Friday, December 23, 2011

Our Year!

School Days and Work...
Lots of changes for our family with school! I am homeschooling Hannah this year (only because lack of room in the charter school we want her to attend). She will definitely have a spot for her next year, as a new program starts in 7th grade at Horizon! Yes, you heard me right...7th grade! What the heck? Where did the time go? Things are going well, and she enjoys helping with the preschool during the preschool hours! Abbey is in an accelerated learning program at Horizon charter school in 3rd grade. She is loving her new school, new friends, and her teacher. It takes a special teacher to "get" Abbey, and I feel she has a great teacher this year! I am still operating the preschool in our home and loving it. It gives me that "baby fix" that I need! These little 3 and 4 year olds say the funniest things, and keep us laughing! James was given a new position within HP as a manager. He is enjoying his new role within the company, and he loving his wife more than ever! (That's me!)

Our Travels...
We surprised the kids to Disneyland in October! We pulled off on the grapevine and gave them their bags, which consisted of a Disney stuffed animal, shirts to wear in the park, and gift cards to spend at the parks! They both looked at each other and asked the famous question at the same time... "are we going to Disneyland???" We were lucky enough to meet up with James' family while enjoying the parks!
We went on a few camping trips to Humboldt, Black Butte, Bodega Bay, and Point Reyes to name a few. I was lucky enough to get away on a scrapbook weekend to Bodega Bay in January! It was a blast, and I hope to do it again! We also spent a few weekends away at various girl scout lodges with our troops. Oh, the places we go!!!

Health Alert...
Abbey is doing well with her Celiac. Each day it gets easier and easier to find products and restaurants that have gluten free options! It is becoming more common, and more people are being diagnosed each day! She still gets excited when she meets another person with the diagnosis. She feels an instant connection right away, and wants to share all of her tips with her new friend! This summer, Abbey is FINALLY old enough for Camp Celiac! A week long summer camp for kids with Celiac in Livermore. She is so excited, and I know I will be crying a few tears as I bid farewell to my baby. They will be happy tears though...imagining her in "gluten free food" heaven for a week...I know she will not want to come home!
Hannah is moving right along with her pace maker in place. We have about 3-4 years before she needs another surgery to replace the battery. Hannah attends a summer camp in Livermore for kids with heart conditions called "Camp Taylor!" It is the best part of summer for Hannah! She has met some great friends with similar conditions, and some great adults that give a good part of their life to this organization! We are extremely thankful to Camp Taylor for what it has done for our Hannah!

Abbey...
Abbey is a little drama queen, and loves attention from anyone that has time to listen! She loves to sing and act, and we hope to get her in some kind of drama lessons soon. She is in the drama club at her school, and apparently thinks she deserves a bigger part that the "woodland creature" that she was cast to play! Her weekly consists of yearbook club, piano lessons, drama club, dance lessons, and girl scouts. She is a busy kid, and loves to stay home and veg out when we have a free day!
Hannah...
Hannah is still our mild mannered 11 year old who likes to stay home as often as she can! Although she is being home schooled, she takes an art class weekly, and is still involved with girl scouts, dance lessons, and piano. She is a little "mommy" and loves to care for little ones. She earned her "babysitter" certificate this past Fall, and is ready for any job that comes her way!

We can't believe it is almost Christmas Eve! Eek! It snuck up on us this year, and we have been trying to enjoy each moment of the season! We have made candy, cookies, looked at Christmas lights with donuts and hot cocoa in hand, shopped, wrapped presents, decorated the house, visited San Francisco to see the enormous Christmas trees, ice skated, and watched a few Christmas specials on TV. We hope you have a great Christmas holiday, and a fun and safe New Year! Happy Holidays!!!

Hannah- age 11

Hannah- age 11

Abbey- age 8

Abbey- age 8

Never too old

Never too old
to sit on Santa's lap!