It’s hard to believe a year has already come and gone! So much has happened in the last 365 days and there are so many things to be thankful for. It was full of several changes as well. I started a new position at work, went on a missions trip, moved out, became a student again, directed a musical, and made some amazing new friendships.
I decided I would try and narrow things down to the top 10 happenings of 2011..
1. New York City
As I spent this New Years Eve ringing in the new year with some friends and the Rock Solid crew, I couldn’t help but think of the time I spent in Times Square last year with dad, and how amazing that week in NYC was. That trip is one I will never forget. My first moments and days of 2011 were spent in this city. I also got to see my first Broadway Production, and experience that from orchestra seating. A definite highlight!
Confetti falling as the clock struck midnight in Times Square, ringing in the New Year
Dad stuck it out all night with me. We got out there around 4:30, and didn't make it back to the hotel until 1:00am.
So excited to have just seen the Lion King. Amazing!
2. Los Angeles Missions Trip
In late January I was asked if I would consider joining our youth missions trip to LA over the Easter Break. I hadn’t originally planned to go on this trip, but God has really placed it on my heart before I was asked, and knew this was a God thing. It was an amazing week of serving, being stretched, growing as a team, individually as a leader, and being able to be there to help these amazing youth through the experiences.
The amazing group that I was able to spend a week with serving in Los Angeles.
The team with Sister Luz and the pastor after spending the afternoon doing a service in a parking lot and handing out food. She is an amazing lady and our lives were changed that day!
3. Grad 2011
My little sister graduated! It’s was hard to believe that 3 years ago that was me walking down the aisle to receive my diploma and getting all dressed up. Chantelle is an amazing girl, and I’m so glad to be able to call her my sister. She is so talented and her abilities constantly amaze me. It was exciting to be able to share in this day with her.
She wanted her photos done in Cypress, so we went the weekend before grad and a good friend of hers took them. I took my camera along and had some fun second shooting. This is one of my own.
4. New Position at work:
I had been filling a temporary position at work for a year, which I was loving. After the year, the job ended up opening up for permanent applications. After an application and interview process, in the end I was the successful applicant. I officially became the Cashier/Clerk II, also known as, Aquatics Administrative Assistant. It has been a lot of fun taking on this new role and being a part of the full time team at the Aquatic Centre. Last year was a lot of fun, as there were some great staff to work with.
Our full time staff for the summer. This was such a great group to get to work with!
Loved getting to open every morning with Branden. He helped make the workdays enjoyable!
5. Moved out and was blessed with a wonderful roommate!
I knew if I was going to be sticking around Swift, it would be about time for me to move out and finally live on my own. When friends of mine were moving out of their apartment, this looked like a great opportunity. The place was nice, the rent was good, and the landlord was great, so I made the quick decision to move. Not too long after moving in I got a call about a girl moving to Swift and needing a place to live. Turns out we had some mutual connections(small world!), so we met and agreed to give it a shot. Little did I know, that would be one of the best decisions! Allison moved in in September, and now, I don’t know what I would do without her. She has been a wonderful roommate, and we have become more than just roomies, but are friends. I am so thankful for our friendship.
Our highlight of December-- putting up our Christmas tree.
6. Grand Opening of Rock Solid Refuge’s new facility:
For the past few years my dad has worked for an organization called Rock Solid Refuge(http://www.rocksolidrefuge.com) They deal with teen boys dealing with life controlling issues, such as drugs, alcohol, anger, theft, etc. The boys are in a year round program and take part in service projects, they have an independent school so they can continue their classes, as well as take part in other community activities. They have spent the last two years working to build a new facility. September 17th we had the grand opening of the building with approx 200 people in attendance. A month or so after that the boys finally moved into the building, and are now running completely out of that building. They currently have 7 boys in their program, and will eventually have up to 16. With dad working for them, I have been able to become involved with things as well, and see these boys as more than just boys in a program, but as family. It’s like gaining 7 little brothers.
The front of the building and main entrance on the far left.
