I haven't really joined the Throwback Thursday bandwagon. It's been on my mind, though. I've been walking a lot more lately and thinking about, well, everything. :) One of those things has been just how much difference a year can make. For instance...
One year ago (roughly)...
House: We had just finished our master bedroom project, which was a solid month full of work that I'm still so very grateful for every time I walk into my bedroom. :) We hadn't done any outside work at all and had just started talking about actually removing bushes in the front. But nothing more, we said. Ha! Funny.
A year later we've...
- removed those bushes,
- planted actual plants and cleaned up the landscaping,
- gotten rid of the play structure in the backyard,
- had window well covers made and installed,
- removed two trees,
- had the roof completely redone,
- had the house repainted,
- gotten a new fence,
- removed our old deck,
- put in a fire pit,
- had a new paver patio installed,
- cleared out two dumpsters' worth of trash and debris,
- replaced all the gutters and screens,
- replaced the outdoor lighting,
- and other stuff I'm probably forgetting.
I'm exhausted just thinking about it. ;)
Work: Nathan had just started this new self-employment venture and had happily put his 50 minute commute behind him. It took a bit of adjustment to have him home all the time, but it's working out pretty well now and, fortunately, the contracts continue to sustain us. (Plus, we've replaced his commuting car thanks to last summer's hail storm.)
Education: I was still homeschooling three boys...enjoying the flexibility but not the battles with certain oldest sons, lol. Having Noah in high school now is going pretty well and is a good fit for him. It's still taking a little getting used to to stick to the school's schedule, but the homeschooling is smoother. ;)
Other: As far as boys' extracurriculars, some things have simply progressed...like archery (where both Micah and Noah continue to participate on their JOAD team, though both have gone up a division and changed their equipment) and karate (where Micah's gone from a blue to a high blue to a red belt and is now on the demo team and where Asher's gone from a high red to a brown to a high brown belt (and is still on the demo team)).
Other things have changed altogther...like Noah no longer doing swim team and Asher stopping clarinet lessons and Asher starting gymnastics.
So. Yeah. Not really an overly exciting post, and I'm sure I'm leaving stuff out. Just rambling and musing on the past year. :) Here's to a less eventful year to come?