Happy holidays, Friends and Family!  School tends to be the focus of our family life these days, so here is a glimpse into everyone’s goings-on, through a scholastic lens.

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The Scholar: Jordan continues to love all things academic. She made the transition to elementary school seamlessly and loves everything about first grade. At home, she can usually be found playing on school-related websites, creating an elaborate picture or craft, or effortlessly completing an activity book well above her age level. She still loves to read and has thoroughly enjoyed the Nancy Drew series this year. We do believe we have a budding detective on our hands. Most mysteries around here are solved quickly, as Jordan’s little siblings tend to be the most obvious suspects in every case. Aspiring to be: a teacher.

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The Cheerleader: When not bouncing and tumbling around the house, Keira spends her time showering those around her with encouraging words and compliments. She admires her big sister and adores her little brother. She attacks her daddy with “owie hugs” everyday after work. I get all of the unprompted, “Mommy, I love you”s and random acts of affection throughout the day. She loves her preschool class and all of her school and neighborhood buddies. Keira dabbled in gymnastics this fall, and took group swim lessons throughout the summer and fall. Despite her affinity for athletics (and her natural abilities), you will rarely see her wearing anything other than a fancy dress or tutu at home. Aspiring to be: a “gymnasticker.”

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The Jock: Not sure they get more boyish than this one. Take a drive with Theo and plan to get a tutorial on construction vehicles, prepare yourself for shrieks when you pass a cherry picker, and don’t be alarmed when he freaks out because you didn’t stop to let him climb into the excavator he is sure to spy wherever you go. At home, he’ll build a great track for his favorite trains, but watch out when he’s done–debris will fly. He loves all sports, and has been having an especially hard time staying in his bed on Sunday nights because he’d rather “watch football with Daddy.” That said, I have more than one picture of him brutishly ramming trucks together while donning my red high heel shoes. (Keep an eye out for one of those to mysteriously appear at his wedding reception!) Aspiring to be: a trash collector. Find us any Thursday following the trash truck around our neighborhood, frequently parking and getting out for a closer look!

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Principal/Gym teacher: Energized by an improved diet and exercise regimen, Eric is leading our family to a healthier existence. Some of our favorite memories of the kids this year have involved them doing kickboxing and yoga with Eric. The rest of his time is spent working (still with Guilford Group, LLC), traveling (usually to Jacksonville), and enjoying his weekends with the family. A typical Saturday involves a hike and a jaunt around a nearby playground, a trip through Costco, and hopefully a snoozle (a nap where you snuggle) with one of his cuddly kids. Aspiring to be: healthier at 40 than he was at 30.

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Teacher/nurse/janitor/lunch lady/bus driver: After a brief leave of absence following heart surgery in February, I resumed my list of assorted duties as a stay at home mom of three. This year, however, there doesn’t seem to be much staying at home. With the van full of carseats, our crew, and carpool friends, we spend lots of time on the road. While not in motion, I can usually be found volunteering in one of the kids’ classes, trying to get through a workout without numerous interruptions, or finding a fun activity to do with the kids on their days off. During those few quiet moments before bed, I do often manage to enjoy reading a bookclub book. Aspiring to be: patient.

Favorite field trip: Florida tour in November 2012. Fortunately, the flu didn’t hit us until after our inaugural trip to Disney World and our wonderful visit with Eric’s extended family in Clearwater. Phew! Thanks, again, Nana and Papa for nursing us during the rest of our vacation.

Favorite group activity: Family dance parties. If you glance inside our bare front windows, you may get an awesome picture of all of us gettin’ down — most recently to Phillip Phillips and Justin Bieber!

Wishing you a very happy holiday season!

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