Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Goodbye 2017... Hello 2018!

Below is the holiday letter that went out with our Christmas cards this year with a few udpates.

Ryan turned 7 this year and started the 2nd grade. He's exceptional and Math and with the help of a tutor, has made amazing progress with reading & writing. We received a progress report before Winter break and he's so very close to being on grade level! He's now enjoying reading so much that we bought him a book light because he likes to read for a while in bed at night before going to sleep.

He's crazy about all things Star wars and loves Legos. He's advanced to more complicated Lego kits (and more expensive!) and takes pride in his work. As expected, he received a ton of new Lego sets for Christmas and has already put most of them together (with a bit of help from mom and dad).

He's an extraordinary big brother to Hannah. He's crazy about his little sister and has the kindest, gentlest soul. He's proving to be a loyal friend, too which makes us extremely proud.

When asked what he's looking forward to most in 2018 he said "summer break... and my birthday!"


Hannah is still a very bright, inquisitive and mischievous little girl. She loves, loves, loves to sing! She's been doing a great job with ballet and we're looking forward to her first recital in May.

Hannah is speaking well enough to have full conversations much to my delight. She likes to tell us all about her day. Lately she's also telling us she's either a princess, ballerina or super hero (depending on the day).

She does her chores well and, in fact, loves taking "cycling out" (recycling out) and sweeping. She's very helpful (which is a trait her teachers say she also demonstrates at school). Speaking of school, she moves into the 3's classroom in February. Time is flying!

When asked what she's looking forward to most in 2018 she said "Kissmiss!" (Christmas). Well, there you have it.


James and I celebrated 8 years of marriage this past August and celebrated by... doing nothing at all! We bought a new house in April and I can't tell you how happy we are with our home. We still have boxes to unpack here and there but, we've been working on settling in and making it feel like home for us.

We're both busy in our careers as we've both gotten promotions this year. We also work hard to ensure a healthy family/work balance. It's not always easy but, family comes first.

In 2018 James is most looking forward to the World Cup even though he knows England hasn't got a prayer of winning.

For me, I'm NOT looking forward to World Cup in which the USA didn't even manage to qualify so, I will say I'm most looking forward to some improvements I'd like to make around the house. I'm currently obsessed with HGTV and all things Chip & Joanna Gaines. Fixer Upper & Love It or List It have become my favorite shows.

We're all excited about James' parents visiting in March and our vacation to Myrtle Beach in August.

May 2018 bring you love, laughter, positivity and happiness!

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