Dec 28, 2021

2021

 2021, another year in a pandemic.  Most of the year was us both working from home (I'm still at the same job and Bill is still day trading), taking care of kids without losing our minds, and basically not going many places. 

We brought baby Hank home on January 1st! What a wonderful day! It felt so nice to have him home.

We spent much of the first few months trying to figure out how to parent 2 children -- woof, it proved much harder than I expected.


Haddie turned 3 and we celebrated with a Trolls-themed birthday party and a drive-by birthday celebration.

We had a lovely Easter - I got the kids new baskets and Haddie wore a dress that used to be mine.  We dyed eggs and had an egg hunt in the yard. 

We visited Ohio at some point -- I literally can't remember when? June? September? Both? Lolllll is my brain broken? I think it was June.  I think we were here for my dad's birthday. (I'm in Ohio now too)

Over the 4th of July, we went to Bill's childhood home for the last time. His parents moved to Florida so we went up there to bid adieu to the house.  Hank scratched Haddie's cornea which led to an urgent care visit.

In late summer/early fall, we dealt with a mouse invasion.  They tried to take over our house while we were visiting family and it was such a hassle to get it under control, but knock on wood, they are at least way more under control.

We brought our new kitten Margaret home in July as well.  She is ornery and tiny, but the kids love her so much. 

Haddie started preschool in September - her school is totally outside.  She has a best friend, loves her teacher, and happily stays for lunch and aftercare. It has been an adjustment to have to drive 20 min to and from her school 2x a day, but it's been worth it! She only goes 3 days a week this year and I think it's been a great timeline for the transition into school.

Hank has grown so much over the course of the year.  The first few months were difficult as we navigated his acid reflux and tried to figure out how to take care of 2 kids at once.  The adjustment to having a baby brother took awhile as well, but a year into it, we are finally getting our groove.

I finally started seeing a neurologist and got my migraines under control! I take a preventative medicine and I have an abortive med that works when I have one. It is unbelievably nice to no longer feel crippled by migraines for days on end.

Bill and I both got our Covid shots in May and were boosted in October. Both times we felt crappy and tired with sore arms, but it's worth it.  I can't wait until the kids can be vaccinated, especially Haddie since Hank is protected through my milk.

The vast majority of the year was spent similarly to last year - we mainly stay at home.  Near the last third of the year, we started venturing out again - I went to Hannah's engagement party, shower, bachelorette party, Bill went to Nick's bachelor party, and we went to her wedding.  We were actually in her wedding! I was a bridesmaid and Haddie was a flower girl.  It was her very first wedding and she did great!  Hank also looked super cute.  I was pretty nervous to be maskless around groups and stay in a hotel, but it was fine.  I also went to Hannah's birthday party, a couple of hangs with Sharae including her 50th birthday where I did a surprise decoration extravaganza, and an oyster fest.  Amy was in town for Neil's family reunion and we got dinner. Haddie got to go to a neighbor girl's birthday party. 

Haddie started doing gymnastics and she absolutely loves it.  We did a few sessions throughout the year and she's ready for the next one!  I participated with her, but at her next session, she'll be in the class alone, while we watch from the sidelines.  Oh in the spring she tried soccer - she did a class and then soccer camp.  It was less of a success, but I think she might like to try it again. 

We went to a couple of town events like our annual Cheverly Day and Safety Day.  It was fun to be out and about, but nervewracking to be around so many people.

For Halloween, we dressed as the Paw Patrol and trick or treated. 

I canceled my Instacart Express membership and started going back to the grocery in person, which I promptly started back up again for my birthday gift to myself LOL. 

Bill and I celebrated our 5th anniversary by going to dinner in Old Town.  I had a delightful wedge salad where I discovered that I like bleu cheese now!  Hank is able to tolerate dairy now and it's been so nice eating it.  Karlee and Matt watched the kids while we took our date which was just so nice! 

We celebrated Thanksgiving just the 4 of us at home and a week later, Bill's parents came for an early Christmas.  I redid a dollhouse for a Maileg mice house for Haddie! 

For my birthday, we went to Enchant DC where I ran into a real housewife! We ice skated, ate tater tots, tasty drinks, and walked through the light maze. 

We were set to fly home for Christmas last week, but Covid started ramping up again and I got nervous, so we ended up driving.  We celebrated Hank's first birthday with a cat-themed celebration and had a lovely Christmas.  Bill drove back today and we will be flying home next week. 

I'll update this as I remember things and maybe I'll add pics, but maybe not.  Figured this was better than nothing! 

2 comments:

  1. I'm so glad that you were able to find relief for your migraines!! That has to be one of the best things to come out of 2021! I'm so glad that you were able to celebrate some holidays/celebrations with your family. I'm sure it has to be hard being so far away. I love, love, love the dollhouse that you redid for Haddie. It turned out beautifully!

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  2. Wow, big year for you guys. I'm SO glad you've found migraine relief, & I love that you decided you like blue cheese now, haha. Hope to see you one of these days!

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