J is in fifth grade this year, and can now wear my shoes. His interests are soccer, electronic games, beyblade (although I’m told that beyblades are no longer “in”), and origami. At school he sold origami creations as part of his class store, and got really good at folding ninja stars. Mom got really good at folding boxes. For his birthday this year, he invited his whole class and had a movie outside in the field, and found out what happens when you put mentos into diet coke (we did that on purpose, we were’t just feeding kids diet coke and mentos...).
A is in second grade, and is still just a happy kid. He loves his teacher, his friends, soccer, and legos. His smile is infectious, and his teacher has told me several times that he really knows how to make her heart melt. There are few things better than knowing your child’s teacher loves him as much as you do.
CP is in preschool this year. When I pick him up he likes to ask me, “so, what did you do today?” He also played on his first soccer team this year. Preschool soccer is fun to watch, since most of the kids don’t know what’s going on, and are busy climbing their coach or playing house in the goal net. CP, thanks to his older brothers, knew what was going on, and we got some good footage of him running down the field to score a goal. In a few years when the other kids figure it out, that may be a little trickier.
E is finally walking, at 15/16 months. His favorite things are going down the slide, being carried around, and playing fetch, I mean catch. He’s a happy kid, except when he’s teething, and we’re so happy he’s part of our family. CP especially likes having a younger brother to play with (and carry around- E is not so fond of that). Time is going by so fast, that we’re just trying to enjoy his babyness as much as possible before it’s gone.
This year I’ve discovered that I have hobbies again! I had forgotten about them for a long time. I ran a couple of half marathons and my very first full marathon this year (after which I promptly stopped any form of exercise- I’m still recovering- I’ll get back to it one of these days...). I also rode (and finished) a 100 mile bike ride with some of my friends. I felt great until mile 70 or so, after that I was grateful to my friends for keeping me going.
Kyle had a pretty busy training schedule earlier this year when he was training for the St. George Ironman. He finished, and is crazy enough to want to do it again in a couple of years. He’s decided that triathlons are more fun that single-event races. (I tried a sprint tri this year, and am unconvinced.)
We’re still working on getting our houseplans ready for building in the spring, and are keeping our fingers crossed that everything works out to proceed as planned. Hopefully next year I’ll be writing this letter from the comfort of my very own home. Maybe you can all come visit. All Our Love, Kyle, Alice & the boys.
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