I’ve been struggling all day as to how I should sum up 2015. It certainly wasn’t the worst year ever. I feel like I’m poised to make some big decisions about my life, but want to pay homage to those parts of my life that matter. I guess you could say I want to make those decisions cautiously, and with careful consideration.
This holiday season seems to have been more exhausting than most. I’ve had a bit of insomnia lately, likely caused by all of the busy-ness that is life with a full time job and two school-aged kids. Or do I feel things have been so much busier because of the insomnia? I’m not sure.
2015 didn’t suck, though, that’s for sure. I had a lot of great experiences, went on a few pretty epic trips…I guess I’m here to put together a “year in review” post to prove to myself that despite how tired I currently feel, that tiredness is well-earned. Here are the highlights of 2015.
January 2015 seems to have been filled with lots of family things. I had this great idea last Christmas (which I’ll share in a post sometime soon) that instead of gifts I’d buy my boys (and The Man’s boy) gift cards for twelve activities that we’d do together throughout the year. In January, the five of us hit the Milwaukee Public Museum.
January also hosted my work holiday party (always very fancy yet also fun), my boys were in ski club and I had some nights out with two of my bestest friends.
I turned 37 in February, and celebrated alongside other winter baby friends with a joint party the most Milwaukee way we know how – at a dive corner bar on the south side mini-bowling. And in case you can’t see it, yes, those are real people back there resetting the pins.
There also seems to have been some margaritas that month, some sushi and a mini-golf pub crawl.
Yikes. March included multiple brewery tours/visits (Minhas, New Glarus and Karbon4 all in one trip) as well as a tour and tasting at Great Lakes Distillery. There’s no real wonder as to why people think Midwesterners drink so much. It’s cuz we do.
I also chaperoned a fourth grade field trip, went to an Admirals hockey game with the kids and our friends and a rollerskating birthday party, too.
This past April was AMAZING. We went to Mexico for a week with some good friends to celebrate their tenth anniversary. We snorkeled with sea turtles, we drank at the swim-up bar and just generally enjoyed not being in the Wisconsin cold. Now let’s go back. Please.
April was also Easter, river clean-up for Earth Day with the Cub Scouts, an early season Brewer game for The Man’s birthday and Will finally got to participate in Take Your Kids to Work Day. FUN.
The season’s first Little League games were in May – I remember joking (only half so) that we might need snow pants for those first few games. The snow might’ve been gone but it was still cold FOR SURE.
There were also more margaritas, we celebrated my Grandpa’s 80-something’th birthday and I got my hair done and it looked amazing. (As evidenced by the selfie I took and posted to Facebook. What? Did you think I was just reaching back into my memory banks and pulling out all of this old stuff? HECK NO. Facebook for reminding for the win.)
Nick pitched an AMAZING game in June. He faced seven batters in two innings (at the 10-year-old level each kid can only pitch for two), and allowed zero runners on base. At a level where most runs are scored because the pitcher is walking kids around the bases and the score-per-inning limit is reached, this was pretty noteworthy. I was ridiculously proud!
Also? More margaritas (probably), a Summerfest concert, dinners on patios and another Brewer game, this time with free Zubas. I’m including another photo for the month because they are *that* amazing.
Oh and one of our trips to the Lake with our friends and their kids was in June, too. I guess June was busy!
If I just said June was busy, let me rephrase that. July was redonkulous. The boys and I did the Color Run with friends and their kids (you would’ve thought this was like Christmas they were so excited to get to do it) and we established what we came to call “Pickleball Sundays”. The Man and I and two other couples are Pickleball players, and this summer we established the tradition of packing up the kids and a cooler and heading to a local park on a Sunday afternoon to play. We grown ups P-Balled it and the kids played at the playground. Fun for all (despite the heat).
July was also my Dad’s extended family’s reunion and Dad’s birthday, too. We celebrated the latter the best Milwaukee way possible – at an outdoor beer garden. Yes, kids too.
Oh God, August. August was great. My work picnic was at the Milwaukee County Zoo. There was more Pickleball. There were visits to State Fair (both with kids and without).
I did the Dirty Girl run with one of my closest friends again, and the event photogs got this awesome shot of me looking like a super hero. Sweet.
September finally calmed down a bit, mostly because the boys went back to school. (That’s totally false – we were as busy as ever but most events were boring and school-related, or were run-of-the-mill Scout meetings or grocery shopping. Not much that was picture-worthy.)
And for proof that they aren’t always so goofy, we also hired a photographer to get more formal shots of the boys (both mine and my nephews). I look at this picture and swear I see what they’re both going to look like at 20. I really am blessed.
Have I overused the word ‘epic’ too much for this year yet? Because a cousin and I went on a trip in October that pretty much qualifies. We flew to Salt Lake City to visit a cousin and her family, and after a few days the three of us girls road-tripped down to Moab with the baby for a few more days of hiking. It was an amazingly good time – lots of hiking and talking and eating and arguing over who was picking up the tab. (As in we each wanted to cover it for the others.) It certainly was a once in a lifetime trip!
And I guess we found time to squeeze in one more mini-trip, just me and my boys. We took the train to Chicago on a random off school day and checked out the Field Museum and The Bean.
My oldest boy turned eleven in November. How is that even POSSIBLE?
There was, of course, a birthday party, followed by Thanksgiving. Which was, in turn, followed up with a trip to Ikea, followed by many hours of putting together pre-fab furniture. Followed up still by finally feeling like a real adult who has nice things.
I guess I’m starting to see where the tired’s come from. December had many holiday celebrations – from playing the Panty Ho Head Game (another post for another day) at a family Christmas at one end of the month to presents galore (twas the year of the PS4 in our house) to a grown-ups only party that included a whole lot of shenanigans. And this doesn’t even include New Years’.
I’m not even sure how to sum this all up. I mean, what do you say? If anything, I hope I never stop doing these year in review posts. Because while I was feeling more than just a little beat down when I started compiling all of this, I now feel nothing but blessed and honored to be given these crazy ass people in my life.
My love to you all, crazy ass friends and family. And if you’re reading this and I don’t know you? May you have a wonderful start to your 2016.