Ryan began the new year with a change in his job. After many years in construction, he took an office job with IDOT around the beginning of 2013. Also in January 2013, Ryan and I traveled to Las Vegas. It was an early 10th anniversary trip (we celebrated our anniversary in May). It was also our first "adult only" trip since having Jackson. We had a great time, but were ready to come home.
March 1, 2013, became an extremely momentous day for me: I got to see Adam Levine (and the rest of Maroon 5) in concert. What a great night! Definitely makes the top moments of this year! And possibly 2014 too!
Ryan and me after my first half marathon
J started kindergarten on August 21, 2013 and turned 5 the next day. After a bumpy first few days, he now enjoys school and is doing very well. He has made some good friends and has improved so much in his reading and math skills. We celebrated J's 5th birthday with a Batman themed party. J loves super heroes and dressing up in his super hero gear.
In September, we adopted another fur baby, whom J named Froggy. Ryan was hesitant about adding another cat to the household, but it has turned out to be a great addition. Our 12 year old cat, Max, started out skeptical of the new cat, but now enjoys having another cat around. And J is enamored with Froggy. I think I have said "Jackson, put that cat down" about 1,000 times already! Nothing makes J happier than having Froggy sleep in his bed with him or to have her play with him.
In October, our families welcomed more additions: two new nephews!
My sister had her baby boy on October 22 and Ryan's sister had her baby boy on October 27. Everyone is doing well and it is nice to have babies around to snuggle again.
November 2013 brought the start of our kitchen remodeling project. This has probably been the biggest change of the year for our family. And the most challenging. We have been living out of a makeshift kitchen (located in our great room) and are very anxious to have running water and a sink hooked back up in our kitchen (target date is in 7-10 more days for that)! Currently, we have most of the furniture back to its proper place, but we have a bit to go until all is back to "normal" around our house.