- Holy fat! I mean, seriously. All that effort from years ago is gone.
- Another year of maintaining the status quo with my MS. I'm reacting a bit stronger to my medicine these days, but so far it's ground the disease down to a complete halt.
- Our family shrank by one as little K was transitioned to a friend of the family. Saying goodbye to K was hard because it was unexpected and he was such a cool little dude that we loved so much. This was our first really bad experience with the foster care system and the first time I feel like they really failed us as foster parents. Thinking of how much smoother the whole situation could have gone had K's case manager not led us on, telling us what she thought we wanted to hear, no longer infuriates me like it did earlier in the year, but it's still a sore spot. K's in a loving home and doesn't seem to be any worse for the wear, which is what's important in the end.
- And our family grew by one, as two days after saying goodbye to K, we took in and soon after adopted Jamal. At three and a half, he was the oldest child to come into our home, as we typically get them around 13-14 months. Going from a 1 year old to a 3 year old was an adjustment for all of us to make. Older kids also mean the first year both boys cared about Halloween, Christmas, going to the parks, visiting relatives... they enjoyed all of this stuff before, but this year they were *excited* about it. It was a really fun time!
- Work was a bit of a roller coaster this year. After nearly 4 years of consulting with the same client, helping write some pretty slick SharePoint backup software, I joined another consulting company along with the rest of M2E. Some initial misunderstandings about what work would be involved had me worried that I'd made a huge mistake. Before even starting, I took a 5-month hiatus to work with a former coworker on a new startup project. Everything got sorted out and I'm now happily consulting away for AgileThought nd trying to get everyone else I know to work there. 5 years after leaving an office job and I'm only slightly pining for it. As much as I miss interacting with other adults that aren't my wife, it'd be hard to ever give up working from home.
I hope your 2012 was a good one and your 2013 is as good as I plan on making mine!