Well, 2008 has come to an end. Before the Parakeet makes 1001 resolutions for the New Year, she thought it might be nice to reflect on the year gone by.
You know she loves the lists and the self-improvement, so it’s no surprise that she might make resolutions, but let’s save that for another post.
2008 was a bit of a roller-coaster for the Russells, but what year isn’t? We’re going to focus on the positives this time – some of their favorite memories – by the Calendar
They started the year with a miracle. After dropping HCG levels and what had been termed a “threatened abortion”, on January 2nd – the Parakeet had an ultrasound that revealed a heartbeat! Little O was growing along with her stomach.
In February, the Parakeet was part of a wonderful production at Timeline Theater called “Dolly West’s Kitchen”. She worked with super people, got to play a really great part, and the show received a Jeff Nomination. A very fun ‘final’ show before heading into the latter two trimesters of pregnancy.
In March, the Russells were lucky to have visitors from St. Louis – Uncle B, Sis-in-Law M, and Big W. This was such a fun weekend – complete with friends from the past, snow, and lots and lots of food for Easter dinner. They even decorated eggs to serve as their placecards. The Huz and Keet paid special attention to their nephew that visit, knowing their own little one was on the way…
April began the winter that wouldn’t end, but to stay with the positive, the Parakeet had a visit from two very special friends she has known for nearly twenty years. They ate and shopped their way through the weekend. So fun! The Huz took this weekend and went on a solitary, introspective camping trip to the Warren Dunes – also fun, just about opposite of the girls’ experience, though.
Then, May brought a trip to St. Louis to see Uncle B receive his Masters degree and cousin P’s confirmation. The Parakeet christened the maternity bathing suit and they enjoyed quality family time. The Huz carried the entire contents of their apartment into a new one downstairs. They also got a sweet little garden started in the backyard.
June was still chilly in Chicago, so the Keet and Huz were excited to head on down to Florida for Uncle B’s ordination. That week at the condo in Daytona Beach might be the highlight of the whole year. Ten of us cracking each other up, cooking for each other, and getting to know each other as adults.
July began the waiting, the swelling, the where-is-the-baby feeling. But over the Holiday, the Keet’s mother came to Chicago and they got that nursery decorated. Fireworks and Home Decorating. You can’t beat that. The Huz also started a new hobby; tennis. He had a great time gettting in shape with the racket. In addition to all his biking, 2008 was full of exercise for the Huz.
August brought them Little O. There’s not much more to add to that. He is an amazing, hilarious, passionate baby. They are blessed.
September (it was technically Aug 31st) was O’s baptism and a visit from the Russell’s. They don’t make it to Chicago often – and it was the nieces’ first time, so that brought lots of fun amidst the sleep-deprived nights.
October was a bit of a new baby blur, but their trip to the polls felt quite historic.
November ended with the Keet’s birthday which they spent as a threesome. It felt like a real family day, walks to the thrift store, cuddling on the couch, and a few pots of coffee. Such a cozy and comforting weekend.
December was Christmas! Seeing Little O with Big W in their matching PJs on Christmas morning was priceless. 2008 was the year of Family in so many ways.
They moved apartments, changed jobs, but their family was constant all year long.
2009 looks a little uncertain at this point, but they are embracing the open-ness, the new-ness, the possibility. You’re sure to share in all the ups and downs. Thanks for reading.