Sunday, December 25, 2011

And To All A Good Night...

I can hardly believe Christmas will be over in approximately 1.5 hours. My, but this month has been a whirlwind. A good one. My blogging has fallen by the wayside, and I'm excited to have a little more time in the coming weeks to pick it back up again.

I just have to say.... what an amazing, unforgettable Christmas Season this has been. I have learned a lot and I think I have changed in many ways. For the better. An explanation will have to wait for another day, but in the meantime, from our family to yours.... Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.

Collette Family Christmas Letter (I only sent out a handful of cards this year, for various reasons, so don't feel slighted if you didn't get one! I love you just the same, and you can read it here if you care to!)

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

A home that’s warm and cozy… We are still living in Fredericksburg, VA and loving it!

Two missing teeth… Daphne has lost her first two teeth and we can hardly believe how grown up she’s becoming. She started kindergarten this past fall, experienced her first year cheerleading (she loved it, of course!), and also joined a Girl Scout daisy troop. She loves life and makes everyone around her happy with her bubbly personality.

Three different jobs… This year has been quite a roller coaster ride as Andrew has gone from 1 to 2 to 3 different jobs. He thinks he has finally found one that he loves at AVS (still in the audio/visual industry) and we hope he’s happy and settled there for a long time.

Four weeks in Utah… We were privileged enough to be able to go see family and friends in Salt Lake for 4 weeks this past summer. While we were there, we were able to go from the top of the state to the bottom and back again. We visited St. George, and Bear Lake, and had a great time visiting, playing, and relaxing. It was a wonderful vacation.

Five sizes up and growing… Our little baby Magnus isn’t such a baby anymore. He has grown and grown and is now in size 2T, weighs 30 pounds, and is off of the growth chart for his age of 13 ½ months. He has been crawling for awhile, but has yet to make his walking debut (this has since changed! Yes, the chunkster is finally walking!... most of the time :). We all love and adore him and can’t ever seem to get enough of our chunky little monkey.

Six days in Las Vegas… Sarah was able to go and visit her sister in Las Vegas, NV while Andrew stayed home and played Mr. Mom for a week. She had a blast, but it was a long time coming, as Andrew has gone to visit family in Utah twice, and California once this year, for various reasons. They both enjoyed their time away, but were ecstatic to be back home with the family.

Seven years old and counting… Jonah was thrilled to turn 7 last summer just because then he’d only have one more year until he turned 8! He is really looking forward to Cub Scouts. He started 2nd grade this year, and he also played flag football in the fall. He starts basketball soon, and he cannot get enough of his Nintendo DS (even though mom forces him to put it away once in awhile!) Jonah always has everyone around him laughing with his hilarious jokes and quirky personality.

Eight is special and great… our Laylah girl turned 8 years old in May and was thrilled for 2 things: to get her ears pierced, and to be baptized. We were able to do it while visiting in Utah this past summer, and it was a wonderful occasion with family and friends surrounding us. Laylah started 3rd grade last fall, and loves to stay busy and have fun. Her many activities include piano lessons, Spanish club, Activity Day’s, and Girl Scouts. She was able to do cheerleading during the fall as well and loved every minute. Laylah is such a sweet spirit in our home and we all adore her.

Nine more months to go… Baron is counting down the days until he gets to go to preschool next fall. He will turn 4 in April and is just a tiny bit bored at home with only his mom and baby brother to keep him company. Luckily, he gets to go to playgroup twice a week, and has lots of friends to keep him busy. Bear continues to dote on his older brother and loves anything that Jonah loves. He likes to pass his days at home by reading books, playing games with mom (Go Fish is his favorite) and playing computer games. We love our big cuddly Bear.

Ten year old cub scouts… Andrew went from being the 10 year old scout leader in our ward to the 1st counselor in the Young Men’s presidency (for the second time since being in this ward!). He has enjoyed his calling there, and he fits right in with all of his 14 and 15 year old Teachers Quorum boys…

Eleven miles of biking… This past April Sarah took part in a sprint triathlon where she swam 1/3 mile, biked 11 miles, and ran a 5k. It was an intense experience, one that she thinks she just might like to have again. On top of enjoying exercising, Sarah has many hair clients that she tends to, and stays very busy with a home, a husband, 5 kids, and a dog to take care of. And of course, there’s the laundry. The never ending laundry…

Twelve months of joy… Even though this year has had many ups and downs, we are very grateful for our many blessings, especially all of the tender mercies our Heavenly Father sends us. Most importantly, we are ever blessed by the atoning sacrifice of our Savior Jesus Christ.

Merry Christmas! Much Love, The Collette Family
Andrew, Sarah, Laylah, Jonah, Daphne, Baron, and Magnus

1 comment:

Dave and Kristin Dirkmaat said...

Such a cute idea for a letter and good idea to post on blog. i will have to post our letter when I ever get on top of my blogging. So hard with new baby and breastfeeding constantly! Beautiful family picture!!!