Wednesday, December 31, 2008

2008. What a Year it was!

2008 will soon be but another memory. With the arrival of 2009, I can’t help but to reflect on what 2008 has been and what it meant. It has been a great year. Although there is not much of a significant progress in my own career, my wife’s career has certainly taken a great leap forward, although it comes with more responsibility, accountability and stress. From the family perspective, we see the addition of little Ryan into our family, a bundle of joy, a handful of responsibility and certainly a major factor in the changes of our lifestyles and priorities.

We have graduated from just a newly married couple with not many worries in the world to new parents with more worries than the world. From a happy-go-lucky couple who could practically just pack and drive for hours for a golfing holiday, to a couple who need to plan months ahead and take an entire day to pack to stuff that we need to bring along (which is like the entire house!). From a couple frequently found at Bernards, Champs or some nice restaurants or pubs on Fridays and Saturdays to a couple sitting at home busy trying to get Ryan to bed, expressing breast milk and getting his next feed ready before he screams his lung off.

2008 sees a golf addict (or so my wife claims) who frequents the driving range at Tropicana Golf and Country Resort every alternate day and hitting 200 to 300 balls, turning in my gloves and storing my golf bag in the store room rather than the boot of my car so that I could have more space for Ryan’s stuff when we travel.

2008 sees a bumbling fumbling husband and daddy struggling with the growth of Ryan, the mid night feeds, the baby baths, the changing of diapers (not forgetting moments being drenched when his little fountain suddenly came alive!) and dealing with the smelly poo poo.

2008 certainly has been eventful and life changing and I wouldn’t trade it for all the treasures in the world. So, here I am, bidding farewell to a year well spent and embracing 2009 with great expectations, excitement (despite all the economic gloom), anticipation and a brand new hope for better things to come.

Thanks for sharing part of our journey together since this blog was created in August and we welcome you to continue this journey with us and become part of our lives.

HAPPY NEW YEAR from Daddy, Mommy, Ryan and Zoewe (woof woof!)

9 comments:

Irene said...

hehe... all for the love of Ryan. is like tiz loh, sacrifices... :(

happy new year!

Sarah's Daddy and Mommy said...

Happy New Year to you and your family.

Angeline said...

the addition of Ryan is definitely the most wonderful gift 2008 gave you two!

Happy New Year!

mssheepy said...

Happy 2009 !

May Ryan grow up strong and healthy!

I enjoy seeing his cute pictures. Thanks for sharing the whole journey of his growth with us.

Your wonderful posts have seriously encouraged me to try for a kid again. Will continue to follow your posts in the many months to come!

Blessed mum said...

Happy New year to you and your family!

lemonjude said...

Happy New Year to all of you...have a blessed and wonderful year ahead...

Esmeralda said...

Happy New Year to you and your family too.. Sorry for the belated wish as I'm not online on holidays...

So you're an avid golfer ya? Mind to tell me what handicap are you Rodney? So now completely no golf for you?

vickylow said...

Happy New Year to you and your family too :)

LittleLamb said...

Happy New Year 2009

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