2011 – Part I
Well it’s the last day of 2011 and here I am, finally getting the motivation, chance and a spare moment of time, to sit down and type something up. It’s not that I haven’t wanted to blog, because I have, but I just couldn’t find the words to express exactly what was going on inside my heart. I didn’t know what to share. I had half a dozen partially completed posts waiting to be published and I never was able to finish them. There was just no meaning in it at the time.
But in the last few weeks I’ve found something inside me that’s wanting to restore this blog for our family and friends scattered around the country (and even world). I felt a sadness in my heart when I viewed our old blog designs and realized none of them were quite what I was after. So I set out to work, designed something completely from scratch and I love it. It’s just… ME and US. And now I’m feeling the motivation to post and update you all on our life over the past 6 months.
And what a crazy 6 months it has been. We completed our move to Sierra Vista, AZ and have settled in. Although it is not all that we expected, we are making the best, learning every day and growing closer as a family. This little bit of time away from our family and friends has created a bond between the three of us that I do not believe could have been found elsewhere – and for that I am oh-so-thankful and blessed.
Now – because it IS the start of brand new year, I’d like to share some of my favorite photos and the memories that mean the most to me from the past year. I want to wrap up 2011 so that we can move into 2012 with our new goals and dreams at the top, instead of looking back into the past. And you’ll get to see just how much the little man has grown (and he truly is a little man these days).
January found us just a month into reintegration after Homecoming. It was as if Eric and I were getting to truly live the newlywed stage, despite being married for almost a year at that point. Jacob was just a wee baby of 4 months old and ready to try solid foods for the first time. Carrots, of course, as suggested by all of the experts. What we discovered? It just wasn’t time for him and he wasn’t quite ready! So we continued with the milk and waited a few months longer before trying out our own version of baby led weaning.
February brought Jacob’s half birthday and our first anniversary, which was spent celebrating at our favorite restaurant in Manitou Springs – The Cliff House. Jacob was in tow, of course and with a little bit of iPad action was a sweet baby. We also discovered at the Superbowl party that Jacob is not a fan of loud noises and found the cheers of those in attendance rather scary.
In March the weather warmed up just enough for us to venture outside to the nearest park. Jacob took his first ride on the swings with Daddy and giggled the entire time. I must say, he is quite an adrenaline junkie and I have a feeling he’s going to enjoy jumping off the couch and scaring us on a daily basis. Personally – my work at home endeavors really picked up and I began working full time from home for a company based in Australia, which has been a blessing, even more than I could have hoped for.
April found us preparing for the biggest change in our lives to date – a move across the country. Eric was offered a job in Sierra Vista, AZ. We accepted and started planning for our new adventure. Another big change – I was able to quit my job at The Broadmoor (where I’d worked evenings and holidays for almost 4 years) and begin working from home instead. I spent my days in the upstairs office with Jacob playing just a few feet away and in the evenings I was finally able to share dinner with my family and help tuck Jacob into bed. We spent Jacob’s first Easter at Sunday Brunch at the restaurant in celebration and I received a wonderful parting gift – a complementary lunch paid for by the Assistant Food and Beverage Director. After what had been a great, but at times trying, tenure at The Broadmoor, this final action by the Assistant F&B Director really allowed me to walk away from a job that I had enjoyed for so long on a final sweet note (and I’m not just talking about the scrumptious desserts I had either).
May was a whirlwind for us. In the early part of the month Eric served his last day as a soldier in the Colorado National Guard. After serving over 7 years and multiple deployments (both stateside and abroad), he made the decision to complete his service and we haven’t looked back. Although I will miss seeing him in his uniform… The rest of the month was full of packing tape (which Jacob was afraid of), boxes, packing paper and movers. Eric left for Sierra Vista just a few weeks into May (a day or so after Jacob’s future best friend, Connor was born) to find us a place to live, while Jacob and I packed up the rest of the house, watched it get loaded onto a truck and hauled away before our eyes. The moving process was actually very difficult and we had a few things (including a fair amount of cash) stolen by our packing crew, which made my day much more stressful than it needed to be. But with our heads held high Jacob and I loaded up the car and began the 12 hour drive south to Arizona. My Dad was unbelievably generous and offered to get us a hotel room in New Mexico for the evening, and after such a stressful day this true act of kindness brought tears to my eyes (and still does when I think about it). We made it safely to Sierra Vista the next day and our family was reunited once again, just as our adventure was about to begin.
And because this post is already way too long and I have a lot to fill you in on for the remaining months of 2011, I’ll be doing 1 month per day during the next week to celebrate the arrival of 2012!! That includes lots of pictures and videos of Jacob’s birthday, my new business and of course lots of updates about Jacob walking, talking and becoming the amazing little man that he is.