I did a terrible job keeping my blog up-to-date during the second half of 2012. It completely feel off my radar. So I’ll take a moment here to catch-up.
In August, I changed jobs again, returning to my previous position as Work and Family Life Lead at the Fleet and Family Support Center. I wasn’t truly fulfilled with my job in the marketing world, so when my previous position became vacant, I happily accepted it back.
Also in August, we decided to host an exchange student from South Korea for the upcoming school year. Sooyeon (Soo) came to live with us in late August, and seems to be adjusting well. She is quiet, but very respectful and sweet. She has done quite well adjusting to the new school, she’s made friends and joined the Junior Varsity Basketball team.
In October, my husband informed me that our dream of staying in San Diego until our oldest daughter graduated from high school was in jeopardy. There were no open billets for his position in San Diego and our choices were for him to go to the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, or the school house in Biloxi, Mississippi. So, Mississippi is where we will go. He will be going to Stennis Space Center in May of 2013 and the girls and I will follow behind him in August. It will be a huge change for the girls, Savannah was one year old when we moved to Southern California, and Charlotte was born here. The culture and weather change will be a lot for them.
In November, I realized that I did not have time to finish my Associates Degree through my local college, so I decided to change directions and just jump over to working on my Bachelor’s degree. I had heard about Colorado State University and their Global campus, checked them out, found out that they had a program for Communication and so I went for it. I started classes right after Thanksgiving, and have to admit, it is more difficult and more time consuming than my Associates level classes were. However, with the 8 week accelerated format, all on-line, it is much more convenient and I should have my degree in two years.
December has been busy with school, work, kids, and Chrsitmas preparations. I’ve tried not to obsess over the upcoming move, but with the new year upon us, I know that figuring everything out and creating a plan will be my biggest priority. We are hoping to keep our our new, beautiful house and rent it out, making it an investment property. I know that if we can hold on to it for a few years, we can make a nice profit on it. I also have to work diligently on getting our bills paid off before the move. I don’t know what the future holds for me as far as work goes, but I do know that I will not be able to keep my current job, and straight transfers in my company do not exist, so I am expecting to be unemployed for the last quarter of 2013, and trying to plan accordingly. We may be eating a lot of hamburger helper and spaghetti next year. But, even with the uncertainty, I look forward to the change. I will be much closer to my parents — a six hour drive vs 3 days, and will be forced to get creative with my career. I’ve had numerous people encourage me to use this time to focus on my writing and photography and see where it goes. I love that idea, and will be thrilled if it works out in my favor, but also must stay realistic and keep all of my career opportunities open.
So, that’s a synopsis of how 2012 unfolded for us It was a great year as we matured and grew closer as a family. Even though there will be challenges for us in 2013, I am looking forward to the new year and the opportunities for growth that come with it.
I wish you love, laughter, and contentment in 2013!