By the way "C" and "E" represent the kids' names...we opted to protect their privacy since this is a public blog.
Ok to recap...
C is now a 5 (almost 6) year old little guy. At the beginning of this year we enrolled him in preschool (opting to hold him back from kindergarten for another year to acclimate more to English & school structure) at Silver State Christian school. He was off to a rocky start and got into various kinds of trouble nearly daily. We did get him evaluated through the Colorado public school system and in the end determined that he needs some speech therapy to work on enunciation, but otherwise it's a wait-and-see approach to whether he has extreme hyper-activity. We have experienced a dramatic turn in his behavior though. We see him trying harder to "control his energy" and listen more to his teachers. It's really encouraging to see his English get better and better and to be able to recognize certain letters and numbers. Rewards like seeing movies and playing at an indoor amusement center called "Monkey Bizness" definitely keeps him motivated! He also adores his little sister, E. He is just so extremely kind and gentle with her, it makes me melt. What a great kid we have! :)
E is now 1-1/2 years old. Hard to comprehend, really. She is growing like a weed and at 12 months we began buying only 24mos or 2T clothing. She is off the chart in height, so she is definitely following in Daddy's footsteps in that department! E stays home with me these days so it is fun to see her developing day to day. Her favorite activities are talking on the phone (fake or otherwise), climbing furniture, chasing C around the house, babbling (another of Daddy's traits, hehe), and really just exploring with the natural curiosity of a toddler. She is truly a bundle of joy and has really completed our family!
Tom is doing great with his Pillar To Post franchise. He continues to grow his business even in the midst of a recession (amazing feat, really) and his dedication to his work is impressive. We can only look forward to the future when (hopefully) the economy rebounds and his business explodes.
Even in tough times, his business ethic and hard work has enabled me to be a stay-at-home mom. I quit my job at Wm Ohs in February and have been
Some other 2009 highlights worth noting:
- We took our first family vacation to Yellowstone & Jackson Hole in August
- C played in both soccer & T-ball leagues. Surprisingly, he liked t-ball the best!
- C lost four teeth! He truly wants "two front teeth" for Christmas. ;)
- Auntie Erin visited and took Csaab up in her plane where was a "hero" for flying it.
- We had nice visits from Nana & Papa Fedraw for E's 1st b-day and their yearly pilgrimage west for a break from the B&B world.
Anyway, that's our year in a nutshell. I pray that this holiday season finds you surrounded by your loved ones and filled with lasting memories. Have a blessed Christmas and happy New Year!