2014 started out with a lot of frustration. Our living situation wasn’t ideal and jobs and money were lacking.
Now, as the year ends, I can only think about all of the blessings and support we have received from all sorts of people.
Henry joined our animal hoard in March. Due to our the previously listed situations, I was not convinced that getting a dog was a great idea, but we have absolutely loved having him. He’s adorable and funny and tiny. He likes to play with big dogs, loves going on rides in the car, hates water, and is like an annoying little brother to the cats.
As for the music side of our lives, we were both thrilled to be a part of Mid-Columbia Musical Theater’s production of Les Miserables. Aside from the regular symphony season, we did three shows with MCMT, West Side story for a high school, and the Nutcracker. We also played with the Washington Idaho Symphony for their summer concert in Moscow, ID. Mahler 5 with 8 horns definitely a highlight for me.
After a few months of waiting, my teaching career finally took off. My certificate showed up in March and I subbed until the end of school in June. I was very excited to get started and really wanted to quit my job at the hospital, but then I thought about what I would do in the summer and realized that it probably wasn’t a good idea quite yet. Early in August, I got a message from Sylvan, a local tutoring center. I had turned in an application 8 months earlier and they needed teachers. Finally, after three and a half years, I said goodbye to Kadlec Regional Medical Center and customer service jobs. After they trained me as a tutor, I got hired as a 4th and 5th grade teacher. I’m sure you will hear plenty in the future about that. That’s pretty much my portion of the year…besides the two foolish self inflicted injuries.
In April we moved into a duplex in Richland that happens to be right around the corner from my school so my commute consists of bundling up (for now) for a three minute walk which leaves the car available for Ronnie. We spent our summer doing housework and gardening. The floors were replaced by the owner, but we cleaned out the front garden, painted four different rooms, made a garden, as well as many other miscellaneous projects.
As for traveling, we took one trip across the mountains and managed to fit everything in. Of course we would have loved to take more trips…perhaps in 2015.
Ronnie also had an exciting year. His symphony involvement increased quite a bit. Something I don’t believe that I’ve blogged about is that he was a driving force in getting a youth symphony started. From getting the approval from the board, to holding auditions, to being the contact in town, he’s been involved in every step. The first rehearsals are set to start this month. While he’s not one to show many emotions, I believe he’s pretty excited to see this succeed. He also started teaching private clarinet and oboe lessons. Other miscellaneous things he’s done are work at a local bakery and house/pet sit.
So far in 2015, we went to the park to run with a group of people to start off the new year right! It was a total of 23 degrees, but Henry, Ronnie, and I all bundled up and took a stab at a 5k.
We’ve been having fun with my family over break, but I think I’ll save that for a different post.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
(I thought this picture was pretty good for wrangling three animals and getting a timer set up)
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