School is back in full swing for Billy. This is his last year of course work, which he is really excited about, but for now classes are just as stressful as ever. He has also started his teaching assistant responsibilities; he is teaching two discussion sections (one all freshmen, one all upper classmen) and seems to be enjoying it.
We recently went to Notre Dame to walk around campus while the weather is nice.
My work schedule recently changed. In order to get benefits, I needed to increase my hours to 24 a week. So I work full days on Thursday and Friday, and on Tuesday and Wednesday I work from 4pm to 7:30pm. Thankfully I really like my job and my coworkers. But it is hard to be away from Maryn so much. It has also become more difficult to coordinate our schedules, and getting things done around the house, grocery shopping and errands, and spending time with other people has become more of a challenge. Our new schedules also caused transportation issues for our one car family. Which leads to my next update.
We bought a car! We found a 1998 Subaru Forester in Indianapolis that is just perfect for us. Obviously it's not new, but it's a great car and it will be nice to have all wheel drive in the snow. It was the first time Billy and I have ever bought a car and it was definitely the biggest purchase we have ever made so it was exciting. And it feels really good to know that we saved up our money for something we can afford to pay cash for and not have a car payment. We've never had a car payment and would like to keep it that way for as long as possible! Here is a picture. This isn't actually our car because I am too lazy to go take a picture of it, but it pretty much looks just like this.
In other news, we had our first family member visit from Oklahoma! My Gramps and Grammy were vacationing in Chicago and came to see us. It was so nice to see them. We went to a restaurant on campus called Legends, which is basically a shrine to all Notre Dame sports. Gramps had us cracking up while accosting the waitress about how much he hates Notre Dame because they beat OU back in 1957. Somehow he ended up getting a free ice cream out of it. Of course, Maryn charmed Gramps and Grammy with her cuteness.
Speaking of Maryn, she has officially entered toddlerhood. She is walking everywhere and getting into every thing. Which can be exhausting but lots of fun. She's also learning lots of new words. And Curious George is her ever-present best friend.
One other development that has been fun for us is a new monthly date night tradition we have started with our friends Kevin and Erica (parents of Maryn's BFF Elliott). They watch Maryn while we go on a date and we watch Elliott likewise. Last Saturday Billy and I got to eat at a fun Irish pub downtown called Fiddler's Hearth. I had yummy authentic Irish stew. Then we walked around downtown and got dessert and coffee at the South Bend Chocolate Company. It was so nice to have some alone time together, and we are definitely grateful for and looking forward to more of these monthly dates!!!
|Wall of local family coat of arms.|
Another huge part of our lives is our church, and I have lots to write about that so I'm going to dedicate an entire post to it. Would you believe we have been there a year now and I still haven't done a single post about it?! That travesty will soon be remedied. :)