Wow what a year. Even our two children Zach and Alexis are telling us this year went by too fast. It really does feel like we were just celebrating Christmas a few weeks ago and here it is again. Thankfully we love this time of year.
So here is our summary of 2011 – Not in order
The biggest news would have to be that Jeff finally got a new job. A new job that he loves and I believe will continue to enjoy!!! Since moving here in 2007 he was working in retail and retail management for Verizon Wireless. The money was good but the hours were many and the hours often 10 to 10, taking up the entire day. This did not match well for our family life and what we knew we wanted our life to look like. We understand things can’t be perfect but after a few years we saw that this was not going to change. To make a long story short – This past year, Jeff’s former Verizon manager told him about what he was doing and had him apply for Microsoft. A few months later Microsoft is his new job. We are so excited for the answered prayer. Finally a normal business workweek schedule. This means so much for us. We can now attend church together as a family, coach Zachary’s flag football team, hang out with friends on the nights they are free, and the list goes on. I almost forgot to mention… The kids and I love Jeff’s job because they are great about having family come by and when we visit we get to play. The kids get to play Xbox and Kinect games. I can hang out on the computers and relax. It is like chilling at Barnes & Noble but the kids have more to do. No we are not going to hang out at his work all the time, but it is nice to know we can drop by for lunch and to say hi for a bit. For those of you who have not yet tried the Microsoft Xbox Kinect, you really must. You will love it. It is everything I wanted the Wii to be.
We had the busiest spring in our photo business. www.DigiSmiles.com. It was truly such a blessing to have so much business. We could only take so much without neglecting everything else; so in a six month period we turned away 40 jobs. It was so hard constantly saying no to business but since Jeff has a full time job and I homeschool we still have to run the photography business on the side. We still really love it and are so thankful the Lord has blessed us with such a fun way to make money.
The kids are doing very well. Zachary and Alexis are both in gymnastics at Rowland Ballard. They both really love it! They also are both learning how to play the piano and really enjoy it also.
Zachary and Alexis both are doing well at school. Our homeschool days this year are a bit less structured and more relaxed. They love all the activities and extracurricular classes offered by Super Friday. This past year Zachary has been able to be part of karate, Lego mosaics, Lego robotics, drama, science, swing dance and cake decorating classes. He loves it. Alexis is in 1st grade class where she learns a lot also. She can do the classes like Zachary once she starts 2nd grade.
Well I would go on and on about everything this year has held, but since I blog it is all here. So if you would like to read more and in detail then please just browse through the TonkinHouse blog.
Have a blessed Christmas and may your Christmas be filled with joy of knowing Jesus!
Jeff , Christine, Zachary and Alexis