David: works hard and plays hard. This year he lost 35 pounds, finished a half Ironman, a Tough Mudder race, a cycling race and has spent hours and hours on the bike and in the pool. He also works long days and then comes home and plays with the boys, helps clean up dinner and the house, participates in bathing/bed time and even finds the energy to give me back rubs and tell me I'm beautiful.
Elizabeth: is pregnant and feeling pretty yucky most of the day, but I do still find the energy to make dinner most nights. That alone makes me feel like I just successfully explained nuclear fusion to a 5-year-old, even when I don't shower until bedtime... I spent most of the year learning to embrace the fact that we left San Diego for good. The whole experience was gut-wrenching but I've learned that home is where your heart (and the love for the people it holds) is. I have found many wonderful things to appreciate about living in Arizona and have enjoyed being near my parents for the last few months before they left on their mission to England.
William: turned four in December. His personality is lots of fun for me, and also very challenging. We are a lot alike in many ways - stubborn, opinionated, and embarrassed easily when we make mistakes. Luckily, he also responds well to hugs and a few sweet words, like I do, so it helps to understand him. He loves to tell stories, draw maps (always with a treasure chest), sing made-up songs and is getting quite comfortable talking to new people. He also enjoys potty humor, making Fritz laugh and sneaking treats from GrandMary's pantry.
Frederick: keeps me going all day long. The boy wakes up running and starving. He eats like a fourteen year old and plays like it's going out of style. His best friend in the whole wide world is tied for William and his thumb. Both make him very, very happy. He loves music and sits at the piano and sings and plays to his heart's content. He also can't resist dancing when music comes on.
My life isn't perfect and our family has its problems, but there is so much to be thankful for. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a happy 2014! My theme for next year (which I want to expound upon later) is "Think the best of each other, especially of those you say you love. Assume the good and doubt the bad." - Jeffery Holland