Happy New Year

Happy New Year

We’ve had a happy, full 2008! It was definitely a transitional year, as we made the leap from three to five children! The twins have brought joy to each of us, but with their arrival, life also became a little crazy … and blurry. What actually happened between last November and June?

This summer, we slowly started redefining what family life looks like to us and how we are going to operate on a daily basis—a little at a time. And now that the twins are one year old, life is getting a little easier, but still very, very full!
As for the older girls, “the trio,” as Greg calls them, they have been the best big sisters any set of twins could ask for! They transitioned beautifully, even though it was difficult at times. We are proud of them!
Our 6-year-old began Kindergarten in September. She attends a small Catholic immersion school that, you guessed it, immerses Catholic children in their Catholic faith, heritage, culture, customs and ambiance while providing an outstanding education. She continues to love books, especially now that she is reading a little on her own! She also enjoys music class and cannot wait to be in the spring play. This also was a big year for her in two other ways: She lost her first two teeth, and she rode her bike without training wheels!
Our 4-year-old attends preschool three days a week at a school directly behind our house. She enjoys playing with her twin brother and sister, and has a profound compassion for them. She is very helpful; it’s in her very nature to be the first to tend to them if they are fussing and the first to greet them when they wake up from a nap. She also loves animals, especially lions, dogs, and her new favorite, horses. Guess what she got for Christmas!
Our 3-year-old is growing up before our very eyes! She cannot wait to bring her backpack to “real” school like her big sisters. This year, she is enjoying a special faith formation class once a week at our church called Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. She’s in class with other 3-5 year olds, learning about the Catholic faith, especially the Mass. She loves playing house, dogs and horses, and also is getting quite good at coloring pictures and making beaded bracelets for her family and friends.
The twins, 1, really are amazing. They are so different in personality, and it is fun to watch two babies grow up next to each other. One of them gets a tooth, then the other. One of them starts crawling first, but the other one starts giving kisses first. Greg and I still look down at them and cannot believe there are two of them! Now, they are starting to interact more and chase each other around. I think we’re in for double trouble!
Greg started a new job within the same company this fall. He is a consultant for a human resources operations team. He is enjoying the new challenge and using his technology background once again. Greg has been able to do a little video editing this year but actually more for his job than for fun. He also has grown in his interest in woodworking. I am sure he can’t wait to do a “fun” project of his own, but he has sacrificed that desire to build beautiful custom shelves for his wife instead. What a guy!
I, Sarah, continue to enjoy scrapbooking. Out of necessity, I have actually started to enjoy cooking (but still prefer baking), and this year I started something a little different thanks to a new cookbook, Deceptively Delicious, which explains how to sneak vegetables into family meals. It really works, which has made it fun! I also have finally discovered Suduko and love it! It’s a great coffee-break activity after a long day (or even morning) of being an at-home mom, a job that I am so blessed to have!
Warmest Christmas blessings and prayers for a joyful, peaceful new year!

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