OK, this is the year for change at the Thode home.
Well, at least some things have changed. Read
about the personal stuff below. As for the family,
aside from both Shanan and I finishing our degrees and
getting new jobs, we also took our first cruise. We
went on a Western Caribbean Cruise this summer on Royal
Caribbean's Freedom Of The Seas. Wow! What a
great ship and what a fantastic vacation. We are
definitely doing this again next year! You can see
pictures from the vacation in the Photos section of the web
Steven -- I completed degree and graduated with honors
early this year. Nice to be done with that.
Shortly after completing my degree, I joined EDS. Yes,
I joined EDS. Even I didn't see that one coming a year
ago. Everything aligned perfectly, the relationship
was great, and job was perfect, so I had to say yes. I
am very happy in my new job as Chief Infrastructure
Architect on the GM Manufacturing & Quality account. I
am also looking forward to starting work on my next degree
in the fall - hopefully. Lastly, yes, I am still
teaching. I really cannot give that up as it is where
a big part of my passion is. However, I expect to slow
down again while working on my masters.
Shanan --Shanan finished her nursing degree and graduated
with honors in May! She passed the NCLEX and is now a
Registered Nurse (RN). She now works at Beaumont Royal
Oak. Although the drive is a little more than we
wanted, she really likes the hospital and loves her job.
The kids -- Steven completed middle school on the honor
roll. He start High School in the fall. Can you
believe that! He is excited about it, but also
nervous. Krystal had a couple of rough spots in school
this year, but came through it very nicely. She is
excited about fifth grade - especially getting into the next
level of math. She is really starting to get
interested in math along with her reading, which she still
loves to do. Krystal is also doing very well with her
figure skating. She has been doing this for about a
year and a half now and is now in Onyx's Edge 3 (Level 8 or
9, I think). After that it is private lessons.
Personally, I'll be happy if she stays at Edge 3 for just a
little while longer. She also had her first ice show
early this year.