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The last few days have been rich, full experiences.
It has been almost seven months since all five of us have been together, and this is a great time for a reunion!
The boys have been working throughout the Holidays, making it difficult for all of us to be together at the same time. But, at least Christmas Day this was a reality. Using Luke's and Andrew's place as our home base we enjoyed the day eating, playing (including the annual Risk tournament), and just catching up on our lives.
We also took some current photos. You can view them here: LINK
Kathy and I made the long, one-day journey from Yakima to Fresno Saturday. Despite some bad winter roads in southern Oregon and a lunch get-together in Klamath Falls, we still made the trip in only 16 hours.
It is good to be here, to see the boys, and to share Christmas with them.
We will keep you posted with updates and photos later this week.
This past Friday was pay day for me. But not just any normal pay day, this was the check that put me over the 1000 hour mark of working for Target. (Mind you I had actually worked my 1000th hour a month or so ago, but because I am salaried, I only "work" 40 hours a week.
However, hitting my 1000th hour means that I can start contributing to my 401k with Target. Click here
for information on 401k. This is exciting because it is starting my investment for retirement.
I have chosen to put 5% of my income (pre-tax) into my 401k, as this is the maximum amount that Target will match and put in my 401k. That means that I will be saving 10% of my salary for retirement. Definitely not enough to retire on, but a good start nonetheless.
This makes me feel even more grown up. I am assuming life over the next few years will be full of more things that make me feel even more grown up, so this should come as no surprise.
Living in a more northerly climate has been interesting, especially with the annual ritual of snow - something that Kathy and I have not really experienced together for over five years.
Last week we got our first substantial snowfall in Yakima. In a 4-5 day period over 10 inches hit us.
But, the difference compared to our Edmonton days:
By today it is ALL gone!