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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

2011 Highlights-Newletter

So as we bring 2011 to a close, I wanted to hit the highlights of what has been going on with us. For those of you that keep up and visit regularly you will probably remember some of these photos. So this sort of serves as our end of year newsletter.

This makes 7 years of homeschooling for us. (Beginning when Peyton was in K.) Well if you count official years that is. The kids are doing well in their studies and are staying busy in all their activities. This fall we began studying America and will continue on this subject until Fall of 2013. Then we will get into Ancient History.

I have stayed busy with homeschooling, household duties, helping out in our women's ministry at church and in my spare time working on my various hobbies. This year I also began playing around a bit with digital scrapbooking, trying to work on photography (just get better in general) and I made my first stuffed bear. (Yes I was pretty proud of this accomplishment.)

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Some Christmas Cards I made this year. (If you didn't get one in the mail, sorry-I did not mail out many-but you can see it here.) Hope you had a great Christmas! ;-)

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This is a fleece throw Lexi made to help kids in Crisis.

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Here is one that Peyton made.

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Lexi was in gymnastics this past Spring. She finished up 3rd grade.

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In the fall she began Cheerleading for our local PeeWee league football. She also began 4th grade.

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She turned 10 in November. She is a wonderful help around the house. She loves to sing, play with her dolls and stuffed animals, and loves to cook and craft. She really has a heart to give to others and do for others.

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Peyton started the year playing Upward Basket Ball. (And I was excited to finally get an action shot that wasn't a complete blur. I am finally learning how to work the M mode on my camera a little more.)

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In April he turned 11 years old. In May he finished 5th grade.

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During the summer he decided he was ready to make the decision to be baptized, to receive God's forgiveness for sin, and to give his life to the Lord.

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This summer and fall Peyton played football for the PeeWee league. It is the last year he was eligible. He is going to miss playing, but did not want to go to public school in order to keep playing. He also began 6th grade.

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Gary stayed busy at work. In his off time he fishes and works around the house, and helps Peyton with BB and Football. He also teaches Jr. Church each week at our church. This year he joined a local fishing club and entered a few tournaments. He competed in 16 and they won or placed in (means they got money) in 8 out of the 16 tournaments. He finished first in 6 of them. (Well he and his partner that is.) So at least he is paying for his gas and other entry fees, lol.

They actually won 1st place in the 1st tournament of the year. And cashed in $425.00. You can read more about that here.

Here is my scrapbook page I made at one of our moms' night crops. (We usually get together at least once a month to work on scrapbooking.)

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Gary and Peyton entered a tournament during the summer and they placed 2nd.

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In November we had to put our dog Buddy down. His health began deteriorating much more rapidly and we felt that his quality of life was gone. We had him for 13 years, he is very missed in our home.

Dixie, Lexi's dog, AKA "the baby" is doing well, she turned 2 this year, and she loves to run, play and be petted.

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So that is our highlights for the year. We wish everyone a wonderful 2012. We hope you all will keep in touch. I am looking forward to turning a new page on the calendar. I look forward to new opportunities to learn new things, to watch my children as they grow in the Lord, and to take in the wonderment of all God's creation. I also hope for many opportunities to be used by God to make someone else's world a better place to be in.

Blessings,

Michelle