Happy Holidays from The Markles. Yes, I realize it’s February. Just pretend it’s January 1st.
Hello Family & Friends. It’s the beginning of a new year and we wanted to take some time to send along photos and highlights from our year.
Bren has changed so much this year. He’s becoming a little boy, using full sentences and expressing his own opinion, sometimes in a loud and demanding way. But one thing remains the same, he is sweet. Sweet as honeycomb, to quote a books he enjoys hearing from the library (The Great Smelly, Slobbery, Small-toothed Dog).
He’s a very bright boy–he knows his numbers to 26 and letters (no coincident that there are 26 letters in the alphabet and that’s how high he can count.) He is intensely interested in letters and numbers. He is also spelling some minor words, like YOU and TOY.
He’s a good boy for the most part, he listens well when we are out in the big city. And when we are home he helps pick up his toys. We moved to a smaller place in Sept. so we’ve been steadfast in our rule that we only play with one set of toys at a time. There just isn’t enough room to have toys exploding across the apartment. It’s good practice for us all. Especially Syd, who isn’t always in the habit herself.
The Incredible Shrinking Mama
Speaking of Mama, it’s been a good year. Syd has been following Weight Watchers and lost 60 lbs. this year. She is feeling great. The secret to her success: Don’t stop moving. Make small specific changes. Celebrate every win. Eat clean.
At work, she continues to make strides with her teams who are building key marketing websites for IBM. Her primary mission is to be very useful. Which works well with the corporate mission: Be Essential.
In addition to her scrum master certification, Syd is now a certified scrum product owner. She has also begun taking facilitation methods training and hopes to get certified as an MTOPs Facilitator in 2014. One last class, we must mention, is Sydney is taking an Improv class at the PIT (People’s Improv Theater). Its more of an extra curricular but we felt it would help her as she’s been doing more public speaking and leading tours as part of her duties with the IBM M&C Lab.
Founder and CEO of Brennus Education Systems
Chris has been making the most of it as well. He took a Irish flute class early in 2013. He has also been active with the NYC Dad group and made a new friend–Georg and his daughter Selena. They meet up once or twice a week to let the kids play and have conversations beyond Elmo and Patty Cake. Georg, a web developer and stay-at-home-dad and his wife, Varina who works at the UN, are from Germany. They are becoming good friends and had Thanksgiving at our house, and we spent New Year’s Eve at their place.
Chris spends a lot of time with Bren, helping to make him in the wonder you see in the photos. He always says though, the quality of his work won’t be truly revealed for another 15 years or so. It’s a long term investment, and fun one at that. It’s likely that you would not be surprised, but you might still be impressed, by the skill Chris has for organizing an outing with Bren. He’s relied on the stroller a lot this year, to bear the brunt of the weight of things you must schlep with a toddler. But starting this Fall, he’s been going out with just a backpack, and the boy. It’s an active and sometime stressful job, but one with many rewards.
Family and Friends in the Big Apple
We had the pleasure of seeing a few of you this year. Framma came out for a visit in Sept. And Mama took Bren to Texas in July. But it never seems enough.
We miss you all so very much. Our primary goal in 2014 is to pay down some debt so we can travel more freely in 2015. So please, come see us in NYC in the meantime. We love you and hope your New Year has been merry and bright. Avalanches and tidal waves of love, coming your way from Roosevelt Island, NYC.