Happy 2012! Hope the new year is off to a great start for you. We are busy getting back into our regular, homeschooling routine. I sometimes wonder what I did with all my time before motherhood – life can get so busy and one of my goals for this year is to simplify as much as possible. Last fall, I signed us up to participate in several activities (Bible study, Moms’ groups, etc). I’m not sure what I was thinking, especially as we were still adjusting to having our youngest son home. All of the activities were great – but our schedule had us running around most every day of the week and it just got to be too much. My best (and most productive) days are those that don’t require leaving home, although a trip through the Starbucks drive-thru is always an option. My New Year’s resolutions are simpler this year, too. Rather than setting lofty weight loss goals I may not be able to attain, I plan to take 2-3 cycling classes at the gym each week (or at least get to the gym to workout). I also want to continue the process of de-cluttering our home – the folks at Goodwill are getting to know me as I drop off items and it is such a great feeling to drive away and know that there is a little bit less clutter in our house and someone else can put our stuff to good use.
We have been home with our littlest guy for almost seven months. If you have been following our journey since we brought him home, you may recall he had no teeth yet when we met him in Taiwan. He now has 12 or 14 teeth in that little mouth of his. I tell you, he has been teething since the day we brought him home. (See the photos below, and look at how “toothy” his smile has become in only six months.) Despite all the teething, he has been a fairly happy little guy and seems to have made a smooth adjustment to our family. However, in the last few weeks, we have noticed a slight change in his personality – his smiles and giggles come more quickly and easily now. And for the last several months, at the table when we are eating together, he has had a habit of screeching continuously to get our attention. It has made mealtime a challenge, since it is very difficult to carry on a conversation when someone at the table is screeching. I think because he has developed a few more verbal skills, he is able to communicate a little better with us. We have tried sign language but that did not prevent the high-pitched screeching. I’m hoping we have turned the corner and our family can now resume talking to one another at dinnertime. Happy New Year, friends! May 2012 be a blessed year for you and your family!