2012: Another year when the world didn't end

So - the Mayans predicted we'd all be dead today - but we're still alive. That is good. :)

It's been a busy/busy/busy year in the Lee household. If you haven't kept track on Facebook (I realize we're not all glued to it) - we have moved, had a new baby boy, had some birthdays, had some golf tournaments for Emily, took a vacation to Quebec! ... it's been epic.

I want to specifically direct your attention to the 2012 Annual Lynn Wheeler Gold Tournament for Emily. This is the 3rd year in a row the Wheelers have gifted us with this tremendous blessing. Suffice to say, we are completely humbled by the pouring out of time and money to help Emily's life be even better that it already is. We have been able to purchase medical equipment, upgrade our van, and pay off medical debt from the results of these tournaments. Lynn, Doug,
JoJo, and EVERYBODY else who make this happen every year -- God bless you and yours. Really, you are examples of selflessness and we are overwhelmed with love for our family. Thank you so much!

On Aug 19 our precious little Zachariah Trust Lee entered the world at 9lbs 7oz / 21.75".  Yeah - I know (or, Diana knows), that's >2lbs heavier than any of the other 3!!! Zach is amazing. It's been ~9 years since we had an able-bodied infant - it's nearly like being new parents again, except our stress level doesn't rise as fast - probably b/c we're to exhausted from everything else - but also b/c we're amazing parents. ;) Zach is growing fast and at only 4mos he is ~18lbs and 27" long. He is our happy-go-lucky baby, as long as he's being held. Ok he likes his jumper too, but who doesn't, right?  I know I like mine.

Emily and Annabelle continue to be amazing:
From school, to Cello, Piano, Theater, Pioneer Girls, friends - Annabelle stays pretty busy -- and without a skip takes over some of the responsibility caring for Zach, and even taking some responsibility to keep Emily safe. I don't think when I was "almost 11" I was anywhere near mature enough to handle as much as she does.
Emily has remained quite healthy with only a few issues this year. She is making good progress with her teachers, and loving loving loving Zach... and life. Emily's always such a joy to be around and take care of. She has a nearly permanent smile and giggles... always giggles. We've had some nursing woes to get through, but all is well -- :)

Diana: What a wonder. I don't know how she keeps this up. From nursing (like the mammary kind, not care-taking), to Emily's 24/7 care, pumping, feeding the fam, keeping everybody on schedule, running errands, making sure homework gets done - and music practice... :/ ... I can't think about this very long or I start getting grumpily overwhelmed ... I think she's a super-hero. I don't know what else to say about that. Diana, you are amazing.

So that's all I have from the home-front. We hope you all have an insanely MERRY CHRISTMAS and an equally festive New Year!!


tina617 said…
LOVE the Happy Update and LOVE seeing pics of your family. You are all sooooo busy and still the love shines through. Hope somehow we get to see you all and meet Zach sometime. A trip to Chicago would be a fun adventure for your family!!!!

Happy Holidays and here's to a very healthy 2013!

Tina, Ally and the Krajewski Family
I think you are all super heros!
I love you guys!!! ~LeighAnn
MCC Mobility said…
What a Happy Family! I love to see a family gathering like this and sharing happy memories. Keep it up!

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Loretta said…
You have gorgeous kids!