Hellooo! It's time for another installment of the yearly Creath Family holiday letter. Overall, it was a good one.
Since the last letter, we acquired a new canine family member, Luna, who's a 40 lb mutt from the Humane Society. She's probably part American Staffordshire Terrier aka a kind of "pit bull" but she's much smaller than the average one, so we're not sure what else she is. She is a very sweet dog and has adjusted to our family nicely. She'll be 2 years old on Dec 17.
Instead of the usual monthly summary, here are some quick snippets of what we've been up to:
I started a new contract job at Microsoft in January for a team I had previously worked for as a regular employee. I increased my work hours to about 35 per week and it's all from my home office/craft room, which is pretty fantastic. The work is interesting and challenging, and two of my coworkers are friends I have known for 13 and 7 years.
Meridian started preschool in May at a new Spanish immersion school run by one of Trillian's favorite teachers. She's adjusted well and now surprises us with new Spanish words! She's becoming such an interesting little person - strong-willed but also very cuddly.
Trillian is in Kindergarten in the same class as Meridian since it's Montessori, and we're super excited that she gets to learn more Spanish! We're also excited not to have to drop off kids at two different schools every day :)
I am so excited that Trillian started reading for fun this year. Like, so engrossed that she can't hear us while she's reading. We've been borrowing Rainbow Fairy books from the library at an alarming rate, so if you've got any other beginning chapter book suggestions like those, I'm all ears!
Don't tell her but we bought her a Kindle e-reader for Christmas. Our library has an incredible selection of eBooks for kids, so we wanted her to have a device that she can read easily, rather than a backlit tablet with games and other distractions.
TJ's parents came to visit us in May, followed by my parents, who came to spend the summer at their place here. My parents and brother came over for Thanksgiving, too.
I'm sad to report that my Paati (grandma) died in September. She was sweet, smart, and talented, and I'm lucky I got to spend so much time with her when I was a kid. I have a few of her watercolor paintings hanging in my house, including the abstract design she painted for my childhood bedroom when I complained that all she ever painted were landscapes and flowers. (Did I mention she was also really patient with me?)
We did some traveling this year- more than usual for a bunch of homebodies- TJ had a work trip to the East Coast, we went to Disneyland in June for my 40th birthday, I took a Mama-only trip to California in October, we explored Boston and Connecticut in November, and will visit TJ's parents and Granny in Tucson this month.
Last month, TJ found out his company is closing its Seattle office, and he has been "invited" to move to Connecticut. We went to check it out and liked it, but are waiting on some final details before making a decision. It's a tough one. On one hand, it would be a Great Adventure to live on the East Coast for a while. On the other hand, we have a whole life here in Seattle, and our house is perfect for us, thanks to the 2013 remodel. Also, tech jobs are easier to find in Seattle. Lots of thinking to do.
We don't lead exciting lives, but we are thankful and content.
We wish you happiness, peace, and health for the rest of this year and in the New Year 2016!