2018 Year in Review

2018 was a great year for the Costellos! Of course we had our ups and downs, but I like to focus on the positives. We had our fair share of difficulties of many kinds, illnesses and difficult life changes but we powered through! Here’s a look back (mostly for my memories!) of our 2018. Consider this your 2018 Christmas card 😉

January

  • We announced we were expecting baby #5!20180126_204739.png
  • I survived morning sickness and fatigue combined with 4 kids, life and working. That was about all we accomplished in January. Lol

February

  • Gabriel celebrated his First Reconciliation
  • Jeremiah had a birthday! (We won’t say how old…)
  • We enjoyed winter in Iowa learning to ice fish and snowshoereceived_2074619816151070.jpeg
  • We attended our first opera and the kids really liked it!
  • I survived another month of pregnancy.

March

  • We got to see baby #5 for the first time via 19 week ultrasound! Always exciting!20180314_153447.jpg
  • We helped make the Costello’s St Patrick’s Day parade float a success once again!
  • Black Betty joined our family and I’ll forever be a maxi-van lover 😉4717_1520540893468.jpeg
  • We celebrated Easter!20180401_095852.jpg

April

  • Gabriel had his First Communion! And I only cried once or twice…FB_IMG_1525315363753.jpg
  • Lucy turned 7 and we ate sushi and went ice skating, her requests20180428_183613.jpg
  • Gabriel and Lucy started baseball/softball seasons20180509_200631.jpg
  • Jeremiah completed his final presentation for grad school.We pulled the big kids out of school so they could be a part of it. So proud of him!

May

  • Amelia had her first ever weekend with Aunt Mel, solo
  • Celebrated Mother’s Day with Great Grandma Laura20180512_124558.jpg
  • Amelia fulfilled her lifelong dream of taking horseback riding lessons20180525_153021.jpg
  • Celebrated the end of the school year and the beginning of summer!received_2132724600340591.jpeg

June 

  • Gabriel turned 9!
  • Jeremiah and I spent some time in San Diego without kids, enjoying all the sites and foods before he attended a conference there20180610_123846.jpg
  • Hosted 2 of our favorite cousins for 10 days!20180620_175630.jpg
  • Had the annual Costello campout with our extended family. It was one of the hottest weekends of the year, and our A/C also malfunctioned this weekend. I was 7 months pregnant. Good times
  • We had another batch of adorable baby bunnies20180528_183834.jpg

July

  • I celebrated another year of life and 8 months of pregnancy, and it showed! (Read: I was M.I.S.E.R.A.B.L.E.)

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  • We took a wonderful family vacation to Kentucky and visited The Arc and The Creation Museum. We also ate a lot of great food!received_2170798009866583.jpeg
  • The oldest 3 kids rocked swimming lessons
  • Lucy chopped 9 inches off her hair and donated it to Pantene Beautiful Lengths20180727_152350.jpg
  • J and the kids enjoyed summer in Iowa with lots of fishing.

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  • We hiked a lot to try to walk the baby out

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August

  • Started the month off with a bang with the arrival of Kateri Elizabeth Ann Costello on August 1 after a fast labor of 2.5 hours!received_440924406429124.jpeg
  • Filled up the 5 rows of van seats a bit more20180820_170352.jpg
  • Got more used to life as a family of 7

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  • Traveled to Des Moines with a 2 week old infant and Gabriel got to fulfill his Christmas gift of a day of rock climbing! (not our best timing)received_1819477771473280.jpeg
  • Kids resumed school  life. Gabriel started 3rd grade, Lucy 2nd grade, Amelia 4 yr old preschool

September

  • Gabriel and Lucy starred in their first year of flag football

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  • I chopped 8 inches of my hair and also donated to Pantene Beautiful Lengths!
  • Kateri was baptized!

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  • Jeremiah ran the QC Marathon Relay on a team from his school
  • Ruth turned 2!

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  • We took our first longer road trip as a family of 7 to visit Uncle Cameron at his last year at Conception Seminary College in Missouri and hung out with the monks

October

  • We had fun at Halloween!
  • I used the beautiful fall colors as a reason to update the kid’s pictures 

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  • Had a good time with friends at the pumpkin patch!

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  • I returned to work part time and am enjoying a fabulous work/life balance. I go to work part time and come home to my full time job 🙂
  • Enjoyed fall in Iowa by hiking some local parks20181022_130147.jpg

November

  • Amelia turned 5!

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  • Gabriel and Lucy got to live out a child’s dream when they were gifted a 5 day trip to Disney World in Florida with their grandparents!20181112_063238.jpg
  • I met up with 3 of my childhood friends; we had not all been together for over 15 years. It was long overdue!
  • Gabriel started swim team and he loves it. I LOVE seeing him so committed and motivated with an activity!

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December

  • Jeremiah officially graduated from UNI with his Master’s in Educational Leadership!!
  • Gabriel attended his first swim meet. A learning experience for all!7284_1544929321865.jpeg
  • We celebrated Christmas 5 times and 1 more in January!

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We’ve been incredibly blessed in 2018 and have high hopes for 2019! Hope you all are enjoying the last few days of 2018 and counting your blessings as well!

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