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Friday, January 06, 2006

Merry Christmas!

Sorry! It was pointed out to me that I forgot to post our family's Christmas letter.

It was sort of, loosely centered on the "O Brother, Where Art Thou" movie of a few years back.

So, without further ado, our 2005 Christmas letter:

“I am the paterfamilias! "
M. has finished his first year working for ****** in *******. We’re so thankful that he now works day shift. It’s nice to have him around more while we’re all awake. His job takes up a lot of time but he’s enjoying the people he works with, and is continuing to learn and grow. He is finishing reading “A Patriot’s History of the United States.” It’s a 944-page book that he’s been working his way through for several months.

“A woman is the most fiendish instrument of torture ever devised to bedevil the days of man.”
I’ve had a busy year, and it’s hard to boil it down to a short paragraph. Some of the highlights, though:
*Creating and maintaining our family’s blog. I try to update it every couple of days with photos, stories, or just links to other websites I think are funny or thought-provoking.

*In September I had my thyroid removed. It was quite an adventure, and I’m thankful to be on the other side now.
* I’ve painted the kitchen, boys’ bedroom, and boys’ bath. This coming year I plan to do the living room, master bath, and master bedroom.

“I detect, like me, you're endowed with the gift of gab.”
Braden continues to homeschool during his 4th grade year, and it’s exciting to see his growth. This year we added cursive and Latin to his studies.
In May, he began taking swimming lessons and has since joined the swim team. He is improving his technique on all 4 strokes, and is working to master diving and those pesky flip turns. Neither comes easily to him, but it’s encouraging to see him work hard and not give up. In October Braden made the decision to be baptized. We drove to La Crosse, and Braden was baptized in the same pool where
M. and his parents were baptized years ago.

“We thought you was a toad! “
This year we discovered Brogan’s love for costumes. He loves to pretend to be characters he sees in movies or reads about in books. Give him a hat, or a cape, or a marker to draw a mustache on his face, and he’s happy.Brogan has also started doing preschool with us. He’s learning to cut-and-paste, and has learned his letter sounds. In January he’ll start swimming lessons, and is excited about being able to have his turn in the pool.

“Soggy Bottom Boy”
Colson’s big achievement this year (besides learning to talk) is potty-training. Well, he hasn’t achieved it yet, but he’s close. Veeeeery close. Colson favorite game is to play superheroes. He’s usually pretending to be Hulk or Batman. He follows his brothers closely, imitating whatever they do.


At 12:51 AM , Blogger Dy said...

ROFLOL!! Hillary, this was great! Absolutely great. You have such a talent for cool stuff like this. Can I hire you to do our "it's official/new baby/merry christmas in may/change of address" letter? PRetty please???

At 9:12 AM , Blogger Lisa said...

Priceless! One of my favorite movies. The photo turned out really well. Good luck with this year's version.



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