Merry Christmas! I hope everyone enjoyed the Lacher family quiz that served as our holiday letter this year. Since you are probably here for answers, let’s get going!
Julia had a really big year this year. She did graduate to a big girl bed – which she sleeps in extremely soundly all night, praise God! Sleep has been a long, hard road and we are so thankful for this blessing. For the most part, she only gets up in the night when she needs to go to the bathroom. She has been potty trained and in big girl panties since the beginning of the year. It is fun to see her independence continue to develop, even though it has also brought out her extremely strong-willed nature! We just celebrated her third birthday with a cupcake party. With a birthday just before Christmas, we really try hard to make sure her birthday stays a separate special event. And the biggest thing for Julia this year is that she has bloomed into a little girl that never. stops. talking. ever. So there is no way that she needs speech therapy as she is quite the little conversationalist!
Norah was very active this year, trying gymnastics (which she loved but we are trying to steer her away from!), soccer (her favorite part was having Daddy as coach), swimming lessons (where she is starting to be a bit more confident), and tennis – which she LOVES! It has been fun to watch her grow in this. We have a great tennis center here (Midland was actually named the US Best Tennis Town a couple of years ago during the US Open) so she can play pretty much year round if she wants to. Our girly girl loves that she has found a sport she can play in a skirt and her hand-eye coordination is getting pretty good! She also has been enjoying preschool and will be a star reader by the end of the school year. As for Locks of Love, Norah may be able to do that when she is 30! She has such pretty blonde curls but they are baby fine and prone to breakage so the poor girl has only had one haircut her entire life!
After getting an American Girl doll from Santa last year, Emily was excited to have a themed party in April where all her friends brought their dolls. The dolls sat at little tables with exact replicas of the plates and cups the big girls used. As a seven year old, Emily has been visited a lot by the tooth fairy this year and I can’t believe how grown up her smile looks now that she is getting her permanent teeth! She continues to excel in soccer and has a blast doing it. Coach Jeremy and Coach Dan/Daddy got the girls playing positions a bit more this year, and Emily does really well as a midfielder due to her speed, endurance, and ball-handling. She also has been having fun exploring her new tech toy as everyone in second grade at her school received iPads that they use in class each day. She is so responsible with it, bringing it home each night to show us what she has been doing and plugging it in to get it charged up for the next day. Buffalo Wild Wings is a family favorite place to eat, but Emily is not a fan of spicy foods, despite our attempts! She is happy to stick with ranch dressing rather than buffalo sauce!
I had several brushes with “fame” this year. When Mom and Dad visited earlier this year, Mom and I went to check out a filming of an HGTV show that happened to be filming here in Midland and were chosen to be part of the “voting public” that got to walk through the house and provide comments on camera! It was a very cool experience, right down to chatting with show host Bob Guiney (of The Bachelor). My best friend Jennifer and I got a chance to escape for a girls’ weekend in Petoskey in July and attended a talk given by New York Times bestselling author Chris Bohjalian, who was promoting his new book The Sandcastle Girls. We had the opportunity to chat with him afterwards, and he signed our books and posed for a picture with us. I also appeared in several YouTube videos promoting Beauty Care products for Dow Corning. One of them was filmed live at a tradeshow, and the others were filmed professionally as part of a marketing activity we launched late in the year. You can find them by visiting the Dow Corning channel on YouTube. And I am really looking forward to a big adventure in 2013 – my friend Beth (she and I met when we were in China; our daughters were in the same orphanage) and I are are going to be running the Disney Princess Half Marathon! It is pretty amazing that I have gone from someone who has never run unless I had to, to someone who can go out and run 8 miles (so far) and actually enjoy it! Slowly working my way up in mileage so I will be ready for the 13.1 come February! As if I didn’t have enough to do as it is, I also turned my passion for scrapbooking into a small business by being an Independent Consultant for Close to My Heart and launching my own blog, TheScrappinista.com. It is fun, although I don’t put quite as much time into it as I should. As for rescuing the family from a bird in the house…well, that event DID happen, but it was Dan performing the heroics while I cowered in the corner, traumatized by the bird repeatedly flying toward my head!
Speaking of Dan, not only did he support my efforts to train for a half-marathon, he trained with me – and completed his own half-marathon in November! I ran a 10K that day and then returned home to get the girls and go back downtown for us to cheer him on as he crossed the finish line! We were all so proud of him. Dan kept plenty busy throughout the year. He continues to enjoy his job in IT at Dow Chemical. He also continues to serve at church on the audio team and has made lots of great friends this way. It has been a sad year for us as our best friends, the Jordahl’s, moved to Florida and we miss them terribly. They truly were our family here in Midland. I think Dan is hoping to meet other guys who are potential backpacking buddies now that he and Dave won’t be sharing those adventures anymore. We did have the opportunity to go see family this summer and Dan was our fearless leader, navigating us from here to South Dakota and back safely and with minimal meltdowns by the kids and Mommy! Anyone who knows Dan should have been able to spot his false item right off the bat – he most definitely did NOT give up coffee!
Oh, and I must not forget Nuba – our sweet girl turned ten this year!
Thanks for playing along with us and reviewing the year that was 2012. We wish you a holiday season filled with faith, friends, and family. May you know The Gift that has been given to you.
Romans 6:23 - For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 5:8 - But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.