It’s that time again…the Schmitz Christmas letter! Without sounding cliché this has been one crazy year for our family! We had numerous monumental events happen throughout this year.
Most of January and February were spent celebrating family b-days (We have a lot the first 2 months of the year.) and enjoying our last few weeks as a family of 3. We were given a baby shower for Sloane and worked on getting all the last minute things in place as we prepared for her arrival.
March 13th we welcomed little Sloane Michelle into the world! Uncle Billy was so close to getting the BEST birthday gift ever. Ha! She was (and is) PERFECT! We couldn’t ask for a cuter little girl. It was “love at first site” for Wyatt. He has been an amazing BIG brother. It’s been so precious to watch their love for each other grow. For a while we had 2 children under the age of 2 at our house…let’s just say it took some time for all of us to adjust. Sloane cried the first 8 weeks of her life but woke up one morning with a smile that has yet to go away. She has a smile that is SUPER contagious! We get stopped daily by strangers who want to see, talk, and stare at her-sometimes it’s cute and other times it’s creepy. Ha!
April was another big month for us. We celebrated Easter and had our first “big” holiday as a family of four. We also found out Sloane and Wyatt were getting a cousin on my side of the family! My sister was pregnant, it was such great news! In April we also dedicated Sloane to the Lord during the baby dedication ceremony at church. The service was great, and we enjoyed having family and friends to our house after service to celebrate something very special to Mark and I.
May marks the beginning of summer at our house! The many trips to the pool, STL zoo, and outside activities get underway. May is also a very special month at our house. Wyatt and Ryder both turned 2 this year. We are so honored God gave us Wyatt to celebrate with on Earth and even though we KNOW HOW TO PAARRRTTYYY at our house we can’t help but be a little jealous of Ryder as he gets to have a b-day party in Heaven! This year we also celebrated the college graduation of Mark’s sister Kirsten. We were so happy to be able to attend the ceremony as she walked across the stage-what an accomplishment Kiki!
June and July were HOT! We tried to spend as many days as possible by the pool. STL even broke a record by having the most consecutive days over 100 degrees. It was crazy! In June we found out Erin and Pete were having a baby GIRL! We celebrated July 4th with family that came to visit from CA. It was an awesome time in Jackson and so great to be able to visit with family that live so far away. In July Mark and I celebrated year 2 of owning EXPEDITEstl. We are still making 1 trip a month to IKEA and are so thankful for all the help my parents have been with this growing business!
August was a “milestone month” for us as well. Mark graduated from Logan and finally fulfilled his goal of becoming Dr. Mark Schmitz. It was an amazing ceremony! I am so honored to call myself his wife. He received 3 awards and his brother was able to “hood” him as he crossed the stage. I have many snap shots in my memory from that day I don’t ever want to forget!
September we were able to take our 1st “family of 4”vacation to the beach. We spent the week with our friends, The Dumey’s, and had a blast! It was such a relaxing vacation. It was a perfect way to spend the last week before Mark started practicing at Schmitz Chiropractic. We spent the rest of the month adjusting to having a daddy that goes to work and not school. J_
October flew by! We were beginning to prepare for the holiday season and get ready for another family vacation. The weather was beautiful! We had many play dates and spent lots of time outside. At the end of the month we flew to CA! We had a CRAZY but fun filled vacation. We crammed Lego Land, Disney Land, Sea World, Universal, and even an aquarium into an 8 day vacation. (Thanks to Maw Maw and Paw Paw for helping to make it possible!)
November was so exciting! On the 14th we welcomed baby girl Zetta Mae into the family. My sister is a champ and I can’t wait to experience the journey of motherhood with her! Wyatt couldn’t get enough of his baby cousin so we spent lots of November in Jackson. (Ok, so maybe Aunt Em couldn’t get enough either. J) Thanksgiving was a blast as usual and BLACK Friday shopping was crazy too!
As Christmas (December) approaches we plan to really relax and spend time with family. Mark and I strive to be Godly examples to our children and to raise them in a Christian home where GOD is #1. At this stage of our life it’s our daily actions that our children are watching. We pray you take time this holiday season to remember the true meaning of Christmas.
Bring on 2013…..