Attachment and bonding has also improved. Katie is a very spirited toddler, and there are times I feel like I am at my wit's end with chasing her around the house and pulling her off her brother or sister. This is the first child I have had with this type of temperament and it makes me feel like a newbie parent as I try to figure out the best way to manage. But the last few months have brought a lot more cuddles, hugs, and kisses along the way that help make us realize that we have a very special and very smart little girl. As she continues to improve in her speech, we believe it will get even better.
So how is the family doing? We have done a lot of fun stuff this year such as going to Orlando for spring break, spending a long weekend at the water park, playing in the pool all summer, and having quality time together and with our extended family. The kids have taken on more chores in the house (who hoo!) and just finished another season of basketball. Next is more basketball along with guitar lessons and the continuation of 4H, children's church choir, and cub scouts. I'm sure I am forgetting something. As you can surmise, we keep everyone very busy around here! We have started a new tradition of weekly family meetings to keep up with everything and talk about what we can to accomplish as a team. We just started this about a month ago and it has been useful to stop once a week for 30 minutes and take an opportunity to educate our kids as well as get feedback from them.
We are keeping busy at work as well. Mike got a new job this year and it has been a blessing for him, as it is a job he has had a goal to achieve one day, and he did. We are all very proud of him. I continue to chug along and have traveled a lot for business this year - Houston, Chicago, Ohio, Kentucky, and Georgia are all states I have visited this year, as well as Ontario. I hate being away from the kids but it is nice once in a while to get out and see some other places.
Wishing all of our loved ones a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!