So Bits and I started this blog almost a year ago as a New Year’s project. Obviously it didn’t go so well. We’ve both been so busy that by the time we get home, there is no motivation to post. 2012 will be better…I think 🙂
Before 2011 officially ends, I thought I would post some updates and pictures of what Bits and I have been up to this year.
January: Foot surgery during the winter is not a good idea. I had my foot surgery the first week of January, and since I couldn’t walk, getting to work and around the house proved to be very difficult. Luckily I have an incredible husband that waited on me while I recoverd
February: This was our first winter together in Chicago and it was a shock. We experienced out first blizzard and saw Thundersnow for the first time. They said it was one of the worst snowstorms in decades and Lake Shore Drive was full of cars that people had abandoned in the snow
March: Pretty boring month except that it was my birthday MONTH!! Yes, I milk my birthday for an entire month
April: It stated to warm up a little bit so we started to come out from our winter hibernation. Porter got to meet some dog friends at Churchill park and had a great time.
May: Summer in Chicago is amazing. There are neighborhood festivals every weekend and the beach gets packed. We spent Memorial Day at North Avenue beach and I still can’t believe how crowded it was. They had to eventually shut the beach down. Winter in Chicago definitely makes you appreciate the summer
June: We’ve become good friends with our neighbors upstairs and this past June we had our first trolley birthday party adventure. The trolley drove us around the city stopping to take pictures and visit the usual neighborhood haunts. It was a blast!
July: Fourth of July in Chicago was beautiful too. We went up to our roof and had a 360 view of fireworks all over the city. This past July I also spent a week in Phoenix for work. I arrived just in time to see the aftermath of a giant dust storm that covered the whole city.
August: In August we took our annual family vacation. This year we went to relive my childhood summers spent in Estes Park, CO. I hadn’t been back in about 18 years and to be able to go with my entire family was amazing. We reserved a “cabin” at Spruce Lake for the 7 of us. A cabin it was not! Bits and I ended up sharing a 3 bedroom double wide trailer with my entire family. We somehow survived and had an incredible vacation.
September: This was a very eventful month. We welcomed Rachel, Ruthanne, and the Smathers kids to Chicago for Labor Day weekend and got to explore the city with all of them. I don’t think it was possible to fit anything else into this weekend: Aquarium, Planetarium, Field Museum, Millenium Park, Rainforest Cafe, the dog park, and the kids’ first CTA ride. Bits and I also celebrated our 2 year anniversary this month. I can’t believe we’ve already been married for 2 years. I officially have the best husband ever. We have shared our anniversary month with our best friends, Tom and Lindsey, and now get to share it with Danielle and Matt. We were lucky enough to get to celebrate another set of friends getting married. Congrats Matt and Dani! They had a beautiful wedding and bits and I danced the night away.
October: Last month was bits’ 2 year anniversary at his job. He’s doing well there. I remember waking up and taking his picture on his first day of work :). We also went down to Indy to walk in a JDRF fundraiser with mom and dad. Porter got to participate as well. It was nice to spend some time with the family.
So now there is only a month and a half left of this year and still so much to look forward to. We leave for Columbus next week to spend some time with the Ross family and enjoy Thanksgiving. I can’t wait to see all of our nieces and nephew. They are growing up so fast and I feel like everytime we go back they have so much more personality.
Christmas is going to be a blast this year. My side of the family is usually so traditional for Christmas. My mom has a garage full of Christmas decorations to put up and everyone comes to Indy for the weekend. This year is breaking the tradition. We are leaving Christmas morning to catch a plane to Cozumel Mexico. Christmas in Mexico!!!! I can’t wait!! We even get to celebrate New Year’s eve on the beach. How can you beat that??!?!
Condensing 10 1/2 months into one blog post was a tough. Hopefully we will be better at keeping this up to date. Stay Tuned!