I let myself get caught up in the jingle bells and Christmas awe this season, and in the process I have neglected important things, like writing in my blog and sending Christmas cards (or at least a Christmas letter). I intend to repent, at least partially. With luck, the resulting half-baked "year in the life of the our family" will slide me off the hook. In, um, age order...
Brad has enjoyed his share of motorcycle sunsets, as well, exploring our new territory of central Illinois and taking wicked pleasure in the fact that he can legally wear a do-rag instead of a helmet while he rides. Hmm...He even rode through Springfield in drag recently, but that involves the long story of his film debut, so I'll just leave you hanging with the delightful image of Brad in long red hair and a dress on a Harley. In real life he continues his work as applications manager at Springfield Clinic, weight lifts for sanity, and dreams about the project bike he is building in the garage.
As central Illinois offers no cliffs to speak of, Alec sticks to the death-defying sport of football. He recovered nicely from his concussion, even remembers his name now and managed to memorize a staggering number of dates for his AP European History final. He plays piano in his high school jazz band, and with any luck he will finish his Eagle Scout requirements by this summer so that he can celebrate his 16th birthday with a driver's license. He thoroughly enjoyed his solo trip back to Vermont this summer but also seems to be settling into life here, despite whining about the lack of hills.
Princess Kristina is bored to tears at home and needs kindergarten. With the rigors of preschool, dance class, musical composition (yes, there is a Grammy just around the corner...I'm absolutely certain of it) and charming the socks off of everyone she meets, you would think an almost five-year-old could find a measure of contentment. Sadly, no. But we glory in her hugs in spite of the occasional Attitude.
Christmas week finds us enjoying a rare time with the entire family in one state. With stockings hung on the mantle, and snow in the forecast for Christmas Eve, we send our best wishes for a joyous Christmas and a peaceful New Year.