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Entry 26 ~ November 23, 2010
An Apology & Other Stuff

LillyI apologize for not having a "fresh" entry since September. Really, I have had nothing going on. I just send the older kids off to school, take a bubble bath, eat some bon bons, and then watch television for the rest of the day. Okay, that didn't sound even close to serious did it? Here's the real truth . . .

Before I write a journal entry, I like to read over the last one to see what in the world I talked about it. Reading through it this time, I feel as though an entire lifetime has passed in just a couple of months! Randy finished up harvest and it was a stellar season for them all around. I am incredibly proud of his hard work. The kids and I made it through with very little stress. Yes, I was exhausted and thankful when he finished. But I also felt pretty proud of myself for not getting completely overwhelmed. Randy ended up working the weekend after he finished harvest, so it was a little bit of a disappointment to watch him walk out the door when we were desperate to have him home with us.

OwenThe next weekend, we helped some very dear friends move about 6 hours away. The kids stayed with my parents while Randy, I, another couple, and another friend moved our friends and their three kids. Our caravan consisted of two moving trucks, two minivans, and a car. Thankfully, we only drove home in one of the minivans. It was a very tearful goodbye. We have been growing up with this group of friends since we were all young married couples with no kids. We now have 12 kids among us and our lives are as intertwined as any big happy family. It has definitely been hard to let go of this family and figure out our "new family" dynamics.

EllaElla and Owen continue to do well with school. We had very positive parent teacher conferences for both of them. I have to say that I am so pleased with their teachers. I know first hand that teaching can be thankless and often discouraging. So we try hard to give their teachers as much support and encouragement as we can. I hope anyone reading this remembers to take time to encourage their child's teacher. It can make a huge difference! Along with that, I have joined the PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) in order to stay connected with the school as well as the teachers. It hasn't taken too much time, but it is just one more thing on the calendar.

ConnorThe boys completely loved soccer. It was great to watch them have so much fun. The season was positive for each of them We also found a new piano teacher for Ella and Owen. Both kids seem to be enjoying it. I think it is helping Owen a lot with his fine motor skills and in turn, helping him with other tasks like writing. Ella has started basketball and is very enthusiastic about it. Lilly continues to have a physical therapist come to our house to work with her every other week. She has been receiving therapy for a full year now. I am amazed at how far she has come in a year and yet a little discouraged that she is not all the way caught up. I know she will catch up in time as she continues to hit developmental milestones. She just takes a lot longer to be able to do them.

I also took on the job of watching some good friends' little boys as their mom was working hard at a temporary job. My days varied anywhere from three to six kids. Thankfully they all got along well and everyone was well behaved. Some days were a little crazier than others, but hey, the more the merrier! I have to admit that we all breathed a sigh of relief when we finished that. It seemed to wear on Connor the most. While he loved having a buddy to play with every day, he also missed the time he got to have with me while the bigger kids are in school. Once Thanksgiving break is over, he will be able to have me all to himself again. Randy and I joke that Connor was really meant to be an only child. He loves it when he can have time with us without the other kids around.

Katie and RandyIn the midst of all the kids' activities, Randy and I were able to sneak up to the mountains for one night to celebrate our 11th anniversary. I am truly thankful for any amount of time I get to have this man to myself. He continues to be my best friend and my safe place. He is an amazing husband and father. I can't wait to see what the next eleven years bring!

In the next week, we will be celebrating Owen's sixth birthday. My mommy heart is filled with nostalgia and tenderness towards this boy. He doesn't like to snuggle as often anymore and he insists that I kiss him on the forehead now. And yet he is maturing and growing in so many wonderful ways. As always, it's bittersweet.

Christmas season is rapidly approaching and the kids are already excited. As they get older, they remember more from the previous year. I know it will be fun to share in the beauty of the holiday with them. Hope it is just as fun for all of you readers!

~ Katie

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