Sunday, December 07, 2008

Our Christmas Letter

Two thousand eight has been an incredible year for us. We've enjoyed visits from friends and family, done a little bit of traveling, and have been amazed at the birth and growing up time of our sweet little Mya. To remember what we've done, I decided to scroll through my pictures to kick-start my memory of our year's adventures. You can (or have) actually read through most of them on this blog, but I'll give you an abridged version this posting.

Rob started the year off running the "Resolution Run" with a couple of friends- the crazy part was jumping into Lake Washington to cross the finish line on January 1st. Luckily I had the excuse of being pregnant to ward off the criticism of not participating! In March we travelled to Arizona with my parents to see the Mariners in Spring Training. We had a great time together and enjoyed the Arizona sunshine.

Family visits were throughout the year, one included a few Mariner games and a trip to the Zoo with our nieces and nephew. We had a great time watching them in excitement over all of the animals. April brought our last SNOW for the season, we got about 6" which was probably the most that fell at one time for us.

We were incredibly blessed by our family and friends in many baby showers and gifts throughout the spring. It was overwhelming how many gifts were given to us, from clothes to gear to keepsakes- our baby room was well stocked and ready for it's delivery! Between showers, we had home projects to complete, prior to baby's arrival. We painted several rooms, completed the nursery and installed our patio and fence in our back yard.

July 23rd rolled around and Baby decided not to arrive on her scheduled date. My brother, Mark, and his wife came to visit us on their way out of the country for the next 10 months. Unfortunately Mya decided to wait to join us, and they missed meeting her. Luckily we've been able to skype them, where they've been able to watch Mya and see how much she's grown! She arrived on August 2nd, and since then we've totally enjoyed our new family addition. I was lucky to have 10 weeks off of work, and loved the time of getting to know miss Mya. We had lots of visitors- many bringing us food and gifts, it was amazing. When Mya was 3 weeks old, Rob traveled to New Orleans for a business trip. He had a great time (when he wasn't working) walking around the city and taking in some of the local cuisine. Mya and I took a road trip to Idaho, we didn't want to stay home alone! It was during harvest, but this year she was just too little to play in the wheat. Next year for sure!

In September Rob was promoted to managing a single travel office, in Mill Creek, a challenge he's really enjoying. His new office location didn't change his commute too much, it's still only about 10 minutes from home. The majority of their business is managing corporate travel. If your company needs someone to manage travel needs, give him a call!

My last week of leave, we took a family vacation to Chelan. It was a really relaxing week, just hanging out together, taking walks and going swimming with Mya. I returned to work in mid October. At that time, I changed areas of responsibility from footwear to buying clothing and footwear for It has been a great change, I'm really enjoying my job, which made it easier to go back! I'm temporarily in the position (through May), as I'm covering another coworker on her maternity leave. We'll see where the future leads for my job responsibilities, but for now I'm pretty happy with where I'm at.

Our biggest accomplishment this year has been dumping about $22,000 in debt (since January). This is something we've been really working hard to do for the past couple of years. It was perfect timing to get rid of it too... with this tough economy. Amazing what a little self discipline and budget planning will do. It's helped our relationship so much- we stress far less about money, now that we know where it's going. We took a class at our church, Financial Peace University by Dave Ramsey. I would recommend the philosophies to anyone! It helped us take control of our situation (not a great one...) and to be in charge of our money. We've only got a student loan left, and then our only debt will be our house. It is so wonderful to not have any car payments or credit card bills anymore! It's so freeing!!!

The holidays bring us a lot of new fun and adventures adding a baby to the mix. It's going to be so fun creating new memories with a little one! We spent Thanksgiving with Rob's family and Christmas will be with mine, on the other side of the state. We hope you had a wonderful year as well! We're already enjoying the Christmas season, and we hope to hear from you! Thank you for visiting our blog!

God bless!

Rob, Julie & Mya


AngMomof3 said...

Love your letter... the photos are so fun to have included! I'm doing an extended version of a letter over the next couple of weeks. You'll have to check in later and see what WE'VE been up to (as if you don't already know...)

Give Mya a kiss for me!

Carissalayla said...

Julie life sounds great and congrats on the debt free life, isn't it great?!!! Turns out we will be moving back to the Seattle area, Jeremy got accepted to Grad school at Seattle U! Lets get together, we'll need some friends over there since we have lived in NYC for over 10 years, we are excited and scared but I have a peace about it all.
XOXOXO Carissa

Domrese Family Blog said...

We LOVE Dave Ramsey. We haven't taken a class, just read the books. Maybe now is the time to take a class and get re-motivated. Love the letter. Santa is hilarious!

Suzanne Holling said...

What a year! :) I love the picture with Santa..she is so stinkin cute. I feel like dad, because I usually say hello to her every day when I see her picture.