Season’s Greetings – 2012

Aidan-Skye-2012As we close out 2012, I’m not going to say it was all rainbows and unicorns or the best year ever.  But, it would be a far stretch to say that it was terrible.  We’re all happy and healthy, no doubt!

Our house hit ten years old this year and has already started falling apart.  The quality of craftsmanship of our Inland Home is a far cry from that of what Luke’s grandfather, a talented architect, showed us during our last tour of the homes he built in Poland.  Although it’s not just the house itself, from a leaky roof, broken A/C, rotted door, busted television and even a few broken window frames, it feels like it’s just one thing after another. Dare I even talk about the kitchen appliance debacle… After months of trying to resolve issues with the Samsung refrigerator we bought, we continue to have a frequent decibel reminder of “you get what you pay for.” The upside is that we have a working stove. Now, if we just had someone that could use it.

Operation Clean Sweep (AKA our effort to make the house awesome again) is still in effect for 2013 though.  Our dreams of living off an unpaved road somewhere in the middle of nowhere sometimes finds its way into conversation, but it’s still Tampa for now.  Although, the increase in the criminal activity in our community does make me reconsider the possibilities.  As someone who is judged as “one of those HOA people,” I continue to stay involved and be active in creating a community we can all be proud of.

Skye had both her adenoids and tonsils removed in separate procedures this year.  The poor girl’s breathing was affected and she continued to get sick.  So far, so good there.  Aside from her attitude, which I fully admit is my genes at work, she is the cuddliest and sweetest girl in the world.  So much different than Aidan, she thrives in dangerous situations and shows no fear.  That, of course, is Luke’s genes at work. Skye’s favorite things include playing dress-up, Hello Kitty, Barbie Rock Star and SpongeBob.  She’s taking soccer and ballet at her preschool and can be easily spotted there as the girl in the tutu with the sparkle shoes and mismatched accessories. It’s a losing battle trying to select her clothing for the day, but she does have a way of pulling off whatever it is she picks!

Regarding Aidan, we made the decision to switch from Hunter’s Green Elementary to Pride Elementary this year, and I’ll have to agree with Luke that the grass may always seem greener on the other side, but it’s usually just the same stuff.  Either way, he’s doing very well in school when he’s challenged and an appropriate reward system is in play.  He hates homework and still doesn’t understand why he can’t be allowed to play video games all day.  He gets excited about science and retains a passion and real talent for building.  He’ll build you something out of whatever he can get hands on!  He’s involved in the Run Club at school and continues to take chess lessons that he would probably prefer to skip.  It makes me happy to see him running around the neighborhood having Nerf wars with the other kids. It makes me happy to see him growing up to be such an intelligent and kind-hearted kid.

As for Luke and I, I suppose not much has changed.  We’re currently brainstorming ways in which 2013 can be more eventful and less chaotic at the same time.  I’m hoping that our trip to Spain goes through, even though Luke isn’t as excited as I am.  And, I’m looking forward to taking some fresh steps in the right direction via my career.  As the kids get older, I think there’s more opportunity for me to get out there and see what I can do. Luke leads as an example.

Oh, as for the parental units, my parents moved into a 55+ community and seem to be having the time of their lives.  I love seeing them out having fun and hanging out with new friends.  Garry and Greta are both doing well too.  While they both have had some health issues this year, you’d never know it.  At any given moment, they may be out flying, out on the boat, or at some local festival or event.  All of these guys set a great example for what to look forward to in retirement! I’m a little jealous, I won’t lie.

Anyway, I guess this is more of a year-in-review rather than a Season’s Greetings but it is what is.  So it goes…

PS: An incredible amount of love goes out to our family and friends! We wish you all the happiness of the season and must believe that 2013 is going to be just amazing… Amazing! 🙂

Posted by jenn on 11:12 am - Monday December 17 2012 , , , , ,

2 Responses to “Season’s Greetings – 2012”

  • Dani says:

    Jennifer! You and Luke continue to be an inspiration to me. I am never more shown how to see the positive in the difficult situations until I look at your exemplary attitude. It’s pretty special to be a part of your life.
    I wish you a 2013 filled with the unicorns & rainbows in the foreground this coming year 😉
    <3 dani

  • Yvonne says:

    Stepniowski Family blog … this is wonderful.   
    I have something similar but in paper format.  
    It is so precious but feels like stone.  
    Thanks for allowing me access.  What a wonderful way to keep a record of the thoughts you have regarding your family.  
    Your relationship with your Mom is wonderful … similar to mine, with the exception that you are physically much closer.  
    Take care, Yvonne