Monday, January 27, 2014

Better Late Than Never

Mommy was a total slacker and did not get Fletch's 4th birthday video done until recently. I had a file on my computer with all the pictures and video to use, and even picked the song. Somehow I lost track and this video did not get put on my list of tasks. I recently finished Wyatt's 365 book, so I figured while I was on a roll I better get Fletch's video done before his next birthday.

Fletch is Four from Jennifer Shock on Vimeo.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

2013 Christmas Letter Shock Family Update

2013 - A new year in a new place.

We officially moved to Austin on January 9th, and have been keeping Austin weird ever since. Our transition went smoothly, without any hiccups along the way. We are living in north Austin, tinkering on the edge of Round Rock. Our neighborhood and surrounding area has a lot to offer.

Atom had two job offers before we even left Virginia. He decided to take a job with TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) and really enjoys his work and his co-workers. We are still a 1-car family, even in Texas! Atom commutes by bike to the metro station and then hitches a ride with a vanpool to work. He rides 10 miles round trip each day! So far he has enjoyed becoming a Texan :)

Jenn has been busy chasing after the boys and managing the household. There have also been a lot of creative endeavors underway. Jenn found an amazing mom’s group that is very active. 

Many of the moms have creative hobbies and it has been a lot of fun getting to share our interests. There is always something to do for the kids (and the moms). She is also gearing up to start looking for a teaching job next fall.

Fletch continues to get bigger and smarter. He has attended two preschools, and the second one has turned out to be a great school. He is starting to learn to read, and we can’t wait until he can read to us at bedtime. Fletch also played T-ball this year for team Hot Rods. 

He had a lot of fun learning the basics of the game. And it was pretty entertaining watching him and his team play.

Wyatt is walking, talking, and keeping us on our toes. He loves to help around the house, even when it’s not that helpful. He really loves music and will stop to dance whenever he hears a good song. He is also really good at banging on the drum. 

He’s almost done cutting all his teeth, and we’re looking forward to some drool-free days. There is always some new developmental milestone being reached and it is still exciting every time.

We all are happy to be settled in our new home in Austin. We have been exploring the area, especially all the great food and music. Even though we are up north, we still like to venture into the heart of Austin. Whenever anyone visits, we use it as an excuse to go check out something in town. We took Uncle Matthew and Uncle Chris to Barton Springs this summer, and we have introduced both grandparents to Torchy’s Tacos.

We look forward to spending the holidays with family and friends. We hope that your holiday season is filled with peace, love and joy.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


The Shocks - Atom, Jenn, Fletch & Wyatt

Friday, May 31, 2013

One year of Pre School: DONE!

Fletch has completed his first year of pre-school. However, he did not finish where he started. When Fletch started school we were still in Virginia, wondering if we would ever get to Texas. He started school at Good Shepherd with Mrs. Barron.

First day of school 9.10.12

We really loved that school, but we always knew Austin was our goal! So once we got to Austin in January, we had to find Fletch a new school. We found a school very close to our home that had an opening for Tuesday and Thursday. Fletch had been going MWF. I had to take what I could get, so we enrolled him at Kids Day Out. 

Fletch finished his school year with Mrs. Machaela's class on May 23rd, 2013. 

Although he is going to miss a few friends, he will be starting at a new school in June. That's right, school is NOT out for summer! He will at least have the month of August off, but I want to keep his active mind engaged. And I'm not gonna lie, 4 hours to get stuff done isn't bad either. 

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Wabbit Season

Gotta get a pic of the kids in rabbit ears every Easter, right? The boys had two Easter egg hunts this year. One with our mom's group and one in our very own backyard! Now that we have one (a backyard), I think this will be a yearly thing. Wyatt was about as interested as Fletch was on his first egg hunt. Fletch however, had enough excitement for the both of them. Here are some of the best pics from both hunts.

Wyatt is One!

Wow...we really have not been keeping up with this little family blog of ours, have we? As bad as we have been, we cannot let one very important event go under the radar. Wyatt is one! That's right, we kept him alive for his first year. He's on his own now. Just kidding!

Here is Wyatt's first annual birthday video:

Wyatt's 1st Birthday from Jennifer Shock on Vimeo.


You are the perfect bookend to our family. We forgot all the wonder and amazement that came with a new bundle of baby boy, but we are so glad you are here to remind us. I love watching you grow and take new steps every day. We all love you more than you will ever know.

Mama, Daddy & Fletcher