So, I figured for my last post of the year I'd write a short bit of what has happened in our lives over the last year. Hope you enjoy!
We started out the year with Dennis looking forward to another semester in school and Sarah being pregnant with our second child. Grandma Hover was visiting a lot to help out since Sarah has tough pregnancies and Dennis was so busy with school.
The beginning of the year just flew by soooo fast. It's hard to remember really what was going on near the beginning, Sarah started this blog in February and it's been good at keeping her busy, she sure loves to play on the computer!!! She has lots of friends online that she cares for deeply and enjoys keeping in touch with. She also discovered facebook this year and enjoys staying in contact with people that way. She was also pretty active in the Spring doing water aerobics with a friend who was due the same day as her.
Then Danielle was born on May 12th, and what a cutie she is. She has been such a good baby and just a joy in our lives. The newborn stage is so fun. Now she is seven months old and crawling! How quickly the time flies. She absolutely adores her older sister and can't get enough of her. But she is as much a Mommy's girl as Charity is a daddy's girl! Daddy's thrilled, he wasn't sure what he'd be able to do with two daddy's girls! lol. Some of our favorite moments throughout the year have been when Charity would get Danielle giggling and the two girls would just be sitting there staring at each other giggling away. Charity turned two in May and hit the terrible two's hard :) She has her terrible moments but she also has those wonderful moments where she does or says the cutest things. She is such a pretty girl and knows it :) She'll give you one of her great big grins and your heart just melts. I've gotta admit I've got two of the cutest girls.
Dennis' semester in the fall had him worried but he ended up passing it with an A- so we were thrilled with that! He finds school to be very time consuming and can't wait until it is over when he can spend more time with his family but knows (or at least hopes) it will be worth it in the end!
For a few months in the middle of the year we had Dennis' dad move in with us and then he moved back to Delta to live with Dennis' sister to help take care of her during her pregnancy but now he is back and both girls just love having grandpa around. Charity likes to go outside and play several times a day while Danielle always has a smile for him. They love their grandparents sooo much. We enjoy having him here. He's a great help around the house and loves to play with the kids.
In July the ward boundaries for our stake was redefined and we were put into a new ward. And when I say new ward, I mean brand new ward so we were there at the beginning. What a fun adventure that has turned out to be! Sarah got a calling to be the co-leader for the enrichment committee and Dennis was called to be on the Activities Committee. That was a big change for both of us but we are enjoying it!
Dennis went on his first business trip this year (of course he's hoping it's his last, he hates to travel). He went to California. Sarah would love to go with him if he goes on any more trips but plane tickets will probably always be too expensive! Maybe we'll have to set him up with something to get miles or something so she'll be able to go some day. lol.
Christmas we went to Delta and what a snowy ride that turned out to be! There were some complete white out conditions several times due to snow, fog and wind! But the girl's had a good time. They always love to go places and see people (even if they don't seem like it in the beginning because they are so shy). Danielle has hit the stranger anxiety stage a bit early so that made it fun for pictures with Santa! lol, but Charity wouldn't go near him either so, oh well. Maybe someday we'll get pictures of our kids with Santa.
We are so grateful for the many blessings that we have recieved this year and for the opportunities that we've been given. It has enriched our lives and made us realize just how much we love each other.
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