Sunday, December 9, 2012

2012 Glenn Family Newsletter

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Adventures-this year has been all about adventures and taking life one stride at a time. It has been about cherishing the moments we are given and enjoying each season of life as it comes.

Backpacking-Dan and Brittany went on a backpacking trip without the kids! However, what they hoped would be a relaxing getaway turned into a hard, cold, foggy, and painful trip. Brittany twisted her foot about ¼ mile from the lake and where they ended up setting up camp. In the morning she had to hike 3.5 miles back up and down the mountain with a badly sprained foot. 

Canning- this year was a big year for canning. Brittany canned applesauce, apple pie filling, green beans, salsa, grape juice, pears, peaches, jam, and chicken. Whew! It was a lot of work but boy it feels good seeing all those filled jars.

Dentist Appointments-Emma saw the dentist for the first time this year. It wasn’t an official visit but she got to sit in the dentist chair and let the hygienist look in her mouth and feel around. She is getting to be a big girl these days. 

Exploring-Emma has grown so much this year. She is now running around and does pretty well keeping up with Kiera and Ethan. She is finding her voice these days and is our little monkey. She climbs on everything and does all she can to keep mom and dad on their toes. 

First Grade-Kiera is now a big first grader! She is doing well with her letters and is getting good at reading and sounding out all sorts of words. Her teacher says she is a joy in class and is a big helper. We’re so proud of her! She has also gone through a huge growth spurt. She went from being a size 6 to a size 8 within the first couple months of school. Wow!

Goodbyes-We had to say goodbye to some very dear friends of ours. Brittany is taking it pretty hard. Our good friends the O’Neil’s moved to Germany for 4 years. Don’t know if they’ll be coming back to Arlington but we sure hope so! We wish them the best and they can be sure we’ll be keeping in touch.

Halloween- this year our family went as the Muppets. It was a lot of fun. Brittany was Animal, Dan was Cookie Monster, Kiera was Kermit the Frog, Ethan went as Big Bird and Emma was the cutest Elmo you ever saw.

Involved-Just one year ago this October Brittany started fundraising efforts for her friend Lauren who was diagnosed with breast cancer. This October was the one year end mark! Lauren is cancer free and is doing fabulous. It was a busy busy year. But, being involved in so many events and efforts on other’s behalf has reaped its own rewards. We are truly blessed!

Jealousy-it is a challenge at times to balance fairness with reality around the Glenn home. If one child gets something whether it is food, and outing with mom, or a simple piece of candy the rest of the troops immediately demand their “fair share” We are trying to learn the lesson that sometimes we don’t always get what we want and that it is ok for someone else to be rewarded without you reaping their rewards as well.  

Kisses-Emma has gotten the hang of blowing kisses to everyone at bedtime. She is the sweetest little girl and is always trying to please. She is our snuggle bug. 

Lying-we are working on lying these days. The kids have come a long way and are getting better at telling us the truth when they’ve done something they probably shouldn’t. We are trying to teach them that even if you make a mistake, when you tell the truth it will all be ok. Mom may even forgo a punishment as long as you told the truth! It is amazing what a little hot sauce can do.

Manager- Dan made a big jump in work this year. He moved to a new facility in Everett and was promoted to Quality Manager. He works very hard and is very dedicated. He is also very good at pointing out the strengths of those who work for him. His leadership skills shine through and his co-workers never have anything negative to say about him. This next year Dan will have the opportunity to travel to the Philippines to help the facility they have over there. Brittany isn’t looking forward to that so much but she is excited about the frequent flyer miles he’ll be racking up. We are so proud of him and the hard work he does to support our family.

Nephews-Brittany’s younger brother recently had a little boy named Paxton. It is nice to have nieces and nephews on both sides of the family and we look forward to all the future nieces and nephews in the works or who will be in the near future.

Origami-for the past 4 months or Dan has helped the kids make it through sacrament meeting by making origami fortune telling boxes. It has become an expected use for the ward bulletin each week. Mom’s job now is to try and keep daddy from folding paper airplanes.

Preschool-Ethan is attending his second and final year of preschool before he heads to Kindergarten next fall. He loves it and is learning so much. He impresses us with how well he already knows his letters and numbers. He is quite the creative little man and has the biggest imagination. He has also grown so much. He is now in a size 6X!

Quiet-what quiet? It is never quiet around here anymore. There is always something going on and the kids are constantly running around with the neighbors. I do love living in the fun house most of the time.

Reality-Mom is trying to come to terms that her house will never be the immaculate one like she sees in magazines, the kids will not always be well kempt during morning errands, and dinner will consist of cold cereal and toast on occasion. It is life and it is reality. But the reality too is, because things aren’t perfect the family is happier and has more time to spend on what’s really important.

Stain-during the summer we were able to tackle the back deck and fence. We had everything stained and re-graded so this winter the rain and snow can fall AWAY from the house. It looks awesome and it is a nice feeling knowing it is done.

Two Wheels-Both Kiera and Ethan learned how to ride their bikes without the training wheels this year! They both now take off and fly around our cul-de-sac. Good thing we don’t have to fight them on wearing helmets.

Umbrella-we’re still in the shower state. We’ve gotten used to the rain and don’t let a little drizzle ruin our fun anymore. We’ve been to the zoo, pumpkin patch, the park etc all in the rain. 

Voice-Emma has found her voice. She likes to mimic the alphabet song and tries to imitate mommy and daddy. It is fun to hear her pick up a few words here and there. She definitely has the word “no” down.

Wicked- For Brittany’s birthday this year Dan’s parents got us tickets to see the play Wicked. We traveled down to Portland and the kids stayed at Grandma and Grandpas while we stayed in a hotel down town. It was nice to get away.

Xylophones-We took a trip down to Boise this year at the end of June to visit Brittany’s family. One of the kid’s favorite parts of the trip was going to the splash park with fountains galore and even xylophones to bang on and make music. Now we just need to get Emma used to getting wet and loving it. Still working on that one.

Yardwork-this summer was full of improvements to our yard. We laid bricks around the garden boxes, and built a berm in the front yard. We also made improvements to the playground by adding on a fire pole and building a bigger platform with a roof. It even has a steering wheel! The kids love it and our yard had become the neighborhood playground. 

Zumba- Brittany does a lot of dancing these days. She has been teaching Zumba 4 times a week and attends two classes on top of that to keep her choreography up. She loves it and has lost a lot of weight this year. She even got to her pre-Kiera weight!

Now we’ve said our ABC’s
Have a Very Merry Chirstmas!

The Glenn’s
Dan, Brittany, Kiera, Ethan and Emma


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