We survived! The holidays have come and gone. J was more interested this year. It was fun seeing it. I’m sad to say we focused so much more on A because she was really excited this year. It was so novel to have a child interested in the holidays. Making cookies. Seeing Santa. Unwrapping presents. I feel like J gets lost accidentally because his reactions aren’t neurotypical. J also woke up not feeling well Christmas Day. E is still a baby so she wants to eat the wrapping paper. Next year I have high hopes for the excitement level.
As we wrap up 2017, it was a busy year. I’m not sure how I accomplished half of what I did. E was born in April. Finding out she had cystic fibrosis and then googling it. Never google it. Incorporating more doctors appointments to the doctors appointments. Therapy for J. A started preschool. She loves it! It’s only 2.5 hours a day, but she’s grown so much and her speech has improved ten fold since she started. It’s amazing to see her progress. She’s so social and she’s very peer motivated. Mr. J took a TWI assignment that got him out of recruiting and into a year long training. The end result being that Georgia is our next 3 year destination beginning in 2018. Not excited about the school and doctor transition but ready for a new adventure. And as with military life you make some acquaintances, some good friends and some really great friends and then you move. It’s just what happens. The great friends you stay in touch with. They move with you. I’ve made quite a few of those in the 3 years we’ve been here. I’ve started a health journey with plexus that has literally kept me running through exhaustion and illnesses. As the mom and organizer of the house, I cannot be down for the count. I became an aunt again when one of my dearest friends had her 4th child and only girl. So excited!! She’s the perfect example making a great friend in the military sphere and her moving away. She’s one of my people. I do miss spending holidays with a lot of family. J was sick on thanksgiving day as well and were unable to go to my cousins for our last thanksgiving here. I was really sad about that. She’s been so welcoming and accepting with all of us. Always including us in family things. She’s my dad’s cousin but we’re family. It was so nice living somewhere where I had some family. We’ve spent a lot of time together. Even though J wasn’t a 100% we went over to our friends house for dinner. It was fun having a big group for a meal. We’ve made a tradition of Barbecuing together for dinner periodically and it’s always fun when we get together. J sat and played on his iPad, A ran around with the boys and E did her best imitation as a speed bump while following them around and sitting in the middle of walkways. 2018 kicks off a very busy 6 months as we start transferring everything South. Doctors, schools, all that Jazz. The kids and o are always very fortunate to be heading to my parents house for 3 weeks in feb/March. Very excited about it. Not the flying but when we get there. So much to do, so little time. Wishing everyone a happy new year. May your 2018 be even better than 2017. Bring it on 2018!!!