Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Merry Christmas 2009

Edited: Here's our Christmas letter and photos for the year. Hope you enjoy this extra little glimpse into our lives. And my kids' crazy personalities.

Picking pumpkins

At the Pumpkin Patch Oct 2009

On our beach vacation--Brookings, Or July 2009

In our backyard--November 2009

It’s hard to believe that another year has come and gone. 2009 seemed to pass in the blink of an eye. The days flew, our hands were busy, and our lives were enriched.

Big boy turned four this year. He’s so full of questions. Hardly a moment goes by without some new curiosity or insight coming out of his mouth. He started preschool in January and is thriving in that environment. It’s just a couple of hours in the mornings, but he’s learning a lot and enjoys having something that’s just his. Big Boy’s super active between swimming, gymnastics, and trying to climb on to the roof of the house (with a jump rope).

Baby Girl’s almost two already. Her sassiness is ever-present and she’s such a joy to have around. Most of the time she’s just trying to keep up with her brother, whether riding bikes or getting in a game of Memory. We’ve recently seen her branch out and start making her own friends. Baby Girl also loves swimming like her brother. Most of the summer was spent in the YMCA pool.

Daddy changed jobs in January and is working as a group home counselor once again. His job takes him away from home for some long hours, but we get to have him home for three-day weekends. The Associate Pastor of our church left in June and Daddy has since taken over a good share of his responsibilities. The experience has taught him a lot about leading in the local church and continues to grow him daily.

Mommy is at home with the kids, staying busy with two very active imaginations. She still volunteers at the YMCA on a weekly basis and spent a good part of the past year planning the church’s women’s retreat. All things “home” keep her busy, whether opening our home to others or documenting the spiritual insights of a four and two year old, days are full.

Our summer hit off with a bang. As many of you know, we moved into a three-bedroom home with a good friend last Aug. However, in January he started making plans to spend a three month mission trip in Africa over the summer. Faced with another move, we started to look into buying our own home. With the government bonuses available this year, the process moved even quicker than we imagined. On June 6th, we moved into our first house. The kids have their own rooms and it literally takes us longer to load the kids in the car than to actually drive to the church parking lot.

We’d love to hear from any and all of you. We think of you often and pray that you’re doing well. If you’re ever in the area, give us a call. We’d love to see you.

Big Boy’s Top Ten 2009

1. Lambie
2. Spiderman
3. Riding his scooter and bike
4. In ‘N’ Out Burger
5. Playing Memory Game
6. Swimming
7. Super Why!
8. “How Do Dinosaurs” books
9. Annie (our cat)
10. Hot Sauce

Baby Girl’s Top Ten 2009

1. Elmo
2. Annie and all kitties
3. Disney Princesses
4. Swimming
5. Coloring
6. Reading Books
7. Doing Puzzles and stringing beads
8. Super Why!
9. Hot Chocolate Dates
10. Her Thumb (still!)

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