Monday, December 22, 2014

Christmas Letter 2014

Dear friends and family,

Merry Christmas to you all.  This time of year there are so many fun things to do and see with the kids I can hardly cram it all in.  We have been crafting Christmas ornaments from our advent calendar, making cookies and gifts, spending time with loved-ones, and our elf on the shelf has been hanging around the house making mischief of all kinds.  Last night we went on a drive to look at Christmas lights, listen to Christmas music and drink hot cocoa.  Alice heard Oh Holy Night and asked "Mommy, is that the angels sining?"  I love Christmas!

Claire 8, Alice 3, Makenna 5

We are so thankful for our new home, neighborhood and school this year.   We were able to sell our house on the south hill this summer and move to a community just off the Pullman highway between Spokane and Cheney.   We love it! 

Frozen night at the park in our new neighborhood  

Claire is 8, I know, how did that happen?  She is doing great in her new school.  She is in the second grade and has made lots of friends.  She enjoyed horse back riding this summer with Equine TLC and can’t wait for the weather to worm up so she can get back out there.  Claire started reading this year!  It is such a blessing to see the beautiful, friendly, sweet girl she is becoming.  We were at a restaurant last night and she found a woman named Ariel to talk with.  You would have thought it was the mermaid princess herself Claire was so thrilled.  Ariel was very nice and happy to visit.  We always make new friends when you go out with Claire. 

Step Up For Down Syndrome 2014 

"Claire's Walkie-Talkies" 

"Say Cheese Olive" -Claire 

Makenna started Kindergarten this year!  She is enjoying being at school with her sister.  “The best thing about being 5 is Kindergarten” and “the best thing about kindergarten is P.E.” she says.  She is always up for an art project or bike ride.  Her big accomplishment this year was taking off the trainings wheels on her bicycle.   Makenna is looking forward to her 6th birthday party two days after Christmas.  Makenna is our adventurous little princess and wants to try ice-skating for her party this year.  She a great helper and a leader.  Makenna loves being the "big" sister.  She is such a blessing. 

First day of Kindergarden 

 Makenna and her friend Zeke camping this summer  

 Makenna holds her cousin Wes 

Alice turned 4 December 14th.  We had a fun family party at an indoor water park.  She says “the  best thing about being 4 is going down the big bowl water slide.”  She road down with me, wide eyed and stunned into silenced.  At the end she shouted at the top of her lungs “I was not afraid!”  She is such a joy to our family, absolutely hilarious and adorable.  I love getting to hang out with her every day. 
Alice's Birthday 

 Happy Place 

Nate finally got a full time job with the Air National Guard as a Boom Operator.  This is a huge accomplishment and we are very proud of him for working so hard.  Nate is enjoying extra time home with the girls and all the extra princess tea parties and dance offs.  He is such a fun dad.  

My life was very full doing foster care this year but we do not have any placements at this time.  I have been making lots of cakes and goodies in my free time.  You can check them out on face book at Leitz Delights (  It’s such a great artistic outlet for me.  Hanging out with our little people and volunteering at their school is a blast.  I have the best job ever!  I was able to work on our blog this year for Down Syndrome awareness month in October (31 for 21), 31 posts for Trisomy 21.   
Halloween 2014 

Alice with one of her favorite cakes 

Grace and piece,

The Leitz Family