A lot of people send out letters in the their Christmas cards to let everyone know what was occuring in their lives over the year, so I decided to do that here. We had a VERY busy 2008, so here goes...
Anna started Kindergarten this year at Independence Elementary. She goes everyday getting on the bus at 8:45 AM and coming home on the bus at 4:30 PM. These are very long days for her, but she loves it. I have only been able to volunteer in the classroom once, and really enjoyed it. I would love to volunteer more, but the time isn't right for now. She is learning all kinds of new things. She is working very hard on learning her 'sight' words, and we go through them everyday. Sometimes it is a struggle, but she is taking them day by day. The sight words are a list of 52 words that she has to be able to read. Some examples are 'they, like, come, are, and, the'. Other than Kindergarten, Anna joined Girl Scouts and is really enjoying that. She has meetings every 2 weeks and there seems to be an event every month. Right now her Daddy and her are working on a Derby Car race that is in January.
Nicolas is finishish his last year in Pre-School, and is such a big boy now in class. We just love his teacher, Miss Dee, and will miss her influence on him when he goes to Independence. Nicolas's speech has improved so much over this year and he is doing so much better with his behavioral issues. We are so proud of him. He has started to ask us 'why' on everything, which sometimes drives us crazy! I love to turn it on him and ask him 'why HE thinks so'. It is fun to hear his response. Nicolas started ice skating lessons a couple of months ago, and he is doing quite well. We signed him up for another round of lessons starting again in January. He seems to enjoy it. At first, he liked to pretend to fall and be goof ball until we explained to him how dangerous it was to just throw yourself around on the ice with those skate. Not sure he understood everything we said to him, but he did straighten up and that's all you can ask for.
Kaley is now almost 6 months old and is so much fun to watch and be around. She is starting to really interact with us and play with things. We are waiting for her to start sitting up on her own, and she is almost there! She is so sweet and all of us just love her to pieces!
Jason is still working at Charter and taking care of the household. He still finds time to play his video games and do some things for himself from time to time. I quit my job when Kaley was born, and I haven't looked back since. I love being a stay at home mom, and kind of wish I would have done it sooner. Besides taking care of the children day to day, I attend MOPS twice a month and I go to the YMCA. I have started taking classes at the YMCA and are currently taking a PiYo class and a Step Aerobics class. They are GREAT!
As a family we took two vacations this year. We went on a Disney Cruise in March before Kaley came. We had so much fun! It was great! Jason and I both love to cruise, so we would recommend this to anyone who has kids and wants to go on a cruise. We also went to Branson in October after Kaley came. We had fun going to Silver Dollar City and just hanging out in Branson. Branson is no Disney Cruise, but we enjoy it as well!
My family from TX came up to visit quite a bit this year. My mom and dad came up when Kaley was born and then again when Reagan (my niece) was born. Tina and Kevin came as well after Reagan was born. We went to TX in April and in November, so I was able to see my family a lot this year which of course I LOVED.
I think that is about it. We wish everyone who takes the time to read our blog a MERRY CHRISTMAS! We love you all! Don't forget why we celebrate Christmas and spend time worshiping our Lord a Savior during this time (as well as everyday). Read about the birth of Jesus in Luke 2 and talk about it with your family. Merry Christmas everyone!