Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011 in review

I started off 2011 with some overly ambitious goals that led me to completely fall apart with too many expectations by February. No joke. Lesson learned. Not making that mistake again. 
Keep it simple, Stupid.
 February I decided to resign from my job to full time devote myself to these studs.
With the relief of knowing I only had a few months left to work, coupled with the decision to stop pumping....March was basically 1000x more awesome than the previous two months.
Little d started crawling all over the place and just exploded with personality!
 Spring break was in April and I was in the home stretch! Mr. D also decided to quit his job and started devoting full time to the job hunt... a long, hard journey which would go on until December.
 May was the last month of full time work for this mama! Little d finally had a full head of hair after balding out in 2010. Have I mentioned that he looks more like his dad with each passing day??
 June was the start of two AWESOME carefree months playing poolside daily with Mr. D and little d.
 July... well, this kid had his first birthday. After an in-person interview at Eastern Washington [which he didn't get] and a job offer at Texas A&M [which we didn't take], we started hatching some serious plans to get out of Utah, while continuing on the job hunt.
 One of the last photos from August in our old apartment... getting rid of everything that would not fit into two compact cars proved to be a challenge and a blessing, and by month's end we were in Ohio!
 September I interviewed and landed a part time job at a gym and little d started sprouting some teeth!
Mr. D flew out to Massachussetts for a job interview but never heard back :(
October I started working at said job, Mr. D got flown to Miami Florida for an interview but didn't hear back from them either. Mr. D got a job at Nationwide insurance.
November I lost my job due to some unfortunate circumstances, Mr. D started working, I found out I got into the Boston Marathon, and little d became very possessive of his big brother Mr. Kevs.
 December Mr. D flew to California to interview for another job. We both felt good about it and he got it!! January starts 4 months of travel and training [Monday through Friday...we still get him on the weekends!], and sometime in March we should know where we will be relocated to. In the meantime, little d and I will continue to spend the next few months with my parents [they are SO generous to do so and we can continue to save a bunch of money].
2011 has been a crazy up and down year that has certainly been a challenge but I have grown and learned a lot from this entire experience. We are more blessed than we could ever imagine. We are healthy, we have a healthy toddler, we are closer to both our families than we were at the start of the year, we have new jobs: Mr. D with a consulting company and me at home with little d, and I am thrilled to be training for my first marathon [BOSTON!].

Blessed, blessed, blessed.
I am excited to see what else 2012 holds for us.

Happy New Year!

4 comments:

Have Your Way said...

:) What a great year you guys had!!!! Whoo!!!

Sandy said...

I love how you post the highs and the lows, Ruth. Overall, it sounds like a hard year and working toward the life you want, and I'm so happy you seem to be headed in the direction you want to go. Congrats to all of you! And hi to your lovely family!

Sarah said...

SO CUTE!! What a fun idea for a review! I might have to steal it (: love love love the pics...good luck for 2012!!

anna. said...

hah i love baby d's face in that last pic ( :

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