There's so much I missed in our Christmas letter like my mother-in-law finding her birth-family, meeting them AND they like each other.
Before Meeting New Family
I don't think I ever posted about what happened. So, they never wrote back, I never put in the letter when in the summer Sher was coming, so they had plenty of time. The brother that received the letter believed it right away. He shared with another brother, who did not. They took it to their father (their mother had already died), their father is the man their mother married after Sher was born. He confirmed it. All this happened before Sher knocked on the brother's door.
So, Sher knocks on the door, brother, Paul answers and knows immediately who she is because she looks just like their mother. Tears flowed, hugs were given and an impromptu reunion happened the next weekend where Sher met one sister and three brothers (the mother and one other sister had passed away). Sher couldn't have been happier.
Her sister Maryanne came out for a visit last fall. She's wonderful, and confirms that humor must be hereditary. Two of Sher's brothers are coming out in January and we're looking forward to meeting them. During the investigation of family, Sher found out she has cousins in Wyoming and she and her sister (who also had never met these cousins) went up to visit them.
The boys babysitter got married this past summer. Nothing makes you feel old like attending the wedding of your kids' babysitter. She was a beautiful bride and it was great to see her marry such a wonderful man. Unfortunately, we have to find a new babysitter. They asked Jake to be a ring bearer and he got to wear a tux. He loved that.
Kate getting married
Jason's cousin also got married this year. We're so happy she chose Hawaii because not only was it wonderful to see the beautiful and talented Emily get married, it was great to have a family vacation in one of the more beautiful places on earth!
Emily Getting Married
Fort lots of pictures of Hawaii, just click on to January on the side tab....
lego qualifying tourney
Karate tourney #2
baseball and swimming, same day
karate tourney #1
My friends are so funny:
One of the best pranks ever was played on me this year...it still makes me laugh thinking about it
my funny friends
Enjoy the year in review...and hope to hear from you all in the coming year!
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
2011 has been quite the year. It was so hard to choose only a couple of pictures to represent what we've done. I'll start with what the kids have been doing, because, frankly, they are what have been keeping us busy!
Jacob Michael (Jake)
He's 12 and half now, and in his first year of middle school. He's 5'6, 98 lbs and wears a size 11 shoe. He's going to take after his name-sake, my dad, and will be a tall one. He's very much into sports, we're not sure where that comes from and seems to have some talent at it. He started a program called Sea Cadets which is a young-navy kind of thing. And....yup, girls seem to be in the picture, but he plays his cards close to his chest. I hear about it from the girl's little brother who visits the school nurse (at the school where I work).....gotta love working for the same school district your kids go to.
He's our funny, well-liked, easy-going kid. He'll still give us hugs and kisses when none of his friends are around and once in awhile will even choose to spend time with us over his friends (but not often).
Isaac Gabriel (Isaac)
He's also going to be a tall one, he's 9 and 3 months, he's the youngest in his class and about a head taller then most of the kiddos. He's 5 ft tall and 120 pounds (mostly muscle, you should see the thighs and chest on this kid) and wears a 6 1/2 shoe. He's good at sports too, but enjoys solo sports over team sports.
They started a club at his school for lego Robots. The kids program the robots to do certain tasks. They also had to come up with a solution to keep food safe. Then they compete with other teams. They actually qualified during the first competition and went to state where they were in the running for rookie team of the year. This is right up Isaac's alley and it's something he and dad can do together too. (Isaac is very much his father's child).
Isaac is also a funny boy who makes us laugh all the time. His conversations run from discussing splitting atoms and pulling his finger kind of jokes. He's super smart, moves up a grade in math and argues with us all the time....to the point where he now starts an argument with, "Mom, I'm not arguing with you, I just want to discuss why I think it should be....."
besides going to a myriad of sporting events we had a chance to go to Hawaii for Jason's cousin's wedding. One of our best vacations ever!
And, in case you were wondering, Jason and I also have a life...well sort of. Jason's working at Perficient, and has been there eleven years.
I quit my job as a dialysis nurse (being on call, beepers going off at 2 in the morning, driving to Denver Health during a blizzard and working 20+ hours a day -- all too hard on a family) and took a job as a school nurse. The job itself is interesting and the hours are perfect to help raise our two active boys. It's the best of both worlds (although I do have a soft spot for dialysis, it was a lot of fun and really interesting!). I'm almost done with my Master's in Nursing (next April!). Not sure yet what I'll do with that, but I know for sure I'm going to take time off before deciding.
All in all we've been very blessed, we have two such great boys, live in a great neighborhood, everyone is happy and healthy.
Our prayer for you all is that you too find yourselves in good health and are happy.
Have a wonderful and blessed holiday!
Jason, Tracey, Jake and Isaac
Sunday, December 18, 2011
I so ripped this idea off from Remodelaholic, a ridiculously cool blog all about crafts and decorating. I emailed the link to Jason, last April with a note that said, "possible mother's day gift". In November, Jason asked what I would like for Christmas and I said, "my mother's day gift". He looked sheepish. The instructions on the Remodelaholic blog were pretty simple. But I'm married to an engineer.
Do I need to say more?
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Every year I throw an ornament exchange party and as a party favor give my guests a home-made ornament. I can't say that every year it is a success, but sometimes the ornaments turn out great. This was one of those years. These were super easy but seriously time consuming. The original idea came from here which I of course found on Pinterest
- 1.5" styrofoam balls
- Pearl head pins
- Ribbon: 1/4"
Still worth it
Linking up here:
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Isaac belongs to a school club where they program lego robots. There's a bunch of other stuff that goes into it too. This year the theme is safe food. The boys decided that they would speak about keeping flies off of food. They recently had a qualifying round. They were kind of the underdogs, they're the youngest team, they've only met one year, and have very little funding.
At the practice table.
The team showed their team spirit by spray painting their hair blue. Isaac's hair is pretty dark and it was hard to see.
In this group challenge the team members had to figure out how to get a huge rubber band into a small circle on the floor, they had to stretch it out and all let go at the same time. There actually isn't a right answer, it was just for the judges to see how well they work together and how they problem solve. It was pretty interesting to watch.
Here they are telling the judges what their solutions to removing flies (a mechanical fly trap). They won an award because they did a lot of community outreach with Children's hospital, and retirement homes to share their findings and their robots.
The actual robot tournament, they came in fifth here. The top eight, overall got to go to the district 'meet' in December. The programming portion was only part of the scoring. And because tech-ten did well in the other categories, as well as the programming they got to go on.
Yay, Tech Ten!
The 'passport' for the district meet.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
So I didn't get our Halloween skeleton, who we've named Jack, back into the crawl space quickly enough. One night I was super tired and crashed like at 8pm and crashed hard! So Jason thought it would funny to pose Jack next to me and take pictures. I was so tired I didn't even wake up.
Friday, November 18, 2011
Organizing my desk
It took me awhile but my desk is finally organized. It feels so good to have all that clutter off and only the things that have meaning are left.
I have a friend who is starting her own business, selling Thirty-One bags. If you haven't heard or seen this stuff, check out her website at Thirty One.
on this blog
chocolate rolo cookies were so easy to make....like ridiculously easy! You can find recipe here
Little mini fruit pizzas aren't these so cute. The picture on the flickr website is so much cuter, but they were yummy and well, cute!