Wednesday, January 04, 2012

A new year

Well, let's see if we can start the new year off with more blogging. *fingers crossed*

Winston has been in full day kindergarten since September he is absolutely thriving! We still have battles, of course, as he is only 5 years old but since school started he is a different kid. More helpful, less whiny and can hold an actual conversation for more than 5 minutes! He is funny, charismatic, sensitive, helpful, loving, entertaining and so smart.

Illyanna has been increasing her vocabulary and can hold a short conversation now as well. When she and Winston start talking it is quite entertaining. She is stubborn, loving, adorable, meticulous, cuddly, funny, smart and also entertaining on a daily basis. She is looking forward to preschool in the fall. Already ?!?

Felix will turn 2 at the end of the month and is already on the road to potty training! He is also entering the terrible twos and can throw a temper tantrum with the best of them. He is determined, hilarious, demanding, cuddly, loving, so so smart and a daredevil. He is pretty sure he can keep up with his two older siblings and tries to at every turn. His speech is getting better and better everyday and will be the one that can hold a conversation at the earliest age I bet.

Kelly is taking the semester off school. He is doing very well in his classes but between work, army, school and family he was getting burned out. So, with the semester off he can concentrate on family, work and army. Notice the order change? LOL. He is torn about it; but I think it is a great decision.

I am still working on my weight loss goals and have lost close to 17 pounds so far. Not quite as much as I had been hoping for by this time, but nothing to sneeze at either; it is a full dress size! I am super busy these days with two still at home and one at school. Almost more to do now, now that I have to factor in pick ups and drop off and still get my chores and errands done too. My book club took December off and are starting up again this month. I am very much looking forward to getting going again. I love reading and the group of ladies I meet with every month are fabulous and interesting!

Nana is fighting the lung cancer like a champ and is looking absolutely beautiful. She has finished her 4th round of chemo and now waiting on an MRI but things are looking hopeful. :)

We got a new car. Brand new. A 2012 new. The Dodge Journey and I LOVE it! It seats this family of 5 very comfortably, is great on gas, has low payments and doesn't require thousands of dollars to keep in running order lol. The van was on it's last legs and required a lot of work to make it road safe again. We weighed the options of buying a good second hand car vs a brand new car and for the same price we like the warranty we get with a new car. So, there we go. A new car.

We are also doing extensive yard renovations. We cut down all the trees on the side of the house and put in a retaining wall. Just have to finish filling, put up a fence and grate the front and back yards so we can reseed. Oh, and rebuild the deck. LOL. It had to be replaced anyway but it got knocked off it's supports when we were putting in the retaining wall blocks so down it came.

So, we are busy busy busy these days and loving it. Life is very good.


Tenille said...

17 lbs is nothing to sneeze at, good job Amy!

Our Busy Monkeys said...

thank you!