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Raine Needs a Name!

We have a third little squirt hopefully arriving in the next few weeks. A girl! In true Engstrom fashion, this little one has a great nickname (Lorraine the Plane, or Raine for short) but no real name. We set up a poll to help us decide what to name her. We’d love for you to vote! Just go to: http://twtpoll.com/1139o3

In the meantime, this is our Christmas card from this year. The first to include THREE kids!

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Tomorrow GTB graduates from preschool.  Yes, they call it graduation even though he’s not moving on to anything else.  He will be back in the same place doing the same thing next year, he will still be only three years old, and he will probably still be getting stickers for going pee in the potty.  So we’re looking forward to what this graduation ceremony holds.  As Amber put it today, they keep finding new ways to celebrate mediocrity (can you name that movie?). I figure, if nothing else, this graduation ceremony celebrates a year of survival.  I’m pretty sure Miss Kathy is shocked she made it out alive, and I’m honestly a little bit surprised GTB made it out alive as well.  Here are some of the things GTB survived at school this year:

1.  Roid Rage.  Last fall, GTB reacted horribly to some steroids the pediatrician had prescribed him.  Needless to say, it was a loooong fall for us, his teacher, and him.

2.  Playground Bully.  Early this spring, GTB was crying almost every time I dropped him off at school.  He kept asking me if a certain boy was going to be there and telling me that he was scaring.  I figured…I’m sure this kid is acting crazy just like all the other 2-year-old boys in the class.  Turns out, that every kid in GTB’s class and in the class below his were terrified of this little boy.  Sad case.  We spent a lot of time praying for GTB to be brave and for this little boy to meet Jesus…and a lot of time wiping tears off of GTB’s face.  In mid-February, the kid left for vacation (or “gay-gay-tion” as GTB calls it) and never came back.  The rest of the school year was much easier.

3.  Mulch….GTB hates mulch…really, really hates it.  The whole playground at his school is mulch, and GTB would wig out anytime we left school and he had mulch still stuck to him.  He also would report to me every single time a kid threw mulch at him (although I’m sure he failed to tell me how frequently he threw mulch at other kids).

4.  Being in a different class than Eli.  GTB’s best friend in the whole world got put into the class above GTB’s.  GTB was so sad to not be with him.  As the year progressed, they got more and more used to it…and compensated by yelling “Tooty Booty!” every time they saw one another.

5.  The Christmas program.  Normally, GTB loves to be center stage, but apparently, he prefers to be solo.  He was unimpressed and unexcited about participating in the Christmas program the school put on.  He sat to one side and rolled his eyes as he watched the other kids sing.

For all the things he survived, Toodus and I were just reflecting on how much he’s grown in a year.  He has gotten over so many of the things that were annoying about the two’s – wanting every that we had, fighting over toys, accidentally wetting his pants – and he’s become more and more fun to be around!  He is hilarious at telling jokes, he is everyone’s best friend (no joke), he’s getting better and better with his manners, and he is becoming a really great helper.  Even though GTB’s not technically graduating, we sure are excited for the chance to celebrate him.

His first day….

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Reading Rainbow

Our friend Laura is finishing a grad degree from the LBJ school this week.  To celebrate their upcoming graduation, Laura and her classmates put together a roast for all of their professors and one another, and one of the skits starred GTB!  That’s right…he finally made it to the big screen 🙂  The video is a version of Reading Rainbow (remember that awesome show?  right after mr. rogers and 3-2-1 contact), and it features kids critiquing books written by LBJ professors.  GTB’s the second kid in the video…its pretty short so if you have a chance, you should check it out.

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Miss These Guys!

I was just thinking about our dear friends, the Halls, tonight.  We miss them like crazy.  Here’s a picture of GTB and M when they were about 4 months old

And here’s a pic of GTB and M last fall when the Hall family came to visit. 

And finally, here’s a picture of the little two.

I hope that even though we’re so far apart, these kids grow up knowing and loving each other!

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Christmas 2009

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