If I were to actually write a Christmas letter, I suppose this is what it would say:
Merry Christmas to all and a Happy New Year! My apologies that I have not done a Christmas letter in so many years. Time seems to go to fast in our busy household. So here is an update on our family.
We had an exciting 2009 beginning on Valentines Day when Lydia Kay decided to join the family. Weighing in at 5 lbs 15 oz, she was the smallest little girl we have had. She is already almost 11 months old. She is crawling and starting to pull herself up to things and walk along them. She is a great joy and her favorite time is after everyone is in bed and she gets to stay up and play with all the toys all by herself!
In March, Sophia turned 4. I like to call her sweet Sophia because that is exactly what she is. She is enjoying her preschool work at home this year. We are working on letters and numbers, the very basics, but she really enjoys that time.
It is hard to believe that Brooke turned 14 in April and started her freshman year last fall. WOW, how did that happen? She is still taking fiddle lessons and is involved in Speech and Drama at the public school. She is taking classes this year from Alpha Omega Academy online. She is also driving! She has her permit and is waiting impatiently for us to have time to get her ready for her drivers test. Yikes!
We had another birthday celebration in May for Grace. She turned nine and has managed to grow taller than her older sister, Emily! She is in the third grade this year and enjoys swimming, acting(drama, drama, drama!), and softball. She is also a little mother, if Allison is in trouble, you will most likely hear her crying for Grace!
July brought mine and Josh's birthdays, but I don't think anyone really cares how old we are! Josh is still working for Ensign Drilling. He is a driller and thankfully through this rough patch in the oil field he has managed to keep working consistently. I am still at home with the girls. Between school, meals, and laundry, I manage to stay pretty busy!
Emily had her 11th birthday in November. She is in the fifth grade now and is also taking fiddle lessons. She enjoys her swimming and softball in the summer and of course making up plays with Grace. We missed the basketball season this year(oops), but she is looking forward to playing next year!
We ended the year with Allison turning three on Christmas Day. I absolutely cannot believe she is three already! She has grown up so much this last year and is such a little girl now and not a baby. She loves to imitate her sisters and do her school work on her little toy laptop. Now, she is one we are going to have to keep our eye on! Busy and full of mischief!
I guess that about sums things up! We have had a busy year full of blessings. So much to be thankful for. Looking forward to the excitement that 2010 has to offer!
We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and we wish you the best in the New Year!