I try to do a “written snapshot” of life as we know it in our family at the beginning of each year (the others are here and here and here). Oh how I want to remember the richness of life right here, right now before this part of it slips quietly onto the next stage.
So here goes:
What occupies Max’s mind the most is where he will get his next form of food. He is a bottomless pit and can put down seven hamburgers in one sitting.
He has also grown probably four inches in the last year and has finally passed up his Dad in height.
Max has started borrowing Dave’s clothes and I catch myself not being able to tell the two apart at first glance.
Dave is an outstanding Dad. He always knows how to explain things in the right way to the kids and how to set the right kind of boundaries. So grateful for him and his wisdom.That trampoline is worth it’s weight in gold, by the way.
Elle is 5’10” and she and Grace have both caught up with me in shoe size (size 10!). I am continually finding items of clothes missing from my closet. Later I find them crumpled up in Elle’s closet.
I carry books around with me almost everywhere I go: in the car, from one spot to another in the house, to the doctor’s office, you name it, I have a book. This is, of course, in hopes that I will sneak a second to read and somehow get through the stacks of books I want to read but I never seem to make much progress.
We have finally started on the remodel of our new home. It’s been a year in the works and Dave and I have both been through so many emotions getting it going.
We still do International Nights but not every week. This one was “England Night” and happened to be on the same day as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Max was clearly overjoyed to be there. Don’t ask me why there is a brush on the table…
Dave works with the Young Men at church and loves every second of it. I work as the Jr. Primary chorister and although I love those children I always come home from church feeling sorry for those them that I’m not more musical.
Elle and Max are thick into tennis and volleyball. They are in the midst of tryouts for the school teams right now. They are really getting it and I love that with all my heart.
Grace does a lyrical dance class, Claire is falling in love with tennis, Lucy takes swim lessons all year long, Grace and Claire do gymnastics and just started singing in a really cool choir group. These things on top of church activities have me constantly trying to find a better balance in life because I’d rather be at home than sit in the car for hours on end.
But when I think about it, I do love being trapped in the car with my kids. I love overhearing their conversations.
Elle has more and more photography clients. I’m so proud of how she can just do it all on her own now, editing and all.
My son has his first friend who can drive. It makes my heart skip a beat when they go off together. It skips because I’m so happy for them, I mean, check out those smiles:…But it also skips because I cannot believe my son is that old. It’s the beginning of the end of his childhood.
Lucy is in mainstream Kindergarten. She adores her teacher and although it was a little rocky in the beginning (I was SO worried about her and she had some emotional outbursts I thought may make her teacher want to throw in the towel), she is doing exceptionally well. She is reading and has the most beautiful handwriting. She tested out of speech therapy as well as every other kind of aid except for vision help in the classroom.
And that is something that sadly she may need more and more of.
When my Dad was in town a couple weeks ago he got to telling her all about how he is color blind in some sort of conversation. They laughed and laughed together that he thought red was green and brown was red. When we were walking in the dark one night she grabbed for his hand to guide her and said “You’re blind of colors and I am blind of dark.”
It gave me the chills. It makes me so sad, but also glad that she is starting to comprehend it all. We can help her through this thing. I know it. She’s learning Braille in school and figuring out how to maneuver the magnifying things they have available to her. And also knowing to always sit in the front of the classroom so she can see what the teacher is teaching properly.
I am working on a few things with the BBS board where I serve as Vice President. We are really hoping to make some serious strides together to fight blindness and other things that
Lucy rides the bus every day.
I pick these two up at the bus stop every afternoon.
Grace still asks if I can read to her every single night. I LOVE when we can squeeze in enough time.
The kids and I have sent out almost 100 Book of Mormons to people who have requested them in response to this post. More on the way.
Elle and her friends are always doing some sort of funny photography thing.
Grace and her friends are starting to join in. She made this video almost all by herself:
I need to start taking lessons from my children on how to do those types of things.
We don’t have church on Sundays until 1:00 in the afternoon. That results in these kinds of activities in the morning:
We have scriptures as a family each morning at 6:30. If the kids don’t get there on time, they lose out on their “check mark” for morning. This motivates some kids to be there, but other kids we are still working on. Our “money system” (described back here) is still work, but we loving having some concrete way for kids to earn and manage money and to take care of our home.
I think 2013 is gonna be a good year.