A Family Overview.
January 9, 2012 § 1 Comment
It’s been one exciting year in the lives of our little O’Brien family. We’ve had so much go on that we’ve just attempted to take it one day at a time. Our perspectives have had tons of beautiful revamping and we’re ready for 2012–filled with new, satisfying beginnings.
As a family, we’ve grown together and learned to rely on one another’s consistency, even when everything else has seemed uncertain. We’ve had quite a few financial struggles with carpentry and acting work being sparse, yet rather than give up and give in, we’ve had the support of good friends and pushed through these tough times. We’ve cut our budget insurmountably and made it through. It feels like after over four years of being together, we’ve got a good foundation and can move on to other goals as a family that are important to us including spiritual, physical, and dream-job-related.
Trever has continued to be the responsible, focused, and loving husband and papa that he is. In March he tried his hand at DJ and Emcee school, but decided it wasn’t going to be all that he hoped for, even though he was phenomenal at it. On April 20, he stopped drinking and has been sober ever since. It’s really been a great change for us as a family. Trev has worked for numerous companies and clients, doing carpentry work. He’s gained more knowledge–and tools–this year and he never ceases to amaze me with his gift to work with his hands. Woo woo! Nothing seems too impossible for him and he tackles any project–from his least favorite dry wall to installing stairs to fine finish work. He has worked for a building company, a general contractor and good family friend in Laguna Beach, and a myriad of friend clients all over. With an ability to do practically anything, he’s helped more people than I can count and I admire him for that.
Audrey has grown just as much as a person. She’s gone from a little shoo shoo to a big girl, turning two on January 2nd. She loves to build things and knock them down, read books, talk on the phone, and go on walks whilst pushing her baby in a stroller. In May, she even began using the potty and has been ever since. Audrey is unsurprisingly quite the ham, enjoying every minute of having her photo or video taken. She has made numerous good friends throughout this year that have provided her with consistency even with the changes that have occurred within our family. As she learns more sentences and puts things together, we’re looking forward to communicating with her more and more. We know she’ll make a great big sister!
I have had a great year being a wife and mom. I can’t remember what I was doing prior to 2011. My days are filled with playing with Audrey, going on walks, grocery shopping, doing chores around the house, visiting the Farmer’s Market, and–beginning in late April–making a baby. As menial as it may sound to some, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’ve also poured hundreds of hours into posts on my blog, jennylvoe.com…one of my favorite pastimes. Through it, I’ve had the opportunity to help other friends, new and old, with creative entrepreneurship, personal development, and community building both through writings and one-on-one via consulting. And with the impending arrival of our second babe, I can’t wait for all that 2012 has to offer.
As mentioned previously, Trever and I are thrilled to get our ducks in a row and are looking forward to exploring our spirituality more this year, getting my tummy and his heart checked out so we can feel better physically, and start our own business–hopefully a reclaimed furniture company–by mid-year.
Hope your 2011 was as eventful as ours. Here’s to a fabulous 2012, filled with growth, love, and peace.
If you would like any carpentry work completed, creative/business consulting, or just some good company…let us know! We’re looking forward to doing more with those we love and that means you!