Tonight, as the house is quiet following quite a fun and festive New Years celebration with our best friends, I'm feeling reflective. I guess a "new year" does that to you, even if you previously thought you really wouldn't bother blogging a reflection post. Ah well, here I am! 2014 was quite a special and important year for me.
Our home was finished being constructed and we were able to move in on February 6th. Our journey into home ownership has been such a positive experience. We have loved living in our neighbourhood, and our place has felt cozy and right for us from the moment we got the keys. We've been enjoying picking out some new furniture and decor, and have been able to host some nice gatherings with our friends and family here. We hope to do a lot more hosting in the coming years, as the space continues to come together. In 2015, our goal is most likely to paint over the horrible builder's paint in the main areas of the house. It will be quite the interesting process as we try to pick out paint colours for such large areas of the home! I also hope to hang some more pictures, and to get an overhead light for our dining room area and a nice, large mirror for above a buffet storage cabinet we have in that room.
Mr. Lock and I enjoyed events leading up to our wedding, and were overjoyed by how perfect and special our wedding day was on May 24, 2014. Just two days before that, Mr. Lock turned the milestone age of 30. Sometimes when I think back on my earlier 20s when I was so eager for marriage and domestic life, I am thankful in the end for the direction my life went. Mr. Lock is such a fantastic husband. He is kind, fair, accepting, helpful around the house, and is an excellent cook. I am very, very lucky and I am thankful every day!
In the summer, we enjoyed our honeymoon vacation to the East Coast of Canada immensely. What a beautiful place to be!
In September, I began teaching kindergarten. This was the grade I went into this career hoping to teach one day, so it felt very special to have that dream realized. It was a very challenging transition, in the end, and I had many moments of frustration as I adjusted to a much different educational world than the grades I had taught before (grades 1 - 4). Kindergarten is certainly a very unique grade. I have since learned more about the age group I am working with, and my confidence as a kindergarten teacher is returning. I do love the age of the children, and my students are so sweet and are learning so much! I am actually happy to return to work on Monday! Shocking as that may seem to some people, haha. But I do love my job!
2014 was certainly a year to remember. As we move forward to 2015, I'm excited by the prospect of adding to our family (hopefully! Though I don't want to jinx myself so I may not talk much about that until it happens, haha). We shall start with adding a fur-baby, a Wheaten Terrier/Poodle Cross which we should be bringing home from the breeder in February! We haven't "picked our puppy" yet; but the litter was born December 7th, and mid-January we should get to go and pick the one we will be calling our own.
Thanks for a wonderful year, 2014. You were very good to me! Cheers to another wonderful year in 2015! My 30th year!