Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas: Our Year in Review

 Merry Christmas from the James family!  We have had a great year.
 Adam has spent the year studying and writing.  Oh, and he had a full-time job too!  We were super proud of him for passing the level I of the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) in June.  He wrote two study manuals for Kaplan Financial, the series 79 and the series 99, which he did with his dad.  Now that both manuals are done, he's hard at work studying for Level II.  He had the opportunity to go to Woodbadge (Scout Leadership Training) in April, so this next year he will somehow be fitting in Woodbadge goals!  Adam did some calling-hopping this year.  He was released as Scout Master to concentrate on his studying and writing, after which he spent some time as Elder's Quorum instructor and on the Scout Committee.  Later on in the year he was called as Nursery Leader and the two of us spent just a couple months in Senior Nursery before he was called as Stake Assistant Clerk over Finances.
 I spent the year sewing, or at least that's what it feels like.  You all know that I have my Etsy shop, and most of my energy that didn't go towards the kids went towards sewing purses.  I feel like my skills have really improved and my shop has done quite well!  At church I was on the Relief Society Activities committee and spent part of the year as Nursery leader over Junior Nursery, and the rest over Senior Nursery with Adam.
 Katrina is 3.5 and really quite a good little kid.  I really like age 3 with her, and she doesn't throw nearly as many tantrums as she used to.  We have a lot of fun.  She still talks in a sqeaky little high voice, and is a little chatterbox.  Unlike a year ago, I'm no longer worried about her speaking skills though her ennunciation still could use some improvement.  Katrina loves crafts, stuffed animals, and play-acting.  She no longer naps, so during the afternoons I send her to our room and stick her on the computer with Starfall.com on one monitor and PBSkids.org on the other.  She loves to sing, can identify all letters, and is learning to write a few of them.  Her drawings are becoming more recognizable.  She learned how to write her first real word using all the letters she can do: H-O-T.
I just wrote a whole blog post about Daniel, so I won't repeat it, but Daniel is our cute litte snuggly boy.  He loves to climb and jump on us.  He is obsessed with letters and has appropriated the foam bath letters as his constant playtoys.  Unfortunately he only knows three of them (H, T, and P), but he's convinced they are all W and likes to shove them in our faces and throw them around.  He transferred to a big boy bed a few months ago and took to it right away.  Last month he started falling asleep by the door every night but most nights now he goes to sleep in the bed.  Thankfully he still naps in the afternoon!

So that's what's been up with us this year! We are very excited for a brand new year with new opportunities.  Merry Christmas!

1 comment:

Cindy said...

What a gorgeous family. I loe checking in on your blog to see how your family is doing. You and Adam are just too cute together and have 2 beautiful kids. I love seeing the amazing things you make. Thanks for sharing.