Monday, December 23, 2013

Merry Christmas 2013!

Every year I make Christmas cards and send them out. Every year except this year :) It just felt like too much and I decided to take a break. I am posting our 'card' here with pictures at the bottom from our family photo shoot a month ago done by my friend Nicole of Inspired Joy Films and Photography.

Jacob attended Crosspoint Academy for 7th grade where he achieved Merit Roll and received a Christian Character Award for Integrity. He joined band at Crosspoint and seemed to really have a knack for percussion.

(camping in July and hanging out with one of his best friends)
He volunteered at Gateway Fellowship's VBS and played very well on his first year of Babe Ruth baseball. He plays the outfield a lot and sometimes infield. He improved tremendously from the previous year and really amazed all of us, including his coach, that it was only his second year of baseball. He is a natural and we're remiss he didn't start earlier. 
We hope he will continue to play! 
Jacob was very involved in youth group at church and enjoyed sleepovers and spending time with several great friends. He went to Chicago in July to visit his mom and let us know in August he would be staying there for now. It has been a huge adjustment for us and especially the girls. We pray for him every day and want God's very best for him. He will be 14 in January. The years have flown!

Eliana turned 5 in October and is a tall and beautiful girl. 

She is very creative and loves to draw stories, tell stories, create stories....that girl can weave a tale! She has really begun to enjoy friendships this year and spending time with other kids at play dates, Play Cafe at church, and several super fun birthday parties she was thrilled to go to. She's a social girl! She lives in princess-land 24/7 and prefers dresses and dress up clothes to 'real' clothes. She loves Jesus with all her heart and humbles us as her parents with her genuine love for God and sincere questions. She is stubborn and funny and very sweet. She home schools Pre-K with mommy and attends speech therapy at Poulsbo Elementary with the amazing, Mr. Morgan!

Evangeline turned 3 just three weeks ago. 

She is one of the most funny kids we've ever met. She seriously cracks us up daily. She loves to color and is a very focused child. She'll sit and 'read' a Reader's Digest for 30 minutes, carefully looking at it page by page. She has a furrowed brow and look that can kill and is not afraid to say NO, but yet is the first kid to say, "Thank you, mommy, that was very kind of you!" She melts our hearts. She loves to boogie and we see her bobbing her head to music or shaking her buns when she thinks no one is looking.

Our newest addition, Solomon Pierce, joined the family August 12th! 
(a few hours after his birth)
He was 1 1/2 weeks after his 'due date' and 9lb 4 1/2oz and 21". He had literal fat rolls and crazy long finger nails. His birth was at home in water, attended by our midwife, Peggy, her assistant and my mom. He was born in the middle of the night so the girls were asleep and got to meet him in the morning. Solomon has struggled with colic and it's been a very tiring go for this mommy. He just turned 4 months and is outgrowing the colic as well as seeing a Pediatric Chiropractor. Solomon is full of giggles and as long as he is with mama, he is smiles and joy. His hair is growing in very blond and his eyes are so far still blue. He's affectionately become "Solly" (rhymes with Holly). He played baby Jesus in the church nativity a couple weeks ago. We just adore him!

This past year has at times been a blur for Craig and me. There have been huge challenges, such as my dad passing away and Jacob relocating. Yet huge blessings; our son being born and us seeing God work to bring peace to our family and our parenting.

Craig continues to work for TRC and is blessed with great bosses and coworkers and the ability to keep learning new things. He also managed to win me a free iPad through a sweepstakes he found out about at work (offered by a different company) guess who got an iPad??? THIS GIRL :)
The girls call him Papa or Papa Bear and seriously adore him. He took over the bedtime routine once Solomon came and I am grateful for that!

I am still a stay at home mom and incredibly blessed to be. My Etsy shop is still running (although a bit slow these days as a newborn has taken all of my time)- I've been just sort of 'breathing' since having Solomon. The colic has really kicked my butt. Prior to living in new baby land again, I was singing on worship team at church and really enjoying being in the Christmas and Easter programs. I also started playing piano at The 5, the evening gathering at church. I have been trying to remember to sit and play piano while the kids are awake and create memories singing and playing with them. Things come and go and life gets crazy, yet my soul always seems to find it's groove when I am singing.

We pray hope and blessings on you this holiday season. Whether you are in joy or sorrow, to find yourself in the arms of Jesus. Merry Christmas from the Frazier Family!

1 comment:

  1. precious. Thanks for sharing. Loved all the photos.