January - After a fun Christmas and New Year in Massachusetts, our 2013 got off to a rough start. Tim got the flu, was sick for several days, then got better just in time to leave for Afghanistan. Yay. And then Annie and I both got sick, and I felt like crap for basically an entire month. I'd never been sick like that. Even when I was mostly better, I still felt sore and tired and just 'blah' for awhile after that.
|Feverish cheeks in full bloom|
February - I started to emerge from my funk, do some organizing projects and 'fun mom' stuff like crafts with the kids and handmade valentines. My workouts helped keep me in a good state of mind. Tim and I got back in the habit of writing one long email "letter" a day, and that was something to look forward to. It was hard adjusting to single parenting again, but I knew that better times would be coming in the spring when it got warmer and the family visits started.
March - That was a good month. Everybody was healthy. Delaney started playing soccer for the first time. I got a new haircut and new dress that did wonders for my morale. Tim and I celebrated six years of marriage on the 17th. My sister-in-law Karen came to stay with us for Easter. I had nothing to complain about that month.
April - I washed the car. That's noteworthy because it might be the only time I did it while Tim was gone. I wrangled Annie and Timmy at soccer games and practices. Tim Sr came to visit for a few days. I brought Timmy to a walk-a-thon at Delaney's school, and my heart melted at the sight of them walking around hand-in-hand, and I watched their friendship developing.
May - Tim's mom came to visit for a few days, and we had the best ever sunset ride through downtown in a 'Cinderella coach'. It is the standard by which all future carriage rides will be measured. We also celebrated Annie's 4th birthday with a butterfly themed pool party at the Y. Annie graduated from three-year-old preschool. Tim hijacked my blog in order to give me and anyone else who cared to read, a very special message. On Memorial Day, after I foolishly killed the car battery the night before, we made it to the beach for the first time of the season. It was around this point in time that I decided I might be happy living in North Carolina for the rest of my life.
June - Delaney had her last day of kindergarten, and we moms waited with water guns and lollipops at the bus stop that afternoon. (You know it wasn't my idea, I'm not that fun.) In Topsail Island, NC we shared a beachfront house with my mom, dad, a couple of my sisters, and a LOT of uninvited guests. But we had the best time together. Driving home after that week was over was such a letdown for me. Then, on the 25th, my birthday, I got the best surprise: Tim would be coming home three weeks early, in July instead of August. Oh, happy day! I took the kids' hands and danced around the house that day.
July - It was the best of times. On July 4, we picnicked and watched fireworks with friends. My sister Grace visited and we celebrated Delaney's 6th birthday -- which was actually a fiasco, but let's not focus on that part. It was an ocean-themed pool party at the Y, and I ran out of helium for the balloons and forgot to bring cutlery. I said I wasn't going to focus on that, right? After that I was blessedly done with birthday parties for at least another year. The girls did some swim lessons. Our jellybean jar ran out of jellybeans, and on the 18th, we welcomed Tim home. On the 25th Timmy turned 2 and had an especially happy birthday with Daddy there to celebrate with him.
August - We went to the beach a few times. Tim rescued a couple of drowning kids one morning before the lifeguards had posted. I got Timmy the 'little man' haircut he still sports today. I thought I'd be heartbroken to see that mop go, but then I could see so much more of his face and he looked so handsome. Right before school started back up we had our own family vacation in Emerald Isle, NC. Tim and I became even more convinced that we'd like to retire in North Carolina and live on the beach. We searched for homes online, but in that price range it's still just a dream. Then Delaney started first grade and that was the end of an amazing summer.
September - Annie started three-day-a-week Pre-K. We switched gears from summer to fall, which was a little painful for me after our eventful summer. I had to forego my favorite Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning workouts because the times did not work out with preschool drop-off. I used that as an excuse to slack off for the next three months. Both girls started soccer at the Y. Tim got orders to Parris Island, SC for July 2014. We were both relieved to know where we are headed so many months in advance, and happy to know we'd be spending the next three or four years in the south and close to the beach.
October - Tim's parents came to visit for a few days and we celebrated Tim's birthday. The kids did a Fun Run and we did a 10K (and did pretty well if we say so ourselves). Tim dragged the girls out of bed so they could see the Red Sox win the World Series. I just asked them if they remember and they don't. We went trick-or-treating on Halloween. For some reason I don't like Halloween and I'm always glad when it's over. One of my eccentricities, I guess. I could care less about it and I don't understand the fuss. Also, I don't like having so many people come to my front porch when my potted mums have already turned brown.
November - Annie scored two goals in her last soccer game. Karen came to visit. Tim and I went to the Birthday Ball. We had a quiet Thanksgiving here in North Carolina. I weaned Timmy and it was a lot harder than I thought it would be. The girls started gymnastics.
December - A busy whirlwind of a month. School Christmas stuff, Tim's unit Christmas stuff, Christmas shopping. We baked a lot of cookies. Delaney got pinkeye and I chopped off a lot of hair. We watched Annie be an angel in the Christmas play. And of course, we went to Ohio. I took the girls to see Frozen the day after we got home (I waited so long for it to be at the movie theater on base!) At the funny parts when everyone laughed, Annie laughed loudest of all and it was hilarious. We loved that movie. On New Year's Eve we celebrated with sushi for everyone, watching Man of Steel after the kids went to bed, and then bed for me at 10:30.
What a year! I don't see how we could top a year like that. Look at all the things we did, and how much the kids grew. I feel happy and grateful and more than a little wistful.
Happy New Year!