Here is a quick ‘year in review’ for 2013. We had a lot of twists and turns this year, but like always we made it fun.
Scott started out the year with more traveling overseas to AbuDhabi, UAE. In May he left his job at ADS and was between jobs for a few months. His contacts in Abu Dhabi offered him a job, so in July he kissed us all goodbye and moved there. In Aug he decided to give up the desert life and easy living of working out 3 times a day at the beautiful beaches to come home. He then started a sales job with Castle Medical in Sept and is now the VP of Sales for the Southeast division. His “travel” now consist of going to FL, GA, NC, VA and WV for a few days, however neither of us see that as travel when compared to the last few years. We are all glad he is close to home now!
It was a very bittersweet year for me personally as a mom. The hardest thing that I had to do this year was say goodbye to my oldest son as he went off to college for the first time. That was also one of the happiest times as well. It is so cool to see him start a next chapter in life, but man do I miss seeing his face every morning and getting that morning and night hug from him…Photography wise, I have found myself standing on the sidelines of many high school games with my camera. A local paper asked me to shoot all of the Blythewood games that they cover. It has been fun to learn how to shoot the many different high school sports as well as make a little pocket-money… a first for me. I did get to go to CA, UT, NV, TN, WV, and NC this year to satisfy my own need to travel and passion for landscape photography despite Scott’s travel and brief move to the UAE. I have been blessed with a family who appreciates my need to have time to do the things I love. My favorite place was Death Valley, and I will be heading back there this Jan/Feb again. Skydiving has to rank at the top of my list of exciting, fun, challenging, and rewarding things I did this year. I love it and am looking forward to going again this spring with some girlfriends.
Derek is going to be 19 in a few days! Yikes! We watched him graduate from high school being at the top of his game, and then we packed him up to go off to college at the Citadel only to be stripped of his freedoms and his feelings of being all together. As of Oct 12th he has reached the bottom of the totem pole, which is a great accomplishment. Yes, there is a place below the bottom and he was in it during Hell week. It is refreshing to see that each week he gets stronger mentally as he faces so many new obstacles that are thrown at him. We are proud of his new-found abilities to shine shoes, brass and clean floor (often times he is the human mop) and iron clothes! He has learned to balance his studies and all those other very important tasks as well as fit in 100’s of push ups and sit ups. He has lost 32 lbs. in the last 100 days at school and his room has become the knob social hangout…go figure! It has been so nice to have him home for Christmas break. He is remembering what it feels like to be human again.
Kaitie is 17 and is a senior this year. She is busy with her social life and is working hard in school. She is gearing up for another spring season in Lacrosse. She has a break in-between classes where she comes home and I have really enjoyed that time with just her. She is so precious. I wish you all knew her like I do. I am really going to miss her wonderful personality when she goes off to USC-Beaufort or College of Charleston next fall. She has been blessed having an easy job this semester of picking up some kids after school and taking them home. Scott and I like this too as now she has her own spending money. She just got back from another trip in New York with her dad and really enjoyed herself. Life has been good to KT this year!
Aidan is 14 and a freshman in high school. He is still involved in baseball almost year round and is a hunting machine during hunting season. He is a very happy person and shows it everyday with his witty sense of humor. He has picked up where his brother left off with helping around the house, rat tailing me, and just hanging out. I enjoy our kitchen talks and am thankful for the mature person he is developing into. I am thinking of taking his phone away, though, so the girls will leave him alone! I was joking with him one day and asked him how many girls text him. He said, “too many to count!” I laughed, knowing he jokes a lot and said, “no, really, tell me.” He then started rattling off their names as he was scrolling down his text messages. I finally told him to stop! He laughed and said, “see… I told you so!” That’s my Aidan! He is loving being 14.
May the Peace that passes all understanding be your strength this New Year!
Hope y’all have a wonderful holiday season!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from our house to yours!
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