Happy New Year {Fine Art Photography, Effingham, Illinois}

Happy New Year everyone!!! I don't know about you, but I'm pretty excited about 2012!  2011 was a hard, stressful year for me, so I'm hoping 2011 eases up a bit.  I'm not saying it was a terrible year or anything, that's not the case at all, just.......difficult.  Me, my husband and our little guy (and our two cats, of course) moved from the Cayman Islands to Illinios, which is where I'm originally from.  It was a big decision to leave and not easy. We both left good jobs, sold pretty much everything we had, and moved here to no jobs and the daunting task of starting over from scratch. It's still a little stressful, but things are starting to look up a bit, finally!!!! It's taking a lot longer than I anticipated.  Think I was a little naive about how long it would take, or maybe just hopeful? We just decided it was more important to be close to family and to live in a country than one of us was from. We are beyond happy to finally be here and to be near family and we wouldn't change that for a second. Our move wouldn't have been possible without the support and help of our families and we owe all of them big time!  BIG time.

Change is a wonderful thing, but it can be scary, let me tell you!!  I've been a stress case ever since we made the decision to leave, which was actually at the end of 2010.  So yeah, I've been stressed for quite a long time now.  It's just in my nature to be that way I guess, and it's hard to shake it.  Hopefully the massage gift certificate Trevor got me for Christmas will help!  It was a long time coming, but we are now pretty settled in and moving forward and it's pretty exciting!  From time to time, I do miss Cayman.  Particularly the friends we left behind and my favorite beach, Rum Point (in my humble opinion, the best beach on the island! I know, I know, Seven Mile Beach is the best to most, but I'm gonna stick to my guns and say Rum Point!)

So, here's to 2012 and all that is in store.  I don't know what it is about New Years, but it just gives you a renewed hope for all that can be doesn't it?  Hoping everyones dreams come true.........mine included, and that 2012 starts with a roar (please see photo below to understand my corny sentence). Jason was happily relaxing in a sunbeam on the floor until I disturbed him. Poor thing.  At this moment he is outside but wants in really, really, REALLY bad.  He's crawling up the outside of the house as close as he can get to where I'm sitting inside at the computer, yowling at the top of his lungs. He's something else.