2018 was…hard. It was change. It was heartbreak. But it wasn’t all bad. There were some really great memories made with my boys. A LOT of fishing! So much fishing. I reclaimed my health and was the most fit I’ve ever been in my life. A new job. So let’s look back at 2018 starting at the beginning.
I am not a fan of January. It feels like the longest month of the entire year. It’s like time stands still and we’re just stuck in winter. I hate winter. I should definitely work on my attitude towards January. Anyway, nothing really happened in January 2018 but I did get my brand new tonneau cover that Nathan bought me for Christmas.
We started February with influenza. Both boys caught it and it was miserable. My babies were so sick and it sucked! We also celebrated mine and Joshua’s birthday.
March was the start to bass fishing! We had some really beautiful days in March and were able to get outside after being cooped up all winter.
April we enjoyed Spring Break! The boys and I went to the Aquatic Center and did a little fishing. I also fell in love with Brett Eldredge in April. My parents had bought me concert tickets for the Long Way Tour in Pullman and I asked my friend Brittnie to come with me. We had the BEST time at the concert. It became my most favorite concert, ever.
May was a big month. I interviewed for the Lewiston School District TWICE and got the officially phone call on the 21st from the assistant superintendent offering me a 2nd grade job at Webster Elementary. I made the official announcement on social media. Joshua also graduated kindergarten and it was our last couple of weeks being at the same school together. I will always remember that special year of teaching kinder with my boy in the classroom next year learning from the best teacher I know and my best friend. Special.
June was hard. June was goodbye. Joshua and I had to say goodbye to Asotin Elementary. We also had the BASS Nation State Qualifier hosted out of Harrison, Idaho on Lake Couer D’ Alene. Nathan made the state team as a pro angler and we were so excited! We had the best time, as always, fishing off the docks in Harrison.
July was a little harder month. We started off the month pretty good. We celebrated the 4th of July, I had a deck date with my bestie, attended my first Sprenger Open to Defeat ALS andwe went back to Harrison for the PBA Classic. More family time and fishing on the docks! The best.
My dad continued to struggle with his alcoholism and my family was fed up with it! My mom moved into my grandma’s house. A few days later my dad had a bad fall and hit his head. My brother found him face down on the bathroom floor and called 911. He was rushed to the ER and had emergency brain surgery for bleeding.
I had to get away for a weekend while my dad was in the ICU so we headed up to the North Fork of the Clearwater with some of our best friends. My mind of course was with my dad but it felt so good to laugh with our friends and just relax.
August was the hardest. August 1st we lifted my dad’s life support and passed away. It has been the hardest goodbye. August 10th, on the morning of dad’s funeral, Nathan and I bought our brand new camper! I think Dad had a hand in this. We had been looking for months for a new camper and couldn’t find exactly what we wanted for our price range. As fate would have it we found this one that morning. Our DREAM camper! I spoke at Dad’s service and we were surrounded with love from family and friends. On August 4th (dad’s birthday) Nathan took me upriver with the boys to fish off a beach. I think he knew I needed a day like that.
Joshua had his first day of 1st grade at Camelot Elementary and I had my first day of teaching 2nd grade at Webster Elementary. I was also busy with new to the district meetings and trainings. August was such a busy, complicated month that it’s hard to even recall it. It’s kind of a blur.
September we took one last camping trip to the Lochsa River. We camped at the Wilderness Gateway and it was just what I needed after so much busy.
Grady started school for the very first time at Wonder World pre-school. I also went to the rodeo for Kaitlin’s bachelorette party.
We celebrated mom’s birthday at El’ Sombreoro on the 13th. Joshua attended his first basketball camp with the LCSC Warriors men’s basketball team and the boys got to ride a horse for the first time out at the Greene ranch.
October we were blessed with so many beautiful days. The weather was awesome! We took advantage of one of those days and took the boys bass fishing on the Skeeter. We had the best day. The boys love fishing on the boat and so do we! Nathan got a super nice fall smallmouth.
We also had the Greene wedding! It was Clay’s turn to get married. And he married UP that’s for certain! We love Kaitlin and are so happy to welcome her to our framily. Nathan was a groomsmen and Grady was the ring bearer.
We finished October with Halloween. Joshua was Pikachu and Grady was a skeleton again this year.
We had Grateful November at Webster Elementary. I love our monthly spirit days promoting positive character traits.
November is also the month the boys got their new fishing boat! Nathan finally found the perfect Lund on Craigslist in CDA. We drove up after work on a Friday night to pick it up. As fate would have it it dumped a couple of inches of snow on the drive up. Nathan wasn’t feeling comfortable pulling a boat he hadn’t towed before on the snowy highway, in the dark, with his entire family in the truck so we decided to find a hotel room and stay the night! It was completely unplanned and turned out to be one of my favorite memories of 2018. We ate dinner at The Olive Pit and stayed in a nice hotel. The boys loved it!
We also celebrated Thanksgiving at the cabin again. It’s my favorite tradition. We burned piles and piles of pine needles. The huge bonfire was so fun. It was peaceful and relaxing and we soaked up every minute of our couple days getaway to the cabin for the holiday.
December was a welcomed 2 week break from school for the kids and I! We had Joshua’s Christmas concert at Lewiston High School and we made it up to my Uncle Mike’s for a Sprenger family Christmas.
We ended the month with a steelhead trip with great friends. I caught the biggest steelhead I’ve ever caught and it was a great finish to the year!