Wow - I missed this thread the first time around last year - so thanks to Shana for keeping me in the loop!
I won't write too much, but instead direct you to my blog
for info on the kids - I haven't been updating as much as I used to, but I am still doing an update every couple months with the big important stuff...
In a nutshell:
Rosie is loving preschool (montessori) and will be going to local public school in fall for kindergarten, but still not sold on the public school system (much like Shanana). She learned to ride her 2 wheeler with encouragement from Shanana's M (and a generous loan of the balance bike). No loose teeth yet, but she checks almost every day. She started soccer and I don't really think it is her game, she is distracted and more concerned with waving to me during games. We are going to try dance and gymnastics this summer to see what she likes.
Sammy is a handful and is my sensitive, whiny, needing a cuddle all the time guy. He throws a tantrum at the slightest thing, I just finished re-reading "raising our children, raising ourselves" and I am trying to give him more control, and validate his feelings instead of trying to rush him out of his tantrums. He started going to pre-school with Rosie a couple mornings a week (at his request) - but I think it might be contributing to the whining.
I am back to selling real estate, just working with one or 2 clients at a time, not really bringing in a lot of money right now, but every little bit helps. I am hopefully going to add in teaching a few more yoga classes as well.
Dh was diagnosed with Celiac Disease a year ago, and then Rosie and I got tested for gluten intolerance antibodies recently and we came back positive too, so our whole family is now on a gluten free diet. It is a little challenging sometimes, but we are adjusting and I think we are all going to be healthier for it.
We will be taking off next weekend (memorial day - holiday weekend in US) to a family wedding in Asheville, NC - a long (10 hour) drive for us, hope the kids don't get too cranky. Hoping to get a little relaxation time in for DH and I this weekend as well...
Ewe, so sorry to have not kept in touch, I do think of you and your little ones often and wonder how you are. We have been toying with the idea of moving to southern Spain. It is still in the dreaming stages, and DH has ideas of work that will let us be financially independent, but still a ways to go to get us to that point...
Perdita - congratulations on your new little guy!
Shay, Valerie, Pellifoli, Cherubess, etc. - so great to "see" you all again!