Sunday, January 01, 2006

Year in review

Happy new year. It's now 2006 and while I'll post about my resolutions for the new year, I thought I would also review the past year.

I looked for my goals from last year to see if I had accomplished any of them. I've gotten too far away from living my goals oriented life that I was working on before for some things. Now I live more off the cuff and although I'm doing the things that would probably be my goals, I'm just not specifically laying them out as my goals ahead of time. I think I'll be able to use the blog to help me organize and keep track of my goals going forward.

For the year in review.
January: I spent the New Year coming into 2005 at my parents. I sat around and watched college bowl games all day, it was great. My marriage was over and January brought about the official culmination of the end. Things just went far enough that I could no longer stay married in order to be with my son that I loved more than anything. I fell in love with the love of my life.

February: This was a difficult month. Trish moved out completely, which was necessary, but I also started losing time with Jonas. I went to St. Louis and saw Bald Eagles along the Mississippi river for my first experience with wild Bald Eagles, they were magnificent, but I wish I had more time to watch them. My brother took me out to get me drunk, to help me get over Trish, I didn't need it and didn't get drunk, but we had a pretty good time hanging out that night.

March: I found out that Erin was pregnant. I love her so much and am ecstatic. We start thinking about what we are going to need for a baby and what we have to look for in houses when the one I have ever sells.

April: I went on the golfing trip with my dad and brother again. This was a great time for me. We had lots of fun, but I really missed erin a lot. I started to meet some of Erin's family around Easter time. This was my first experience with her sisters and their children. I was very nervous about whether or not they would accept me. I had never felt accepted with Trish's family and this weighed very heavily on me.

May: I turned 29 and my divorce became final. The house that had been on the market for 16 months finally sold, I started looking for a new place to live.

June: I moved in with Erin's Aunt because I didn't have a place to live yet. We had made an offer on a house and it was accepted, then the owner's decided they didn't want to get out as quickly as they had agreed to. The sale fell through because the owner's hadn't signed the papers yet. Erin and I spent a lot of time looking at houses before we found on that we could afford that didn't also need 15,000-20,000$ worth of work to it. The downside is that it's only half a lot, which doesn't give the kids much room to run in the yard, but we're only 2 blocks from a wide open grass park, so they can go there when they get a little older.

July: Just finished moving into the new house and had a housewarming party on July 2nd. It wasn't a mistake,but it sure made it hectic for the past 2 weeks trying to get every thing unpacked and moved out of the way enough to have a party of people here. The rest of the month is gone from memory. I spend a lot of time helping Aunt Shel work in her yard and work on her pond. It's hard manual labor and I sweat a lot because it's one of the hottest summer's in my life, but it doesn't stop me from getting out and doing it. I take Erin to Springfield and we look at rings. I am going to surprise her by buying her a bigger ring than she's expecting, she's so realistic that she wants the smallest one.

August: I ask Erin to marry me. Erin's cousin Brandon is an expecting father, his girlfriend Jessie is in the hospital there are complications with the pregnancy. We add them to our daily prayers and go visit them several times in Springfield at the hospital. My two weeks vacation with Jonas is the end of the month. It's a great time having him every day again. I missed it so much.

September: Bryan Otis Leonard is born on 9/1. We go several times to see him and the new
stressed parents. They remain in our daily prayers and when Jonas prays he always asks me to say the new part that I taught him. It's cute.

Our son Jaden is born. He's kind of little at 6 pounds and 7 oz.

We get discharged from the hospital and put back in the hospital the same day. Jaden came home then didn't respond well, his temperature dropped so we take him to the ER and end up at the NICU in Springfield. We are in the same unit that our cousin is. It's very stressful, but the week off of work is spent entirely at the Ronald McDonald house in Springfield and going to the hospital several times a day. We also get to see Bryan a lot while we are here and I get to know Brandon and Jessie more. The trip is sort of a blessing in disguise.

Christmas is coming and lots of time is spent thinking about and shopping for gifts. Erin has her birthday and although she comes down with the flu she says it's one of her better ones. Trish gives me an unexpected Christmas gift of Jonas one week every other month. It's awesome. We get together for dinneron the 30th when she even drives all the way to Bloomington to drop him off and go over the calendar for the next year so I can plan everything that I want us to be able to do together.

A quick recap is easy, I found out I was going to be a dad, I got divorced, sold a house, bought a house, got engaged, became a dad, met a whole new family. I know none of this was in my goals from last year, so I did a ton that was all great and a lot of fun, Next year should be a lot more simple.