Justin is still working at Lockheed and will be starting a new position at the beginning of the year. He got an award in April for a program that he wrote, so Justin and I took a weekend away in Colorado. It worked out nicely since cousin Drake and his wife Ashley and cousin Kyle and his fiancé Krista live in Denver and so does our good friend Jeff. We also got to see my brother Colby who was working in Keystone (he is there again this winter). I took Justin for archery lessons for his birthday. The highlight of his year continues to be playing strategy games and collecting and watching movies. He also took a trip to Mexico for his best friend, Mick’s, wedding to Marisol.
I was able to take a few trips this year as well. I took a trip to Colorado to hang out with Colby and spend some quality time with him seeing what his everyday life looks like. He is figuring out what makes him happy and I am proud of him. I also got to stay in San Diego with Freddy and Annie in their new house that I lovingly call “the palace.” It is a 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom house in Carlsbad and it is gorgeous. It has been nice spending time with them and trying to be around Grandma Gretchen and Grandpa David as much as possible. Grandma’s Alzheimer’s is getting worse and I just want to be there for her as much as possible. I was also able to take a ski trip with my cookbook club ladies. We get together monthly and eat yummy food. One Life to Live, my soap opera, was cancelled this year. It doesn’t seem like that would matter, but I watched that soap opera with my mom since I was a very little kid. It was a very bonding show for us.
Vander has tried out lots of different sports this year. He played soccer, tee ball, and tae kwan do. Both boys have been doing swimming lessons, tried gymnastics, kindermusik, and Oliven did Gymboree. Van also enjoyed Vacation Bible School. He went to the Padre game with Justin over the summer. Van has now been to two professional stadiums. We spent a good part of our year at Great America, Gilroy Gardens, Pump it Up, and Children’s Discovery Museum. We also took the kids to Tahoe and went sledding (they constantly ask when we are going back). We took them to Family camp outside of Yosemite in the summer. It was the first time any of the boys (including Justin) had been camping and it was a huge success. They all want to go back. Yay! Nature won them over! We went to Guernville and stayed in the Haran cabin and it was truly magical. My mom grew up there and it is everything she said it was and more. We went to Disneyland and stayed in LA with Jon and Ruth. They took us to a train museum. We spent a week in San Diego over the summer and that was really fun quality family time. We also spent a weekend in Cazedero with my best friend Andrea and her family.
Vander is loving preschool. He is challenging us and learning limits. He hasn’t been sleeping through the night this year, so that has been difficult. It’s a work in progress. He is very smart and loves to read and is working on writing. Oliven is truly becoming a little man. He is such a sweet little boy full of love and hugs. He looks up to his brother and tries to do everything he does.
It has been a very tough end of the year for us. Justin was hit by an uninsured motorist and I drove through a construction site so both cars had to be fixed at our expense even though neither was our fault. Now, our house is leaking due to a mistake of the solar panel installers, but they aren’t taking any blame. We might have to get a wall torn down and our wood flooring replaced.This is all happening as I am trying to process my Grandpa Ken passing away and Justin’s grandma, Bubbie Eloise, passing away recently as well. Here’s to hoping 2013 brings better luck.