Thursday, December 11, 2008

Merry Christmas Everyone!



What a year! I feel like we're at a really great stage in life right now. The kids are a little bit older and it doesn't seem so overwhelming to do things. If I could only freeze time. Aaron and I can go on a date and we don't even need to get a babysitter, we have two built in babysitters. It's a freedom we've never known before now and I like it.
Jacob
turned 13 in August. We officially have a teenager. He's pretty mild mannered so Aaron occasionally feels the need to encourage him in deviant behavior. Scary, huh. After Halloween he took Jake and three of his friends to "smash pumpkins" off a bridge over some railroad tracks (10:45 pm). It was innocent enough, until they heard a train coming. It was only after they pelted the train with 11 pumpkins that they noticed it was a passenger train. The boys thought that was the greatest. Jake finished his first year at the Jr. High on the honor roll. He is now in 8th grade. He actually loves Jr High. He plays in the Advanced Percussion Ensemble. He's a dang good little drummer. He has also started the swim team and would like to play water polo. However, I think his favorite thing to do is tease his sisters.
Sara will 12 in March, yikes! Sara is in 6th grade. She is not thrilled with school. It's not that she's not smart, it just interferes with her playtime. Sara likes to swim and ride the four wheeler. She also likes to rip stik and long board. She plays hard and gets dirty. She loves animals. She has been taking horse riding lessons. She also took a babysitting certification class. She babysits quite a bit. Sara was in the school musical ALADDIN last year and will be doing Cinderella this year. She has grown so much... we actually wear the same size shoe (which is a bummer because now I can never find my shoes).
Emily turned 9 in August. As you can see she is smaller, but still slightly taller than Katie. She is in 4th grade. She loves school. She is very smiley and has a lot of great friends. Emily sings in the Westfield Singers group at school. She will also be in Cinderella this year. Emily will start gymnastics in January. She is our Little Miss Sunshine. She is very organized, neat and tidy....it really annoys Sara.
Katie is 6 and in 1st grade. She had a hard time with all day school. She missed me! Which made me happy. She lost her first tooth in November. Katie likes to be in charge, which can be frustrating when you're the fourth child. Emily, Katie and I went to the zoo in October and Katie took the lead and told us where to go and what to do. Luckily Emily's is pretty easy going. Katie is squishy and wonderful.
Zach is 5. He started kindergarten this year. I was really worried because he likes to talk so much. But he has done great! He's a good little reader. He is extremely social. He is the student body president/ life of the party kind of guy. There are so many things I could say about Zach, but I will put them on his personal blog www.wackyzachy.blogspot.com. Check it out. They're worth reading.
Our pet population has decreased this year. We gave Gracie the dog to some friends. Daisy the rat died. Alvin, Sam and Tweetie the birds died. We sold two ponies. So now we only have Molly the dog, Ruby the horse and Bella the cat. Yes, I said cat. We rescued a cat from a window well. It was weak and starving. We fed her and now she won't leave. She's fixed and de-clawed, so that's a plus.
Aaron has been working really hard. We feel very blessed to still be doing okay with the change in the economy. We merged with a national company in June and it's been a great move! He is also the Salt Lake office Branch Manager of this company. He's really happy. He enjoys working with the 11 year old scouts. And, unlike myself, he is very excited for the snow. He has dreams of snowboarding and of me. And dreams of me snowboarding. Dream on buddy... I tried it and I couldn't walk the next day. And besides, it's cold!
I keep busy with the kids, working in their classes and running them around. Housework and laundry can be a full-time job. I have been serving as the Primary President in our ward for the past year and a half. It's fun. I have enjoyed working in there with all my children. Jacob has graduated and Sara will soon. Like I said before, I wish I could just freeze time.

5 comments:

Katie D. said...

Cute family pictures! Fun to read up on everyone too. I'm still laughing about Aaron taking Jacob to smash pumpkins. What a fun dad!

Mom/Grandma/Bev said...

Shannon... How wonderful it is to see you doing so well. Time does not freeze... so enjoy this wonderful moments. Keep in touch. Bev Nelson

Dana Goff said...

Very cute family pictures. Kathy did a nice job.

I tried snowboarding once too... I couldn't walk for a week. - Erin

Amy The Mom said...

wow, shan! you are a great blogger, it was so fun to read...we miss you guys so much! but i text now, too. :) and i'll add you to my blog, we can check on each other's dirt anytime we want. :)
love amy

Hailey said...

I love getting the update--cute pictures!