The kids have been changing and I have not documented a thing. Even my photography has fallen behind. I discovered that when I was creating calendars for Christmas presents that the month of January contained only a couple of photographs. I am sure my kids will forgive me for missing ONE month of their lives, but I know that 2010 will be an easy, easy year to scrapbook. I don't think I have one photo of Ethan in his Halloween costume or at his Christmas play. It wasn't just Ethan either. Everyone got a bit short-changed this year, including me and blogging.
I have to let it go. It was beginning to stress me out. There were times when I felt the urge to write. I felt I had something to put into visual words, but time slipped away. As soon as the mood struck, it was gone again. So, I have a little look at my year at the beginning, but with some gaping holes here at the end. Here is my attempt to connect some dots.
So, we enter into November. Sadie turned 9 and had a spa party at a place called Arts 2 Zebras. Many girls from her class last year came which made Sadie feel good. Her cousin, Gray, was notably absent, but that is just the situation at the moment. Jay took her to get her ears' pierced which was a cool dad/daughter thing. She has been asking to have this done for well over a year and we linked it to some behavior changes. She feels very grown-up now. We had the family here for Thanksgiving and the turkey, injected with spices and deep-fried, was divine. For once, the family hung out for most of the day watching movies, playing games, etc. My mom, Aunt Sue, Ethan and I played a game called WhooNu. We laughed so hard - well, really cackled, that Ethan wondered, out LOUD, how any of us got married. He said we were just too loud. Oh, the words of a 10 year old! Somewhere in this month we had some family portraits done, the results of which are nothing short of miraculous. Editing is a wonderful thing and I could not be happier with the shots. Later, the girls and I attended the High Point Christmas parade. It stung just a tad that Ethan did not want to go this year. However, we enjoyed watching the various groups. It was a little nice to know that Ethan regretted his decision upon our return home.
December has rolled around and with it, I have tried to redeem some of our family traditions. All the Christmas cards and party invitations have been mailed. The presents are purchased and mostly wrapped. We had our annual Christmas Craft Saturday with one other family where we made several ornaments. And, we have completed this year's service project, Bags for the Bus Stop. The kids made goody bags with hand warmers, candy, hand sanitizer, lip balm, a hand written note, and a few other things to give out at the central bus stop in our town. Living here, you almost have to have a car, because public transport is just not that widely available. The bus stops usually don't have shelter and the wait times can be long. Last week, I pulled the van up and let the kids pass out over 40 bags to the people waiting. They were so graciously received. Some of the older ladies even hugged the kids and said, "God bless you." The kids returned to the car glowing and excited. Giving is always more rewarding that receiving.
Another swim meet yielded our best results of the season. The hard works is finally paying off for Ethan as he had 4 new time cuts and is very close to 2 more cuts of the next level. Sadie is now ridiculously close to new time cuts in 6 events. I expect a bit of a blow-out at the next meet. Overall, the kids seem satisfied with what they are achieving and therefore, I need to be as well.
The school Christmas program was Tuesday. Ethan played the part of one of the WEE three kings. It was the most hilarious part of the program. It was a perfect fit for him. That was his last Christmas program. Sniff sniff. Lily was very into the program and performed her songs and motions quite enthusiastically.
The remainder of the traditions include a drive to look at holiday lights, a visit to Santa and a piano recital on Sunday. We also have our company Christmas party and our little friend party this week. I have some baking to do and of course, cleaning and grocery shopping in preparation. Should be a hectic, but really joyous week!