A Note from the Intercoastals Family

Hey there, loyal readers.

First of all, we wanted to thank you for reading our blog and following along with our lives from afar. I can’t tell you how much it means to be able to connect through this space, and share our lives with friends we’ve met in person, and friends we’ve made online, and our families. We’ve always lived far from our families, and connecting and following online is the best parts of the internet (which isn’t always good or kind.)

This is going to be a pretty crazy year for us.

The Intercoastals Family at Horsetooth Reservoir in Fort Collins, Colorado this summer.

The Intercoastals Family at Horsetooth Reservoir in Fort Collins, Colorado this summer.

Ries

Ries is completing his last year of graduate courses and will graduate this May with a masters in Human-Computer Interaction and Design. Beyond his graduate classes and assignments, he’ll be working twenty hours as an instructor, and (fingers crossed) another ten hours doing something else really cool (we’ll share the details once everything is finalized.) That’s pretty insane, but we’re really confident about our ability to handle these commitments as a family.

He’ll start applying for UX Research and Design positions all over the country this fall, and we’re really excited to nail down a position and learn where we’ll be starting this new chapter of our lives next May. (Wish us luck!)

Ries and Gus in front of Nature’s Own in Breckenridge, Colorado with “rawkey.”

Ries and Gus in front of Nature’s Own in Breckenridge, Colorado with “rawkey.”

Gus

Gus started his first day of “school” this week. I won’t be sharing too much about that online for his safety, but it’s a really great opportunity for him to meet other kids his age and expand his communication skills. He has his own language, and while we understand it, we want to push him to be able to speak with others. After his first day of school he’s already been talking more.

I’m also benefitting from this arrangement and get a couple hours a week to myself, which are much appreciated. Last year we had Ries’ mom in town for the entirety of second semester, which was very helpful. She moved back to Florida this spring, so I’m back to being a full time mom during this critical time in Ries’ academic career.

Amanda and Gus at Urban Egg in Johnstown, Colorado.

Amanda and Gus at Urban Egg in Johnstown, Colorado.

Amanda

In addition to being a full-time parent while Ries is in class and working, I will continue working on my Web Development course with Flatiron School, and am excited to be starting my own photography business! This has been a goal of mine for several years, and I’ve finally committed to making it a reality.

Once I complete my course, I’ll be applying for remote positions as a developer until Ries finds out where he’ll be working next summer (and then I will start applying to office positions and internships in that location.) His field is a little more restrained when it comes to location, while my job can be done everywhere, which is why we’re prioritizing his job hunt over mine.

I’m also hoping to participate in NANOWRIMO this fall.


All of that being said, we’re doing a lot this academic year. So we’ll have a decreased presence on this site. We’re aiming for two articles a week (one being photography heavy) in comparison to the four articles a week we’ve been sharing this summer. If we happen to write more than that, we’ll share (sometimes the mood strikes.)

You can always find us on Instagram here, and give us a shout via email, text, or phone call.

Thank you as always for reading.

-A