Merry Christmas friends and family,
We feel so blessed to have such amazing people in our lives and happy to share with you what our family has been up to this past year. I'll be the first to admit that three little girls isn't always a tea party but it's almost always dress up. Small, unexpected things remind me that these days of chubby cheeks, glitter, and tutu's attached to swimwear are so sweet. These things don't last forever.
Alice 2 in December, Makenna 4 in December, Claire 6
It is bittersweet watching Alice grow up. I miss her sweet baby ways but I also adore her little personality starting to unfold. She jumps right in with her big sisters talking and playing but can’t quite keep up. Panting after them, all smiles and giggles with arms flying she has acquired the battle wounds I suspect most youngest siblings must all earn running, all courage and no control after the big kids. She loves to sing songs. I can’t get enough of her version of Twinkle, Twinkle, “twinkle, twinkle, twinkle star, how I wonder how you are…” Alice is often found in the huge pile of little girl shoes at our front door (seriously, I think the shoes might be reproducing) for hours just trying new combination: one Mommy shoe and one Daddy she, no maybe two Makenna light up shoes, well, I guess I’ll go with Claire’s snow boots. P.S. Her belly is still epic!
Alice + Pumpkin hat + Mommy's boots
Ms Teresa and Alice at Kindermusik
Learning to horseback ride was definitely the highlight of Claire’s year; Claire and Makenna took therapeutic riding lessons together this spring and summer with Equine TLC in Post Falls. Claire loves animals, especially our family dog, Deacon. Right now she is belly down on the living room floor watching a Christmas movie stroking Deacon’s neck with her foot. She cuddles with him every morning at the end of our bed. I love to listen to her, “I love you Deacon, such a good boy, good boy, I love you…” Claire LOVES Mary Poppins and Grammy Klein made her a beautiful dress for Halloween. It really was the cutest! Claire is such a joy and blessing to our family.
Mary Poppins and Burt
Claire and Snickers
Makenna is hilarious, our ring leader becoming such a big girl. Right now she is running through the kitchen with my scarf around her middle, Alice trailing behind, holding the end (she asked her to, Makenna always has a plan). She is singing “I have a tail. Alice, come for a ride…” She is beautiful and smart and strong with an opinion on just about everything: hair short, dresses spinney, music loud, running fast, pajamas with no feet, red vitamins only, not toasted toast with Nutella please… She always keeps us smiling.
Victory is so sweet, Nate finished the basement this summer and we have been enjoying all the extra space. Going from two bedrooms and eating in the kitchen to four bedrooms and a dining room has been awesome. Thank you to all the amazing friends and family who helped over our four year project, it ended beautifully. We truly could not have done it without all of you. This advent season has been our favorite of all time. The girls are excited and anticipating each day of the advent calendar and holiday fun. One day our activity was to all wear jingle bells for a day. We busted out the purple bells and pink ribbon and even Nate has jingling shoes, such a great Dad! The girls take turns going out to work with Daddy to check in, they love "Daddy dates." We spend a lot of time together at the alert facility on base, my second kitchen.
Claire going to Kindergarten has been a very big thing for me this year. It was a long, anxious summer preparing and then not so bad start of the year followed by an injury (read all about it in the blog) and then a big mess slowly resolving. Quite the ride, I’m so thankful for my wonderful support system of friends and other moms who have children with special needs. We are not alone! I started volunteering for Parent to Parent which connects parents together for support, it’s wonderful. I have also continued to volunteer for PAVE, parent advocacy in the schools which has been such a helpful and rewarding experience.
Our year has been wonderful and full. We welcomed a few foster children into our home. Young Athletes (special Olympics) has continued to be fun for everyone. My favorite was our summer filled with swimming and camping!
cuddles in the hammock
We wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy new year!
Grace and Peace,
The Leitz Family