Out with the old…

January 3, 2009

Happy New Year.

I have to admit that because I have been so preoccupied lately the fact that we are no longer in 2008 hasn’t quite sunk in. I guess I still have one foot planted in 2008 and need to make the jump forward to 2009 with the rest of the world. But man, what a year 2008 was for the Shacklettes.

Here is just a glimpse of what 2008 included: two job changes for Justin (Lifepics and now Gorilla Logic), a job change for me when texturemedia was acquired in June by Crispin, Porter + Bogusky, the sale of our first home and the purchase of our new one, a major remodeling of the new house, two trips to Miami, FL, a visit to the McClellands in Park City, Thanksgiving in Indianapolis to see Jessie and Shelva, Christmas in Melbourne with the Shacklettes, and the conception of our new baby (due June 14, 2009). We covered a LOT of ground in 2008 so it is understandable that I am not quite ready to say goodbye.

I am not one for making resolutions at New Year’s, but I do think that intentions are reasonable. It makes sense to take a moment to reflect on the last 12 months and then use what I’ve learned in order to say, “Boy, that was a great decision,” or, “Man, I never want to do go through that again!” The application of these lessons are what I want to bring with me into the next year and those that follow.

2009 is sure to be another banner year for us with the birth of our second child in the summer. Our lives will change drastically when we welcome this new baby into our home. Of course, Clare is my primary concern with this major change headed our way and I want to do whatever I can to help make the transition as easy as possible for her. (I’m open to suggestions on how to make that happen, if you’ve got ‘em.) Everyone we know with two kids has told us that going from one child to two isn’t just a matter of doubling the work, tolerance, patience, etc., but tripling it or more. Hard to imagine that that’s the case, but I trust these folks and am bracing myself for the impact.

As I take the next couple of weeks to think more about this coming year and what I would personally like to gain from it, I will take the opportunity in this post to tell you that we had a great visit with the Shacklettes in Melbourne over Christmas. Clare’s Nanny and Granddad were fantastic hosts, per usual, and the weather was ideal. We hit the beach twice, the zoo once, unwrapped countless presents, ate way too many cookies, I finished two good books (Tender at the Bone and The Owl and Moon Cafe), and we made it through two flights (3+ hrs each) with an awake toddler on our laps.

The pics below are a snapshot of the good time that we had in Florida.

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January 7th, 2009

Hey, we have two kids and I have to disagree — double the children is not triple the work. Just double! It’s what you’ve seen, and what you expect, and you’ll be fine. Got no illusions, you, just lots more love than you even imagined. Double, at least.

January 8th, 2009

Allow me to disagree–the change from 1 to 2 kids was much much easier than the change from 0 to 1. You’ve already made the big adjustments, already taken on the huge responsibilities, one more is simply a different kind of juggling act. You already know you can keep the ball in the air, and that knowledge will take you very far.

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