Well it’s that time of the year again. We are coming to the close of 2010, and that means it is time to reflect on the events of the past year. For my family it has been a roller coaster of a ride at times. It has not been boring that is for sure.
As we come to a close on 2010, we Kelli and I have come to the conclusion that it is also time for us to close the books on a dream for now. Way back in 2008, we came up with the idea of opening a LAN gaming center. We put together an awesome plan (at least that’s what everyone said that saw it anyway), and set out to finance our venture. Unfortunately, as our luck goes, so did the economy. Banks would not give us the funds we needed to bankroll our idea. We have tried everything over the last couple of years to no avail. Personally I am quite disappointed because I had personally invested so much time and effort to get this thing of the ground, and really have nothing to show for it other than a mountain of paperwork.
With the reality of this dream not coming true, the reality of me working a part time job at a local burger joint is just not going to work out in making us financially secure. I have started hitting the bricks again in the search for a job with more consistent hours, and of course better pay too. My latest effort is one I am quite hopeful for. My father-in-law pointed me to a position with the BNSF railroad system as a materials clerk. This particular job started with over 50 applicants, which was cut down to 16. I made that cut and was selected to take part in an all day interview process. Part of that process included a hair collection for a drug test (boy they took a lot of hair for that). I am hopeful that I get to proceed further with this. However, even if this doesn’t pan out, it has galvanized my desire to keep looking.
My wife, Kelli continues to work for Burger King as a restaurant general manager. It is definitely not her life calling either though. She has made plans to change her profession as well. She is currently filling out paperwork and preparing the house to accommodate a licensed home daycare facility. She has hopes of getting this going sometime early next year. Her plans are kind of dependent on me, however. She is wanting to see how my job search efforts will pan out before advancing too far with her own plans.
Danielle is in 5th grade. It is her last year in grade school before moving to middle school. She is an amazing ten-year old, and has had a pretty eventful year herself. She currently plays in two sports, soccer and softball. She is a dedicated participant in both and has learned a lot throughout the year. There was a lot of drama during the softball season. Her coach at the beginning of the season was not really a good fit for girls of Danielle’s age. A messy decision was reached and a coaching change was made going into the fall part of the season. It was obvious the change was for the better as the girls played better, and with more enthusiasm during the fall than they did in the summer session. It was like looking at two different teams.
During the softball season, I became the unofficial photographer of the team. I literally took hundreds of photographs, and spent hours in the “lab” perfecting my craft. This eventually evolved into creating a website for Danielle’s team. I am now the webmaster, and chief media guy for the team (all volunteer of course). It is really fun to do, and I enjoy it immensely. It’s amazing what you can do with a little point and shoot camera these days.
Preston and Madison experienced several milestones of their own this year too. First up they both successfully potty trained and are now able to pretty much take care of themselves on that issue. They also both started their first year of pre-school. Preston goes on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays. Madison goes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Both of them are enjoying the experience a great deal. It has been absolutely amazing to see them go from scribbling something incomprehensible to actually being able to read their names on their school work. Preston is tracking the progress to Christmas using a calendar that big sister Danielle made for him. He is very into that calendar, and most days he knows the date better than his parents do.
Preston also went to his first soccer clinic this year. It was really amusing to see about 50 kids all running around the field doing the exercises their British instructors were bellowing out. These guys were great, full of humor, and awesome with the children. Preston really enjoyed himself, and was genuinely excited to take part.
This year also saw the passing of a long time member of our family. Our Siamese cat, Toby passed away after 17 wonderful years. He was an awesome cat, and is missed terribly by everyone. He hung with me through some pretty tough parts of my life, and we both came out stronger on the other side. While nothing could ever replace Toby, we do have a new addition to the family. Poof joined the family about six months ago, and she is an awesome cat. She compliments our other cat Alex nicely.
That is our year in a nutshell. It has had its ups and downs, much like anyone else. Have a happy holiday season everyone, and here’s to a great 2011 for all of you.