The crowd gathered around the back of the building for the ribbon cutting ceremony.
Dad cutting his part of the ribbon.
7. Trip to Winnipeg & Jenna’s Swift Current visit.
As Winnipeg is still a place I love, I wanted to make sure I made it out there at some point this last year. I didn’t make it there as much as I had wanted, it was only once this time. But the time I did get there was fantastic! I didn’t even do it alone this time! I took a friend, Kris, with me and we spent the weekend hanging out with Jenna & Cameron and some others. It felt great to finally be there again and get that quality time with Jenna. It wasn’t long after our trip up there, than Jenna made the treck down here for a few days! This was the first she has been down here for a visit, so it was great to host her in my place 🙂
Smoothie at the Forks with one of my favourite couples.
Our last night we all went for Crepes for supper. Soo good! Because of pictures we have from tour, Jenna and I had to do an eating picture.
Back in our home province and had to make a stop at the sign. You've gotta spice up a long drive somehow!
The day Jenna got here we went out for a Rock Solid graduation, so she was even able to see that part of my life in the short time she was here.
And as always, we did a photo shoot. This was the ending of it.
8. Ulrich Reunion/Grandparents 80th Birthday
This summer the entire Ulrich clan gathered in Waldheim for a family reunion to celebrate Grandpa and Grandma’s 80th birthday. All of the siblings were there, and a lot of the cousins were too. It was great to reconnect with family. With it being such a huge family living across the country, it’s not very often everyone is actually together and in the same place.
Grandpa and Grandma with their birthday cake's that my Auntie Ava decorated and designed, portraying parts of their lives.
Grandpa praying for all of the grandchildren. There was still a good number of them missing too.
I couldn't end the weekend and not get a photo with Grandpa and Grandma.
9. Got in touch with the creativity lurking within me….
I have gained a love for photography over the years, and this year was really able to put that to use. I did more photography and video editing. I was able to do a lot of shooting in LA with the youth, then edited and designed a video to summarize the trip. I also had the chance to shoot and develop a Promo Video for Rock Solid Refuge which was a lot of fun and a great learning experience. Many other chances to shoot activites came up too, which I took full advantage of. Besides the media creativity, I was also given the chance to direct the Children’s Christmas Musical for our church this year, which was a huge undertaking! It was a long couple months, but a great experience! I was so proud of the kids 🙂
Downtown Los Angeles
I love getting to shoot people more than anything
This one has become a favourite
I had the thrill of shooting at the Motocross race this fall. This was a blast!
One of our youth races so it was fun to be able to watch him in action and take some photos.
The main part of the set for the musical I directed, "The Great Christmas Giveaway". This set was designed by my mom. Photo quality isn't the best, as it's just from the iPhone.
10. New Friendships.
“Life without friendship is like the sky without sun”
2011 brought some new people into my life. New friends always mean new things. And not just new things, but great things. I made friendships I would never have expected and experienced things I didn’t think I would experience. It’s all added up to make this year a great year. To name a few…
Melissa! You know those friends where you haven't been friends for long, but yet it still feels like you have because you are that close and connected? Yeah, that would be Melissa.
Jill-- another lovely lady I met this year. She is a fabulous cook and has provided me with supper and cookies a few times!
Janelle! She lived at mom and dad's for a few months off and on when she was in the area. So we got to be sisters! We had some fun with photo booth one night.
Tim-- another friend of mine that is new this year! We went out with my sister Christmas eve and counted down to Christmas at a house that had a countdown. I love spicing up life with the random little things 🙂
And that wraps up the top 10 of 2011! I guess each number was slightly expanded, but it still is wrapped up in 10 things.
It was such a great year filled with many new experiences and blessings. It certainly had it’s ups and downs, but that is just bound to happen in life. I am so thankful for everything that occurred and everyone that was a part of shaping these last 365 days.
I am excited to see what God now has in store for me in 2012. I’m ready and waiting for it to come my way!
In closing, I will leave you with this. Allison posted this on Facebook today and it is a great encouragement and goal..