As this year comes to a close, which they all seem to do so quickly, we are happy to write and wish you each a most blessed time of Christmas celebration. We have greatly enjoyed the year with our four little ladies running about. It’s hard to remember what we used to do for fun without the entertainment of toddlers.
Matt was finally able to attend a school program he’s been hoping to do for work: Interview And Interrogation School. He loved it, and felt much better equipped for that part of his job. He also created the bedroom and bathroom of my dreams for me this year, and I was so impressed with and thankful for all his handiwork. Now that he’s finished that project, he’s started his coursework for Whitefield College, and is hoping to work towards completing his degree and attending a pastoral training program after that. Needless to say, between work, school, church, the maintenance demands of a large old house/property, and a house full of girls he keeps quite busy!
I started learning Irish Dance this autumn, and am absolutely loving it! Since I stay quite busy with the girls (all day, every day) Matt is very sweet to give me this break each week, and though it may sound silly, it is SO much fun. I am slowly picking away at my ever-growing pile of books, and I love reading aloud to my girls. I thoroughly enjoy any quiet moments in my bedroom or clawfoot tub now – I feel like I live in a little bed and breakfast thanks to my husband. Matt and I are both enjoying keeping a photo-journal and chronicle of our *adventures* on our blog – please feel free to visit if you’d like at http://homeschoolblogger.com/twaddlemenot. We keep lots of pictures and stories up, so that we won’t forget these years when our girls are so little.
Isabelle is learning and growing every day. In our school times she’s learning phonics, and has learned to read very simple little books. She delights in drawing and writing (she wrote the "Merry Christmas" up top for you all). She is my little companion all day, as she’s outgrown her nap. Some days I feel like I couldn’t run this house nearly so well without her. She loves doing dishes and laundry, and is enjoying sweeping more since she graduated to the "big" broom. Her personality is so much like her daddy’s, and she loves to follow him around and *help* him in his projects. She will talk anyone’s ear off, and it is then hard to convince them she’s only four!
Hannah is talking, singing, dancing, and snuggling the days away. She’s the one who told us she was "emotional" when she was eighteen months old, and it describes her pretty well (both the word and the fact that she could use it in context at eighteen months). She is definitely the sweet, sensitive sort, and she speaks in a way that makes her seem much older somehow. She’s a big girl with her laundry and garbage can jobs, and loves to read the silly poems in her "bunny books". She is always up for a good snuggle, and I think her proudest moment this month was when her wet hair managed to stay in a *real* ponytail for five minutes.
Naomi is amazingly smart and growing up so much as well. She loves to try to do everything her big sisters do, and we were so proud of her last month as she figured out the potty-training thing (which is a huge blessing to mommy, of course!). She loves to "tidy up", and is pretty good at it! She’s trying to talk more and more, and sometimes we can actually understand her J. She adores Juliette, and is very motherly to her dollies. She loves to have her picture taken (except when we went for the family pictures – as you can see, she apparently thought the camera was going to eat her!) We are so thankful for her, and enjoy watching her learn so many new things.
Juliette is just about the cutest little dinky baby we’ve ever seen! We daily delight in her little goofy faces, cozy snuggles, and new things learned. She crawls all about and has learned to stand up all by herself, as well as crawl into the dishwasher. It’s funny to watch the things she can do, being as tiny as she is (it’s easy to forget she’s almost a year old). To avoid her screeching at the table, I tried to teach her to sign "more/please" for her food, and had NO success. So I jokingly told her that she could just say "mama" nicely instead of squawking. Well, she did, and has ever since – apparently she’s going to be a talker like Hannah. In any case, she’s so snuggly that we’d be happy to keep her this age for awhile longer!
We hope you’ve enjoyed a few of our random little updates and stories. God has given us much to be thankful for! We pray you are richly blessed this Christmas, as you celebrate the Advent of our Lord, the greatest blessing the world has ever known!
Love In Christ,
The Breese Family
Matthew, Melissa, Isabelle, Hannah, Naomi, and Juliette