State of the Union Address

Please don’t be disappointed. This is not a political post with me spouting my opinions of the recent state of the union address by the president.

This is the state of the union of MY address by me about how the first month of 2010 is finishing out. January was so full and busy that I can’t believe it’s only been a month since we celebrated the new year!

In a nutshell:

The same week Rick got a raise at work we signed our new mortgage. Yay. I know that sounds a little ungrateful and anti-climatic, but through all the ups and downs of the last almost 2 years, I feel like we had really released our hold on our worldly possessions and accepted whatever our lot was going to be. So, yes, YAY, for a raise, (of course, who doesn’t want/need more money?) and YAY we get to stay in our house, but we really would have been ok if things had turned out differently. I know it is cause for celebration, but we pretty much signed the papers and mailed them back and gave each other a high-five.

Josh turned 23 this month. We had a small family dinner at our house to celebrate.
A couple weeks ago he asked me to go with him and take pictures of him bouldering (his latest obession):

We’ve had record setting temps this month, so on this hike with Josh, dressed for January proved overkill. We were sweating by the time we got back to the house!

We’ve seen this one a few times, and who can ever get enough?

Abbie grew her hair out over night:

I mentioned at the beginning of the month that we were going back to the gym. I’m happy to say the Abbie has been faithfully working out 5 to 6 times a week, and Rick and I have been in the gym 2-3 times a week. We find that the more often we go the easier it is to start making it a priority.

On a sad note, Rick’s step-Grandmother passed away this month, at almost 95 years old, she lived a very long and full and blessed life. And we were blessed to have her in ours for the 15 years she was married to his Grandpa.

Rick and I have starting talking about a road trip this summer. Something we’ve never done: either head east to see Mount Rushmore and Yellowstone Park, or south to the Grand Canyon. I love planning and anticipating a vacation, so I’m totally excited to plot out our route and get our plans set.

All in all, so far 2010 is shaping up to be a very good year. The Union stands strong.


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