Looking back, Looking forward…

I’ve been trying to figure out how to get back to blogging the past few months, and I’ve decided to just do it! To just start writing. And the first day of the new year seems fitting to both look back and look forward.
Looking back…
It’s been a little over 4 months since I’ve updated my blog. Luke has gone from a crying, scared little boy on the first day, to a wonderful, school loving, December student of the month. He really likes school, is learning so much and takes it so seriously!

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Daniel is loving school as well and in true Daniel style has made tons of new friends. His grades are awesome and he’s loving running in the Running Club at his school. He ran his first 5K back in November.
Dan is loving the new church. He’s enjoying the work and the sweet people.
I just knew when we moved that I would get a job and all of our pieces would fall nicely into place. I had a couple of interviews this summer, but still nothing. I was told at one interview that I was 1 of 517 applicants. So, to say that getting a teaching job here is difficult is an understatement. To be perfectly honest, I’ve been very down in the dumps about not having my own classroom. It’s been hard to send both of my children off to school and be left with an empty house during the day. The lack of paycheck is difficult as well. I’ve subbed a little and fortunately I got a part job working in a 4th grade classroom 2 1/2 days a week. I’m hoping between the two things, it will help me get my foot in the door and in my own classroom soon.

December has helped my mood tremendously. I just love it. It is our craziest month times 10, but I love the holiday season! December was full of carols, elf antics, birthdays, family, and of course Christmas!

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The boys were in the children’s Christmas pageant at church and they did such an awesome job! Daniel was the angel Gabriel, sang in the choir, a trio and played the piano on two songs. I was really impressed. He still hasn’t had piano lessons, but has taught himself numerous Christmas songs. Luke has learned a lot of Christmas songs on the piano as well, but he is constantly singing a carol. My favorite might be “O Well” aka “Noel”.

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Jeremy, Santa’s elf returned and the kids were thrilled. Luke got up early every morning to find him and cried when he left. :( Jeremy even made a one day return for Luke’s birthday on the 27th.

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Daniel turned ten on the 17th, which seems impossible. I’ve been at this parenting thing for a decade now! Daniel invited a few boys over for a bonfire the weekend before his birthday. It was fun! The boys roasted marshmallows and made s’mores. They also ran around and played flashlight tag in the dark. It was declared an awesome birthday party, so that’s good! :)

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Luke chose to make his own birthday cake and have family pizza and movie night. I thought it was so sweet that he wanted us to all be together to celebrate his special day. Both boys requested scavenger hunts to find their birthday presents. Their awesome Daddy came up with clues that lead them around to their gifts. Fun!

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We’ve had lots of family time lately which has been great! We started at Thanksgiving with Dan’s parents (oh, and we snuck in one day at Disney when we were visiting), visited both of my grandparents, my parents were here for Christmas and Dan’s brother and family came for New Years! Lots of fun!

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Christmas was great as well. The boys loved their gifts and were very appreciative. We had a low, key relaxing day and it was just perfect!

Looking ahead…
2013 is going to be great, I’m declaring it so! Ha! I really don’t know what it will bring, but I’m praying for positive things for our little fam. I’m going to continue to try and focus on my blessings over my trials (ugh, why isn’t that easier?), keep things simple, and have peace become stronger than stress! Tall orders!
Happy 2013! May it be a good one!

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Mother’s Day 2012…

My boys were good to me on Mother’s Day. Daniel brought me a super milky bowl of cereal in bed. Sweet boy!

We went out to lunch and I got a rest time {never did fall asleep, darn it}.

Dan bought a comforter set for our bed. I have been complaining about ours something fierce, so this was a great gift! Little Luke, however, is convinced that there is an entire bed in the bag. He keeps asking me when I’m going to build my new bed. Silly boy! He’s always there to provide a giggle!  :-)

Easter {embrace the camera}…

We had a wonderful Easter this year. It was just right~ the kids had fun with their baskets, we had a nice church service, good lunch. There was a nap involved and a viewing of the Muppet movie. Can’t beat it!

I tried to get some pics of my boys out in the bright, Easter sun. J

And since I haven’t embraced the camera in ages~ I decided to take a picture with my first born.

Indeed…

Christmas…

Before the year ends, I wanted to do a quick post to record our Christmas 2011. It was awesome and I’m kind of sad that it’s over! It went by entirely too quickly.

Jeremy, Santa’s elf stirred up all sorts of trouble in the days that he was with us. You can see his first few days of mischief here and here.

We had a lot of fun with Jeremy.

I didn’t take the first picture of my boys all dressed up on Christmas Eve and Christmas day! I can’t believe it, but they looked super handsome. J

I really didn’t take a whole lot of pictures on Christmas day either. I took pics of the kids opening toys and that was about it.

It was a great day. The kids loved everything. We had a nice church service. We had a yummy breakfast and wonderful lunch. We played. We rested. We had a fantastic Christmas!

We had one of the best Christmas seasons this year. Both boys were super excited and very appreciative. Both boys got the fun concept of gift giving and receiving and they both understood the true meaning of Christmas and were willing to share that with any and everyone! We have had a great break from school and spent a lot of time with one another. It’s really been wonderful.

2011 was pretty good to us and I pray that we here and you there may all have a super blessed 2012!!

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