1. We have three full grown, laying hens again. We lost two, tragically, just before moving into the new house. We really ought to get pictures of them up here. You simply would not believe the size of Boxy, the barred rock. I'm also happy to say that Veronica, the americauna, did survive chick-hood, and the laying of her first egg: a traumatic affair. Audrey is still pretty and friendly, but her eggs are just awful compared to those of the younger hens. Still better than anything you get at the store, mind you.
2. Bryce has started school at a Montessori program only 3 blocks from our house! This accomplishes several things. First of all, we no longer have to drive all the way to the North Valley of Albuquerque to take him to school and pick him up at the end of the day. He's also in school for a shorter time period every day - 9 to 2 rather than 8 to 5. I think that it's better for his psyche. He has made the transition with ease, and he loves his new school. We're having to figure out how to address his "spiritual education," though, as the school is part of the Lutheran church. Neither of us is Lutheran, so it's an interesting challenge when the kid comes home letting us know that God is a "big man who is magic and made the world with his magic wand."
3. Ty is a writing machine. I don't mean that he's a word processor or a typewriter, but that he is diligent and productive, despite having two kids at home now.
4. I remain employed! ...but for how long? I have funding on a contract through the State department of health through June. After that, who knows? Hopefully one or two grants will come through and I'll be secure until next June (2013) when my contract goes back into full-time status.
Other than that, I knitted a kick-ass stocking for Ty. I'll try to get a picture of that up for posterity. And we survived the holidays again this year, though it was a close call there around hour two of Bryce's present-opening extravaganza. The baby continues to grow and so does the boy. The dogs continue to be a nuisance.
Life is good.