This is the first pic in my library for 2017…not a bad way to start the year – haha! I considered doing a little video as our greeting this year, or directing readers right to Facebook where I keep a pretty up to date record of our year, but then I remembered how much I like reflecting on our year as a family, and looking through all of our pictures and remembering the funny things the girls have done. This letter serves as one of our family records too, so it stays going, at least for another year!
Greetings to all of you, our family and friends. This year has felt decades and minutes long, all at the same time! All of that, of course, in a ‘the days are long but the years are short’ kind of way. It was a good year for this branch of the Lyons family tree.
Nora turned 8 years old in September. She is a pleasant, compassionate young lady. She is in grade 3 at Boreal French Immersion Public School. She excels in school and is quite the social butterfly. She has two great friends right in our neighbourhood. She’s done swimming, Brownies, gymnastics and Bricks 4 Kidz this year. She’s in the choir at school and she’s still quite the crafter.
Her reading has really bloomed this year and you’ll often find her with her nose in a book – even when she’s walking home from getting off the bus! She’s a great big sister with a huge heart. This past Sunday she was in the Christmas play at church and delivered her lines flawlessly. She has such an adventurous spirit and this summer ventured on her own on ‘nature walks’ on the old road at camp. She spent nights by herself in a tent at the cottage, and she loved her weekend camping with the Brownies in June. This year for Christmas she asked for a ukulele since they’ve been learning them at school.
She loves unicorns and has recently started writing a book about the adventures of Nora and Ruby (her unicorn stuffie).
This video looks like it’s upside down, but it’s not 🙂
Maybe next year we’ll post a video of her playing a song on the ukulele 😉
Katy turned 5 years old in March. She is our witty, loving, stubborn ‘wild child’. She is in SK at FH Clergue French Immersion Public School. She loves the art centre and outdoor time at school, and can add up to 5+5 on her own. Katy is a bit of a lone-wolf and prefers to spend time alone. She can easily entertain herself with her toys and art supplies. She loves writing us ‘love letters’ and dropping them off to us and then running away. This year she was in swimming, Bricks 4 Kidz and she started Sparks in September. It’s the first activity we’ve dropped her off at alone, and she loves the activities they do and the new people she’s met.
Katy’s big event this year was breaking her wrist in May. She attempted a superhero jump from the coffee table to the couch (which she had taken all the cushions off of – one of her fav things to do) and wound up breaking her radius and ulna. Thankfully she didn’t need surgery, or too, too long in a cast. She healed right up and is good as new.
She loves, loves, loves dancing! She dances all around the house. She skips, jogs and runs most of the time, and it’s tiring keeping up with her! She still loves her beloved CareBear and is seldom without him. He’s got a spot in the crook of her arm that’s ‘just right’. She just this week lost her first tooth! It was wiggly for quite awhile and she was reluctant to pull it out. Once it was out she was so excited to show everyone the space it left behind! She started soccer this year – only a little later than everyone else since she had to wait for her cast to come off. She loved it and didn’t love it – ha! She really liked getting ice cream afterwards 😉
We had some great times as a family this year. In no particular order…
We didn’t know we were going to do it, but we became host parents this year! Jeanne, 16 years old from France, joined our family from March to July. She was to stay with us between her host families for a few weeks, and ended up staying until the end of her Canadian adventure. She was a fun addition to our family and she spent lots of time with us at home and at camp.2. Fish!
Nora saved up her own money and bought her first pet – a beta fish named Bloom! She also got a lesson in fish mortality when we lost Bloom a couple of weeks ago. Mom and Dad sprung for the replacement fish – meet Blizzard!
We made salami this year! We joined many Sooites in the yearly tradition of making salami. We hosted the chopping, grinding, mixing & stuffing party at our house, and dried the salami on a quilt rack in our cold room – haha! We learned a few lessons in our first year – like how not to start late in the day to avoid stuffing salami at 4am – and we’ve invested in a stuffer for this year. The salami was delicious – we’re looking forward to making more this January!
4. Ray got hitched!
My brother Ray married the love of his life Nicole this summer. They have a great love story – ask me about it sometime :). I stood as a bridesmaid, while Nora and Katy, with their cousin Sophie, were flower girls. It was a lovely day, a beautiful wedding, and a reception that was a ton of fun! The year of course had lots of fun activities to build up to the big day – including showers, bachelorette weekends and dress fittings. It was an honour to stand with them and a great family fun time we won’t soon forget!
Forgive the blurriness of this picture – but isn’t it so cute?! Katy danced her little heart out, and then fell asleep on Doug’s lap ❤️
5. TO Trip!
What a time we had in August. After the wedding, we headed up to the cottage for our yearly vacation. Most of the family could only stay for 1 week, but we were about to stay for 2. During the second week we took a family trip (+Grandma Brien!) to Toronto. We went to the Aquarium, the CN Tower, Legoland and Medieval Times! We had a great time exploring together. We saved a few days at the end to be back at the cottage before heading home to work and school.
Doug and I are both well. We’re both at the same jobs as last year. He curls, I knit. I hosted a bible study through October & November here at the house. Doug has started the toboggan hill and skating rink in the backyard – things we all look forward to having. We spent lots of time at camp, and enjoyed our family vacation. We’re heading to Hamilton on the 21st and we’ll be back in the Soo on the 26th where we’ll celebrate Christmas Part 2 with the Stone-Lyons family soon after. We’re blessed with our family and friends in our lives. We thank God for you.
Have yourself a Merry Christmas and we wish you all the best in 2018!
Doug, Alicia, Nora & Katy Lyons