Archive for December, 2013


New Year’s Letter (or a really late Christmas letter, you pick)

December 31, 2013

Dear Friends & Loved Ones,

We are patiently (?) waiting for the Chief to get home for Christmas. It could be any day. He’s had an interesting year with some international travel and major work done on his ship. He also has a new rotation partner and a new schedule.

T1 has just had quite a year. So hard to believe she’s 13—yes, 13! She finished 7th grade with all As and an induction into NJHS. She has maintained first chair viola (a spot which she earned in the spring even while in a cast for a broken wrist!) and earned another All County Orchestra spot. She worked with the Chief and two mentors to complete her Silver Award project. It was a lot of back-and-forth travel to camp all summer long but so worth it. We are so proud. 8th grade has started with a bang—making the school soccer team and playing on the champion parks & rec team. She’s taking three advanced studies classes (two for high school credit) and given an invitation to apply to Governor’s School (a special advanced high school program). Oh, and she got braces!

T2 finished 5th grade and “graduated” from elementary school with all As and ready to start middle school. As predicted, she has most of T1’s former teachers and she is taking 8th grade math. She persisted and convinced the band teacher to let her play the tenor saxophone (after 9 months of private lessons on the alto sax). We were fortunate that a neighbor sold T2 one of his practice tenors before moving. With her playing experience she was invited to play a solo at a school fund-raiser night at a local books store on the 9th (T1 is part of a quartet that same night). She is now a Cadette Girl Scout (I’m their new leader) and already planning for her Silver Award project. She’s still playing soccer and reading anything she can get her hands on. In honor of starting middle school and turning 11, she got to finish her room make over begun when T1 had her room done. Purple, owls, book cases and reading chair and she’s in heaven.

I took T2’s Junior troop to Chincoteague Island for a 3 night- 2 day trip. Learning the history of the island and the famous ponies was a childhood dream come true. In August, both girls and I took a long over-due trip to Texas to visit with the Chief’s sister and her family with his parents. It was a fabulous week. Caldwell Zoo, College Station, Six Flags over Texas, and eating at Whataburger—busy but relaxing.

Not too much is new with me except I decided to start running 5K races. The first was actually for Making Strides against Breast Cancer—where I was the only runner!—and my team included my mom, mother-in-law, and the girls with six other friends. So proud of mom—she’s doing great and completed treatment in October. I ran my second 5K on Thanksgiving morning. Have I mentioned I hate running? LOL But I am grateful to be able to run and weight-lift even if some days I’m pretty sore. I taught another soul-deep week at camp and spent many hours there each week with T1 for her project. While she was a camper we surprised her with the Chief’s surprise return and two of her friends were baptized—I might as well have just stayed there having gone up there three times that week (not including drop off and pick up)!

2014 promises to be a big year—I’m turning 40, the Chief will be 45. T1 will finish middle school and start high school. We have an once-in-a-lifetime trip planned for Hawaii by cruise ship in celebration of the Chief’s parents’ 50th anniversary and our niece’s high school graduation. I hope to run an intense 5k at the Historic Half Marine Corps Marathon (and I will question my sanity in the process).

The things we learned this year: God works in such mysterious ways to bring about healing and closure; four-square can be a dangerous game; you’re never too old to dream about ponies; and putting one foot in front of the other will eventually equal 3.1 miles.


SnipeWife, the Chief, T1 & T2

Crookshanks and Hedwig


Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

December 27, 2013
Merry Christmas to all! Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas to all! Happy New Year!

I’m trying to stay off the computer (FB in particular) for these two weeks the children are on school break but my smart phone is replacing it and I still check e-mail and am beginning to really like Instagram. Really–I’m only on Instagram to stalk my child. Really.

Nothing out of the ordinary for Christmas, just having the Chief home has been great.

Both children managed to throw tantrums on the 21st and 22nd (one each day) and after 5 hours of shopping on the 23rd I was feeling pretty depressed about a lot of things. The freezing rain did not help. How did we go from 70 degrees on the 21st to 38 degrees on the 23rd? My mood improved for Christmas Eve at my in-laws and Christmas Day at my folks.

T2 is under the weather with a confirmed ear infection. I took her to the clinic on the 26th and didn’t even notice I was wearing two different shoes.

The girls and I have been overloading on Doctor Who (maybe too much, according to the Chief who would like us to be a little more productive).

But it has gotten me thinking: if my friend can have a Harry Potter themed 40th birthday (keep in mind, her birthday is just after Halloween), can I have a cosplay costume party for mine? Would anyone come? The Chief will be at sea so he shouldn’t be bothered by the logistics of such an event. T1 would love to come to the party as Katniss and doesn’t think it would cause too much damage to her reputation if I threw such a party.

So if I don’t get back on here to post for New Years, I’ll be on shortly after that. The Chief and I are trying to make plans for our anniversary…



Talent Show

December 19, 2013

The girls definitely take after the Chief on their musical talent. And math. And science.

Tuesday night our annual scout party was made into a talent show this year. We had a gymnast, a flutist, a demonstration of the Cup Song, a violinist, a violist, and a tenor saxophonist. I also entertained the littlest by singing “Something in My Brother’s Underpants” and “Deck the Mall” from the Alan Katz/David Catrow children’s book Where Did They Hide My Presents? Silly Dilly Christmas Songs.

T1 performed a duet with the violinist of a Puerto Rican carol called La Media Noche (At Midnight). It was a little shaky at first till they got on beat together but still very good. Then T1 did a solo performance of Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.

T2 performed solo for the first time in front of a group on her tenor sax. She played Frosty the Snowman. Well done!

Both performed at our local Barnes and Noble last night for a school fundraiser. T1 was part of a quartet and T2 was solo. Good job girls! So glad the Chief was home to see it (missed their concerts last week). But T2 left her music portfolio at the book store so we’re hoping someone picked it up!

T2 on tenor sax playing "Frosty the Snowman"

T2 on tenor sax playing “Frosty the Snowman”

T1 on viola playing "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree"

T1 on viola playing “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”


It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

December 15, 2013
The Chief arrived home vis Santa's sled at midnight Thursday/Friday.

The Chief arrived home via Santa’s sled at midnight Thursday/Friday.

Santa's List is now online! Guess who's names are not on the list? Yup, the Chief and BIL.

Santa’s List is now online! Guess whose names are not on the list? Yup, the Chief and BIL. We met Santa on the Candlelight Tour–the Chief’s first time going with me. BIL brought his girlfriend along.

Science Fair time--only included here because the BIL helped her at first and now the Chief is home to help her finish it.

Science Fair time–only included here because the BIL helped her at first and now the Chief is home to help her finish it.

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