Our family has had one heck of a year with a new baby, surgeries, broken bones, and lots of new adventures. Here's a little of what we've been up to.
This year started out with a scary diagnosis of Hirschprung's Disease for our newest addition, Baby J. Before the diagnosis we knew nothing of this disease, but now I'd say that we know quite a bit and continue to learn more every day. Baby J had a surgery to allow his intestines time to heal and his
Mr. E has had a big year too. This year he passed his sister in age and turned 3 and also got potty trained! With the addition of Baby J he became a big brother, something he struggled with in the beginning, but is really coming into the roll well now. He enjoys helping with Baby J, and sometimes tries to be another parent to him. He has really enjoyed nursery and started going to a preschool group with some other kids in our neighborhood. He loves school and asks to go every week. He is looking forward to Sunbeams next year (I can't believe I will finally have a Sunbeam!) and already knows many primary songs. His best buddies are his uncles, G and I, but he also has friends in preschool and nursery that he likes to play with. Mr. E loves to swim, play games, read stories, snuggle, and be outside. He enjoys visiting Ethne at the cemetery, but I think that's mostly because he usually gets to play at the park afterwards. He loves anything furry, to the point of near abuse, and we wonder why our dog is always so happy to see him in the morning. This boy sure keeps us on our toes with his quick wit and goofy imagination and we love every minute of it!
Lawrence keeps busy managing a Payless Shoe store. He also plays with a band, Rythym Junction. They released a CD this spring (you can find it on Amazon and iTunes) and are currently working on recording another one to be released some time next year. He also still plays with the community symphony and other free-lance gigs when his schedule allows. He enjoys his calling as a primary teacher, teaching the 7-8 year-olds and attending their baptisms.
I have had a busy year, keeping up with two crazy boys and our dog. I started the year with a good number of flute students, but they all fell away during the summer. At the end of the summer I had a small disagreement with a baby gate and some stairs and broke my right arm--it is healed and I am working on getting full range of motion back, but rest assured that I can play my flute. When school started back up a local high school teacher recruited me to help with an army of sophomore flute players that descended on his band program this year--17 of them, in one class! We split them up into two flute choirs and are preparing for their first concert coming up in a couple weeks. It has been fun to be in a classroom again and working with these talented young women. I also recently started a new blog of tips and resources for musicians and music teachers. In October I took on the task of teaching Mr. E's preschool group and hosted a Halloween party for the cute kiddos and their mommies. Somehow I have lucked-out and both boys take a long afternoon nap at the same time that gives me time to clean, sew, craft, blog, or sometimes even sleep! I am so grateful for my husband who supports our family so I can be home to raise our boys, I definitely got the better end of that deal.
I am certain that Ethne continues to watch over us. There are times when I can feel her presence very strongly. For her birthday this year we invited friends, family, and strangers to participate in 5 acts of service in her memory. It was a busy day and we could certainly feel the love of Ethne and of others as they participated in our challenge.
It has been a busy and productive year for all of us and we look forward to all the next year will bring. We hope that you all have a wonderful Christmas and New year!