2022 was the year that we settled into our new life in Tacoma, Washington. We killed most of the grass in our front yard and turned it into a place where we could experiment with a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Sofia became the garden master, but the boys loved to help. We spent most of our time at Red Elm Cafe and Owen Beach.
Noah had his second birthday on June 2nd. Noah became a toddler this year and started daycare in January. As a pandemic baby, he was part of a group of kids who never got the experience of a pre-Covid world. It wasn’t until halfway through the year that he even saw his teacher’s faces. Nonetheless, he prospered in his new environment. He went from a handful of words to too many to count. In fact, it is now difficult to get him to stay quiet. He is an incredibly playful child who loves cars, dinosaurs, and ice cream above all else.
Henry turned four on December 27th. Henry blossomed so much this year. At the beginning of the year, Henry had near zero words in his vocabulary. Today he has hundreds (you just have to pry them out of him at times). He started daycare and preschool in January. He moved to a more inclusive preschool in September. He loves it. He is known as the captain of circle time—ensuring it is never missed and sometimes taking over as the one reading to the other kids. He loves to ride the bus, going to Owen Beach, and hang out at “Mama’s Cafe.”
Sofia celebrated the big 3-0 on January 17th. Throughout the year Sofia transitioned from stay at home mom, to community college student, to barista. She powered through some of the hardest classes in her Sonography prerequisites (like organic chemistry). With only a few classes left until she could apply for the full program, she came across an opportunity she could not turn down. The cafe where she had been doing Sunday barista shifts went up for sale. She jumped at the opportunity and dropped out of community college. On December 22nd, she signed the purchase agreement to take over 50% ownership. As of the first of the year, she will be a small business owner of a cafe with six employees (Red Elm Cafe).
Richard completed his first full year as Assistant District Manager of the Olympia, Washington Social Security Administration. He was lucky enough to start teleworking from home two days a week, making the 35-40 minute commute much easier to sustain. He spent a good part of the year waiting for his Steam Deck as he ceded control of the Switch over to the boys. He spends his evenings and weekends trying to turn his boys into nerds and hanging out at “Mama’s Cafe” and Owen Beach. In January, he will take over the role of community college student from Sofia as he works towards his bookkeeping certificate.