Thursday, January 10, 2008

Our Christmas Letter

My aspirations of doing anything on time for Christmas came to a halt. I decided, as I did last year, to send out an end-of-the-year card. I'm such a dork, too, because I made a card using Bravo Burgundy Paper, Very Vanilla and Bravo Burgundy ink and celery 5/8" ribbon. The colors look really nice together. You would think I would have taken a picture of such card... May you enjoy the guts and the final picture. I do feel bad, however, because I took the picture very early in the morning and Ethan still looks a bit sleepy. Sorry bud.

The Stencil family, which still consists of Matt, Teri, Ethan, Blaine, Archie and Keesh (we lost Goldie the fish at Thanksgiving) would like to wish you a Happy New Year.

Another year gone away and another one of these letters telling you all of the things that have happened to us this year…if you don’t want to read on from here, that’s okay because I’ve already missed Christmas greetings and who knows how the rest of this saga will go on from here.

Ethan is in 5th grade and Blaine is in 2nd. I’m the kids’ Spanish teacher and I assist the 1st grade teacher on the days I don’t teach Spanish. It’s great really. We all go to the same school and I get to spy on the kids.

Matt is finishing his second Masters Degree Program. I don’t know if it’s that he really likes to stay up late or we just want to one-up other grad students with student loans. There are moments where we know not to bother him (usually when his hand is on his head and he’s tapping the table while his legs are fidgeting very fast) and other moments when we all scatter because he’s taking a study break. Even the dog has learned to hide. He just gets that weird “I’ve been studying too long” look and he’s ready to harass anyone in his reach. We have very few friends, very few.

Ethan played his second year of football this year with his dad and grandpa Stencil as two of the coaches. Football is Ethan’s true love and often you will find him sleeping with a football or some sort of football camp t-shirt. He’s well versed in football stats, players and plays. I think it’s great and I’m happy to say that he puts almost the same amount of effort into his schoolwork, especially history.

When he’s not playing football, he is honing up on his foot skills in soccer. Presently he and Blaine are in a futbol club together and practice and work on their foot skills. Blaine’s still unsure about facing girls…but he’s getting the hang of it. Soccer has taught Ethan a great deal about patience and communication and gives him great field vision. He plays on a travel soccer team which should be starting up again soon. Can you feel the excitement in my voice? Yeah.

Blaine loves soccer and is playing for a league out of our city. I can’t tell you what it is, but I know I wrote a check for it a couple of weeks ago. I’m certain he has his ability to play so well from playing with his brother and the two neighbor boys across the street. The boy doesn’t need camps, just friends.

I’d love to tell you that Blaine loves playing baseball, but he doesn’t. All of us love going to see the Tribe play. We had great times at the Jake this season and when the Indian’s were in the play-off’s we would go down to the field to watch the games on the jumbotron for FREE! We’ll be back there next year, I’m sure.

I don’t really know what else to tell you. I’m hoping next year will be filled with an amazing amount of good news and information. However, in the meantime, you’re welcome to visit my blog. Sometimes you’ll see stamping stuff and crafts there, but I put a lot of stuff about the family, etc., too. or email us:

May the new year find you in a good place!

1 comment:

ginny said...

I just got your Christmas card and newsletter. It was great to hear from you and see that you are doing well and blogging. Your cards are beautiful! And I have to say, I would put a fat head of Tom Brady up in my room if Paul would let me. I, of course, had to watch the game on Sunday night just so I could see him!(Paul watched of course because he actually wanted to see the game...) I look forward to reading your blog and seeing your beautiful cards!

Ginny Nelson