Here it is, our Holiday newsletter:
2011 "In quotes"
"I'm watching a lot of TV!"
-Nate, demonstrating his knack for blunt honesty. With the bulk of our year spent preparing for, recovering from, and adjusting to an international move, Nate did watch an inordinate amount of television, or as some kids might call it, "winning."
"Speaking of waffles, I need a Kleenex."
-Sam, demonstrating his knack for being completely random.
"Yes, mom is crying again, but she'll stop eventually."
-Mark repeatedly said this during the month of August. To say that our first month here was a little rough is like saying childbirth is a "little painful." (It's much better now.)
"No, not another castle!"
-Mia, indicating just how charmed she finds her new European life to be, or not."Is there chicken in this salmon?"
-Sam, our sometimes vegetarian, is a little unclear on the concept of seafood/poultry differentiation.
"I want to be a helper at Target when I grow up!"
-Mia, aiming for greatness.
"They're not mad at you; it's just Dutch. That's the way it sounds."
-Donna, reassuring Mia and Sam during the first week of Dutch Immersion school. Let's just say it's not the most soothing of languages.
"It's like all you ever do is make dinner!"
-Sam, protesting the injustice of being asked to set the table. It's rough being part of the 99% (of people who never make dinner in our family).
Finally, "We miss you all, and wish you a wonderful 2012."-Donna, Mark, Mia, Sam, and Nate