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Last Day of School 2020!

This was not the kind of last day of school we had envisioned this year but we made the best of it.  The kids have grown up so much this year!

Brendan finished the Pre-School Twos at Mt. Bethel Christian Academy:

Brielle finished Kindergarten at Mt Bethel Elementary School:

Brielle’s teachers even stopped by to congratulate her and wish her well on her way to first grade which was really sweet of them!

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Brielle’s 6th Birthday Party

We hosted 10 Kindergarten girls at our house yesterday for Brielle’s 6th birthday party.  The theme that Crystal created this year was an “Art Party”. The kids first decorated their aprons with fabric markers and then each of them got a canvas to paint.

We have not got around to getting a dining room table yet so the dining room became the “Art Studio” with a few table cloths on the floor. Before the kids arrived, Crystal initialed each canvas with blue painters tape.

After all the canvases were painted we pulled the painters tape away to reveal some beautiful artwork!

No party at our house would be complete without one of Crystal’s cakes. She delivered another masterpiece cake creation!

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Brielle’s 6th Birthday

Happy Birthday Brielle!  I can’t believe she is already 6 years old!  She was pretty excited to add a second hand with her fingers today.  Crystal brought in cupcakes to school today and she got to wear her “birthday crown” for the day. For dinner, she requested spaghetti and meatballs and then for dessert Oreo ice cream with chocolate chip cookies!  Not a bad choice!

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We did something new this year and recorded a video interview with her.  We will see if we can make this an annual tradition now to see how her answers change as she grows up!

 

 

 

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Happy New Year! 2019 Year in Review

2019 was a great year with lots of milestones and events to celebrate.  The speed at which our family continues to grow amazes me.  At the same time, it also scares me!  Many of my older friends tell me how quickly this time passes and before you know it your kids are off to college.  While having two young children presents its own set of challenges, it is a good reminder to cherish these times we have as a family.

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Brielle’s 5th Birthday

We started out the year celebrating Brielle’s 5th birthday in January with a small party at our old house with some of her friends.

Spring

In April and May we were focused on buying our new house and moving from Mableton to East Cobb in Marietta

In May, Brielle graduated Pre-K from Kids R Kids in Mableton.

Summer Break

In June we went to Boston for our Niece’s birthday. The kids love getting to see their cousin and a lot of fun is had by all!

In July we went on a vacation to Hilton Head Island with the Forester family.  This is the 3rd year we have done this and it is something that we look forward to each year!  We are already planning Hilton Head 2020!

After Hilton Head, I headed out on a long around the world work trip while Crystal took the kids to Seattle to see her friend Tricia and her family.

Back to School

After a whirlwind summer with lots of travel, it was now time to go back to school with Brielle starting Kindergarten in Ms. Menear’s class at Mt Bethel Elementary School and Brendan starting pre-school at Mt Bethel Christian Academy.

In September we went to Blue Ridge Lake for a weekend to stay with my friend Greg and his family.  The kids loved the lake and even got to take their first ride on a jet-ski!

Fall

Brielle joined her first soccer team “The Fire” and had a great time playing this season.  She scored her first goal and is already signed up to play again in the spring!

For Labor Day our community hosts a “Cardboard Boat Regatta” that is a lot of fun.  We entered with “Pinkatastic” and won the peoples choice award for best boat!

No year in review could be complete without an official school photo!  I look forward to stringing these classic pictures along for many years to come!

We celebrated Brendan’s 3rd birthday with a dump truck cake and some candles that he really enjoyed blowing out!

In September we headed back to Boston to meet my new niece Maeve who was born this summer. We also made a visit to the Canobie Lake Amusement Park .

Halloween

After coming back from Boston, the kids were ready to celebrate Halloween for the whole month of October. It started with our Halloween Cards and T-shirts and continued with our family themed costumes.  This year’s theme was pirates! Arggggggg!

Two days after Halloween Mt Bethel hosted their 33rd annual fun run.  Brielle did great and got 4th place in her grade with a time of 4:17 for the half mile!

