Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

*Thanks dh Images for this picture!
I know it's a little late, but we wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  We are so grateful for the knowledge our family can be eternal, and that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer.

Our family has had a fantastic year! Most importantly, we were sealed together as  family in the Salt Lake Temple in April.  We have been working towards this for awhile. It was a wonderful experience we were glad to share with family and friends.  We are so thankful for all those who gathered to celebrate with us, and many who contributed to that wonderful weekend. In November, we purchased our first home!  We have a large playroom and a pool so, come on over ya'll.  Jared and I are installing a laminate floor in the living room, and might just have enough planks that we haven't cut incorrectly to finish. Our family went on vacation to Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas, Sea World, and Utah.

Jared celebrated his one year anniversary with Richemont, N.A. and is enjoying his job. He spent the from April to November as the Elder's Quorum Secretary in our previous ward.  Also in November, he turned 35 and I spent Thanksgiving night standing in line to get him a new flat screen television.  He has wowed me with is handyman skills fixing doors, and making things work.

I continued working for my mom's cousin Lucy as her real estate assistant, then when hail season was upon us, Lucy's husband asked me to answer phone's and estimate hail damage to cars for his business. I have learned some new skills this year and brushed up on some old ones.  I turned the big 3-0 in September and celebrated with friends at as surprise party put on by Jared and our friend Lissania.

Paul finally decided he was ready to be potty trained in January when I put him in underwear out of desperation.  He had one accident that day and has been great ever since.  In May, he turned four and started preschool the next week.  He met his best friend Ben there, and they can play together for 10 hours and think it's not long enough. How It's Made is his current favorite show, and his favorite question is Why? This boy is happy go lucky and has done very well with all the changes in his world this last  year.  We love his little guts!

We decided to do one last family activity in 2011, please enjoy!


Elaine Brown Billings said...

Ha ha . . . . . . what a blast. I take it the water was a little nippy?!?! I'm so excited about your new house and a pool. I can't wait to come see your new digs.

Murlene Brown Watkins said...

Happy New Year! You have had a great year! Love the new house. Have a great NEW year!