Reflecting on a year in Nevada…


Happy 2017! I cannot believe how quickly 2016 came and went. So many people talked about what a terrible year it was. I thought it was a pretty great year. I thought I would take a moment to reflect on some of the 2016 adventures.

In December 2015 I announced in The Book of Life I had accepted a job with the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and would be moving back home closer to my family.

We had some time in-between leaving Nebraska and when my new job started, so naturally we stayed with my parents. We were involved daily with the chores and animals on the ranch. And boy did it get cold, caring for baby lambs in freezing temperatures was certainly a priority.

The weather actually ended up delaying our moving truck, and needless to say we had to camp out in our apartment for about a week until our stuff arrived. It was kind of awkward to come home and night and not have anything (nothing) to sit on. But we survived and spent the next months unpacking…

We spent much of January and February settling into a new normal. The Hubs looked for work, and was actually able to get employment with the same security company he was with in Nebraska. We went to the ranch when weather permitted and enjoyed being able to help out my folks.

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Because who doesn’t need a sheep selfie?

After almost six years to the date, the Hubs became an American citizen. Whew what a process that was. If it wasn’t for a fantastic immigration lawyer (and money, and time) we could not have done it. Hindsight is always something, but we put together a list of 10 immigration tips in case you ever need to go through the process yourself (or know someone who is), as knowing some of these things upfront would have been helpful.

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Becoming an American!

I became an aunt! My Mom and I made several trips to Wyoming to help my sister get ready for his birth, then to meet the little guy, then to spoil and cuddle him. He is seriously the most adorable kid ever… ok, I am probably biased, but he is pretty great, and cute. The whole family was able to spend Labor Day (for the folks’ 40th wedding anniversary) and Christmas together. We are eagerly anticipating the big cake smash birthday coming up.

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He was so little here…

In March, we headed south and took advantage of the Death Valley Super Bloom. Neither of us had ever been there, but enjoyed the few days we had. Not only was it an excellent place to visit, but one we certainly will return to. Next time we go, we decided we would camp in the park instead of driving to the motel in a nearby town. We would also watch all of the sunrises and sunsets, as the ones we saw were fantastic. And we probably wouldn’t try to see every.single.thing in the park in one visit.

Death AValley Super Bloom

If you know anything about me from social media, you know I like to cook (and eat). I experimented a lot with clay pot cooking, and tried cornish game hens, meatloaf, and chicken with 40 cloves of garlic.

In July my office hosted the first-ever youth summer day camp. We spent a week highlighting some of the projects youth can do in 4-H and explored the great outdoors. We had so much fun that we will continue this camp and talked about adding a winter one as well.

Living in the Eastern Sierra Nevada mountain range gave us the chance to hike, swim, and explore areas near us. We didn’t make near enough time to enjoy as much scenic beauty and we wanted, but have been building our 2017 list of places to visit.

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Lake Tahoe

In the fall I had a ton of travel. I was fortunate enough to attend meetings and conferences where I could catch up with friends, as well as make new friends and learn new skills from events like BloggyCon and Top of the Class. I also was able to squeeze in a couple of fun trips too.

We bought a house! Apartment living was not for us. So we bit the bullet and bought our first home. Surprisingly, the process went much, much better in real life than I had imagined it would go. Yes, it seems we ended 2016 much the same way we started 2016, packing and moving. And let me just say that going through a move twice in one year is way too much. Two months later I am finally at the stage where I am hanging stuff on the walls and decorating.

2016 was a year of change and challenge, new beginnings, exploration, and family. I saw my family more in the past year than I had in the last six years. It was great being able to go 4-wheeling in the mountains, celebrate life events and holidays, and just hang out. On the work front, getting adjust to a completely new and different system has taken time, but we are once again full-staffed and everyone has learned their roles and responsibilities. I look forward to what 2017 will bring, and wish you all the best.


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4 thoughts on “Reflecting on a year in Nevada…

  1. Hi Dr. Lindsay,

    I love your blog posts; so well written.

    I liked your reflections article I also read 10 Immigration Tips about marrying a non-American. I’ll probably never need them as I’ve been happily married for 24 years. 🙂

    As I noted on your FB page, Let me know how I can help with the fair this summer. I’m allocating my volunteer time & that’s something I would like to help with.

    I’ve added a picture of my family: from left – my son-in-law Peter, daughter Kristin, my daughter in love Sidney, son Mark, myself, and my dear husband Chris June 2015 (the last time we were all together). My son-in-law is a dual citizen of Denmark, but was born in Colorado and applied for Danish citizenship when he was 18 so he didn’t have to go through all the rigmarole you and your husband went through. He worked in Sheffield, England for about 18 months after he graduated as a mechanical engineer. My daughter is the chemist at the wastewater treatment plant. They are 29 and 30 and live in south Reno. I’m always thinking I’d like to introduce you.

    Perhaps I could introduce to Kristin over lunch? I’d love to meet at Bleu Cafe.

    Happy New Year!

    Cheers,

    Debbie

    Mrs. Deborah Neddenriep

    Water Resource Specialist

    Carson Water Subconservancy District

    777 East William Street, Suite 110A

    Carson City, NV 89701

    775/887-1260, fax 775/887-7457

    http://www.cwsd.org

    Sign up for Carson River Coalition News

    Nevada is the most mountainous state in the country, with over 300 individual mountain ranges and 42 named summits over 11,000 feet.

    1. Hi Debbie,
      Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it. I don’t think the picture came through, but I would love to “see” everyone. Email me some dates that would work for you and Kristin to meet for lunch and I will check my calendar, sounds like fun. Happy New Year to you too!

      ~ Lindsay

  2. Sounds like you did have a great 2016, Lindsay! When you look back at the highlights it puts a good spin on the year. All the best to you as you settle into the house, take new adventures, try new recipes and cherish time with your family. Being an aunt is a pretty important job and I’m sure your family is glad to have you close to home!

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