Merry Christmas or Happy Hanukkah! (Eventually I will just send out Happy Hanukkah letters as more and more of my friends are Jewish.)
Summary of 2011:
Husband: Worked too many hours, too many days, traveled too much. His elm tree is still alive but I’m not holding my breath. He spends his days trying to convince me to travel to weird places. He desperately wants to move to a warm place where he can spend his days (at least those days he’s not travelling) not huddled in a blanket next to a space heater.
Me: Found out that Weight Watchers isn’t very effective if you don’t follow the program. Drove kids around a lot. I’m still teaching adorable toddlers at the Y once a week. Apparently I’m pretty mean because I made a special needs teacher cry. I’m on two special needs boards, I might join one more for the rest of the year because that’s apparently what I’m collecting.
Brianne: is a sophomore in high school. Quit taking piano and started violin lessons. Oddly, her hair is starting to turn red. Bri loves going to seminary, reading, playing the piano, music, singing in the choir and studying. (All but one of those is true.) She decided she wants to score films or video games.
Jacob: is in 8th grade. He’s attending a charter school. Reassuringly enough his hair is still red. He loves playing games, the computer, playing D&D as a after school activity, also signed up to be in a Shakespearean play again. He loved fencing but it was too hard to work into the schedule. Bri was teaching him piano but it didn’t work out so he’ll start with a new teacher in January.
William: is a punk who still uses pinches as words. Fortunately for him, he is cute and cuddly so I forgive him. He is doing really well at school. He is starting multiplication and has improved a year’s worth of reading in the last year. He has gained both weight and inches this year and will probably tower over the whole family soon. He started getting allowance this year and is currently in the process of collecting every Dr. Seuss book app he can find on itunes. I jealously guard my password but he attempts to guess it. Bri started to teach Will piano.
Elizabeth: has taken flute lessons for about 9 months and is doing well. Hurray! She is in 4th grade and is actually doing her assigned reading this year. She likes playing basketball and takes hers to school every day. She likes to wear hats. She wears the same fleece every day. She is adorable and cuddly and still will hold my hand.
It’s been a good year, busy but good.