2012 Christmas Letter

Dear Family and Friends:

If you are reading this letter, then it means you either have successfully managed to download and install our little Christmas Card App (or find our website), or you have contacted us, expressed your irritation that we did not send a traditional Christmas card like respectable people, and subsequently received this letter through some other means.  In either case – Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Again this year we have been blessed that so many of our family and friends have continued to steadfastly reach out, through phone, email, Facebook, and even the occasional letter, to share with us the great moments in their lives.  For this we are deeply appreciative.  We derive such joy from learning of and celebrating with you your accomplishments.  In the past year many of you have welcomed new children to the world, taken on new jobs, moved to new towns, married or become engaged.  Others have closed big deals, won trials, published works, completed 5ks, triathlons, mud runs, or color runs, all while shouldering other responsibilities.  We love sharing these moments with you, and give thanks for all the bits and bytes that bring them our way.

We also appreciate hearing from those who are struggling, or mourning, or otherwise managing the frustrations of life.  We are grateful to share those experiences with you, as well, and are thinking of and praying for you as you contend with such challenges.

For our part, it has been a wonderful year for the Lacey clan.  We really have no significant accomplishments or fabulous trips to report – no one ran a marathon and the trip to Fiji is still on the shelf.  And of course, we have had our own challenges to confront and overcome.  But we all are happy, healthy, and gainfully employed, and in this day and age that gives us a great deal for which to be thankful.

Aaron is still working for Vatterott Educational Centers, Inc. , a postsecondary education company based in St. Louis, where he manages regulatory and government affairs.  Inspired by his many friends that recently have completed great feats of strength and endurance (as noted above), he has attempted to endure  this year several of the home work-out regimens popularized in late night infomercials (e.g., Insanity, P90X), with the result that his cardiovascular and muscular health remain utterly unchanged.  The neighborhood children have, however, come to enjoy imitating his ridiculous “plyometric” movements, which are easily observed through the downstairs playroom/home gym.  Yes, dear, the children are laughing “with” you.

Andrea continues to put forth the herculean effort required to keep three small children clothed, fed, and distanced from sharp objects.  The fact that the children are all healthy and mostly in a good mood is a testament to her extraordinary efforts.  She loves being a mom, but also would welcome the aforementioned trip to Fiji.  At the top of her Christmas list she has put “Alice from the Brady Bunch. “  No doubt, an Alice would be nice. 

August, who is 4.5, has been enjoying a nice mix of day care and staying home with Mom this year.  Next fall will bring kindergarten.  He seems to be developing well and in all the typical ways, and recently has become increasingly adept in the fine art of parent manipulation.  “Mom, hey Mom, I sure love you…(pause)…uh, hey Mom, can I have a cookie?”

And then there are the twins, or as we like to call them, the “twins of destruction.”  It is astounding how quickly these two can bring a clean, organized house to its knees.  It is no coincidence that 23-month old children are so unbearably adorable…  and truly, they are.  There are moments almost every day when they say or do things that bring a smile to your face and melt your heart, even as they dunk the TV remote into their glass of milk.  Yes, that really happened.  Twice.

Finally, we would be remiss if we did not mention our beloved Bix, who grows crankier with every passing year.  He is becoming our resident, lovable curmudgeon.  It is worth noting, though, that while his personality has matured, his countenance remains as handsome and youthful as ever.  To this day, anytime we are out with Bix, he turns heads and draws comments.  And he knows it.

Thank you all for taking the time to visit our Christmas Card App and/or website (and thank you to Aunt Brenna for taking most of the photos in the Gallery).  We wish you all a blessed holiday season, and hope you are able to find time to do those things that are most meaningful to you, with those whom you love. 

Warmest regards,

The Laceys