“A portrait of my children once a week, every week, in 2014.”
Lillia: This week you had a holiday concert at your school. I love watching you go through the process of deciding how you will dress because you have very particular ideas about how you want to look. You always like to wear a tie to special events — it’s your “signature style.” After your part of the concert was over, I noticed you were animatedly chatting with your teacher. It makes me so happy that you enjoy school, and that you have such a great relationship with your teacher. As we know from experience, it doesn’t always work out that way. I feel very thankful that the past two years at school have been, by and large, very good ones.
Zane: This week you got to start your advent calendar (we started on the first day of advent, rather than the first day of December). I don’t think anyone has ever been more excited about Christmas than you are this year. I keep reminding you that the big day doesn’t come for several more weeks, but every morning you still ask me, “Is today Christmas?” I kind of wish there was a way to rein in the excitement; Christmas is built up to such a huge degree that it’s inevitably a little disappointing. I do try hard to de-emphasize the gift-getting part of the holiday, but it seems like the whole world is working against me sometimes!