There's a new sheriff in town... okay, actually a chief, but, that doesn't really fit the old saying, however, when it comes to jurisdiction, you really need to understand it is chief, anyhow... forget it. I forgot where I was even going with this. Anyhow...
Happy Friggin' Holidays and Whatnot from Towerland.
Osbourne (7), Edward (12), Kimber (573), Alexander (10), Sam (787), Isabelle (15), Henry (4)
What can I say?
It has been a year.
Let's give a semi-brief rundown of how things are shaking here in Towerland.
Henry: The kid is 4, or, as I recently heard, and strongly related to, he's a FOURnado. Yup. This kid is the sunshine baby around here. He sleeps in his own bed (this means mom and dad don't have a single extra human in bed for the first time in 15 years), he puts his own pants on, and he brushes his own teeth. Henry loves preschool, and he has a lot of fun with his babysitter and friends while mom and dad are at work. He is quite a singer too, and we get to enjoy concerts by Henry quite often. His favorite days are the ones we all get to stay home on, and we all agree with him. They are the best days.
Osbourne: Ozzy turned 7 this year. He is losing his teeth, but he gained glasses, so that is exciting. Ozzy is learning to read and is still in the Spanish immersion program at school. He is our sensitive kid who is always thinking things through to the point where we need to remind him that he is only 7 years old, and worrying about how a body decomposes in a grave is probably not something he needs to be super concerned with yet. Also, it is gross to think about. But, that's Oz. This year he was the Grim Reaper for Halloween, and pretty much all his dreams came true. He was really happy about taking souls.
Alexander: This kid is barely 10. He had his first ever birthday party. We all went to a rock climbing place and climbed like crazy for a few hours. It was awesome. Xander has been doing really great at school. He is a really thoughtful boy who takes responsibility over caring for others very seriously. He is reading the Harry Potter books, and a Micheal Crichton book right now. He has gotten really good at shoveling sidewalk, and less good at showering every day, so we are working on that.
Edward: Oh boy, we are in the middle school years now. Buddy has been learning to play guitar at school, and occasionally practices piano when he wants something from me. He wants to grow his hair out, but we aren't so sure we are going to let him. Buddy has been taking jujitsu, and he is getting pretty good at it. He turned 12 this year, and this means he is one year away from officially being a teenager. He's doing a great job practicing this year, so he is ready to take on the role of teen immediately on his birthday.
Isabelle: Sis is a freshman in high school. She is in a few clubs that focus on helping others. She has been working on her singing skills, and she can play a few hymns on the piano... when she actually practices. She will most likely be taking on driving and braces in the near future, so that is exciting for everyone.
Kimber: It was a busy year at work. Between coordinating our developing child advocacy center, and developing my forensic interviewing skills, I have also been cramming in college classes. I didn't realize it, but I have been doing a full time student load while working full time. Since it has been working so far, I'm going to keep rolling with that for a bit longer. I'm still the secretary in Young Women's at church, which is a continuous shock to me, since I'm pretty much myself there, and we all know that can be a bit of a dumpster fire. When I'm not working, momming, schooling, church jobbing, or sleeping, I am trying to be a decent police wife too. I also had my first ever major surgery this year. I had a hysterectomy along with a bunch of pelvic floor prolapse repairs. To the shock of everyone (including me), a rough surgery, that didn't quite go right ended up taking me about 3 weeks to recover from before I was cleared to start running again. I was back at work the week after surgery, and I feel better than I have in years. I recommend that surgery to everyone, even dudes. It has been great.
Sam: The first year of being a police chief is over. Whew. Sam has done really well (and that isn't just wife pride, he really cares about helping his community, and it shows). He kept things running smooth through the big Eclipse, which was no small feat. He also hired a pile of new officers, along with an amazing admin assistant, and that has really changed the tone of the department in some awesome ways. It also means he has a pile of baby cops to show the ropes to, which is always exciting. While it was a good year, it was also a rough year, and Sam was pretty run down for a bit there, however, he was able to tweak some health stuff, and we found a cool new food allergy (good bye eggs), and he is feeling really good. Sam started jujitsu, and has been loving it. He has been simplifying life (kind of our thing right now), and with that in mind, he is not practicing herbalism professionally anymore. It just isn't the season for it. He is working on a book, however...
As a family we were awesome at:
Eating all the food
Going to Lagoon (we got season passes and loved it)
Watching movies (at home, and Sam and I have moviepass, so we go to movies in the theater quite a bit now)
Growing our pet herd (2 dogs and 3 cats at the moment)
Slowing down and just being together
As a family we weren't so awesome at:
Learning how to slow down
Keeping the house clean (it is a painful process)
Riding the Cannibal at Lagoon (we never even got in the line... next year)
Making it to church (Fun Fact: 9am church is even harder when you have big kids and parents who work full time as opposed to tiny babies who wake up at o'dark thirty)
Caring that we missed church (I know, I know, we will do better this year with 11am church)
Remembering to give parents the notes for all the days we needed treats at school
There you have it. Towerland in a little more than a nutshell.
2018 is looking to be exciting. We plan to keep working hard at our jobs and our educations, spend more time at Lagoon, and less time worrying about things that don't matter. We hope you have a wonderful holiday, and an incredible new year.
Sammy, Kimbo, Belly, Bud, Xan, Oz, Henny, and the critters (Bryson, Watson, Lorelei, Millie, Cecily)