(Thanks to my brother, Chris, for getting my blog up and running again!)
This year, for my wife and I, will be remembered as 'The Year of the Apartment'. We bought a concrete shell of an apartment in the summer, and since then we have been finishing it: floors, walls, ceilings, then kitchen cabinets, sinks, stove; toilet, hot water heater, sink and shower; window seat, sofa, bunk beds, etc.
My wife has done most of the planning, talking to contractors, overseeing their work, ordering on the Internet, etc. I've mostly been a spectator. My job was to work 6 days/week, and several evenings, to pay for everything.
Thanks to Monica's Mom and Dad for loaning us about a quarter of the initial down payment, and another 30,000 RMB, or so, to help with renovations. Also, thanks to Monica's uncle and cousin for helping carry bags of cement and bricks up to the apartment on a couple of occasions.
This decade, for our family, has so far been quite eventful:
2010: Monica and I get married.
2011: Moses is born. Mom and Dad Tyler, and Andrew and Brenda visit us in China.
2012: We buy an apartment, and finish it.
2013: We visit Canada (first time for Monica and Moses) Hopefully... And, possibly, we buy a car (and I get a Chinese driver's license).
On a lesser note, I finished the complete novels of Charles Dickens, the Bronte Sisters, and Jane Austen, this year.