Thursday, December 3, 2009

Merry Christmas

It's that time of year again. The cards have been sent, and it's time for the annual recap. We've had a full year. We've laughed a lot, mourned our losses, celebrated new life, and been grateful we've been with each other through it all. Here it goes:

January: I (Sarah) enjoyed learning about my new camera, as you can see here.

February: Our family took a trip to Colossal Caves for Valentines Day. We all had a great time. I also learned that even though my ideas of celebrating Valentines as a family is a great idea, an even better idea is celebrating it as a married couple.

March: this was a full month. We had piano recitals, my parents came to visit, we announced a new child on the way, Liz had soccer games, the pregnancy was complicated, and I went on a much needed and loved girls trip with the ladies in my family. We also said goodbye to a beloved Nana, Nana Betty (Bj's grandma) returned to Heavenly Father.

April: This month I tried my hand at creating my own digital kit found here to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis research.

May: I started my very own, much neglected, quilting blog. We also found out we were having a little boy, our Noah. I also received some fabulous news. I had submitted a proposal to publish my own quilting book with Martingale, and behold, they wanted to do it. I was told I had until the first of August to complete the manuscript. Bj took the girls on the much anticipated and loved Daddy Daughter Campout. Madeline and Mitchell finished 3rd and 1st grades and were so excited to enjoy the summer.

June: We learned our kids love beef tenderloin and love making lots of money with a lemonade stand. I had a great friend take pictures of me for the book. And, we found a rattlesnake, curled up peacefully about 24 inches from our patio. Curse rattlesnakes. I spent my days on the computer and sewing machine working to finish my book (with lots of help from Nana Laura).

July: Madeline spent her time in UT with my side of the family, while the rest of us stayed at home to enjoy the heat. I continued working on the book. After all that hard work, our family decided to take a little vacation to Phoenix...I know it was really far.

August: The book is due. I did it, and sent it off. School started, so early! I started feeling somewhat grumpy about my growing girth. Liz lost her first tooth! Rooms were decorated, cooking shows were introduced, playsets were built, and gallons of jam were made to fill the freezer.

September: Noah Benjamin came to our family on the 5th...and we all fell in love with him!!! Mitchell was baptized on his birthday, and Noah was blessed the very next day. Bj also found out why they have straps on wii-motes.

October: we mourned the loss of a beloved nephew, Emmett Paul Anderson, and found much peace in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Halloween came and went bringing with it the flu, and lots of candy.

November: Isn't it still November? I guess not. Noah grew to a whopping 10 lbs., and we all love him to bits and pieces.

December: the best is yet to come!

We hope this year has been a good one for your families as well. We sure love our friends and family! We love visiting friends and families blogs, websites, and other "stuff." Let us know what you're doing!!!


Clarke and Kamie said...

DARLING card! love the pics. your kids are too cute.

Manders said...

Such great pictures and your header too! Love it!

csperriton said...

Love love love your card as usual! I especially like the crazy family photo.

The Driggs said...

Your header is amazing! Why did you not use THAT for your Christmas card? Loved the year re-cap...may have to copy. And you did such a fantastic job on your Christmas card. I have put it on the cupboard that I use the I can see it the most often!

Mandy said...

we got ours in the mail yesterday. James and I decided that you two will have your hands full when those girls are teenagers, way too pretty for their own good! The boys will be dangerous as well :)

BOWDENS said...

I love this post! What a great year in review. You forgot the part where you met us :)

clothier jr's said...

Can I just tell you how much I love you.. and your cute blog post!! I love the header... I laughed a loud laugh when I saw it. I love the idea of the recap, also might have to steal that idea. You are the best and inspire me!!

Jaimee said...

What a cute post and I love your Christmas card---darling pics of your kiddos! Hope you enjoy the holidays!