Friday, December 26, 2008

Letters to Santa

Dear Santa,
It is with full hearts that we open this -- our final correspondence for the year. We appreciate that you overlooked some of our shortcomings and visited our house anyway. We were already feeling like our lives were abundant, and were completely thrilled to wake up Christmas morning to a house full of screams, squeals, and peals of laughter.

I guess you heard that mom was pretty broken hearted to discover we found and then promptly broke the pickles ornament. Two little boys have a way of shattering traditions. So also wanted to follow up and see how you liked our new tradition. After finding a perfectly droll tin tube with the words LETTERS TO SANTA stamped across it, we thought we'd start leaving you messages this way on Christmas Eve. As a family we enjoyed thinking about what we had done in the past year, listing those accomplishments and then listing a few goals for the coming year. Consider it back up for when your Naughty n Nice software crashes.

Thanks and see ya next year.

PS -- We're going to leave those letters in there until Christmas Eve of next year when we write new ones. That way we'll be able to check up on ourselves.

Enclosed: Copies of Letters to Santa

Cooper's Accomplishments of 2008
-Count to 100
-Earn 2 ribbons in swimming
-Make lots of new friends
-Started printing
-Played soccer
-Started using a chore chart
-Learning to save money
-Can write my own name
-Riding a bike (with training wheels)

Cooper's Goals for 2009
-Earn 2 more ribbons in swimming
-Start school
-Learn phone number
-Learn address
-Count to 200

Mason's Accomplishments of 2008
-Started walking
-Started talking
-Fell in love with Star Wars
-Fan of all superheroes
-Recognized the letter "M"
-Fantastic artist
-Started preschool at Ann's
-Learned how to put things away

Mason's Goals for 2009
-Get potty trained
-Count to 25
-Learn ABCs
-Start learning letter sounds
-Start going to gym class


Claudia said...

You guys do the pickle ornament too?!? Adam hid it so far inside the tree I actually gave up. I love the letters to Santa...impressive that you are teaching your kids how to set goals at such a young age. I still hate goal setting. Hope the boys take to it better than I do.

grandma GiGI said...

Such a beautiful family! It's so comforting to grandparents (and parents) to know their posterity are happpy and doing well. Love you all!

laurel said...

We do the pickle ornament too. Okay, this was the first year, but we loved it!!! Love the legos!!!! Total heaven.

Glad you had a great Christmas!!

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Rachel said...

That picture of you and Steve is so cute. I can't believe how grown up your boys are.

Glenda said...

I am so glad you had a very Merry Christmas. We did, too. I think that Julia should frame that picture of Steve and her. It is great....Hey, I have my tree down, how about you. I just had enough dropping needles...I must admit we are thinking artificial for next year, maybe...

Patti said...

Love the pic of you and Steve. Your traditions are cool... you'll find a new pickle ornament. I'll keep my eyes peeled for one for you. :) You are such a great writer--and a great sewer, and a great cook. You are truly a domestic diva and so talented in so many ways. I hope you have a great New Year's!!

Patti said...

P.S. I remember the drum set--Target?!?! You had all your shopping done last January, didn't you, lol! So did Andrea. haha!