It’s been an amazing year. Lots of huge events this year! The most life changing moment of the year was our move from Houston to Austin in July.
Jason accepted a new job with Mutual Mobile here in Austin. Making the move with 3 young children to a new city has been the hardest thing I’ve experienced in as long as I can remember. It’s not been without its rewards though. Jason loves his new job and he’s finally feeling the appreciation and recoginition for his hard work for the first time in his career. His hours and the demands of the jobs he’s had at other companies kept him from being home for lots of the kids activities and even for the basic things like a family dinner. Now that he’s with Mutual Mobile, he gets to come home at a decent hour so he is able to enjoy day to day moments with us. This has lessened our stress levels and given us more family time. Additionally, we love Austin and have drempt of living here for many years. There has been lots of perks. The kids are in great schools, far better than the school Josh was in. Our new neighborhood is fantastic and more family oriented. Our area of town is really nice and peaceful. It’s such a beautiful town to live in and we are enjoying it. We’ve been back and forth to Houston a lot. Camryn had eye surgery in October which went extrememly well. The results were instantly obvious and her doctor was really pleased with the outcome. So are we. Her eyes are perfect!
Earlier in October, we celebrated Josh’s 7th Birthday! Can not begin to tell you how amazed I am that I have a 7 year old! He’s amazing. He’s so smart, handsome and a great athlete. A triple threat! He’s really adjusted well to the move. He’s making lots of friends at school and in the neighborhood. He’s enjoying all the outdoor fun Austin has to offer.
Late September brought us Camryn’s 1st Birthday. She certainly got her fill of cake. We had our party on her birthday where she got her first cake. Then a family celebration where she demolished a cake twice her size. She’s a firecracker and a girl on the go! She’s into everything and is everywhere all at the same time. It’s a struggle to keep up with her. She’s a climber and a riot a minute. We’ll have our hands full with her.
In August, we were here and there and everywhere. We were mostly between Houston and Austin getting our Houston house rented and repairs made to it. Truthfully, August was a blur but then again, most of the summer was as well. We only decided to move to Austin at the end of June, I think it was. Jason started his new job July 11th and we had just a few weeks to pack our family up. Somehow we made it here but not without some help. Towards the end of July we celebrated Jason’s and then Lauren’s 3rd birthday. She got a new bike and princess helmet. She loves her bike! Her little tiny legs peddle so fast on it. Lauren’s such a sweet, loving girl. She loves her Mama and Daddy. She also worships Josh and is sweet to Camryn. I can tell she can’t wait until Camryn is a little bit older so they can play together more. Still, they play together quite a bit and Camryn will hug Lauren so tight. They love each other to death. All 3 of them. I’m lucky my kids love each other as much as they do. That’s not to say they don’t argue. “Josh isn’t sharing” “Camryn has bad attitude” Lauren’s complaints. Josh’s complains “Lauren’s not playing with me” “Camryn’s climbing on me” Camryn has taken to the fake cry to get her way.
The kiddos are getting excited about Christmas. We’ve had lots of fun around here. We went to the capitol to have their pictures taken this year. That was fun. Trying to get 3 kids looking at the same spot was impossible but the pictures are still cute because so are the subjects. Lauren just had her Christmas program and party. They were reindeers and sang Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer. Josh had his class party on Friday and they did a ton of crafts. We will be celebrating Christmas in Austin at our house. We’ll go to church at Lauren’s preschool which we hope becomes our new church home. Thanksgiving was great. My Aunt Ronnie and Uncle Von came for dinner and we had quite the feast. My mom came up that weekend to visit and we ran around and she watched the kids one night so we could go out on a date. Halloweeen we trick-or-treated in our neighborhood. Jason’s Mom and Sister came up to watch the kids trick or treat. The kids were so cute. Camryn was a sugar plum fairy, Lauren was a witch and Josh was a ninja. They had a lot of fun!
I’m sure I’m neglecting some other fun things we’ve been doing but that’s it in a nutshell. Ive uploaded a ton of pictures and will be adding more this weekend. It takes awhile.
Off to go look at Christmas lights tonight and the kids have a slumber party. Then we will have to go find our Elf, King’s, new hiding spot. Merry Christmas!