So much has happened in 2010 for the Global Geraghtys that is may just be easier to note the highs and lows (I do love my lists).
PFF passed the FS orals in February. Little did I know just how much my life was about to change.
Barnes Family vacation to Disney World. This was Princess' and The Boy's first trip to Disney and they LOVED it. I always love Disney and having kids is an easy excuse to embrace my inner child. And by the way, there is a relatively new ride called Expedition Everest in the Animal Kingdom. If you love roller coasters, this is a MUST on your next visit!
154th A-100. PFF started A-100 in June and we met some amazing people through this class.
We sold our house. This may seem odd as a high, but with joining the FS, we didn't see how owning a home in a Boston suburb would be a good thing. It was on the market for four months, sold for close to what we were asking, and closed early.
Our first assignment. Ok, maybe this is really PFF's first assignment, but we're all in this together. He loves his job, the people are really nice, and we have amazing housing for the next two years.
Family. We're all together after PFF being in Iceland for an additional year without us. Single parenting is really, really hard. And we are all healthy. You just can't beat that!
Flopster. We adopted a bunny for Princess for Christmas. I've never really had a pet, but this bunny is really adorable! I'm not sure what I expected, but he acts a bit like a puppy. If he's out of his cage, he will greet people at the top of the stairs when they come in. If he's in his cage with the door open and you walk into the room, he will jump out of the cage, smell your feet/legs, and then run circles around you a few times. He will follow me from room to room, and if we're watching TV, he'll come into the living room and just hang out with us.
I'm happy to say there really weren't any noteworthy lows. Granted we moved away from our families, but we can still talk to them on a regular basis (thank you skype and VoIP).
I gave up long ago on making resolutions for the coming year. They never seemed to work out and I always ended up feeling guilty/stressed. I can tell you that this is what I expect to happen with the Global Geraghtys in 2011:
Travel. And lots of it. 2011 is the year that I start 1:1 long weekends with Princess and The Boy. The Boy and I are booked for a trip to London and Princess and I are booked for a trip to Paris. I also want to see all that Norway has to offer. I know we're here for two years, but I'm hoping to see a lot this year.
Visitors. I'm hoping that our family and friends will make good use of our spare room in 2011.
Skiing. How can you be in Norway and not ski? We've never tried cross country skiing so that is definitely on the agenda. It has also been a long time since we've been downhill skiing, but we can see a slope from our street, so there is opportunity not too far away.
Fotball. What Americans call soccer. Princess is mad for soccer and I've been trying to find a girls team for her. No luck yet, but I'm not giving up.
Fekting. What Americans call fencing. I found a club for The Boy and he starts on Wednesday. He really enjoyed it in DC, and I'm hopeful that will continue. Now I just need to find out if they offer adult lessons as well.
The Usual. These are my daily expectations. To see the bright side of every situation. To see the humor in everything. To laugh. To love. To hug my children and let them know how much they mean to me. To let PFF know how happy I am I married him - even when I'm wondering what I was thinking! To enjoy every day, even when the day is not enjoyable (I must add meditation to my honey-do list). I'm not always successful in this, but I'm trying!
I wish everyone a Happy New Year and a wonderful 2011. I can't wait to see what 2011 brings us all!