Thursday, January 7, 2010

2009, saying goodbye

What a year! I love pausing for a moment to document the highlights.
In January we had a huge snow storm and Janie got to play in it with neighborhood friends. It was a light, pretty snow.

And of course, a most historical event, on January 20th:

My favorite part of Obama's inaugural speech:
"Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends -- hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism -- these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths. What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility -- a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation and the world; duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task." Barack Obama, 44th President of The United States

Janie got her first haircut. It was not a hit with her.

I finally finished my website with the help of my friend, Andrew, and created a new logo for my design business.

I finished a remodel project with a very fun client whom I had worked with previously. It all came together beautifully. I will post pictures in my next entry.
Janie turned 2 and we had a backyard party in July with lots of sweet friends. The invitation said, "Come have a ball and play for Janie's second birthday."

A favorite treasure from her grands was this little house. She was so excited to share it with her friends.

We had many fun beach trips!

The fall was full of football games, Halloween parties and festivities and a lovely Thanksgiving with family in Asheville. We were all so thankful to be healthy and well and together during this special time of year. Janie had many Christmas activities...from The Festival of Trees, to numerous parties and of our favorites was a cold, winter night at our neighbors. We had hot chocolate, eggnog and roasted marshmellows and then a horse-drawn sleigh full of Christmas carolers pulled up and put on a show for us. It was magical!