2008 Year in Review
January - Rang in the New Year in River Falls struggling to stay awake because we returned earlier that day from Virginia Beach. I then lived in River Falls for a month and worked as a long term sub for the month of January. It was an awesome start to my career and I loved the experience! Staying in River Falls also ment lots of dates and seeing Enchanted! I also started taking graduate classes at MSU beause I could and they went well. Tim's family and I went to see A Prairie Home Companion as a treat and Tim and I got ready to take my family on a birthday adventure for my mom that involved a search for a two story outhouse :)
February - I moved back home the first few days this month. I had a bit of a scare and ended up in the er for a few hours from a reaction but thankfully caught it in time. The next day I headed up to the twin cities and stayed with Katie for MMEA. It was a great conference! I don't remember the rest of February - I know I was busy with being a sub in the Mankato schools, my MAYSO internship, grad classes, and playing in the Mankato Symphony. I also started cello lessons :)
March - Lets see... I stayed busy and we had some awesome MAYSO concerts and then I spent spring break with Tim. I went hiking in the woods by his house and got lost for about an hour before I found myself... Once spring break was done, it was back to the grindstone.
April - I went to Milwaukee with Tim for the National MENC convention and met up with Carolyn :) It was great seeing her and staying with Laura and Steve. I started applying for jobs - no bites yet, but I started that crazy process...
May - Classes ended in May along with a lot of other things. I had my last Mankato Symphony concert, last day at Perkins, my last night at crossroads and a few others. The other cool thing that happened in May is that I spent two weeks in Germany and Austria with the music department :) It was a great trip! Intersting at times... but a great trip in the end. I had a few bites throughout the month for interviews but no job offers during May
June - Started out great - we saw Death Cab for Cutie on Tim's birthday, I had a few job interviews and then we headed to IMC for the summer! It was the best year at camp of our four years and while it was stressful not having a job while Tim did, spending a lot of my free time searching, applying and hopign for applications, it didn't put a damper on the fun of the summer.
July - My internal drama about not having a plan for August wore on me the first part of July, but the Canadians came to camp and life was great! The last week of camp I had two phone interviews and one of them offered me the job and was willing to wait until I got back to WI for me to make a decision. I really enjoyed learning basic yoga poses and sun salutations at camp. We ended IMC on a super high note and the camp out was a lot of fun! I also helped out a certain ring that I would receive later in the year...
August - On August 1st I got in two car accidents while my car was parked and I was away in the course of one hour, and then signed my first teaching contract. I also went to a wedding of a good friend of Tim's (and mine and she's one of the bridesmaids), attended lots of marching band rehearsals, moved out of my parents house officially for the first time, got my first salary paycheck and settled in Sun Prairie for new teacher orientation. Over Labor Day weekend, on August 28th after a wonderful day at the Minnesota State Fair, Tim asked me if he could be my husband for the rest of our lives and I said, "Serioulsy?!?! Heck Yes!"
September - School started and it got off to a good start. Its great getting up every day enjoying what I do and then getting a paycheck for it! Tim and I started wedding plans and we set a date and place by the end of September. I also took a yoga class and it was great!
October - Was another good month. It was a month filled with marching band supporting the Marching Cardinals on the way and at State competition. The music convention was also this month and it was great to see other good friends too! I also started eating dinner with one of my co-workers and its been awesome getting to know her better :) Its wonderful having a good friend in the area!
November - November 4th was wonderful in lots of arenas. I feel like I witnessed history by being alive in a time where so many are so moved... I wonder how I will be describing it to my kids someday! The school weeks were broken up by staff development days, and the much welcomed Thanksgiving break. Tim and I split our time in Mankato and River Falls and it was nice to see both families. We covered the rest of Tim's family in early December.
December - Was another good month, but we failed to have a complete week of school due to snow days. It was a little hectic, but a productive month, and we were able to go to the Midwest Clinic in Chicago and stay with some more good friends of ours - Molly and Jason. I feel like we had a good mix of learning things in sessions, seeing amazing concerts, seeing some of the sights and meeting up with old friends! We both went back for a crazy two days of school before winter break. We spent a good chunk of time in Mankato with my family, then in River Falls and Columbus, Georgia with Tim's family. It was great to have t-shirt (or almost t-shirt) weather for a few days!
This year has been one of the best years and I hope to keep a positive perspective on things as the time to make certain decisions get closer. Thankfully its a win situation however it turns out and that is wonderful! I really lucked out! There have been some trying moments, but overall I think that my family and I are more hopeful this year than we have been in awhile.
I hope the holidays have been good to you too! Don't get too stressed out by the small things! :)