I guess for those who have not either been hiding under a rock or are temporally challenged it doesn’t come as news that it is a New Year. A lot happened last year in my family. A new baby, a toddler growing older, an impotent attempt at selling our house, new passion for my wife and slacking on a passion for me.
We welcomed our newest son Henry last April. He’s been a joy, and 9 months on now he is getting big. Big, mobile (crawling like crazy now), starting to vocalize and a general joy. His big brother is even bigger and sassier now. I thought it was standard, until I was around more toddlers his age, but he talks in complete and often times complex sentences now, at not quite, 3. He is basically potty trained, which is wonderful, and has been for a while now. He also says the darndest things (don’t all kids?). They have also become best of friends, with Henry looking up to his big brother and both having a blast playing together.
We attempted to sell our house, which turned out to just be the wrong time to do it, who knew? Our neighborhood seemed to be somewhat housing depression resistant…at least until we tried to sell our house, with prices crashing 10% over the course of about 6 months in our neighborhood. Interested buyers we had, about 50 viewings, 6 requests for disclosures, more than half a dozen seconds visits (and one person who visited 5 times) and several crazy and really bad offers over the course of about 5 months. We finally took the house off the market and have come to peace with living here for another couple of years, or longer, until things have recovered a bit more. We’ve buckled down to just fixing our house up even more, mostly for ourselves, and making storage and space more efficient for our larger family.
My wife has gained a passion for Yoga over the course of the past year. This has progressed to recently enrolling in a Yoga teacher training/certification program through her local studio so that she can begin teaching classes once she completes it in 10 months. Part time job, extra income, maybe balancing my wife sanity (not that she needs it) and something she loves to do. Sounds good to me.
My waning passion has been with photography. It isn’t that I don’t love photography still. I do. It’s just with everything going on, all my time sucks have prevented me from really being able to enjoy it. With a toddler who is…well…willful, my “I love to pose for pictures” model has evaporated in to an, “if I am bribed I might consider it, if I am in the mood” model. Add in a baby who isn’t quite old enough to know what stationary means unless he is asleep and not enough daylight hours in the day (okay, not enough hours period), oh and did I mention the soul crushing experience trying to sell our house? And photography has kind of fallen by the wayside. I still take pictures and enjoy doing it. However, getting “out and about” to do nature/landscape photography basically hasn’t happened in the last year, with the exception of some winter landscape photography last year before Henry was born and a quick backpacking trip along the C&O. My diminished free time has also made it harder to scan pictures, which increases my reluctance to take them in the first place.
This year my resolution is to devote more of my very limited free time to photography. One resolution I hope to keep. A post Thanksgiving one I have managed to keep was to lose weight and exercise, eating healthier, not just less, along the way. I am not really a big person to begin with, but the jeans were just a bit tight the last year. I managed to go from 183 to 171 from Thanksgiving to New Years and figured out a way to reliably lift weights every other day (stretch bands, pushups and situps are great for “in front of the TV exercise after the kids have gone to bed”), and the results show.
I am hoping that my photography goal is another resolution I can keep.
W/ the exception of the Yoga picture (needed something Yoga themed to talk about Yoga), all of these are unposted pictures from Thanksgiving through New Year’s eve. Apparently I’ve been slacking on the blogging front as well. New Year, new pictures, and maybe some new gear (who knows, fingers crossed).
I hope your New Year has started well, and have a happy rest of your year.