This year began with lots of travel and new adventures and ended with even more changes than I could’ve possibly foreseen at this time last year. Still unsure of our ultimate path, but full of dreams, “Possibilities” seemed a fitting theme for the year.
At the start of this year, we were busy wrapping up our jet-setting ways of last holiday season visiting relatives and vacationing in Oregon and California. From there, I got the opportunity to go to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas for a couple of days for work. It was a little crazy, but we had a great time and it was an exciting, wonderful trip.
Over spring break, we were on the move again with a road trip down to Florida to visit my Dad and Corky and to meet up with some friends to spend a couple of days at Disney. Along the way, we visited Mammoth Cave in Kentucky and hit the Vanderbilt Mansion on the way back in North Carolina. We drove a bit on the Blue Ridge Parkway as well, but it was rainy and extra foggy, so we decided to come down the mountain and head for home.
As usual, at the end of July, we spent a couple of days at the EAA Airshow in Oshkosh. Ken’s Dad, Dwight, was able to come for the week to see the show as well. We wrapped up his stay with a mini weekend trip to Chicago to take in Navy Pier and to go up into the Sears Tower Skydeck and stand on “The Ledge”.
In August, Ken and Kaden went to Boy Scout Camp together, where Kaden got to shoot BB guns and bows and arrows and all of those fun things that boys like to do. I think they both had a great time.
In September, Kaden started third grade at Clayton School. He loves being a big third grader and is starting to surprise me with how grown up he’s acting at times. He’s also been taking swimming lessons and has been working toward his Bear rank in Boy Scouts this year, which he looks forward to and enjoys.
Also in September, Ken accepted a new job with Air Wisconsin as a Maintenance Trainer. He’s been working on both learning the material and gaining skills in teaching through this process at the various training centers in the country. He’s been gone much of the time, being in either Milwaukee (WI), Philadelphia (PA) or Norfolk (VA) during the week and coming home most weekends. Kaden and I are needing to work together more during the week to make sure we’re keeping up with everything. He loves it and it has been a great growth experience for all of us. I admit I think we’ll be happy when things slow down a bit though.
This fall and winter, we’ve just been working on settling into all of these new changes. In the meantime, I continue to work for Miller Electric on their website. My job is one of the things this year that actually didn’t change.
As for predictions for this upcoming year, I have less of an idea about what the future year will hold than normal. It could go a few different directions, from basically no changes to moving all the way across the country, or maybe somewhere in between. At the moment, I feel more like a spectator – curious about what will happen in the next act of this play called “life”. We’ll have to stay tuned and see where the wind takes us, no?