I always tell myself I won't do these ginormous updates with a million pictures, but it just seems to work out that way every single time. *sigh* Hope you don't mind terribly. I figured I'd better do this all at once, since very soon life will be cheerfully consumed with shopping and wrapping and decorating and eating more than I should!
Lee is great, and is the best Daddy and husband we could ever want. I had a wonderful time in Houston but missed all my boys. So now I'm home and I miss my Mommy and Daddy instead. Wyatt is a barrel of monkeys, and is hilarious. Jana is almost 10 pounds now and is our darling princess. Wyatt will climb up on the recliner to peek in her bassinet and say "Hi, sis!" It's very sweet. How I love my little family!
I like to give credit where credit is due, so to my responsible remembers-to-bring-her-camera sister, thank you for giving me copies of your pictures!
Here comes show and tell:
Jana was all smiles one morning, so I laid her on a blanket and tried to take some pictures. Skeeter wasn't having that, he wanted to lay by her and keep her safe.
Jana's blessing day- this was the dress I was blessed in almost exactly 27 years ago.
Our blessing just after her blessing!
I repeatedly explained to 5 year-old Stanze that baby Jana isn't old enough to play with toys yet, not even baby toys. She didn't believe me.
In the Salt Lake airport before leaving for Dallas. Can you tell I only slept 2 hours the night before?
Outside the Mission Office with Elder Grandpa and Sister Grammy!
A small part of the downtown Houston skyline.
We went to Galveston one day, and the island is still in recovery from Hurricane Ike two months ago. This picture shows the seawall (about 13 feet) and the stones that used to be under the sand of a beach. All the sand washed away with the flooding.
It's amazing the damage that wind and water can do. While we were leaving Galveston we passed a whole parking lot filled with washers, dryers, refrigerators, and lots of other large appliances that can't be repaired after such significant water damage.
I think this used to be a restaurant. It was so sobering to realize how quickly so many people lost everything.
All over Galveston and clear up into Houston we saw these blue tarps, covering damaged section of roofs. They were everywhere!
The day we went to the Houston temple was beautiful, and it was so fun to see summer flowers blooming in November.
Jana eating outside the Houston temple
We had a chick flick party the night before we went home. I'm sure Jana will grow to love these like I do (especially once she is old enough for chocolate!).
I hope all your holiday preparations go smoothly and bring you the peace and happiness that make this time of year so fun. We are grateful for our families and friends, and wish you a wonderful treat-filled and love-filled Christmas!