Another year, another year-in-review post.
Dorothy: We moved into our new home in Springfield and it is better than I expected. There are still projects to be done, but our new house suits us well – and I am still loving our pink front door.
We are well on our way to having a functional garage, with only the siding and paint remaining to complete the outside. While the interior won’t be finished for a while, Josh and the boys have already started to use the space for storage…and a few heated ping-pong tournaments. In 2019, we are planning a final backyard addition with a new pool!
Work: I started a new job at Mayo Clinic in January after nearly 11 years with Fidelity Investments. Our public affairs department managed the public roll out of not one, but TWO new CEO announcements and the release of a Ken Burns documentary about Mayo in the fall, in addition to the grand opening of a new cancer and neurology facility and countless newsworthy discoveries and patient stories.
And in addition to my Florida responsibilities, I was even offered the chance to accompany our CEO-elect to London in December to support his presentations at the US Embassy and the British-American Business Council. It was wonderful to see London at Christmastime!
Josh is constantly busy with the construction of the garage (he is the homeowner GC for the job), but he has still found time to take on a few new home improvement clients. His 2019 is shaping up to look very different thought, as he is planning a BIG announcement of a new business! (Stay tuned for more details!)
My Rodan + Fields business is plugging along with many loyal clients and a small team of consultants, many of whom have been with me for more than 6 years. It goes without saying that R+F has been good to us and while I don’t post about it as much as I used to on Facebook, I am still actively engaged in growing it, taking advantage of a new line of derma-cosmetics that has intrigued folks who were happy with their daily skincare regimens. I hope you’ll let me know if you ever have interest in knowing more about it.
School: Owen is excelling in school, even taking Algebra I in his 8th grade year. Both Matthew and Ben are also thriving at GRASP Academy. It is hard to believe that we have had the boys at the same school for 5 consecutive years. “School choice” means we are looking at a variety of options for middle and high school, but I know wherever the boys go, they’ll be ready for the change thanks to the hard work and support of the staff of GRASP.
As for the rest of 2018, we had some real highlights: an open house party in April, winning Spring and Fall soccer seasons with great teams for all 3 kiddos, trips to New England over the summer and St. Simons Island in the fall, laser tag and paintball birthday parties, and the delight of an above ground swimming pool in the backyard for months on end.
I was able to join my Mom and sister in Hilton Head for our 6th annual girls weekend, and was lucky to catch Hamilton on stage in Chicago during a conference for work!
We also suffered some tough losses this year, namely the passing of two beloved pets, Motor, after 15 wonderful years, and Tilly, after an all-together too brief 9 months with our family. They each brought love, comfort and giggles into our lives, and along with Dash, they’ll be sorely missed.
We trekked to Minnesota for a last minute winter vacation and thus, have capped our year by making good on a 4-year old promise to introduce the fellas to snow. Upon arrival, we caught a light dusting that resulted in squeals of delight! Later this week, we head further north to try our our luck with snow sports before heading home. These Florida boys are loving the change of temperature and scenery.
As for 2019, the #HappyChappies are planning several trips to see more of the USA and a summer Maguire family reunion to see more of our widely dispersed clan.
There is so much to be happy about and it is a joy to share some of our journey with you. May your year ahead be filled with good people and happy memories in the making.
Jennifer and the Happy Chappies