So long 2008

I was hoping that I would be able to end the year with a review in photos, but I didn’t get around to cataloging my images. Maybe I can do that this weekend?

This weekend, Mer and her Boyfriend Victor are visiting from Vancouver and they are out in the city.

Bev’s parents came over for dinner. Bev cooked filet mignon, with sauteed mushrooms, veggies.

While Bev was baking, I watched Journey to the Center of the Earth with her parents.

I have no clue where this post is going, but I felt compelled to post before the year ended. I feel a little behind because I still have quite a few video projects on my hard drive, and I’m behind in my cataloging of photos. I take so many photos, I’m not sure I can keep up with my backlog! My pictures folder alone takes up 1TB!

I’ve spent a few days working on Bev’s baking website. It seems like good timing because starting next year, she’ll be laid off from a job she has since college. I think if the word gets out, she could really pick this up. She seems to be a natural at baking and her cupcakes are divine! We’ll see where this takes her. I’m happy to be at her side supporting her creative endeavors.

On my creative front, I feel like I can really take my photography to the next level. As I look through my current portfolio, I feel like there are so many more photos that represent my best work. It isn’t until I rate them in Aperture that I can sort through them. I was going to do the 365 project, but changed my mind, I’m just way to busy. For me, I would want to put up something ultra creative each day. I just don’t have 2-3 hours a day to really do it right.

I got a little busy toward the end of the year with quite a few newborn sessions and one wedding. I made enough money to buy a Canon 5D Mark II, and enough to purchase another Drobo with 4TB for backup. I might sell my old one… I’m also looking forward to Macworld to see what they come up with…

A lot of people don’t realize how little time you get once you become a parent. I thought I was busy when it was just Bev and Me! However, I NO regrets being a Dad and I love every day that I have with him.

Ayden has been growing so fast. He four last teeth are growing in and I think they have been bugging him. He is growing to be a very active little boy who just loves trucks to death! Each day, I just look at him and go, wow… Where has my baby gone? Next thing I know, he’ll be talking in sentences and asking me questions about life!

This past TNC Xmas party was hosted at the Paul and Charlene’s. It was a fun party and we had some amazing food! Bev made Red Velvet cupcakes which seem to be everyone’s favorite. However, I really loved Charlene’s shrimp tempura rolls. Her sauce was amazing!

Who knows what 2009 will bring, but I’m optimistic. We have a lot to be thankful for this past 2008. It was a horrible time for the economy as the sub-prime mortgage crisis turned our stock market upside down. We are officially in a recession… It is hard to believe we were looking into buying a second home, but Bev’s job situation turned for the worse and we realized that we are very lucky to even have the house we have now.

I voted for the first time in my life (for Obama). I’m not a very political person, but I definitely did not get any good vibes from McCain and especially Palin. I would have to say that I was republican, thanks to Regan. But the both Bush administrations really left a bad taste in my mouth. I can’t complain, I didn’t vote last time. So I’m hopeful Obama can make a positive change.

It was probably a bad year in general for a lot of people, but there’s always peaks and valleys in life. It just sucks when we are in the valley because it is harder to see the brighter side of things. We’ll just have to ride this storm out… I’m optimistic things will get better.

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