- ran a marathon in October because his father-in-law asked him if he wanted to (and who can say no to a father-in-law)...I don't think he really wanted to at first...
- And now he is crazy...he runs 10-15 miles on the weekend "just for fun" ... even though he's NOT training for another marathon. He's just crazy:)
- instigated an ongoing game of "Nerf Gun Fighting" between him and the kids...started last Christmas when he got the gun in a white elephant exchange. The excitement (for everyone) has not really worn off yet...
- enjoys doing art projects with the girls, and instigated a "Sunday art" time on Sunday afternoons
- learned to change car oil, and has been taking care of our cars
- did a few triathlons this past summer (before the marathon)...
Hannah....is teaching at Daycroft Montessori school, and keeping the house (mostly) running smoothly. She loves teaching, and she loves being home. She loves that being a teacher means lots of vacation time! She also:
- just got an iPhone!!! And has quickly realized how dependent she will soon become on it
- Misses cooking real meals, but is getting faster and more efficient in the kitchen.
- Is not a running-fool like her husband, but likes to run a few miles here and there...Will probably never run a marathon, but will run a (shorter) race or two every summer:)
- Realizes that she leads a full but rather "unexciting" life. She looks forward to doing exciting things at some point in the future, when the kids are older and life is less hectic. That day will come, right??
- Has learned to run (it's been a family thing lately!) and thinks running a mile is nothing. He "accidentally" ran a whole 5k without stopping, when he was really going to run just 1. 5 miles and then walk a while
- loves to play Wii sports, and chess on the computer
- likes to sing, and was in the school choir this year, following in the footsteps of Grandpa Hendricks.
- plays basketball in the driveway against the garage door 9but just got a Nerf Hoop for inside, and has been playing with it constantly!
- never wants to wear a jacket
- is plowing through the Suzuki piano book...tried for the first time to play Go Tell Aunt Rhody "hands together" three days ago, and now can play the whole thing, quickly and with no mistakes.
- is very kind to Jane and Lucy, when he wants to be:) Otherwise he can be a tease...
- loves to play games, and not by himself anymore. He gets the girls to play with him...and they can!
- thinks "a pillow pet is actually more useful than a stuffed animal"...trying to convince us she needs one
- likes to sing, is not old enough to be in choir yet, but is in a (annoying to certain siblings) stage of wanting to sing out loud (but to herself really) in the car, in the bathroom...basically anywhere she is
- loves to collect bugs, but really wants a pet hamster
- has started to hide in random places around the house, wait till someone comes by, and then yell, "Ambush!!!" and jump out, preferably with the nerf gun mentioned above.
- is fascinated by things like a taken-apart dustbuster
- got a little button that said, "Smarty Pants". Gene said that's because she was the smartest...she replied, "Yeah, cause sometimes I act like the mom of the house."
- makes us laugh every day with her witticisms!
Jane....is in her second year of preschool at Daycroft, as one of the older kids this year. She has become very social as well. Last year she played mostly by herself, and didn't participate during group times. This year she is friends with lots of children, talks often during group times, and is learning to share her best friend with other children in her class. She is our only child who has gone to a real preschool, and I think this age is tricky for figuring out friendships. She spends almost 8 hours every day with these children (much longer than I'd prefer in an ideal world), whereas Gene and Lucy at her age played with a friend for maybe 2-3 hours once a week. So, she's doing fine all things considered:) She's at the top of her class academically, and is enjoying herself very much. Her biggest accomplishment thus far is learning to write numbers and letters... She also:
- does not like to hear a toilet flush, and will cover her ears every time
- can make toast and peanut butter sandwiches, and loves to
- used to cry if she saw a bug, then changed her tune once Lucy started collecting them. Now she loves bugs!
- finally is learning to put her face in the water...may be a fish next summer...
- loves to be fancy. Loves her (now broken) pink gel sandals that really have no business being worn in the winter. Loves them so much that she cut off the broken strap, cut the other one to match, and wore them all day yesterday, inside and out.
Merry Christmas everyone reading this! May God grant you boatloads of love, joy and peace in the coming year... We love and appreciate all of our family members and friends, and look forward to sharing our lives with you in 2012!