Dear Friends and Family!
If the Christmas card has brought you here, welcome. I have spent a lot of time on my blog this year. Please feel free to look around. But without further ado, here is the whirlwind/derecho/Frankenstorm tour of 2012 at our house.
February: We celebrated President’s Day by visiting relics of the boys’ namesakes in the National Museum of American History. They were enthralled.
March: We took advantage of a break in Kent’s schedule to go on our first beach vacation. We loved our trip to the Outer Banks (NC) with the Ethingtons. We also began seriously considering Fluffy’s future career as a violinist. Time to shift our time and effort out of ballet.
May: Approaching their birthday, the boys were getting mobile enough to require some containment solutions around the house. Kent’s willingness to babysit vastly increased.
June: Newly turned one, little Salty learned to walk! He also became an avid pointer and started calling me “Da-doh”. My standards are different now, so I was thrilled. The great North American derecho ripped off some of our shingles and left us powerless in the sweltering heat for way too long.
August: Kent and Fluffy made it out to Utah to visit Grandma Sparkle and a couple of her cousins. The twins made it out to Wegman’s for groceries. In fact, they were getting cuter (if possible) and easier to manage.
September: Fluffy started her last year of preschool. Both boys made it off the pediatrician’s charts for height. This was a grand accomplishment considering where they started out as preemies. Fall began in earnest with the Renaissance Festival, Colonial Fair at Mount Vernon and pumpkin patch visits.
October: Fall around here really can’t be beat. We celebrated Fluffy’s 5th birthday early at Cox Farms. Kent and I had the time of our lives at our Harvard University Choir reunion in Boston. We met up with my family and some of our friends in Disneyland. Fluffy was Eliza Doolittle and Salty and Peppers were Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte for Halloween. We finished off this eventful month with more roof damage and a mouse infestation courtesy of Super Storm Sandy.
December: This has been one of the best Christmas seasons of my life as it has been full of music and family fun. The boys are able to communicate and to handle outtings so much better this month. They also dole out kisses and hugs relatively on-demand so it seems like their utility has increased 70%. Fluffy’s my right hand gal. Her contagious exuberance fills even the most mundane days with wonder and joy.
Kent and I hope our card finds you well and happy. We would love to hear any little thing from you in the comments below.