There has been a lot going on this year, a lot of change and intrigue on every front.  Some very large things going on in my personal life and a lot of excitement around my professional life.  Today being Thanksgiving, I figured it’s time to step back for a minute, pause, and be grateful for everything that life has given me.

First of all, the professional front.  This has been a very exciting year at Red 5 Studios.  It’s an MMO game studio that I’ve been at for a bit over 2 years now.  This company has provided one of the best work environments that I’ve ever had the pleasure to be part of.  It’s a company that really values and takes care of it’s employees.  There have been so many developments with the company and our title has come so far.  Unfortunately, I can’t delve into details on any of that stuff at this point, but hopefully that will change when we announce.  Red 5 has also managed to get one of the greatest groups of people together.  This group really is like an extended family.  There is a tremendous amount of talent among the people, but almost no ego.  There is a tremendous amount of compassion and team spirit.  When things come up and it get’s a bit difficult to handle, this group really steps up and helps each other through it.  This doesn’t feel like a group of people that you just get up and go to work with, this is a group of people that I genuinely love spending time with and I feel grateful to be a part of it every single day.

On the family front, I have to say the biggest thing I’m thankful for this year is my wonderful girlfriend, Connie.  She really has been a huge bright spot in my life.  In a lot of ways, we’re very different people, but I think that has really proven itself to be a blessing in disguise.  Her thoughts and outlook on life regularly challenge me to look at things that I take for granted in a new light.  She compliments and pushes me in so many different ways and my life has turned out all the better for it.

Also, the biggest piece of news on the family front…  I found out not too long ago that I’m going to be a dad!  We just had our first ultrasound and I must say, wow.  What an experience.  It’s absolutely amazing watching that screen and seeing your child for the first time.  I really don’t have the words to describe that feeling.  The baby is only 9 weeks old about 2.4cm in length right now and it really looks a bit more like a turtle with a large head, but it’s MY turtle with a large head!  Being at the very start of the holiday season and having this news run around in my head, I have to say, I’m really excited for the future holidays.  I can’t wait to be able to share these special moments with my child, to see the excitement in their face on Christmas morning, to see them running door to door on Halloween, to surprise him/her on their birthday.  I think it’s going to be a wild and crazy ride and I’m sure there will be some bumps along the road, but I’m so excited about it!  My biggest fear, and I’m sure I’m not unique in this, is I hope I can be a good dad.  I hope my child feels and genuinely understands how much I care for them and that they feel that I’m there for them, no matter what.  I hope I can be a good dad.

Anyways, here are a couple pictures of the two things I’m most thankful for this year and Happy Thanksgiving!

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