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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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!!

More from our Christmas Visitor…

Jeremy has been up to some good old fashioned Christmas mischief here lately.

The first picture is hard to make out since my counters are white.


Making snow angels in rice on the kitchen counter


Hanging from the lights in the den


Winning Yahtzee!


Jeremy packed Daniel’s lunch. Pudding, canned peas, syrup and dog treats. Yum. 😉


Toilet papering the Christmas tree!


Hanging the boys’ underwear from the ceiling fan.
{He might have gotten this idea from an elf relative 😉 }

Jeremy’s first few days 2011

He’s Back!…

Jeremy, Santa’s elf is back! The boys were beyond excited. I have never seen Luke so excited about something. He was jumping up and down and screaming. I didn’t get a pic of Jeremy that first night, but he brought some peppermint patties and a stocking holder for Luke. Santa sent a note reminding us of the elf rules and told Luke to be careful with his new stocking holder. J

So, Luke’s stocking is back where it belongs.

The next day the boys found Jeremy in our Christmas tree.

Daniel has written to Jeremy asking all sorts of questions like how old he is and if he is a ninja elf. So, Luke got paper and wrote to Jeremy. This is his first note ever!

He wrote Luke and We. The translation would be that Luke wanted him to play the Wii. So… the next night Jeremy played a little Mario Kart on the Wii.

Since his note seemed to work one night, Luke tried for another and added onto his note:

I helped him a little bit with his spelling of snow.

It turns out our little Curious George decided he would touch Jeremy with the pencil that he was writing his note with. Well, it’s a big no no to touch Jeremy~ he might lose his magic. So, this morning we found him resting on the bookshelf.

Maybe this will keep little nosey fingers away from him for a bit. J He was a little horrified at Jeremy having to rest, so I think he will leave him alone now.

Jeremy adds such a fun little addition to our Christmas season. Can’t wait to see what he does next!

Merry Christmas Eve…

We’re sad to send Jeremy back to the North Pole! He has brought so much fun to our house this year. Here are his last couple of days of mischief:

Day 16:


Jeremy won playing Dr. Mario on the Wii!

Day 17:


Daniel sent a note to Santa with Jeremy and Santa sent a reply

Day 18:


Jeremy toilet papered the bathroom

Day 19:


Jeremy said goodbye with post-its. He also left a little note saying that he had fun and would see them next year.

Jeremy elf and Santa Claus are such a fun part of Christmas when you have little kids, but that’s not what it’s all about. I think my second grade son put it nicely in his Christmas Essay at school. {Translated below, if you need it}


{These are the things that Christmas means to me:
Jesus, giving is more important than receiving and my family.
Jesus’ birthday is on Christmas.  It all started back way back when Mary came into the inn where Elizabeth was.  A baby boy jumped for joy and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
 Mary and Elizabeth traveled on a donkey to Nazareth to find Joseph.  Then again Mary traveled on another donkey.  They got to Bethlehem.  Instead of an inn they ended up in a stable.  Baby Jesus was born in a manger.  A star appeared in the sky.  Shepherds shouted praises to the Lord.  Three wise men brought gold and other things to the baby king.
My father told me giving is more important than receiving.  Because if you give the more you believe in God and Jesus.
I have 4 people in my family and 1 dog.  On the 18 of December my whole family is coming over!
Now these are the things Christmas means to me: Jesus, Giving and my family.}

May you experience Jesus, giving, and family this Christmas.

Merry Christmas!!!

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