2018 Year in Review

It's been awhile, friends! I've been noticeably absent from this blog as every free second of my time has been spent cramming for a professional licensing exam that I'm sitting for as we speak (Eek- please say a little prayer for me!). I have sooo many posts brewing in my head that I can't wait to share, so here's hoping I pass my test and have some free time again to do what I love most. Until then, I thought I'd use a few precious naptime minutes to cobble together a little year in review post. 


In January, we had a belated Christmas with my family in Upstate New York. We drove 9+ hours north to exchange presents, go sledding, and spend some quality time with the boys' Grandma and Grandpa. We also started the process of moving my Dad out of his assisted living apartment and into a nursing home following a long several months of health issues. I got to spend a Mama's Night Out with the Dayton Moms Blog team. I attempted (and failed) my second round of Whole30. Chuck and I had our first weekend without kids since Crosby was born and we snuck home to paint our living room!


In February, we took a trip to the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in Dayton with our church and we all had a blast! I hosted a Galentine's Day get-together and took no pictures (which is probably for the best since I got a little too imbibed and watched Magic Mike XXL on repeat...). I went on my very first run in years and managed to bust out a miraculous three miles.


In March, the Farmers' Market I co-managed returned for the 2018 season so I got busy with that. I had another great running month. Crosby and I walked downtown to participate in our city's March for Our Lives rally.


In April, my mom and sister came to visit and celebrate Easter. I finished decorating our living room, did a whole lot more running and celebrated my 30th birthday


In May, I flew to the East Coast to celebrate one of my best friend's bachelorette party in Ocean City, NJ. Chuck and I attended our first wedding of the season and I completed my first ever 10-mile run!


In June, we packed up the whole family and headed to the East Coast again for my friend/college roomie's wedding. The summer farmers' market season kicked off, so every Saturday I was downtown manning the market table. The most exciting part of our month was me going back to work full-time


In July, Chuck and I took Charlie to his first Red's game. My sister-in-law invited me to see Little Big Town and Miranda Lambert in concert and we had a blast. Toward the end of the month, I had to start running the Farmers' Market singlehandedly, which was admittedly really difficult as a full-time working Mama of two toddlers. 


In August, my Mom took the boys for a weekend in NY and I did what I do whenever I have a kid-free weekend- painted another room of our house! I threw a baby shower for my friend Dessie and her baby girl. When I wasn't working my full-time job, or parenting, I was managing the Farmers' Market. Needless to say, it was a busy month!


In September, we celebrated our sixth wedding anniversary with a short overnight trip to Louisville, KY. Charlie had his first day of preschool and Crosby celebrated his 2nd birthday with a super cute Moana-themed party at Goldfish Swim School. We also had our anniversary/family photos taken by Tina Ruble Photography and they turned out so stinkin' beautifully. We ended the month with another wedding, our annual Fall Pumpkin-Picking Extravaganza at our friend's farm, and a trip to the Duke Children's Museum in Cincinnati. Another busy month!


In October, I lost my Dad


In November, our family rented a house in Cape May, NJ for "Pre-Thanksgiving" with my mom and sister. We had it planned before my Dad passed away and it wound up being perfect timing to get away from life for a few days. November was a month of sadness and sickness. I spent all of Thanksgiving weekend with a sinus infection from hell and stayed in bed for most of the time while Chuck solo-parented. 


In December, the Farmers' Market wound down and I ramped up my studying for my Series 7 test on December 31st. My mom and sister stayed with us for Christmas and we celebrated Charlie's 4th birthday the Saturday after.

I'll be honest, it was a tough year. Between my Dad's death and just trying to balance work, studying, and being a decent Mama. But it was also one of the best. My boys grew up so much in 2018. They went from being helpless little lambs to little people with big opinions. I love watching them grow older and it is such a privilege to guide them in navigating this big, scary world. As of now, we don't have any trips, new family members, or job changes in our foreseeable future and I am more than okay with that. Life has been busy for our little family, and I definitely wouldn't mind a slow down in 2019 to focus on work and family. I have lots of goals for the New Year, and assuming I can catch my breath long enough to get back to this beloved little blog of mine, I can't wait to share them with you.

Happy New Year, friends! May 2019 bring your peace, love and restoration. 

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