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.