Samuel is now 1 year old. He reached many accomplishments this past year. He started walking right around his one year mark. Then he started talking up a storm. His first word was Bella. That little boy loves his dog. He loves getting in between her legs and getting Bella kisses. He also enjoys being chased by his big brother and getting into his big brother’s toys. His favorite activity is to pull apart the Geo Tracks dad builds for big brother hence he has acquired a new nickname, Godzilla. He also likes to terrorize mom and dads closest any chance he gets and the kitchen Tupperware cabinet.
Bradley is now 3 years old going on 4. Early on in the year he mastered going potty like a big boy. During the summer he took a gymnastic class which he loved. This fall he started in a coop preschool. On his days off from preschool he loves to visit the library. He likes story time and the puppet shows. Also recently Bradley has taken up a new weekend hobby creating some fun wooden crafts at Lowe's and Home Depot. So far he has built a fire truck, a drum, a snowman, some Christmas ornaments and many more things. This year Bradley had lots of family travel far and near so he learned a lot about maps. He loves maps and loves to know where everyone lives or is visiting. Bradley loves to include everyone in all things and he never wants to leave anyone out. Like many little boys of his age Bradley loves race cars, WII, computer games, and to play outdoors. But his favorite nocturnal activity is to play guns with Papa, Tom, Chris, and Rick.
Maggie this year was very busy from potty training to packing and unpacking. Early on in the year Maggie oversaw that all the home improvements in her old house were completed before she and Brad could put their house on the market, soon after she found herself under a pile of moving boxes getting ready to move. Now that she is settled in her new home she is ready to start delegating some home improvement projects to Brad for the coming year. As for now she enjoys teaching preschool to 5 three year old kids every 4 weeks. She has also taken up P90X to be able to keep up with all the kids.
Brad has also found himself very busy this year following through with many home improvement assignments. Amidst the craziness of getting the old house ready to sale and getting a new house he has managed to surprise Maggie with a romantic dinner for their 5 year wedding anniversary and he has also taken time off to play with the kids. He also found a new hobby which he shares with Bradley, playing guns on the XBOX 360. Now he is patiently waiting for next year’s honey do list from Maggie. Meanwhile he has taken up some unexpected home improvement projects, such as repairing a busted water line and repairing the heater.
2009 was full of surprises and excitement for us and we can’t wait to see what 2010 will have in store for us all. We wish you all the best for this Christmas holidays and the coming year. We hope to hear from you in the coming year.
THE SUMMERS 2009