Love, the Shanks'
Work and Wait. Two words that seem to sum up our 2016.
Micah- is still working third shift at the city Police Department. In his spare time he enjoys disc golf, mountain biking, long boarding.....just kidding. Those things are fond memories. If you follow us, you know we are building a home from shipping containers and it has been a bugger. It's really consumed all of his time this year. His dad heads up our construction team, which mostly consists of Micah and his dad. (....and sometimes Bill and Brandon. Thanks guys!🙋🏼) Micah has learned A TON about building a house out of shipping containers, so that's got to be a useful skill, right? Seriously, though, I can't believe all they've accomplished this year and I can't wait to move into our new home.
Shauna- I've also been working a lot at the property. Less of using power tools (some, though) and more cleaning, sanding, painting. I did learn how to work a wood burner pen to burn lines through a giant barn door to create a false shiplap effect, so there's that. (If you understood that sentence please comment below, because we need to be friends.) I'm also finishing up copy edits on my book (which release June 29, 2017, woo-hoo!) and baking for Smallfolk weekly.
Josiah- started taking piano lessons this year. He played me a song last night that was so great I texted his piano teacher-extraordinaire, Seth to ask him what song he was playing because he didn't know the name. He said, "That's a song we wrote together, that's his song. Your son is dope."
Siah is also a third year violinist in orchestra. Here is looking dashing at his concert.
He is my Mr. Smartie. He made the high honor roll at school this year and loves chess. He played a nerd reporter for the church Christmas play. He had lots of lines and did great.
Gabe- is Mr. Creative. He has a wild imagination and he likes to craft and tinker. One of his favorite things to do is crack the eggs for recipes, a feat he is still trying to master. Gabe spent endless hours at the property this year "mining". Grandpa got him a pick ax so he could be more effective. He plans on finding me a giant diamond someday. He also started Cub Scouts this year.
Judah- is still growing his hair long like Legolas. This one is my wild. card.
In his last year of preschool, he loves to learn. He shocked everyone the other night when we were reading a book about bats and he interrupted and shouted, "That's echolocation! I know what that is!" Then proceeded to tell everyone how bat's use sound waves to "see" and then named every bat species around the Continental U.S. When I asked him how he knew that he said, "Ms. Secoy told me."
This years highlights: In February, Micah and I got to return to Sacramento for the MyCity Conference and a mini vacation. We spent a day in my favorite spot, San Fran. I feel like if I don't make it to a beach at least once a year I start feeling antsy.
Wrangling these three crazies is a joy. Sometimes I use other words too, but I'm super happy I get to momma them.
This years lowlights: the house, man. We are running way behind schedule.
This photo was taken
500 years ago earlier this spring when we "set" our containers.
Since we were not moved into our home as planned by Christmas, we decided to "camp out" on Christmas night. My Aunt Melissa helped me decorate a ladder in lieu of a tree. We played games, made s'mores and slept in sleeping beds.
Gramma asked me over the holidays how the house was coming along. I replied, "If I knew how long it would take, I would not have agreed to this." She said, "It's a good thing we don't know the future then."
Touchè, Gramma. Touchè.