Merry Christmas and
Happy New Year!
We've had another busy year filled with travel, visitors, kid-driven activities, and work. We feel very lucky that our family is happy and healthy and doing all sorts of fun things.
We had a number of big events happen this year, mostly in the fall. First, Miles (5 years old) started kindergarten in September. He's going to the local public school, and is really enjoying all of his new school experiences. He's made lots of new friends, is reading pretty well, likes to write his own books, thinks math and science are especially cool, and seems to have grown up so much already! More than anything, Miles likes to have playdates with his friends, but if that's not an option, playing any game will do. He's also been having fun trying some new sports this year - he took a gymnastics class for a while, and participated in a local soccer league this fall, and has recently tried both basketball and hockey as well.
Our second big event occurred when Matt's parents, Ron and Linda, moved
from Oklahoma to Washington in October. They are now living about
20 minutes away from us, and are slowly settling into their new house
and their new state. We are loving having family so nearby.
The kids really enjoy going to Nana and Grandad's house and getting to
see them so often. Both kids also look forward to Wednesdays when Nana comes over to spend the afternoon with them while
Molly and Matt are at work. Matt and Molly are especially enjoying
the extra support that comes with having grandparents so nearby (i.e.
babysitting), as well as the chance the kids will have to get to know
their grandparents better.
it's a yearly occurrence, there was another cause for celebration this
fall when Micah had a birthday in September. He is a happy, confident
2-year-old now, with a big personality. He is enrolled in daycare
three days/week, and he seems to really enjoy his time there. He
has a big smile on his face at drop-off and at pick-up, and his teachers
tell us he loves to participate in all the activities they do (unless it
requires touching something squishy or yucky - then he chooses to just
Although Micah's favorite activities at home center around Miles (if
Miles likes doing it, Micah does too), he also enjoys roaring like a
lion, using the
computer, going on outings (especially if they involve riding on a bus),
and playing games.
This fall also marked an event in Molly's work life. She and her business partner Heidi decided to expand their business this summer, and in September they opened the doors on another office suite just upstairs from their first one, tripling the size of their office rental business, North Star Offices. Molly continues to enjoy working part-time while still having the flexibility to stay home with Micah one day a week and pick Miles up from school every afternoon.
Matt didn't have any big events of his own happen in the fall, unless you count the launching of Valve's new game Left 4 Dead. Matt has been working at Valve for 2 1/2 years now, and really enjoys the culture there in addition to liking the work he does. It's also great that Valve allows Matt to have a flexible schedule so that he can be home with Micah on Thursdays, as well as volunteer in Miles's classroom one morning each week. Matt has also continued to bike commute to work this entire year - we may even sell his car soon he uses it so rarely!
And last (but definitely not least) Molly's mom got another update from the oncologist this fall confirming what we'd hoped - the cancer has not returned over the course of this past year. We were all thrilled to hear it.
|Here are a few pictures of our family
And a few especially cute pictures of the kids:
Merry Christmas everyone!