Every year I try to write a quick letter letting everyone know what’s been going on in our home over the past year. Here’s this year’s letter:
2013 was definitely an eventful year! We began the year as a family of three (plus the cat) and will end it as a family of four. Anya is 3 and a half years old now and has lots to say! Most days she doesn’t stop talking. We have been trying to write some of it down so that we don’t forget it, but some days, things just come too fast! Anya is still taking Suzuki violin lessons and is actually playing a few short pieces on her violin. She started preschool in the fall and loves it. She is such a big girl now!
The three of us welcomed Baby Felix in early April. He was a little stubborn and chose to make a fashionably late appearance a full week after his due date. Thanks to our amazing OB and doula, we were able to have the all natural, intervention-free birth for which we had hoped. It was certainly intense but I would do it that way again in a heartbeat! Felix is growing fast and already thinks he is a big boy, mostly because he has to keep up with his big sister. His personality is showing more and more each day. He likes to make us laugh and he thinks he’s absolutely hilarious most of the time. Watching Anya and Felix interact is priceless – the two of them together are sure to be trouble!
Work has kept both Eric and I busy this year. I continued to work as a Music Therapist two or three days a week and have nine students (soon to be ten) in my piano studio. I also gave a couple of presentations this year, including a parenting course that was taped and has been aired on WNIN at least a few times. I have some leads on some new projects this coming year and I hope to add a few other contracts once I get a chance to do more marketing. I try to get to Starbucks occasionally just to get an hour or two away from the chaos that is two kids (and feed my growing caffeine addiction), but it just doesn’t happen often enough. When there is time, I have been writing and publishing more posts on my blog. Eric is still with Keller Schroeder and has been working on mobile apps for several companies. He even published his first app to the App Store for a local energy company. He trained for most of the summer and completed a Tough Mudder in St. Louis in September. A few weeks later, he finished his first half-marathon.
This past summer, we joined a CSA (community supported agriculture) and tried more new vegetables than we ever thought existed. We split a partial share with another family and received fresh organic fruits and veggies every week from the end of May through the middle of November. Needless to say, our cooking skills have greatly expanded!
Home improvement projects have been at a minimum this year, though we did have the laundry room tiled to match the rest of the first floor, and Eric (along with his dad) built a gate to the pool so that no children can get to it. We also had a new roof installed in the fall, as we were told it was about that time. Then, in November, we opted to sell Eric’s Saturn Vue and purchased a new 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe that we both love.
Travelling was also at a minimum this year (for us!), though we did manage to do a few things. In May, while I was still on maternity leave, we took the kids to Chattanooga for five nights and enjoyed a mini-vacation. I got a little stir-crazy over the summer, so we took an impromptu week-long trip to Okaloosa Island in Florida in September, which just happens to be the best time of year to visit the beach! Both kids did pretty well on the long drive. Instead of going out of town for our anniversary, we opted to stay at a hotel in town (we got a free night due to a great deal we saw on a daily deal website) and saw Les Miserables at the local theater. We are planning to take a bigger trip next fall when the kids are a little older. We are hoping that we might be able to pull off another European adventure with two little ones!
Have a great holiday and a Happy New Year!!
Rachel, Eric, Anya, Felix, and Peanut Butter