Saturday, January 1, 2011

Goodbye 2010...Hello 2011

Our year in Review:

January: 2010 started out pretty quiet! We didn’t do much on New Years Eve and we enjoyed New Years Day with my mom’s family. This has been a tradition as long as I can remember. We went sledding behind my uncle’s tractor and then enjoyed tons of food! A great way to start the New Year!! J

February: We went to a hotel in Indiana with my mom’s side of the family. We had a great time and Morgs love being able to swim and hang out with my cousins.

March: I started a long term subbing position at Hamilton Elementary. I worked as a part-time resource room teacher. It was so crazy to be back in my old stomping ground. I went back to Subway!

April: I became an adopted aunt. My best friend had a little boy!

May: We became official aunt, uncle and cousin (1st cousin) for the first time. My brother and sister-n-law had a baby boy! Traycen Shelley arrived a month early and spent about 10 days in the special nursery at the hospital! I was finally able to hold him on my birthday in June! Which was a great present! We are so excited to spoil him!

June: I celebrated my 29th birthday (my actual 29th) so from now on I’m 29!! J Morgan was able to go camping with Grandma Cris and Grandpa Tom up north for four days. This was the longest time she had been away from us! She absolutely LOVED it and still talks about it! I’m thinking she may have to go again next summer!

July: We celebrated Morgan’s 3rd birthday! It is so hard to believe that our little girl is 3 already. She continues to grow and impress us with what she knows and her vocabulary. She is defiantly a joy! On Morgan’s 3rd birthday, I was also offered a teaching job!!! Something I have been hoping and praying for!

August: Neal celebrated his 32nd birthday! We enjoyed camping for a night with my family.

September: I started my first “real” job. I am teaching 4-year-old preschool in Caledonia (about a 45 minute commute one way). I work with 12 special education students in a general education setting. I work part-time and absolutely love it! God has been good, even in the lows He was and is still faithful!

October: We finished Neal’s 13th season of football. He ended with a 3-3 season and reached his 50th win. It was a great fall to watch football. Morgan loved being able to go down on the field at the end of the game and sing the fight song with her “boys.” She also loved the extra attention that the other coaches gave her too! Next year Neal hopes to have her as a water girl. We’ll see how that goes!

November: After trying her first daycare setting we decided it wasn’t the best thing for our little social butterfly. We decided that putting Morgs in 3's preschool would be a much better fit! Morgan loves it! She has made new friends and loves the academic part of it too!

December: We celebrated our Savior's birth. We had a green/yucky Christmas! We had thunderstorms on New Year's Eve.

There are exciting things coming in 2011 and I can’t wait. The biggest one is that I’m going back to school to finish up my masters! I’m excited for this and nervous. I haven’t been in school for two and a half years. Plus, I’m taking 9 credits and working which seems a little nuts but I know that it will be worth it in the end. We are excited to see what the Lord has in store for us!

Happy New Years!

O Christmas Tree

We finally went and got our tree the Saturday before Christmas! We were the only people out there and we were hoping for a deal! :) We found the perfect tree! Neal was also able to put it in the stand and in the house with no problems (or swear words!) Decorating was a little hard for me. I like to be in control (big surprise) but wanted to let Morgs decorate too! For the record...I have left it pretty much the way it was put up by Morgs!
He was oh so excited! Can you tell??

Oh Christmas Tree!!!!
Good thing we didn't have to go far!!!!

School Party

Morgan had her Christmas party at preschool. She had a lot of fun and I was able to pop in for a little bit too! I'm so thankful that she is right in my building and the ladies I work with allow me to do this!!