January: Not the most exciting month, but we had a couple of beautiful days that were perfect for spending time outdoors. We made a trip to the Prairie Park Nature Center in Lawrence and a visit to the dog park, a rare treat for Boopers.
February: Hosted a fun Valentine’s Day party and had a visit from our friends Aaron and Sarah. We crammed a ton of fun (and food) into one day. Roasterie, Boulevard Brewery, Q39, and Lidias. We were stuffed!
March: Had a sleepover in Lawrence at Gpop and GranJan’s house for my birthday. They babysat so we could go out for lunch. Gretchen got to help plant seeds in Gpop’s garden.
April: We spent a weekend in Oklahoma visiting friends and celebrating the first birthday of two of our favorite twins: Maddie and Baylor. Also celebrated Easter with an egg hunt in Gpop’s garden.
May: Went to Omaha for a long weekend. Spent two days at the zoo and some time at their amazing children’s museum. Can’t wait to go back!
June: Gretchen took her first ballet class and LOVED it. Tyler and I celebrated our 9th anniversary with a trip to the Craft and Draft at Kaufman Stadium. Also, potty training happened, and wasn’t nearly as terrible as I had anticipated it would be!
July: Had a visit from my brother’s family around the 4th. Gretchen loved hanging out with her cousins and celebrating her 3rd birthday with a Daniel Tiger themed party. Boopers had surgery to remove a couple of mast cell tumors, including a ping pong ball sized one on her leg.
August: My month to have surgery! I had an exploratory laparoscopy after months of failed infertility treatments. I’m going to spare you the pictures of my ovaries and the endometriosis that he found. Much more exciting event: Gretchen started preschool!
September: Tyler and I took an early 10 year anniversary trip to Oregon. It was our first time being away from Gretchen for more than a couple of nights.
October: Maybe the craziest month of the year. I went to Oklahoma for a girls trip but a terrible stomach flu took us out one by one. While I was away Gretchen broke her leg when she fell of the swings at the playground. The high point of the month was going to a Royals/Blue Jays playoff game at the K with Tyler, and we won! (Also we saw the blimp, and I love the blimp).
November: THE ROYALS WON THE WORLD SERIES!!!!!! I took a class at Thirsty Palette and sure enough, I lack painting skills, but it was a lot of fun anyway.
December: Tons of fun holiday events, Gretchen really got into Christmas this year. Attempted to go to my sister’s graduation in Arkansas but unfortunately Gretchen ended up with the stomach flu and our trip was cut short. We celebrate Christmas Eve on the Plaza and Christmas Day at home before visiting Tyler’s family in Kentucky.