Highlights only, y’all. We all have enough lowlights daily.
- School roller skating party
Monkey’s third time roller skating. He’s not very good at it, but he always gives it a go before spending the bulk of the time playing games in the arcade area (lol).
While we get snow 2-3 times each winter, it’s typically in the 3″ or less range. In January of 2018, we got a whopping 7-10″! It was beautiful and lasted a few days. Perfect.
Our front yard
- Sleigh Bells at Lincoln Theater
- Started volunteering with local group
I make food, and Monkey and I serve it to folks at a downtown mission once a month. He loves doing it and it sparks super interesting convos with him on the drive home. We both feel good helping out in our community and are looking for more opportunities where kids can assist.
- Beatles cover band with kids at Cat’s Cradle
Seemed like a fab idea. Take our kids to our favorite venue and invite their besties to come, too. OMG, y’all. Kids weren’t much interested in the music, and ran completely wild for around 25 minutes before we called it and left. Sigh.
- Margaret Cho
- Superchunk at Cat’s Cradle
- DW’s new band’s first show
- Bulls games (2)
- Easter with Granny and Papa
- The MM turns 5
Had his first real birthday party at a bounce house place with his preschool buds and other BFFs.
- Preschool graduation for the MM
My baby graduated from preschool. Wasn’t he just born?
- Dad’s heart scare
My dad was admitted into the hospital for a three night stay with arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat – his was in overdrive and he didn’t even know it). It was very scary while doctors tried to figure out what was up and why. He is on meds and has a heart doctor that he sees regularly, but has been basically fine since he was released. Hopefully this trend continues.
- Out! Raleigh
Yearly LGBTQ event that is a lot of fun for the whole family. Typically, we get beers and hang out in the bounce house area watching the kids jump.
- Disney Cruise!
So, this was a mixed bag, primarily because our kids were overtired and over stimulated and refused to use the kid’s club.
Highlights: Castaway Cay, Disney’s private Carribean island. All of us swam and floated all day in the ocean, had delicious food and drinks, and had a wonderful time. We also swam with Sting Rays, which was amazing. We loved the Beauty and the Beast show we saw on the boat, the food was excellent, and the waterslide SUPER COOL!
Lowlights: Kids fought A LOT, refused the kid’s club, wanted to be in the pool constantly (there were 2 very small, overcrowded pools, which was disappointing).
We’ve talked about possibly doing another cruise in the future, when kids are little older, so who knows?
- Kennedy Space Center
Super cool, especially the Atlantis space shuttle exhibit. We saw the Endeavor in LA, but this was spectacular on a whole other level. It was hot as hell the day we went, and the kids were kind of a nightmare in the beginning, but I’m really glad we persevered because it was a great experience. I want to go back and explore more.
- Raleigh SuperCon
First comic con with the kids (well, if you don’t count Monkey’s actual first con at 7 months old). We all had a really fun, geeky time and decided we are totally going to hit all of them in our general vicinity from here on out. Mama and Mommy are happy to be back in our element, getting sketches and autographs and nerdy merch. Yay!
- SC beach trip
We’d decided to skip the family beach trip this year since we did the cruise, but we ended up going for a long weekend, because free beach trip.
- Bulls game
- The MM starts kindergarten, Monkey starts third grade.
W.O.W. Both kids in regular, full-time school. The MM doesn’t care for his teacher, but is doing really well, making friends, and learning a lot. Hoping next year’s teacher will meet with his hard-won approval.
Mommy and the MM on 1st day of Kinder
- Comiccon: Second con, this time, the kids dressed up. Monkey was Ninja Deadpool (his own invention) and the MM was Mario.
- Car Seat Headrest at Cat’s Cradle
- Uneventful Florence
We were told to prepare prepare PREPARE because this would be bad. Ended up not being much at all for our area, thankfully.
- Breeders show in Columbia
My parents live in Columbia so it worked out for us to see one of our all-time faves, the Breeders!
Got a signed album
- Bro’s wedding
My brother remarried in a nice, intimate ceremony at the beach. I got to spend time with my fave (though problematic) aunt and see my uncle, who I’ve not seen in years. Had a wonderful time reconnecting.
- Durham comiccon
Not the greatest con, but still a fun day.
This year, DW and I were all the way in. She text banked for many Dem campaigns across the country, I did poll greeting for early voting, and we both did poll greeting on election day. Felt amazing and will continue the trend and get more involved . Next up: Doing all we can to get IDs for NC voters prior to next election.
- Superchunk show at Motorco
This was a free show on election night with a photo showing you at your voting location. So good!
- Monkey turned 9 (!!!)
Party to come in early Feb at a trampoline place (his “fake” birthday party as he calls it).
LOVED IT!!!!!! So much that I’ve purchased tickets for us to see it again in NYC in June.
- Trip to NY
This was an impromptu getaway that was supposed to be for one night, but ended up being an amazing three night Mamas extravaganza! We were invited to see a fave band play a private gig so we quickly got flights and a hotel for Sat. night and got my mom on-board to watch the kids. It snowed like crazy overnight in NC, so we got bumped and kept getting bumped until late Tuesday. We squeezed in a play (Wicked), a visit to the Met, lots of shopping (the Nintendo store, y’all!!!!), and sight-seeing. It was wonderful.