Saturday, December 29, 2012

Recap of the last.....several months!

I guess between Facebook and life I don't really think anybody looks at blogs much anymore. But I figured I would end the year out by actually doing a post to update what we have been up to since July...
Awny and her kids came out to visit, it was so great to have them here for a couple of weeks. The kids played hard and made many great memories...we even survived the bigger kids nonstop obsession with making and shooting homemade arrows.






In August we went to see Pam and Mike (who recently moved to Idaho from Indiana) We were able to spend time with them and Travis' siblings as well.




That brings us to September, a few days before school started Ayda and Zander both got Hand, Foot and Mouth disease...no big deal right. WRONG. It was a rough few days and a long few nights. Ayda was able to go to school her first day (she wasn't contagious at that point) but only made it half the day because she was so sick. She missed her second day of school and finally was able to go back the last day of the week. Pam and Mike were out for Ayda's first day of school, that was a special treat for her. Ayda started her first year of Chinese immersion and is doing well. It is hard, but she is really starting to pick it up. She knows a lot of characters and one day I am sure she will be able to tell me what they mean in English.





Ayda also did soccer for the first time this year, this was her first "land" sport and she learned a lot. I am glad she was on a team of very well seasoned girls and had coaches that were so great at helping Ayda learn. She even made a goal before the season was over. Her team won (by a lot) every single game.





We can't forget Zander, he is doing speech classes to help with his articulation disorder. He is coming a long nicely and is able to talk to and be understood by people outside our family. He is also in gymnastics and LOVING it. He is 100 percent boy, he never stops jumping and blowing things up with his imaginary guns. He is my shadow, we are rarely apart and I like it that way.
Zander ran into a tree at Ayda's first soccer game...bruised up his head





In October we made a big announcement to our kids...our family is growing. We are expecting another baby boy in April. He is due the 21st, Ayda hopes for baby to come on her birthday (24th) and I am just hoping he doesn't hold out as long as Zander did. We are excited for him to come, I can't imagine how busy my day will be with two boys...but I am guessing it will involve lots of jumping and climbing and fighting (fake I hope).  



Here are a couple pictures of the kids in their Sunday best (Christmas outfits). I had the stomach flu on Christmas day so I haven't uploaded pictures yet. But let's call this good enough.






Happy 2013!! (because I promise I will not post again before then!)

7 comments:

Janessa Couch said...

I am so excited for your growing family. Now you are going to have to change your blog name. :) Sorry to hear you had the stomach bug on Christmas.

Jeff Hertzler said...

I still look at blogs and loved seeing your update! Your kiddos are getting so big. Ayda looks so grown-up in her Christmas dress. Congrats on your upcoming addition! You will be busy, but it's nice to have two boys who can entertain each other! Neat, neat!

Carly said...

I still read your blog!! Congrats on #3! Your kids are growing up way too quickly. They are so adorable. I love seeing the updates once in a while. Hope you are feeling well and good luck these next 4 months!

grammy said...

Love the pictures and of course all of the people in the pictures. Ayda looks so sweet in her twirling pic...

Amy Jo said...

I just found out about a week ago you were having a baby! :)

Joe, Olivia, and I are planning to visit this summer and that will make it even more fun!!

Miss Deja said...

I can't believe how big Ayda is and she is learning Chinese!?! That's awesome! Zander is sure a cutie too! I am so excited for baby number 3, congratulations!! Miss you and Travis a whole lot!

Stinky Pete said...

It is always fun, in a perverse sort of way, to see Zanders bump/bruise photos. He almost always has a look on his face like, "hey, get a load of this one!" Love you guys, every one.