I hiked Pinnacle Mountain a lot in the first part of the year.
I mostly quit drinking Mtn. Dew.
We looked at schools for Evelyn.
Cody got permanent work.
We read that book on the love languages and I rolled my eyes at a lot of it, and I don't think either one of us finished it. But we did get enough of it to realize we'd been throwing our 'I love yous' right past each other. Whoops. If Cody cleans the kitchen a bit better and gets the coffee maker ready for the next day every night and I say nice things about him (especially in front of Evelyn), we're a much happier dynamic duo.
I went to therapy for a while. We mostly talked about work and parenting. The parenting stuff, I can adapt to. The work stuff will probably always be hard for me. I'm still trying to figure out how to enjoy the good parts, and to really get the most out of the weeks/months when I'm not completely physically and emotionally drained so that I can enjoy life outside the office.
We found a school for Evelyn. The roughest part of transition, in my opinion, was brought on by the fact that Evelyn really got into baby dolls a month or two before school started. And you can't take your baby to school. It was a contentious time for all of us. That being said, Cody and I went to the first PTO meeting of the year (less than a month after school started) and Evelyn wanted to bring her beloved baby. I can't tell you how many people--from teachers to parent volunteers--said "This must be Hildegard!" because she told them all about her baby, and they listened. We really, really like Evelyn's school.
Now would be a good time to say that we love our library as well. I love all libraries, really, but our little local library has been an important factor in helping Evelyn love learning. The lovely people there are also a big part of why she's so at ease with asking questions of people in charge and why she feels so confident that they'll answer her seriously.
She asks a lot of questions, and this year I started pointing her in the direction of people who could answer them even if we weren't in a library. Park interpreters, the nice guy at the Capitol visitors desk, or anyone else got an earful. Often.
We went to a few museums, and the Historic Arkansas Museum was probably my favorite. We went there a lot.
Evelyn also really likes my work. I get a lot of stress from it. But I also work with some very lovely people, and many of them hold Evelyn in high regard. She feels welcome there, and she is. I'm incredibly glad.
Evelyn can kind of read a bit.
We went to the beach this summer. We sunburned horribly and ate too much and the house was way too full of people who were way too loud and on conflicting sleep schedules. It was fantastic. The three of us swam in the ocean together a few times and it was all I wanted out of life maybe. Evelyn got to enjoy a lot of swimming and I get irrationally excited about driving places in the middle of the day.
We did not go to the state fair, a pumpkin patch, or to look at Christmas lights. We did meet Santa 3 times and go to a classmate's birthday party.
There was a lot of time to play with cousins. And there were plenty of grandparent sleepovers.
There was also a trip or two to my old allergist. Evelyn is on maintenance medication, and it's working awfully well. She likes her inhaler, and I like that we can treat the cough that pops up every time she gets a stuffy nose or an ear infection or the temperature shifts twenty degrees in a day. Glorious!
Cody's getting into meal planning. I keep making the same knitting patterns over and over because it's what makes me happy.
We didn't do as much as I'd hoped or planned in 2015, but we had a lot of fun. I'm not really sure what we have going on in 2016. I'm hoping we get to see friends and family more. I keep swearing up and down that we'll go camping some day. It could happen. Whatever we do, I think we'll have a good time.