A blogging buddy of mine has done are look back at the last years ans I thought it was a wonderful idea and so have pinched her idea (I did let her know I was going too)
I was content in my relationship with my wonderful S. I was working at the Nursery with some wonderful people, S was working for USAFE in Germany, although we knew his contract would be coming to an end soon. Life was bright and shiny, and I was happy happy happy.
Then Feb/March we made the decision that if S could find a job in the US, we would all move together. It was a huge decision to make, but in the end it boiled down to just one thing - did S and I want to be together? Of course we did, so that made the decision easy - wherever the work took him, the children and I would follow. So in April (the 16th to be exact), S took off from Birmingham airport to spend a few days with his brother in NY before driving west to LA to start his new job. It was the worst time of my life - I felt like my heart had been ripped out of my chest, and I had no clue how I was going to through the months that we knew we would have to spend apart.
April was also the month I started my blog - thanks to the advice of my truly beautiful daughter A. My blog started out it's life as a kind of chronicle of feelings and emotions and procedures that we would go through in order to enable us to make the move to LA and be reunited with S. I think that my encounters with other bloggers helped to turn my blog into what it is today - pretty much a view of my life, my family and my gripes and moans about life around me. It is fair to say that I have met some wonderful people through the world of blogging, and I hope that perhaps one day, we will be able to meet in the real world as well as this virtual one (although not as virtual as Second Life I know oh wonderful daughter!) - that would be fantastic!
Months flew by, and before I knew it, my dreaded interview at the US Embassy in London arrived and went and the boys and I were on final countdown to our move. October was actually quite a traumatic month in the end, and when I look back at it now, I wonder how on earth I got through it without a truck load of drugs and alcohol.....My visa interview was on the 20th. This day was also my Mum's birthday! From that moment we knew that our Halloween move was going to be a real thing - that only gave me 11 days to finish organising my daughters 21st which was on the 28th, organise the movers to come and collect our belongings, and also pack our belongings. There were also final vaccinations to get sorted for the boys which in itself was a complete nightmare - but we did it, and on the 31st October, my Mum and Dad drove the boys and I to Manchester airport and deposited us at Terminal 2 for our flight to NY.
We finally arrived at LAX at around 10pm on Halloween night - shattered and dishevelled, but ready to start our new life. Since our arrival it has been a whirlwind of events. The boys started at their new school, a full physical at the doctors revealed that my body is incapable of converting vitamin D, and so I started to take a hugely enormous dose of Vit D (50,000 units per week) which I will have to take for the rest of my life. I also found out that I have a thyroid disease called Hashimoto's Thyroiditis - an auto immune disease which destroys the thyroid gland. It won't kill me, just my thyroid, but it does mean that I will have to take thyroid medication for the rest of my life. I am being positive about it though, as it is almost certainly the reason why in recent years I have struggled so badly with my weight, and have had to live on fresh air in order to lose even a pound. Once my medication is finalised, my meds will enable my metabolism to work properly and I may actually get back to a more reasonable weight which will be wonderful.
Then the really huge news - my wonderful S and I got married on the 25th November, and I am still wearing a huge grin. I sit here now typing this and he is sitting adjacent to me working away on his laptop. I can't help but glance over in his direction every few minutes, and I smile to myself because I am so fortunate to have found someone so wonderfully right for me. I have always believed that everyone has a soul mate somewhere out there, but every day I am gobsmacked that I have been fortunate enough to actually find mine.
2011 has been a wonderful year that started out brightly and is ending with a light so bright I can barely see past the glare. I have a wonderful husband, 3 beautiful and intelligent children, parents and sisters who I miss terribly, and a new family that I am just getting to know, but already feel so much a part of. S has a wonderful new job that means although he will have to travel more often, when he is not travelling he will be working from home rather than the office, so we will be able to spend much more time together and I will be able to work with him on his new venture. We have a lovely house in a truly beautiful part of the world, and life is just about as good as it can get.
2012 looks like it could be just as wonderful
I wish everyone a fantastic 2012
Remember, life is all about the choices we make, so choose wisely and live life to the best of your ability.
Love & Hugs to Everyone