A Year in Review – 2012

Looking back I can hardly believe all that we have packed into this year. There are times when it feels like it is all going by so fast, and then there are moments like this; where I think about everything we have packed into the last twelve months.

San Francisco
We began the year with a trip to San Francisco, a romantic getaway for the Valentines day weekend, and also so that I could speak at a technology start-up conference. Despite the fact that it was a working weekend we had a great time walking around the city and taking in the sights. Our trip happened to coincide with the Chinese New Year celebrations, the parade for which passed right outside our hotel!

   

New House
The following month we found a house and began the process of applying for a mortgage. Fortunately it took only a few more weeks before we were moving into our new home. Meaghan’s family came to visit to help us get settled in and put some paint on the walls. Some of our initial energy for decorating has tailed off from when we first moved in. We managed to get the living room, downstairs bathroom, guest bedroom, nursery, and my office painted though; and I’m calling that a success. Looking forward to getting a few more rooms done this year. It’s great to be able to modify the house however we like. Having rented for over twelve years I really appreciate the freedom.

Pregnant
Almost exactly the same week as we found our new house, we also learned that Meaghan was pregnant! Fantastic news and perfect timing with the house. Everything was coming together nicely. A few short months later we found out that we were having a baby girl.

  

New Job
It wasn’t too long after we moved in that I started my new job at Arris. I’m now the Web Architect building their next generation workforce management software solutions. The office is located close to our new house, which cut two hours a day from my commute. Getting ten hours a week back is worth the price of admission alone. I’m also really enjoying myself there. We’re solving some great problems with a really fun team.

New Car
In part to celebrate my new position, but also in preparation for the arrival of Rowen, I got a new car; one that could fit a carseat in the back. I settled on a practical family vehicle; a Subaru Impreza STi.

Stu's Impreza WRX STi-XL

China
I flew to China for a week on a business trip with Arris. It was my first visit to Asia and I was awed at the scope of both Hong Kong and Shenzhen. The cities and population there are on a scale I’m just not used to. Everyone we met was extremely friendly and our hosts spent every night of our visit showing us around their amazing city. I sampled countless different local cuisines, saw some amazing sights, and managed to capture a few great photographs.

 

Rowen
Of course the greatest news this year was the healthy birth of our daughter Rowen. I’ve taken many pictures already, shared some on FaceBook and on our photo site. I can already tell she’s going to be a very well photographed baby. She’s a joy to be around and Meaghan feel very lucky to have her as part of our family. She was born a healthy 8lbs 10oz, and from the moment she entered the world let forth a mighty cry; a practice she has continued ever since.

Rowen 

It’s amazing to watch the ways in which she has changed in just a few short months. I can hardly believe the changes in her facial expressions, her awareness of the world around her, and everything down to the small details of how her fingers and toes have grown and taken shape. Every day I see her I see something new and some of my favorite times are first thing in the morning when she wakes with a beautiful smile. I love to see her smile and it’s clear from her smiles that she’s a really happy baby.

 

Visitors
We’ve had a variety of visitors this year, mostly coming to see Rowen (we know where we rank!). Both sets of grandparents, her Aunt Mandy, Uncle Chris, and cousin Cole, as well as many of our friends. It’s been great to see everyone and introduce them to our new addition. My parents came to visit us in the New Year, to meet Rowen, and to help me celebrate my birthday.   Here’s looking forward to a fantastic 2013 as well!

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