2018 End of the Year Wrap Up

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I truly cannot believe how fast this year went! I really pushed to live to my fullest this year and explore all the opportunities life offered me. I am blessed to get to share the adventures Kota & I have on this blog with you. Goodbye 2018!

Highlights:

Toddler Room: Kota’s transition to the toddler room at his daycare in January was a big step for him. Bigger kids, bigger activities & more learning opportunities. He loved it instantly, so much so that we bumped him up to 3 days a week instead of 2 and watched his language skills take off!

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First day of school, NBD.

Acceptance into the Social Work program at my local University: Applying & getting accepted to the BSW program was truly me setting bigger goals for myself. It felt pretty good to be on track to finish my degree after taking an alternative course in life (rock n’ roll and touring the world in your 20’s anyone?!) Kids will definitely make you shift your life into overdrive and after finishing my AA last year I knew I needed to continue my education. Having a kid was just the time management course I’ve always wanted to take!

Celebrating 6 Years of Marriage: Marriage is tough, even if you are married to your best friend. We worked really hard this year for us and I’m happy to say we are killing it. I forget sometimes that I am married to the person that I used to play music with. It helps to remember that your spouse is not only their own person, but they were someone before marriage and kids happened, too.

Kota Turning 2: My baby is (sigh) not such a baby anymore. This was such a great day for us. Watching Kota grow up has been one of the most amazing times of my life. I love to see him get bigger, yet I cherish all the snuggles I can get before he doesn’t want them anymore (uh, hello Threenager!) 

Starting this blog & returning to SM: I took a long 2.5 year break from any social media when I became pregnant. I was a bit burnt out from the visibility of band life and I didn’t want to share any of the precious moments I was about to have with my first child.  It took me a while to reconcile my parent self with my old self but after I came out the other end I’m pretty confident in the result. I am now super excited to share it with the world.

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Resolution? More fun!!!!

Hosting Thanksgiving: Let’s face it, I will never be the hostess my grandmother was slaving all day in the kitchen wearing her signature apron every holiday & baking with her epic Kitchen Aid (affiliate link), however I enjoy the challenge of being able to host my family for Thanksgiving. And you know what? It gets better every year. Martha Stewart look out! My favorite memory as a child was the holidays we spent at my Grandma’s house. I want Kota to look back on our home as where the family gathers every Thanksgiving. 

All the Hangs: I really made sure I got Kota moving this year, especially during the beauty that is Reno in the summertime. We had some amazing adventures all over town and a bunch out of town as well, which I’ll share with you. We are thankful for our Aunt Suzi, Uncle Joe & Kota’s cousins, as well as his besties Macie & Wyatt!

New Car: I was in a wreck with Kota in late 2017, which I will talk more about in my upcoming car seat review, and when the insurance finally came through I had a hard time pulling the trigger on a new car. I settled on a 2017 Subaru Impreza (new to me) with really low miles after researching it to death. I was happy to be driving something safe & not smashed. Unexpected, but we enjoyed getting a new car this year!

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Kota seeing if the Subaru is toddler-proof

Southern California Trip: In June, Kota and I took a solo trip to So. Cal to visit the Aunt and Uncle as well as go to Disneyland for the first time. It was a blast! Kota’s favorite part of the trip was a toss up between our day spent at Seal Beach and the flight down there.

Turning 35: I had my 35th birthday and really grew into myself as a parent this year. No more frantically searching Google to see if my kid was dying of something rare (we’ve all been there right?!) I feel a bit more confident and a lot more beautiful than I did in my early 30’s. I will never be 20 again and that’s fine, because I was the kind of a self-centered person the adult me probably wouldn’t like. 

Losses: Life doesn’t happen in an idealistic bubble. We had some small losses this year, my Uncle Al passed away, so did our dog Lady, and there was a divorce in the family  (countered by an engagement), however everything seemed to work out ok and we still feel pretty blessed for epic year we had. See you in 2019 friends!

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Smell ya later 2018!

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