The Holidays

With Halloween behind us, the kids were excited to start thinking about Thanksgiving and Christmas! We got our holiday photo shoot done early this year so we could get our cards out with our new address:

Crystal continued her tradition of The Adventures of Snowflake our  Elf on the Shelf.  Her creative ideas keep the kids mesmerized each morning looking for her and what she could possibly be up to!

No Christmas season would be complete without a visit with the big guy himself.  We had two Santa visits this year, one with Atlanta Swim and the other in our neighborhood

We had a great Christmas that included some matching Carter’s family PJ’s!

2019 Work Review

Managing the International Business for Carter’s kept me busy this year. I had 9 work trips: 3 domestic (all to New York) and 6 international trips flying a total of 140k MQM‘s on Delta. This was the 3rd year in a row that I made Diamond Medallion status. Here are all the places I went:
1) 2/26 New York
2) 4/10 New York
3) 4/13 Santiago , Chile
4) 5/20 London, UK
5) 6/08 Jakarta, Indonesia with additional stops in Bangkok , Thailand and Seoul, South Korea
6) 7/15 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia with additional stops in Dubai, UAE; Pune, India; Delhi, India; and Shanghai, China
7) 8/7 New York
8) 9/12 Moscow, Russia with additional stops in Warsaw, Poland; Berlin, Germany; and Cologne, Germany
9) 10/8 Sao Paulo, Brazil

We wish everybody a happy and prosperous 2020!  Onto the next decade! 

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Christmas Day

The kids (and parents) did not get much sleep last night but they had a great time today opening some presents and getting to play with their new toys. It helps when it is 65 degrees and sunny in Georgia today! Big items for Brendan included a “big boy” bike and a “choo choo” train.  For Brielle, it was a “big stuffy unicorn” and a bean bag chair for her room. They also both got walkie talkies which were a big hit

After we had lunch the kids headed outside with a few of their friends to ride bikes . Brendan is working on his balance bike skills!

Merry Christmas from the Knight Family! We love the Carter’s matching Santa jammies!

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The Magic of Christmas Eve

Brielle and Brendan could barely contain their excitement tonight on Christmas Eve waiting for Santa! It is such a fun evening when the kids are this age. They opened up their gifts from Snowflake which were matching Santa jammies from Carter’s of course 🙂

They put out cookies, milk, and M&M’s for Santa:

And we could not forget about carrots and water for the reindeer. They decided that the back deck was a better landing pad for Rudolph instead of the front porch! Good thinking!

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Breakfast With Santa

We had a great time visiting with Santa at our neighborhood clubhouse this morning.  I love all the great events that our neighborhood puts together for the kids.  Brendan was a litle shy at first but he warmed up for a quick talk about his “choo choo train” that is at the top of his list this year.  Brielle made sure Santa knew about the “giant stuffy unicorn” at the top of her list.

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2019 Holiday Card

Happy Holidays from the Knight Family: Andrew, Crystal, Brielle, and Brendan

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2019 Santa Pictures

Our old pre-school Kids R Kids in Mableton used to partner with a local photographer to offer pictures with Santa. We had done it the last couple years and liked the event and pictures.  When we moved this summer, we knew we needed to find an alternative.  Brielle and Brendan both take swim lessons at Atlanta Swim and we discovered that they host a holiday party that features pictures with Santa. The best part is that they allow you to use your own camera!  As a photographer this was exactly what I was looking for.  When we arrived they even had LED light stands setup so no flash needed!

Brendan initially got scared and did not want to go see Santa but after watching big sister Brielle go up he built up some courage and did a complete 180.  We even got smiles and a handshake from him!

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2019 The Adventures of Snowflake the Elf

Snowflake made her appearance at our new house the night after Thanksgiving and went on all kinds of adventures this year. Follow her as she brings the Christmas spirit to the kids every morning. Of all our Christmas traditions, this is probably my favorite! Kudos to Crystal for it is her creativity that inspires Snowflake each night!