Monday, December 17, 2012

Glance of our year 2012

How do you do a post to make up for a whole year?  Well, I decided that by person would be the most helpful.

Michael- Mike worked hard all year to finish his masters degree and is set to graduate on December 20th from UALR with a Masters degree in Journalism.   He has also had a career change from broadcast media or a communications position for the city of Little Rock.   He is now on regular human hours and we get to carpool every morning to and from the city.   Mike is also the ward mission leader for Jacksonville.   It was a big year for Mike and he has come through it will his usual snark and smiles.

Desiree- I just had my gallbladder removed and officially feel like an old lady.   I was called as the Relief Society President for the Jacksonville Ward and have been blessed by the service of that calling.  I am also so grateful to no longer be a "single" mom no that Mike is done with his classes and no longer goes to work at 3am.  I have also been bit by the family history bug and have been working on where my grandmothers left off and Mikes side of the family.  It has been a great year for me and I look back at it and realize just how far Mike and I have come from when we were 18 year olds in love.  

Beau-  Hegot to go to space camp this summer and loved it.  He is also now in Middle School and growing up way too fast.   He is in all advanced placement classes and is in gifted and talented too.  He is very active in after school groups with archery and Destination Imagination and is also focusing in Piano for his core class.  He had a great year in baseball and earned the last of his cub scout badges and his arrow light.   He is excited about preparing for the next milestone in our church that starts at twelve and is becoming very mature.   He is going to have a great year coming up.

Princess- This girl has made leaps and bounds in her school work and part of that came when we learned that she needed glasses.   She is so responsible with them and looks even cuter (if you can believe that) than with out them.  She is in the first grade and is also in the nature club at school.  She loves animals and gardening but nothing excites her more than swimming and cooking.   She is even trying to get me to teach her how to sew.  I think she likes housework more than I do and that is a good thing!  She did a booster class this summer to help bridge between Kindergarten and 1st grade and as usual she charmed the teachers and everyone loved her.   She is a sweet girl and I know that she will keep learning and growing. 

Link- Well, this kid is still crazy.  He got to have his 5th birthday party one month early at a water park and had a blast with all his friends.  He is in PreK and even though he is wild his teachers love him.   We are hoping that he is like Sampson and when we cut the curls he will lose some of that steam.   He was very upset that he wasn't able to start baseball but enjoyed watching his big brother and knowing he will be playing this upcoming year has helped too.  He is an outside boy to the core.   When we are home or anywhere else for that matter you can find him and his sister in a tree or under leaves or imagining all kinds of adventures.   He keeps us feeling young and alive.

As a whole this year has been one of the better ones for our family.   Yes, we have had our griefs and pains but overall we have been blessed in ways that have made us stronger and closer.   We have many things to be thankful for and are very lucky to have the friends and family that we do.   I can't promise that I will be as regular as I once was on here but I can promise that I will post more than once a year.    Thank you for your love.


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Moving on

As we all know life moves on even while we are in sad times and that is especially true in our house. With our crazy kids we don't get much time for personal reflection and just have to start running to catch up to the slowest kid. We have been pretty busy lately with chess, school, webelows, gymnastics, church and a variety of other things and I have to tell you I need a break!!!!!! Time is moving so fast that I feel like my kids are growing faster than I can notice.

Speaking of kids growing, Princess had a birthday this sunday and turned 6 years old. That is right, our little girl now needs two hands to count her age. I can't believe how fast the past 3 years have been with her and seeing how much she has changed in that time. It is amazing just seeing the girl that she is becoming.

She had a Strawberry Shortcake tea party and had several friends from church over to help her start her 6th year out right. Her favorite thing was the cake pops that I made for the party and she even sat and watched as I decorated all 30 of them. If I forgot to put sprinkles on one she would quickly remind me so that I could correct the error. She woke up this morning and Thanked me again for the wonderful party she had and asked when her next birthday would be. I think I need to maybe set up a little sleep over for her before then because she was not happy when I told her 12 months!

I hope that in this new year I will be able to slow down just enough that I can watch my kids growing. That I will feel that I have noticed every milestone big and small as they grow into the wonderful kids that they are.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Willie Marie Thomas

So....... my grandma died the week before Christmas and her birthday. I was there for her last breath and got to say goodbye to her one last time. This hasn't made it any easier and I know that I will see her again one day and that she is with those who have passed before but again.... that does very little for the hole that was left in my heart. I was very close to my grandma and went to her for everything from when I was a kid and needed to vent about my mom to being a grown woman wanting to learn everything about her grandma before it was too late. She was always there waiting with a smile and a hug for when her grandkids would come and visit. She kept me strong through infertility, cysts and adoptions and she taught me that women could be just as strong as men. She showed through example what faith and compassion really look like and she helped teach me about family history and why it was so important. It has been two weeks but when I was sick this past weekend I reached for my phone to call her and let her know I would not be by for a visit. That was a little rough. I also got a christmas present from her that she had knitted earlier in the year for me. A beautiful scarf from the yarn that I had picked up for her this summer. I am much better than I was two weeks ago and even a week ago but I am still trying to find balance again. She was the support in so much of my life and I can tell she is gone for now.