Saturday, December 29, 2012

Happy Holidays 2012

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Dear Family and Friends,

     2012 started off with renovations to our new house. There are many more projects to do but I can happily say I have one room completely "done". The dining room received new trim, new paint, new flooring, drapes and wall hangings. Only 6 more rooms to go! Our house also received a new roof and better ventilation (not planned but apparently needed). Now it is time to save some money for our future projects!
     Jim and I are both at the same jobs, and despite the crazy hours and schedules, we are making it work. There continues to be some promise of more day hours for Jim, but we have learned not to hold our breaths. Some how Jim found time to exercise and participate in some local 5K races. I managed to squeeze in just enough training to compete in a sprint triathlon in August. We did get 2 nights away in June and took the train to Portland for some much needed relaxation.
     Will started preschool this year and goes 2 mornings a week. Josephine is now in pre-K and goes 4 mornings a week. Two mornings a week to myself, hallelujah! Both are doing great and love their teachers. Josephine's favorite things continue to be art projects and all things glitter. Will loves trucks and trains. Lucky for him we live in a growing area of Seattle so there are constructions sites on every corner. He could spent hours watching the backhoes, bulldozers and cranes. Jim and I are keeping our fingers crossed that he may actually be "handy".    
     We are looking forward to 2013 and all the excitement it holds for us. Here are some pictures of things we did in 2012. Happy new year to you all!

                                                                                               Browyn, Jim, Josephine & Will

Annual visit to Swanson's Nursery during the holidays to see the reindeer, camel and donkey.
On the holiday carousel in downtown Seattle.

Josephine turned 4 and
Will turned 2.
Our dining room before...
and after!

Sandpoint, ID, super heroes in the fort.
With Nennie in Missoula
In Missoula after "Out to Lunch"

At Cama Beach State Park with Grandzsa and Grandfather, Devin, Bridget, Graham & Wilson

First annual camping trip with the Robinsons's at Larabee State Park near Bellingham, WA

Beach life!
Will's first day of preschool.

Mother/daughter visit to Orinda, CA to see great grandparents, great aunts & uncles and cousins.

Fall visit to a pumpkin patch.
Halloween - dragon and Izzy the pirate
Josephine in her ballet class. First mini recital.