Saturday, February 5, 2011

What's New in 2011

This year has been off to a pretty eventful start. It's a nice change from the end of 2010 where I was starting to get a little worried about my lack of activities and the general lack of news that we had to share.  I mean, Bryan worked two whole blog posts out of one crappy commute home from school.  Two!

So, here is a little update about all the new and exciting things going on here.
  • I have a job!  I finally realized that I really have a lot of free time on my hands to do something while Dylan takes his 3 hour naps every afternoon and while Bryan is at practice in the evenings.  There is only so much Facebook and Internet surfing that I can do.  So, with the help of, I applied for some blogging/social media jobs and am happy to say that I am now a freelance social media maven for Sweet City Candy, a wholesale candy distributor out of New York.  I'm also doing some social media and writing for Generation Homes, a home builder back in Jacksonville, and there are a few other opportunities that I'm trying to reel in.  It feels good to have some kind of job and I don't know why I didn't try to do this sooner.  I currently work about 7-10 hours per week, but have the capacity to do about 15, so I'm hoping I land some of these other jobs.
  • I finally found a German language course that is affordable AND works with our schedules.  I go to class two nights a week while Bryan watches Dylan and even though I've only had 2 classes so far, I already feel like it's helping.  One thing that is really cool is the mixture of countries and backgrounds from all of my classmates.  There are about 10 people in the class and we represent the following countries: USA (me, duh), Poland, Russia, Czech Republic, Thailand, Kenya, Sri Lanka and Spain.  So, the whole class has to be 100% in German because that is the only common denominator language that we all understand a little bit. 
  • During the first basketball game of the year, some guy fell on Bryan and he nearly broke his ankle.  It took him 3 weeks before he actually went to see a doctor about it and we're still not totally sure what's wrong - possibly a bad sprain, possibly a torn ligament.  He'll be back to playing again in the next few weeks, thank goodness. 
Here is a photo of how gross and swollen Bryan's foot was the night he got clobbered.

  • Since putting out the request on our blog a few weeks ago for people interested in a Bible study, we have been introduced to new people and have reconnected with some friends from Wulfen to start a Bible study on a more regular basis.  God is so awesome how He provided for us immediately (seriously - like within an hour or two) after we put the request out there.  What a blessing! 
There are some new things going on with Dylan, too.  For example, he's going through a phase right now where he wants to sit on our laps a lot and have us read books to him, which is really cute because it's the only way we can get him to snuggle.  He also loves Bert ("Burp" according to Dylan) and Ernie from Sesame Street and begs us all the time every day to watch it on the computer.  One day he even tried to bribe me with a hug and a kiss to get me to put it on.  Dylan is obsessed with walking Oscar and he loves holding onto the leash and walking Oscar down the street (we love it too because it wears him out).  Whenever Dylan sees another dog in the city he says "Doggy!" then makes a kissing sound "Muah!" as it walks by, which is pretty amusing. Every day it seems like he picks up more and more words, both English and some German, which is exciting. 

Here is Dylan playing with his mailbox that he got as a Christmas present from Grandma. 

He loves climbing into his big laundry basket full of balls and throwing them out one by one.

Dylan is very tall.  He is wearing 2-3 year old clothes and is only 20-months old!  He is also finally starting to get some hair. 

Dylan is bundled up and ready to take Oscar for a walk.  No matter where we are going, he insists on wearing his bike helmet even if a bike ride is not in the picture.  

He loves these mechanical cars in the market places here.  Thankfully he is satisfied just to sit in them and play and we normally don't have to pay the 50-cents to turn the machine on.

He is also in a phase where it is inevitable that he will blink in every photo that requires a flash.  We have dozens of photos just like this one.


Cathy Z said...

Dana,Thanks for the update on your blog. Loved seeing the pictures of Dylan. He is growing so fast. Hope Bryan ankle is ok!! Ouch! Congrats on the jobs. Nice for you to have something to do besides being a mom, but that is a great job too. And put some extra money in the bank :) Hugs and kisses to you all.
Aunt Cathy

Anonymous said...

Good to hear from you Dana. I am glad you are developing things for you to do. Otherwise I would be pretty lonely. I've moved enough to know that being in a new area can be isolating when you are at home. I worked from home so that helped, but it did not help me meet friends and develop my interests.