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If you’ve been following me for awhile you know my posts are usually photo heavy, but photos often evoke more memories than words, at least for me. Here’s a run down of the highlights from 2018!
We all got to stay home for a snow day and Alex got to stay home for more.
Drew turned 20 We celebrated with dinner and bowling.
Alex turned 14. He wanted Outback so we all enjoyed a bloomin’ onion and steaks. Then we met up with family friends. Ben shares a birthday with Alex, so we bought them strawberry cakes to enjoy.
Over Spring Break, we did our normal trip down to Florida for Spring Training Games.
Rob had a conference in Washington, DC, so we made a trip out of it. I’m still not done writing all the posts for this trip, but you can start here and follow the links at the bottom of each post to read all about this trip. We started the trip in Boston!
For Mother’s Day, my Mother-in-law, my sister-in-law, and I decided we wanted Jambalaya cooked over an open flame. Here’s a pic of Rob and Alex cutting up the meat the day before in preparation.
With us helping Drew look for cars since her wreck, Rob had decided since prices were so good for cars, he would start looking seriously for on for himself. His 300,000+ mile Acura isn’t going to live forever, after all.
Alex and Rob headed off for summer camp and I decided to take advantage of not having anything to do, so I took off to visit my friend, Kim. We enjoyed a day of relaxation in the pool, checking out her chickens and her garden, and just catching up.
Over the 4th of July weekend, we enjoyed hiking, white water rafting, and relaxation in the mountains of Highlands, NC. Read about it here.
Right after the 4th of July trip, we came home for a night, repacked and headed to Baton Rouge. Rob’s sister, Shawna, and her kids came from Nevada to visit along with Rob’s Dad and Step Mom from Texas. We enjoyed seeing all of Baton Rouge family as well. Read about it here.
Alex got his braces put on.
On Sunday, we went to a game in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium to see Atlanta United.
At the end of August, I saw a gif that compared drinking diet Coke to smoking because of all the health issues that can be caused from both. I’ve known all these things, but Diet Coke is so good and is also a comfort item for me everyday. I just drank so much each day. I ended up cutting it out of my life completely. I haven’t had any type of soda since the end of August. I drink water and unsweet tea now.
My birthday was on a Sunday, so when I showed up for Sunday School my class had surprised me with a cake. Rob and I already brought me donuts that morning. After church we went to Agave Loco for lunch.
I mentioned this in a previous post, but didn’t go into a lot of details. In the Spring, one of my coworkers announced he would be leaving to move down to South Alabama. His position is one I’ve had in the back of my mind as one that I would pursue. So after he left and the (revised) position was finally posted in August, I applied for it, interviewed with 3 different sets of people, and was finally offered the job in October. It made for a stressful Fall. So in November, I started my new job (a promotion), but am actually still doing my old job as well, which honestly is a lot. However, I think I’m handling it the best way I know how. I hope to be able to relinquish my duties to a new hire sooner than later, so we’ll see. I am still thankful for this promotion and this opportunity to touch the lives of 100’s of college students who work in the library Circulation department.
Rob and Drew had the opportunity to go to the Army Navy game in Philly. They went and picked up Drew’s friend, Joe, at the Naval Academy and he hung with them that weekend except for a good part of Saturday. He had duties before the game and of course during the game, he has to sit with all the other midshipmen. They were able to snap a photo during the game. It was very, very cold.
We left 6 days before Christmas and flew to New York City, where we spent 5 days exploring this amazing city. I am still in the process of going through and editing all the pics from that trip, so look for posts about that trip soon.
So what were your 2018 highlights? I hope that 2019 is everything you hope it to be and more!