2010 Christmas Letter: The Year of DIY
December 20, 2010 § 2 Comments
This year, I’m posting our Christmas letter online– enjoy! And Happy Holidays everyone.
Dear friends and family–
DIY is all the rage right now, and that trend is no exception for the Barrows household. The three of us spent 2010 ditching our respective training wheels for a bit more independence.
In April, I left my job at Target to start a business called Commemorate the Date with my best friend and artist Megan Moore. Luckily for me, Megan has mad artistic skills and a loyal set of followers who are supporting us so far. Being the self-proclaimed Business Development Director, I’m hoping my efforts to expand our client base pay off in 2011.
As a start-up, Commemorate the Date is holding its own. As a replacement to the reliable income Target provided…well…let’s just say Brad’s “Honey Do” list has become a hotbed for what I like to call, “DIY opportunities.” Here is a sampling of the experiences we were afforded by our new, more modest lifestyle:
- Painting our house trim blue (with the help of a 40-foot ladder)
- Eating in (and enjoying delicious, local food from our CSA)
- Employing the “all hands on deck” philosophy for getting things done
We also spent our family vacation and many summer weekends DIY’ing at the Quam/Barrows cabin. We got a lot done this year, including siding the entire outside and paneling the inside of the new two-bedroom addition and installing a new shore station for our boat. Meanwhile, Hiram occupied himself (and us) by dancing on stacks of lumber and running with screwdrivers pointed towards his eyes.
As independent as he is, Hike enjoys DI-Together time too. He never passes on the chance to build (read: knock down) a block tower with his dad or play catch with his mom. Brad and I love every minute of being his parents and are looking forward to even more fun next year.
Merry Christmas Everyone! We love you.
Hadley, Brad and Hike