There’s snow on the ground outside our house and the kids are ready for ski season to start, but the biggest change in our home these past six months is the new arrival of baby David James. On October 4th, Brittny went on a cleanse and lost 6 lbs. 12 oz. in the space of about 8 hours! And then we had a beautiful baby boy!
He was evicted a week before his due date because of Brittny’s gestational diabetes and kidney stone issues, so he ended up being the smallest of our babies. He has quickly made up for it and was 12lbs 1oz at his 2 month check up! David was quickly assimilated into the tribe of siblings and receives more attention that he would like on a daily basis. We are frequently asked if he’s a good baby, and the honest answer is “no”, but we like him anyways! He’s definitely a bit high strung and has dealt with some colic, but since Sam was much the same we at least feel like we know what we’re up against, and most importantly that it will get better! So we’re just enjoying him as much as we can. He does seem to be getting happier though as he’s getting bigger.
Aside from that we loved seeing everyone at the family reunion and having the kids enjoy cousin time.
Then in August, we made the trek up to see the spectacular total solar eclipse in Rexburg, ID with Dianne and Rob. Leading up to it we were very concerned about whether we would be able to get in or out of Idaho – however we were able to get in just fine, and by waiting about 9 hours to leave we had a relatively smooth trip home as well. It was well worth going and seeing. We weren’t sure if our kids would appreciate it but they thought it was awesome. Before going Sam read an article and said it used “too many superlatives” to describe the event. After witnessing it for himself he felt like they hadn’t used enough superlatives! We’ve already decided that we’re going to travel again for the next full solar eclipse in the US in 2024!
Maeli (3) started going to pre-school twice a week in the fall, and she seems to really enjoy her time there. She’s especially loved that her preschool is attached to a dance studio and she can attend dance class right after her preschool class. She’s still working on getting potty trained and tells us frequently that she’s afraid of the toilet (heavy sighs from both parents). She is definitely the princess of the family and is probably grateful that David was a boy so that she didn’t have to give up youngest child and the only girl status all at once.
Even though Daniel (6) turned six in April, we didn’t get around to celebrating his birthday until after the family reunion in July, but he didn’t seem to mind. He’s beginning to learn how to play piano in this year of Let’s Play Music and we’re impressed with how far he’s come already. Brittny is homeschooling him and he’s making slow and steady progress towards being able to read. We stopped doing kyuki-do over the summer with intentions to go back after Baby David was born, but we’re having a hard time convincing Danny to go back. His objection, strangely enough, is that he has to change his clothes in order to go to class. He doesn’t care so much *what* he has to change into, just that he has to change his clothes at all. Instead over the summer he wanted to do t-ball and for once mom didn’t forget to sign up before the deadline. Danny convinced both his brother and two of the boys’ friends to sign up for t-ball along with him, but I think Danny was the only one who really enjoyed the whole thing.
Sam (8) only ever wants to read. We set a goal at the beginning of 2017 for him to read 100 chapter books before the end of the year. We worried that the goal was too ambitious, but he had completed it before September and hasn’t stopped reading yet! Sam’s also been enjoying being a full Cub Scout now with his parents and participated in the Raingutter Regatta this Fall.
He continues to progress in his violin lessons, and he recently earned his Twinkle Trophy for mastering all the variations and theme of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.
Obviously, Brittny’s time has been dedicated to taking care of baby David and homeschooling Danny and Sam. She’s wrapping up her startup business venture in favor of putting more time into her blog (http://www.techiechic.net/) and getting on top of housework. She was released as a Sunbeam teacher but continues to serve as our ward’s Cub Scout Committee Chair.
Eric is continuing to build his new team at Western Governors University, hiring two full-time analysts and a contract developer in just the past few months. In addition to his regular contract work on the side, he also continues to make slow but steady progress on his MBA. He’s enjoying serving as our ward’s Cubmaster, especially as he finally has one of his own sons in the program.
We hope this holiday season brings joy to your family. We love you all and are hoping for opportunities to see you in 2018.