For me, 2011 will always be the year that I got a chance to breathe and keep my feet underneath me. After several years of moving, babies (3 in 4 years including Kenna!), job uncertainty, and a house fire, this was a very calm year indeed!
Tim has continued working towards his PhD in Educational Psychology and plans to be ABD (All But Dissertation) by this time next year. This fall he was able to get his feet wet with collegiate level instruction and he is already talking about what he will do differently next time. Higher education, preparing future teachers, is definitely where he feels called to go next. He has had this goal for so long, it is wonderful to see him achieving it!
Aidan is 8 now and began competitive gymnastics this year. I love seeing his love for a sport that holds a special spot in my own heart. His coaches and older teammates are excellent role models and he has had the chance to meet new friends as well. He continues in scouts and is currently working hard on his Parvuli Dei religious medal. He completed reconciliation for the first time a few weeks ago, preparing for First Holy Communion this January.
Caleb has had a bit of a rough year and we are still working on several things, but we are finding our way together. He turned 6 this year and is also in scouts and tae kwon do. He is currently ranked as a camouflage belt in the Tiny Tiger program for 4-7 year olds. His instructor is amazing with him and he has grown in confidence as a part of this program. He says sparring is his favorite part because he gets to “show off his moves.” He is looking forward to moving up to the Junior ranks soon, where he can work towards that black belt!
We call Kylee, age 3, Sparkles because she has an infectiously brilliant smile and mischievous eyes to go with it. Those of you who are friends with me on Facebook have been treated to many of Kylee's one liners. This year she mastered the potty and has started doing more lessons during our school time. She loves to snuggle, read books, and play with her brothers, especially Caleb.
Logan is 1 now and reminding us what it is like to parent a toddler boy. If you stop by our house you will find many chairs, boxes, benches and anything else he could use as a stool put up high but you will just as likely find Logan up high as well, having found some other method for his acrobatics. It is a good thing he still takes good naps or I don’t know how I would get anything done! He reminds us so much of Aidan at the same age with his energy and constant chatter... indeed the two are good buddies.
All of that should give you a fairly good idea of what I have been up to this year! In addition to shuttling kid activities, homeschooling, blogging, and keeping up with the house, I have also started Tae Kwon Do. I am currently ranked as a blue belt and will hopefully earn my black belt sometime next fall. I have met some really great ladies who always keep me laughing. Our post testing parties remind me so much of the Mom’s Night Out! On my agenda next is organizing a Catholic mom’s group/playgroup/homeschool co-op. A few moms and I are hoping to meet after the first of the year for our first “official” meeting!
As our family looks forward to 2012, we wish you all a safe and warm Christmas season!