high: how could I not think of this one right away? The TWINS! Their amazing all natural birth! It was so amazing!
low: lack of sleep after (and before) said birth.
high: Vincent reading books! I am so proud of that kid.
low: Ruby in the ER at just 3 weeks old. (turned out to be a virus)
high: Vincent asking Jesus into his heart.
low: worrying about the shape of Jack’s head.
high: watching Kenniston grow into her own little person. Seeing her imagination grow and her love of princesses and fairies blossom.
low: Vincent getting Croup twice. All of us getting a tummy bug.
high: Nobody NEEDED to have antibiotics. Ruby was given them because of her high fever (at three weeks old), but she didn’t actually need them.
high: watching the kids grow a huge interest in Bible stories, then acting them out through out our day
low: having 4 kids under the age of 4 (but that only lasted few a few months…then Vincent turned 4)
high: completing our family
low: learning how to respond to strangers (rude) comments about the size of my family
high: watching Kenniston dance around the house singing “ballerina ballerina”
low: the spills and messes from kiddos wanting to do everything on their own
high: teaching my kids to do things on their own (pouring their own drinks, getting their own cereal, setting the table, etc)
low: Brian going away for training – twice
high: recieving various flowers from my kiddos…clovers in the spring and summer, then bunches of flowers from Trader Joes when the wild flowers in the yard died.
low: ER visit for Jack on Christmas Eve thanks to a very high fever (turned out to be a virus)
high: family vacation (church camping trip and extended family time in MT during the summer and then again to Leavanworth this winter)
low: potty training, need I say more? lol
high: blackberry picking with the kids, apple picking with the kids, fresh produce from the farmers market
low: seeing some good friends move to Texas (military)
high: seeing clothes for 4 kids lined up on my couch almost every night (for the next day)
high: having Brian home for an entire year (minus weeks here and there for training, but not like a long deployment…which will happen in 2009).
low: knowing Brian will leave for a deployment sometime in January
high: celebrating our 7th wedding anniversary, but 11th year together as a couple
high: not only having Brian home, but having his help! Wow has that been amazing!
high: many many visitors (Nana and Papa Scott, Heidi, Uncle Phil and Aunt Sherry, then Tonya, then Grandma and Grandad)
high: watching my family grow spiritually! Man it has been amazing to see our family grow together in Christ.
high: going to MOPS again! Boy did I miss my old group of MOPS ladies!
high: kiddos going to the YMCA for various classes (Vincent soccer, twins swimming, both big kids free style gym class)
low: having to miss those classes thanks to any given child being sick (having 4 kids changes A LOT in that area!)
high: Finally having Vincent evaluated and finding out he is advanced. While that brings on its own set of “issues” it is good to finally have a good professional evaluation from somebody who specializes in children.
high: watching Kenniston want to be such a good helper and sister. She is still rough with babies, but I know she wants so badly to play with them. I love watching the process (no matter how frustrating!).
high: seeing many of my friends find out that they are expecting…hoping to hear that a few others find out the same news soon!
(edited to add: CONGRATS TO AUNT MANDY!!! She found out the great news Jan 1st!)