People sit back and talk about the “New Year” and how their lives have changed and what they will do differently in the “New Year.” But I really haven’t heard anyone talk of how their lives have changed in the last DECADE. Yes this is the end of a decade people! Did the last 10 years just fly by for you? Have you made the right decisions? Are you satisfied where life has taken you in 10 years? Seems like forever ago that everyone is in the Y2K scare right??? What about 9/11… no one saw that coming obviously and now it feels like it was a lifetime ago.
I am now 25, so I can truly say that my last 10 years have SHAPED my life to get me where I am now. From a Freshman in High School to a wife, mom, and adult! Let’s do a little recap of how the 1st Decade of the 21st Century has shaped my life.
1. In the year 2000 I was a Freshman in High School and when I left that summer, I thought that I had it all figured out… Needless to say I had a lot of growing up to do within the next 10 years to come.
2. Next, we move on to 2002 when I was a Junior in High School. If you know me fairly well, I’m a nutjob for competitive cheerleading. I cheered all through middle school, high school, and still coach to this day, but my all time best moment was becoming the first U.P. High School Cheer Team to win a State Championship! (The picture below is at the All Star game following the Championship – I’m on top!) It was the first time ever that an Upper Peninsula Team won the Championship (We are still the only school to have done so, a few times following that year) and it’s good to know that we were on top!!!
3. In 2003, I graduated high school. I had everything in place, and was ready to get the hell out of there. Little did I know that in a few short years I would give anything to go back! I was going to miss my friends dearly, but I was ready. In the fall of 2003, I went on to Michigan State University. My lifelong dream was to be a Spartan and here I was, traveling 8 hours from home and moving in. Of course, as any new college student does, I made all of the wrong choices, slept in too long, drank too much, missed a class, overslept, etc. etc. Unfortunately, my grades showed it. I found myself longing to be home and so I went… which brings me to number 4…
4. After having failed miserably at Michigan State, and just wanting to be closer to home I packed up my things and moved myself to Marquette, to attend Northern Michigan University. This again in itself, as hard as I tried, was a horrible atmosphere for anyone that needs to get themselves on track and focus. I had too many people that were my friends within my apartment building, and I was awful at saying no. So after a year at NMU, I was now at the end of my 2nd year of college in 2005, and moving back home….
5. The New Year of 2006 brought a very large surprise on an unsure 20 year old in a relationship with her “high school sweetheart” we were having a baby. Of course this was entirely not planned and we were both terrified from the very beginning. I hadn’t even finished school, and moved forward or made any life decisions, how in the world was I going to be a mother?? But, we went along just fine and prepared with the most amazing support from our families, and on October 4, 2006 – my question of what does life have in store for me – was answered, Hunter James Giesau came into our world.
I had a pretty easy pregnancy other than the fact that I swear it was the HOTTEST summer on record of my life in the UP of Michigan, and I lived it all as big as a house (seriously). My due date was September 25, and that came and went not as quickly as I had hoped. He was born following an induction at 1:49 p.m. more than a week later after a very strenuous labor of just under 8 hours. I had the pain relievers, I had the epidural, so it wasn’t the pain, just a tense and touch and go labor that left our little man in the nursery on monitors for 3 days, but he came home with us perfectly healthy, and is now the most intelligent and amazing little boy.
6. 2007 was nothing less than exciting for us, we were now a family of 3, and growing rapidly (as our baby was becoming a toddler before our eyes and the bigger he got the more crap we accumulated). We made the decision that we had to buy a house, we needed more room and why keep throwing money out the window as we rented?? So, off we went house hunting, which let me tell you isn’t fun for a couple with entirely different tastes. Everything that I loved – Ed hated, whatever he liked, I didn’t even want to look at. So we settled on the FIRST thing that we both absolutely loved which happened to be only 4 hours on the market. 3 Bedroom, 2 bath home on 2 lots in an awesome neighborhood (with great taxes btw). It’s absolutely perfect, we’ve done some work on it since then, and of course we are now again running out of room, thank you Toys R Us.
7. FINALLY the time came at the end of 2007, where I told Ed… (this is the truth!) “listen, our anniversary is on a Saturday next year, so you either ask me to marry you, or I will just begin planning, make your choice!” So with that, on came the ring and I started planning!!! On July 19, 2008, we were married…
Yep yep, I know.. kid – house THEN wedding… little backwards oh well! The day was gorgeous, I couldn’t have asked for better weather, our son was the ring bearer and he did PERFECT. Everything was perfect and I could not ask for anything more.. and with that we were married – my favorite moment of 2008. We spent a great weekend together in Wisconsin Dells acting like kids again for our honeymoon. We hit up the water parks, the tourist attractions, and spent some much needed time away alone.
8. Not long after our wedding, we decided that it was time for our second child, which brings me to the best moment of 2009 – May 28th the birth of our daughter, Macy Lynn Giesau. As with our son, Macy was also an induced labor, however she was a week BEFORE my due date because she was growing at a very rapid pace and we didn’t want any complications nor did I want to be wheeled off for a csection. My labor with her was under 6 hours, and at 12:13 a.m. and she was absolutely perfect. The only complaint that I have of that day, was my husband, eating lunch and telling me to “hold on so I can finish my pie” at 12:05. Really?? She came home to a very proud big brother and our family was now complete!
9. Following the birth of my daughter in 2009, I knew I had to get myself back in shape. I found Turbo Jam shortly after her birth and by May 5, 2010 I had officially lost ALL of the weight that I had gained with her (over 60 pounds) and was the healthiest I had been in a very long time. Throughout the last decade, I had not been very healthy to my body, and I was now going to overcome that and be healthy and no longer slowly killing myself. That week in May I made a jump into my own Fitness Business and could never have made a better decision for myself, physically, mentally, and emotionally!
10. TODAY is my favorite moment of 2010. I have the most supportive husband, most amazing children any mother could ask for, a loving family, my health, their health, and I am the happiest that I have been in a very long time. Definitely, the happiest of the 1st Decade of the 21st Century.
I know that I can look back at the last 10 years and say yes, I made some bad decisions, yes I’ve made some good decisions, but no matter what, every decision that I have made has brought me to this point in my life. Now all I can do is wait to see what the next 10 years bring into my life, and how it will possibly top the last 10.
Please leave your comments below with some of your favorite moments of the decade in your life!