We gave our very social daughter a set of keys to the Intrigue when she started her senior year of high school. Because she always wanted to go somewhere and hang out with her friends, we called her “the gallivanting girl.” We told her that she had to choose a college at least two hours’ driving distance away, so she could study without constant distractions from her high school friends!
After falling in love with the University of Pittsburgh at the outset of his college search, our son started his freshman year there. This was also the year we started using smartphones, which made it easier to stay in touch, replacing our old Motorola Razr mobile phones.
All those road trips to sporting events led us to become first-time SUV buyers. Much more comfortable for long highway excursions; and plenty of space to take the kids and their friends to practice, as needed. Also, we got a good deal because the vehicle had been special-ordered without a sunroof by someone who ended up not buying it. We were fine with that because we’d never had a sunroof.
With both our kids in high school, going to all their athletic events kept us very busy! Our daughter played soccer, while our son was on both the cross-country running team and the wrestling team. Lots of trophies and memories!
This year marked the 20th anniversary of our engagement in December 1985, commemorated with an anniversary ring. It’s an ongoing reminder that staying together so long is an accomplishment that deserves to be celebrated!
Once we got back in shape, we had fun running in road races. The crowds and cheering onlookers made things exciting, even though we were nowhere near the frontrunners. We ran the half-marathon at the Cincinnati Flying Pig regularly for several years.
Mortgage rates dropped a lot this year, which allowed us to refinance and get a swimming pool built for our second summer in the new house. After that, we never minded the hottest days, as they were just right for relaxing on pool floats and enjoying the sun!
Soon after we got settled into our new house, we started running regularly to stay healthy. Truth be told, we had gotten out of shape more than we realized, and it was a bit of a struggle at first! It wasn’t long, though, before we built up some endurance and were doing much better.
After spending two summers looking at both existing houses and new subdivisions, we finally settled on a house plan and a builder. Work got underway in October, with a planned completion date in the spring, just in time to move into our new house when school let out for the summer.
When our daughter started playing soccer, she also tried to keep up with her gymnastics classes. That got to be too much for her, though, and she ended up focusing entirely on soccer. Although it’s good that the modern world has so many activities to choose from, there is still only so much time available!