Friday, December 19, 2008

Christmas Cards - New Age Style

I know I'm a Christmas slacker this year (for more evidence, see older post here), but I really think this is the way to go for Christmas cards. I could say that we're trying to do our best to help the environment, or that we just got our family pictures back a few days ago, or lots of things. I could also say that I just didn't quite get to it, and frankly didn't remember until all the over-achievers sent theirs to me in the mail. I'll let you pick whichever excuse sounds good to you, but for whatever reason, we're doing e-Christmas cards (blog and email style). I think it's the wave of the future - I really do. We'll probably reach more people this way, anyway.

The Theler Christmas Letter
(see picture at top of blog)

2008 has been a busy, but fulfilling, year in the Theler household. We are incredibly grateful for Jason’s job and the security it gives us. We took a Stay-cation this year and hung around home. It was a lot of fun and just goes to prove you don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a good time.

Jason is enjoying his fourth year as an Elementary School Principal, and the students and faculty love him. He feels like he has a pretty good grip on things now. This year Jason succumbed to spouse pressure and has taken up running. He impressed his coworkers on the School District 5K run so much that he has been invited to join a district team that will run a 170-mile relay race this June. It probably won’t be long before he can out-run Jaime. (Darn it!)

Jaime participated in many races this last year, including her first Sprint Triathlon (where she placed third in her division – much to her surprise). She works out regularly, and keeps extremely busy as a full-time mom/household manager (the official-sounding title is nice) and part-time author. In March, Jaime’s second book, Enjoying the Journey, was released and just last week she finished her current manuscript, a children’s fantasy which we hope you’ll see on shelves soon.

Brennan is now 10 and the most voracious reader we know. The library has a hard time keeping up with him. Brennan is in the A.L.L. program (an advanced class) again this year and enjoys the challenge it offers. He is also still doing karate, and is now a blue belt—well on his way to a black belt. Brennan is our most tech-savvy child and loves all things computer, video game, and military. He also participated in soccer and flag football this year.

Ian is 8 and very outgoing and athletic. Ian wants a Ripstick or a trampoline more than anything, but he’ll take soccer, basketball, skateboarding, football, wallball, or baseball, too. Ian is in karate too and is a green belt; his instructors are amazed by his power. This year Ian tested into the A.L.L. program and is enjoying making new friends and being challenged academically. He has discovered some really fun books, and now has joined the ranks of the book-lovers. (Jaime’s hard work has paid off.)

Senea is 5 and started Kindergarten this year. She loves it. She’s a blossoming little reader and loves to write notes to anyone—her friends, parents, siblings, grandparents, Santa, Jesus, etc. She adores all things girlie and “cute” but this year has seen a switch from dress-ups to artistic creativity. Every day Senea makes new works of art—so many that we can’t store them all. She loves to draw, color, cut, paste, paint, and make her own paper books (she is the author and illustrator – we wonder where she got that idea?). We have an entire wall dedicated to her “art gallery.”

We are so grateful for all our many blessings, including dear family and friends, and for the hope and happiness our knowledge of Jesus Christ brings us. May His peace rest upon your family and we wish you all the best for 2009. Feel free to stop by our family blog at to catch up on what’s going on with us (we update it regularly).


Deborah said...

It keeps surprising me the things I discover I didn't know when I read your blog entries.

Merry Christmas


Annette Lyon said...

I didn't know half of that stuff! Fun to get to know your family a bit better.

Rebecca Talley said...

Merry Christmas! Your kids are adorable!