Upon receiving all of our Christmas cards this year, it occurred to me that this year would have been the ideal year for us to include a little “year in review” to send out with our cards. We have done it in years past, but it’s been sporadic at best. Some of this may be a bit redundant for those of you who regularly read my blog, but here goes.
We have much for which to be thankful. We welcomed Jillian Elizabeth into the world on January 15th (almost two weeks late) whether she wanted to come out or not! Despite some complications, we were all fine and settling in at home by the end of that week. This year brought many firsts for me as a new mother and Jillian as a new baby. I have been fortunate enough to be able to be a stay-at-home mom and have worked part-time for a company called ActionLink, which provides merchandising programs for retail stores.
Over the year Jillian has grown from an average sized content baby to a rather tiny (5th percentile in weight!), VERY strong-willed, walking toddler. Since she is a very active little climber, we enrolled her in a class at My Gym here in Columbia (as a very early Christmas present from her NiNi and Poppop) and she loves her classes and visiting the gym a couple times a week for free play. This year I met up with a new moms group that I had been unable to join earlier on, but they welcomed Jillian and I and we have been getting together with other moms and babies around the same age since this summer. It’s been great for Jillian to make new friends and it’s been fantastic for me to meet other new local mothers.
We continue to have John’s son Josh every other weekend and for special occasions and vacations. He really loves having a baby sister and delights in seeing her and keeping up with her new accomplishments and feats. Josh is a typical nine year old, enjoying video games and Legos and is in Cub Scouts Webelos this year. He has picked up his father’s love of Star Wars and like his grandfather and me, enjoys taking pictures; we got him his first digital camera for Christmas. John and Josh are looking forward to going to NASA’s Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama through a program at his school this coming spring.
The real estate market’s slump did make its effect felt on us. We wanted to sell our townhouse and move into a single family home with a bit of land so that we could stop paying for a storage unit and John could have a real shop at home. Unfortunately, after six months on the market (and over 100 showings – UGH!), we had little interest and only one flimsy offer. Alas, is not the right time for us to move, and we will wait for another year or so to try again.
This year has also been one of reconnecting. Being somewhat technology-resistant, I’ve thumbed my nose at “social networking” sites, and resisted joining many. Lately, following John’s example, I have joined Facebook and Twitter, and I started blogging. Don’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it! Blogging has been a great way for me to share our adventures and photos with friends and family near and far, and the social networking sites have helped me reconnect with old friends, make some new acquaintances, and stay in touch better with family. I’ve also re-connected with some friends in person (where else but at Target?). It has really been great to get together with old (not in age) friends and see our kids play together!
Besides welcoming a new baby into the world, we have also started a new company, Enercient Systems Technologies, LLC. Enercient Systems Technologies is working to become a premier provider of wireless controls and sensors to the HVAC and building controls industry. Enercient was officially registered in the State of Maryland in October 2008 and will begin full operations in February of 2009. Enercient will provide wireless HVAC and building control systems utilizing the latest in wireless technologies and secure protocols. Stay tuned for more exciting news on this front!!
John and I continue to be involved at St. John Lutheran Church here in Columbia, where we have made some wonderful friends. John serves as the Facilities Coordinator and is a part of the Men’s Group, while I continue to sing in the choir and was elected to serve on the Cemetery Board. Jillian and Josh were both baptized at the church this year, Josh attends Sunday school at St. John when he’s with us, and Jillian loves coming to choir practice with me and even sings along! We’ve been introducing her to the nursery at church and she will soon be spending some more time there, since she is now fully mobile and a bit too squirmy to sit still through an entire service.
What a year 2008 has been! I expect that 2009 will be just as exciting and eventful. Happy holidays and best wishes for a great new year from our families to yours!!!
Melanie, John, Josh & Jillian Tindale
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