Merry Christmas everyone! December 2017
Since Mark and I are officially old, sleep-deprived and brain dead, and Christmas for us this year is as much Howly and Jowly with a new baby as Holly and Jolly, we thought it might be fun to let the kids write our annual Christmas update. I typed as they told me about each other, and added some clarifying remarks.
Macy on Rosie: “was born this year [in September] and when I first looked into her eyes I knew we were gonna be best friends. And she’s really cute. I like playing toys with her. We have to help mom out a lot because she has to be taking care of the baby and she wants a break.” Boston: “She’s the cutest thing ever and she’s usually really smiley” [sometimes].
Boston on Leslie, age 16: “This year Leslie, she was angsty. More of an angsty teen. [not really, maybe just about calculus sometimes.] She was asked out on dates. She can drive. She only hit the curb about 4 times. She spends her time in her room hiding from her siblings who are annoying and loud. She did Science Olympiad. In choir she got first place in state—[I corrected him here] uh, marching band, my bad. She’s an, uh assistant of some sort. [certified nursing assistant at a retirement home]. She was a pooper scooper at Seven Peaks. [our local waterpark]. She also picked up dead birds.” [At the waterpark.]
Cooper on Boston, age 12: “He is very naughty. [is this a shout out to Santa?] He was grounded right before we wrote this for not going to bed on time and not showering. He turned 12 and gets to help pass the sacrament. He is very emotional about video games and television. Every month he has a new phrase he says 75% of the time he talks, like “John Cena!!”, “chicken nuggets”, or “for Narnia”. We play PIG and he always chooses a really long word instead of PIG because he is worried I will beat him. He played baseball [Mark was the coach] and he had the best batting average on his team. He hit nine times in a row. He is clever playing baseball and they went on to the [state] tournament. He goes on camping trips and scout pow wows. Even though Boston was a center in flag football he had more touchdowns than Cooper. And then write, “surprisingly.””
Leslie on Luke, age 5: “Luke probably has the most energy out of anyone in the family. Unless he has to do chores. Even though there’s a new baby in the family, Luke might still be our favorite. (He’s less high maintenance.) On our way out of the hospital from seeing Rosie for the first time, he said, “Sigh. Our baby’s not even cool.” I think she’s started to grow on him since then. He started preschool this year, and he is quite the ladies’ man. Depending on the day, he claims to have between 6 and 9 girlfriends. Even though he’s started school, he doesn’t quite understand the concept of homework. If I get home and have to do mine, he looks up at the ceiling in exasperation and groans, “Why do they keep giving you WORK!?” Luke is normally a really happy kid, and he’s fun to be around.”
Macy on Cooper, age 10: “So Cooper has done a lot this year. He’s done football, baseball, and tons of other stuff. I’d say he’s the most athletic in the family because he’s outside running all day long. He likes to play with his siblings and friends. He’s crazy and that’s a fact. He’s in choir and has a really good singing voice and I like that about him because I like to sing too. His favorite color is green. But he usually always has blue on his braces because he loves BYU.”
Luke on Macy, age 8: “She likes to do cartwheels. Coloring. Pajama party. She turned 8 and then she got baptized. Now she lives downstairs. Her bedroom is purple. Can we talk about the boys now?” [Luke is busy playing with his batman toys and doesn’t want to talk, but I will add that Macy has been a wonderful surprise to me this year as possibly my most helpful child with Leslie being so busy. She is cheerful, obedient, follows directions well and is really relaxed with the baby. We think Rosie likes her best.]
Wishing you and yours the best as we celebrate our Savior and the love He brings!
|Loving this "Rosie the Riveter" pose. Her eyes are actually very blue, not dark brown as the light makes them appear here.|