Here's what we sent out as our "New Year's Bundle"
Better late than never, right?! Really…it’s the only way it was going to happen this year. And we’re trying something new: The New Year’s Bundle - Christmas Card, Family Update Letter and Birth Announcement.
2009 was a very exciting and busy year for us. As you can see from the pictures and birth announcement, we have a new addition to our family. Jake was due on Thanksgiving Day, but despite all of our pleading with him to come early, he decided to come a few days late. He’s been a joy and such a good baby. Eric and Nick have adjusted really well to being big brothers and they help out a lot. Matt has been able to take off 2 separate weeks already, which have been a blessing to this sleepy mommy.
As for the rest of the year, there have been a lot of fun times and big changes. In February, Matt and I were able to go to Australia for 11 days, just the 2 of us. The boys still talk about those “11 days at Grandma’s house”. (THANKS Mom and Dad!!) We had an amazing time, cruising around Tasmania for 8 days and then sightseeing in Sydney for a few more. Then, in June, the four of us went back to Tennessee for a week to visit my family. The boys love hanging out with their cousins, and catching up with my brother and sister-in-law is always a treasured opportunity.
Matt and I made the decision, early on in the year, to not run again for the leadership team in our class at church. We had been the socials coordinators for 4 years, and felt like we needed some “time-off” before becoming a family of 5. But, God had other plans for us. Instead of stepping down, God was prepping both of us to step UP into much bigger service areas. Matt took a position as a deacon at church, and enjoys serving wherever he’s needed. This includes parking duty (at the church parking structure), communion, and new-membership classes. I am now co-coordinating the MOPS program, which has been a huge undertaking, but a growing experience as well. Matt also changed positions within Otis and is now in the Service/Maintenance department and working on elevators in Century City (west L.A.). It’s definitely been a time of transition for us due to the longer drive and different hours, but it’s more stable in the long run. And of course, we’re thankful for such a wonderful job. I spent all year sewing items for my website (since my office needed to be turned into Jake’s nursery) and taking on several custom orders as well.
Eric is now in Pre-K and loving it. He learns so fast and has made several new friends. He is still in gym class once a week, and participated in a couple sports camps through our city’s programs. Nick started attending preschool this year as well, going once a week. He loves it and wants to go more than just one day. He likes hanging with his buddies and doing “share time”. It’s amazing how quickly they become mini grown-ups. Both boys love books, puzzles, trains, and TV (“movies”). They DON’T like to eat… unless, of course, it’s “mac’n’cheese” (Kraft only, please), Chick-Fil-A, peanut butter sandwiches or grilled cheese. They share a room now, so it’s handy that they are in to all of the same things. I still run the playgroup, so we get to go to a lot of fun places with amazing moms and their kiddos. Our boys are upset if we go anywhere and “our friends aren’t going to be there?!?” They are just as social as their parents.
2010 is sure to be another crazy, busy year, but maybe with fewer changes this time. We are excited to see Jake grow and start playing with his older brothers. I’m sure there won’t be a dull moment with 3 active little boys, but we wouldn’t trade these times for anything. May the year ahead be full of blessings for us all!
Much love from the Steinmeyer 5,
Matt, Laurinda, Eric (5 years old), Nick (3 years old), Jake (1 month old)