still need to do landscaping, but little steps.

2013 has also been a year of transitions, and we are very thankful for our friends who remain an important part of our lives. We are super thankful that we have developed some new friendships, and look forward to continuing to build those relationships. Over the past year, I have learned the true value of friendship, and plan on building on the foundations that we have established over the coming years.

Our year has also seen our continued relationship with our Little Brother, Trey develop. Both Chris and I have seen him grow up and he is has moved from being this cute shy kid, to an amazing young (tennis playing machine) man. Trey has become such a part of our lives and we both continue to be thankful for Big Brothers Big Sisters for making this possible.

Another huge change in our life this year was my transition to a permanent resident. As I explained in my earlier blog post, this “little” change has had a major impact on our lives. None of this would be possible without Chris, and we both often sit there blinking as if we are in a dream. The great thing is that it is not a dream!

A month or so ago, I made a post about the things that I am thankful for. Since making that public I have resolved that these are the important things that I should be focusing on in the new year. My next post will be about resolutions for the new year.

2013 has been a year of change, and for the most part, this has been a very positive year. This is the first year (in a long time) that I can report I’m content. And that, is a good thing.

 

Where Does Time Go?

So today my odometer clicked over to 45. Where does the time go?

It has been a question I have been asking myself for some months now. Finding time is something that I am not very good at, but I hope that it is something that I can work on. For now, here is a summary of life that has been happening since my last check-in.

A big life event was my getting married to Chris in March. Our venue for the wedding was Vancouver, Canada, and after just a couple of days there, it is a place that we will definitely go back to.

Brothers, mother and sisterFollowing our wedding, we traveled to Australia to visit family and friends for a couple of weeks. We got to enjoy some time with my family at my aunt’s house in the country (where we had a lot of my family there). It was Chris’s first experience of a real country, fly-invading meal. It was amazing to see my nieces and nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles AND their children all in one place. We had such a good time, and I realized what an awesome family I really do have.

We took a short break and headed up to Palm Cove to relax, unwind, and snorkel the reef. I had been up that way before (though had never stayed in Palm Cove), and this was Chris’s first time. It was pretty amazing experience.

After returning to the land of US of A, we had a small reception for our wedding with our friends and family here in Dallas, and then started the count down to when our pool would be finished. (A blog post on our experience building the pool will be posted shortly.) Then life pretty much returned to semi-normality.

Chris has been traveling some, and work has been keeping me very busy. We launch our program in two new markets this coming year, so there has been a lot of preparation and we’ll continue to get ready for the launch of the new school year.

About a month ago, while walking the neighborhood, we found a cat, who has become “Max, the cat” and now lives with us. He is actually pretty sweet, if not a little demanding at times (so much for cats that were independent and left you alone). Max and Colby tend to get along reasonably well. We’ll see how that continues to work out.