Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Pruiksma's Progress Christmas Letter 2009

Family and Friends,

We hope everyone is doing well and anticipating a great Christmas! Where does the time go?? I can’t believe it has already been a year. Well here is a sneak peek of what has been happening in the life of a mommy and her boys – daddy included!!

Nathan started Kindergarten this year!! Talk about time – how did my first born child get to be 5 already?? He has lost 4 teeth – not all four on purpose and I can honestly say all he wants for Christmas is his two front teeth. And today at the dentist we discovered he has two more loose teeth!! He is growing too fast!

He loves school and is very social as many of you know!! Not sure where he might get
that from J He is still going to school at Fayetteville First Baptist and we love it there. Not sure what we will do next year but for now I am just enjoying him being in kindergarten. He is learning lots of new things but his biggest accomplishment thus far – is reading. Right before thanksgiving we took a trip to the public library and he plopped right down in the aisle and read a book to me for the very first time!! Such excitement for both of us!

He is also very involved at church in choir and Awana. He is memorizing lots of scripture for Awana and school. It is neat to hear him apply God’s truth to life. For example – we recently had a discussion on other religions and how some people believe Jesus was just
a man but not the Savior of the world- and they have something or someone else as their god. Nathan quickly chimed in “ well Mom the Bible says ‘No one can serve two masters’.” …and he is absolutely right. I am so thankful he is hiding God’s Word in his heart.

Outside of church and school Nathan’s amusement is filled with army men, hunting and toy guns. He has his heart so set on a specific nerf gun for Christmas that he has informed both David and I that there are only 3 left at Target. He is all boy but with a sensitive side. Very loving and definitely a mama’s boy.

My little comedian!! Luke is so full of life and energy!! He has a smile that will melt you!! He still has a baby face and I just love it!! He is not built like the other boys – he will
be my little guy. It is really no wonder because if he could have a peanut butter and honey sandwich with chips or fries for every meal he would be happy. He is a picky eater but LOVES his chips or fries. He was the child to get stitches this year – as Nathan so puts it “Luke busted his head wide open!” That is a bit of exaggeration but he did have to get some stitches in the back of his head and he was super brave the whole time. He is definitely our tough boy - he rarely cries when he gets hurt. In fact if Nathan hadn’t been with him – we may have discovered his injury too late!!

This year Luke gets to go to school one day a week and if it were left up to him – he
would go everyday!! He has learned his address and knows he lives in “Georgia, Fayetteville.” He learned his phone number and most recently how to spell his name.
He loves to be told he is doing a “great job.” He also started his first year of Awana at church. I love to hear him say his Bible verse.

He has recently become obsessed with golf. He would rather watch the golf channel on TV rather than a movie. He has asked for golf balls for Christmas and if he has been at the neighbors he usually comes home with some more golf balls. We have super great neighbors. In fact Luke now tells us he is “Mr. Ken’s” boy. What Luke doesn’t know is that he is getting a real golf set for Christmas – he will be sooo excited. Now he and daddy can work hard playing golf!

Wasn’t he just born?? It was just last Christmas I had a sweet new little baby at home. I still have a sweet baby but he just isn’t so little anymore!! He celebrated his first birthday September 30th. He has a few teeth and can sit up and pull up – no walking just yet – but I am really okay with that J… He babbles a lot. There are a few things you can understand him say like mama and dada – our favorite is “whas dat?” translated as ‘what’s that!?’. He gets sooo excited and animated when he sees any kind of electronic device. What is it with kids and electronics??!! But he gets even more excited when David gets home from work – he gets estatic!! I know it must make daddy’s day. Ethan is a feisty little boy – but also a super sweet cuddler. I enjoy watching his developing personality.

David just finished his first year as Business Consultant for the Dwarf Houses and Truetts’ Grills of Chick-fil-A. He has been in and out of town and I am thankful for his safe travels and this fabulous company he gets to work for. He is still active at church playing piano on Sundays and doesn’t complain when he gets a chance to go in the woods to hunt. This January he will take a skiing trip with some friends – and I know he is looking forward to that.
I stay busy keeping up with these 4 handsome men in my life. I am still very involved at church with music and ladies ministry. Also, I now teach music at the kids school one day a week. It really works out well – Luke and Ethan just go with me. I am very blessed.
We will celebrate our 7th Wedding Anniversary on December 14th! Heading to my favorite city to mark the occasion (New York)!!! We are excited about that!! We have much to be thankful for….our relationship, our three healthy children, our friends, and our great Church! Most importantly our Savior! We hope you all have a wonderful Christmas with your friends and family as we celebrate His birth!

Much Love!
The Pruiksma’s
David, LeighAnn, Nathan, Luke and Ethan

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