Merry Christmas and Happy New Year dear friends and family!!
What a year it has been, for you too we assume…. Life is flying by and we hope you’re having many adventures and have a blast in this thing called life, which we feel we are also doing! What a truly fabulous year it has been!
We began 2017 living in South Africa (and really living it up), we are so blessed for all of the experiences we had in SA and for all of the wonderful and amazing people we met and had great times with and whom we hope to stay in touch!
By July 1st we started the second half of the year back in our ‘old’ home in Upstate NY. At first it seemed great – the kids made fast friends with new families in the neighborhood and we both became gainfully employed. While it wasn’t the same it used to be, we did find a new normal, of comfort and familiarity in our town – and started to discover new desires and hopes for our future. (I’ll get to that in a minute).
“Little” B started 2nd Grade in our town public school system and has been doing very well. Our boy is independent, resilient, and learns and does well in school. B loves making new friends and jumps into action and fun activities wherever he goes. This boy is a sports fanatic and loves baseball (go, ‘merica!), tennis, soccer, golf, and even got back into drum lessons.
G is a Kindergartener this year at our “old” school, where B had been going since he was 18 months. G is like the ‘Queen Bee’ we’re told and loves to be in charge at school. She’s learning to read and write her letters and she’s always offering a helping hand to the littler ones at school. Gigi loves gymnastics and recently has become involved in ballet and tap dancing. She loves to move her body and dance.
Big B completed his Army Intermediate Level Education (ILE) and is waiting to pin on Lieutenant Colonel (“any day now” which probably really means by the summer, ha ha). He recently interviewed for a job as an Investigator, which would be a new role for the the civilian agency he works for. B’s currently working full-time for the 42nd Infantry Division as a mobilization planner before he returns to the NYSP.
As for me, I’m still trying to figure out what I should do with my professional life “when I get older”, ha ha. I finally completed my Master’s (and that dreaded awful thesis) in March and then finally my ILE in November. After celebrating my birthday just last week, and being that much closer to 40, you’d think I’d have it figured out by now.
We’re currently thinking of selling our home and moving somewhere else around the Capital Region. We may be here in NY for only a few more years. Our overseas experience has truly broadened our horizons and has helped us to see the world differently and our role in it, and what else may be possible in our lives. No longer do we feel as tied to NY as we once did. While we’re not 100% certain yet where we’ll go or what exactly we’ll do next, but the possibilities are limitless and time will tell. We’ve put our intentions out into the universe, so in time we’ll see what happens.
We hope every one of you has had a beautiful and fun 2017 and we hope you have a fantastic and magical 2018! We send all of our love and light out to every single one of you and to your loved ones. Cheers to a beautiful 2017 and help us ring in the new year with peace, love, joy, and light in our hearts.
From all of us at Team Bonanno,
Merry Christmas and have a very happy wonderful new year!!
We were grateful to visit NYC recently and the spectacular Rockefeller Christmas tree and see the Radio City Rockettes too!