2009 In Review

I’ve just read back over my 2007 and 2008 years in review and boy did that bring back a lot of memories!

2007 and 2008 were life changing years for us, what with moving our lives to a different country, welcoming our first child into the world…those are about as life-changing as it can get.

2009 has been great as far as settling into our new home, and our new role as parents goes. Nicklas is more amazing every day. He is 18 months old now, and the past 12 months have seen him travel to the States, turn 1, start daycare, and generally develop into a very funny little guy. He has the sweetest, kindest, cheekiest personality and I love hearing him laugh, and laughing with him. It was a struggle starting daycare, but this morning when I dropped him off there were no tears at all! It is a great thing to have so much faith in the ladies that look after your child when you’re not there. One of them in particular, is fantastic with Nick, and he just adores her.

Nick being at daycare has allowed me to go back to work, and school. In August I started a small home-based photography business and have done some shoots of kids, families, couples and have my first weddings booked for next year. I also went back to school to start work on my Masters in Business: Event Management. I’m only taking 1 class a semester, so it could take a while, but its nice to be working towards something. Then in November I started working at a local resort golf course, in the pro shop. The extra money is great, as is the interaction with our staff and guests (aka ADULTS!).

In June we took a trip to the States to visit friends and family, and Mike’s family all got to meet Nicklas for the first time. That is also when he took his first steps! We were SO excited! Now of course he runs everywhere full speed and doesn’t slow down for anything! During our stay in Detroit, one of the highlights of the visit was taking a tour of Joe Louis Arena, home of the Detroit Red Wings. The BIGGEST highlight was my brother-in-law having connections to get us into places no other tour goes, like the locker room! Here we of COURSE had to take pics of Nicklas sitting in Nick Lidstrom’s locker (the player for who he is named). As a fantastic surprise, for Nicklas for Christmas, my mother-in-law made a poster w/ a couple of those pics and had Nick Lidstrom sign it, as well as a toddler sized jersey. I think he was shocked to learn that her grandson in Australia was named after him!

When we got home from the states, Mike found out he’d been replaced at work (and essentially demoted). It didn’t take long for him to start looking for other opportunities, and the stars aligned to have something come by pretty easily. He starts that in a couple of weeks, and is excited but nervous.

If you read my last post, you also know that I was diagnosed with Post Natal Depression very recently and am still navigating my way through that information. Will update you on that in a few weeks.

As I predicted at the end of last year, this Christmas was more fun because Nicklas was into it so much more than last year. I can only imagine what the next few years will be like.

2009 has been fun, and jam-packed on the personal level. On the celebrity level, it has been a little bit crazy. The two biggest media-attention-grabbing headlines were most definitely Michael Jackson’s death, and Tiger Woods’ 11 mistresses and counting! Boy has THAT created a stir!

Some of the more popular people we lost this year include:

Natasha Richardson died in March after a seemingly innocuous skiing accident.
Golden Girl Bea Arthur died in April from cancer.
Ed McMahon died in June.
Michael Jackson also died in June, from an apparent drug OD.
Farrah Fawcett died the same day, from cancer.
Walter Cronkite died in July.
Senator Ed Kennedy died in August.
DJ AM also died in August (after narrowly escaping death in Sept 2008 after his plane crashed)
Patrick Swayze lost his battle to cancer in September.
Brittany Murphy died 5 days before Christmas after going into cardiac arrest at age 32.

It was not a good year to be a celebrity. Although, there were plenty of celebrity babies welcomed into the world, also, with the following celebs (and more!) having bubs in 2009:

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner
Ellen Pompeo
Jamie Oliver
Nicole Ritchie and Joel Madden
Chyler Leigh
Mel Gibson
Heidi Klum and Seal
Tiger and Elin Woods (we know how that turns out though!)
Roger Federer
Charlie Sheen
Sarah Michelle and Freddy Prinze
Cobie Smulders
Allyson Hannigan

Several friends of mine also had bubs, Emily B, Belinda, Emily S, Marie-Louise, Hayley…so happy for all of them!

And now, I have to go to that place I mentioned before…WORK.

Here’s hoping for a happy and healthy 2010, filled with love and laughter.

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