Long time, no see.
If you read this blog or subscribe to it, you know it’s been a while since I last posted–no excuses here, but an explanation if you will…
The end of 2018 was crazy–I had accepted a substituting job at a local preschool and was working almost every day (now I’m a full time teacher there!!). Granted, I know that my job is not the same as that of a mom who is a doctor, engineer, etc. but the adjustment was eating my lunch. That being said, I absolutely love the work, love contributing to the household finances and LOVE being a working mom.
So this post is going to be a bit of a highlight reel of what’s been going on these last few months…
Christmas came with my little sister coming up to spend it with us, and since she is getting married this coming October, that meant–wedding dress shopping! We had a blast and I was surprised with how overcome with emotion I was–something about experiencing this moment, with our mom, my sister and my daughter just completely floored me–I feel very grateful to have all these wonderful women in my life.
We spent the holiday break, ice skating, shopping, watching movies and just enjoying each other…
January and February tend to be dreary months (no exception here) but we did have some bright spots with my mom’s birthday, meeting Pete the Cat (so cool!), Valentine’s Day (the littlest of holidays become so fun with kids) and celebrating Judy’s Jolly Holiday themed fourth birthday party!
March was huge for us as we finally went to Chicago! It has been on my bucket list for so long and we have planned and cancelled this trip many times but this year we did it and it couldn’t have been more perfect! I’m not gonna lie, financially, we had no business taking this trip and our track record for successful vacations isn’t great (traffic, sick kids, speeding tickets–the works) but the stars aligned and this trip was everything I could’ve dreamed of and more! The weather was great (cold AF but sunny and not too windy), the kids weren’t sick or cranky, the hotel was perfect and every meal we ate was amazing. Sometimes you just got to bite the bullet and do the damn thing and I am SO glad we did.
April was a mixed bag of highs and lows but some great moments were had with my dad’s birthday and Easter! The good thing about Easter being a bit late this year was we had glorious weather for once! Now that both kids are in school, we had tons of Easter egg hunts to attend and we loved every one of them–it’s so great to be a part of a community and city that really celebrates the simple joys of childhood.
Unfortunately, April was also the month we lost the patriarch of the Kirchgessner family (my maiden name) with the passing of my grandpa. I am the oldest grandchild on that side of the family and practically lived with him and my grandma my first year of college, so losing him has been really hard. As I get older and am losing more and more of my older family members, I am reminded of how important time is and I am trying my hardest to be grateful every day–even when that means battling back to back sinus infections, kids puking at Target, pink eye and all the fun April brought us.
Thankfully, I have much to be grateful for and have been able to enjoy the little things like a fantastic haircut from Tonya Jones at the end of an awful week, going to see The Avengers (fantastic!), and winning tickets to Panoply Arts Festival.
So here is to May, summer, and blogging more often–wish me luck!