Tuesday, December 29, 2009

As the year comes to an end...

So, with 2009 coming to an end, I have been doing a lot of reflecting over the past year and all the changes and the accomplishments that have been made thus far. We were finally able to go visit my family in Florida this summer. This was the first time that they had met Sara and the first time for many of them to meet Cooper.Bryce and the kids also went to Disney World for their first time. We were also able to meet my brother's newest son, Justin. Bryce and I went to our very first NFL game with some of Bryce's brothers. In October, my mom was able to come up and visit us. It was nice for someone in my family to finally see where we live and get to spend some quality time with the kids. So, here is a run down of what the family has been up to over the past year.

Cooper-The biggest change is Cooper's life this year, has been that he started pre school. He is such a smart kid and loves to learn and ask questions. Lots of questions! He can count to 10 (and a little further sometimes), spell his name, recognize his name, and he knows some of his ABC's. Cooper loves to draw and has become quite a car drawer. He loves to help no matter what it is. He is also one of the most stubbornest children I know. (I have no clue where he gets it from. :-))Cooper is also a very sweet child, at times. He always gives hugs and kisses and tells me how much he loves me. There are times when he will just come up to me and give me a hug and tells me that he loves me. He has just recently started telling me sweet dreams when I go take a nap. When, I got home from the hospital, he took such great care of me. He "tucked" me in when I went to go lay down. Cooper also loves to "kiss" your boo boo's to make them better. He is such a blessing to have in our lives. Now, if only I could get him potty trained!!

Sara-What a year Ms. Sara has had! She has had tons of first this year. Sara went on her first plane ride this summer. Sara was very lucky to be able to celebrate her 1st birthday with my family, as well as at Disney World. When we got home from Disney, Sara had another party with Bryce's family. She began walking shortly after her birthday. Sara also went swimming for the 1st time, which she didn't really like. She has started talking (finally!). Her vocabulary is at about 10-15 words. She is learning new words every day. As Sara has grown, we have noticed how much she is looking like Cara. I do believe that Cara is one of Sara's favorites. Sara is one of the happiest little girls, but when she gets mad, boy she lets you know it! She is such a daddy's girl! Sara is also a bit of a monkey. She loves to climb on EVERYTHING!! I am so thankful that Heavenly Father has blessed me with such a beautiful, blue eyed little girl.

Bryce-Well, in comparison to the kids, he hasn't had such an interesting year. Bryce is still working at Samaritan in the Special Care Unit. Unfortunately, Samaritan laid off about 45 people before Christmas. In order for Bryce to keep his job, he had to go back to working nights. He has done a wonderful job of providing for our family. I am so glad that he did marry Francis. Because if had never married her, then I never would have had the chance to meet him and fall in love. Bryce is such a wonderful husband! I couldn't ask for anything more!

Me-Once again, my life has not been all that interesting. I have just been trying to learn how to be a better mother and wife. The biggest change in my life has been me having a hysterectomy. After months and months of dealing with the wonderful issues of being a woman, the problem was fixed. This has been one of the hardest things that I have had to do in my life. It has been 2 1/2 weeks since my surgery and I am doing good. I have my good days and my bad days. It is kind of hard to take care of 2 little ones, while doing the things my doctor would want me to do. Luckily, Bryce was able to take 2 weeks off to help me out around the house and be the mom. I would be lying if I said that I am completely fine with everything. It is still hard to see a woman pregnant or find out that someone you know is pregnant. It is hard knowing that I will never be pregnant again. I will never have the opportunity to bring another child into this world. As hard as this has been, I have to say that I have learned so much about myself this past year. I have never been this happy in my life. (OK, maybe when I was in high school.) I am the luckiest woman in the world! I have a wonderful, loving husband, and 2 beautiful children. I don't think there is anything more in this world that I want. Well, except to be sealed to Bryce, Cooper, and Sara for all eternity and world peace. Happy New Year!


Chad and Jaycie Cole said...

Love your post! You are a wonderful mommy and wife....your kids and hubby are lucky to have you! I hope things continue to get better for you guys with the new year!

Heatherlyn said...

Hi there! I'm following your blog now. It's interesting that you wrote about struggling with not having more children. We have 5 which seems like a alot, and it is, and so we are not having more children, but I still sometimes want to have more children. Having children is such an amazing thing. It takes a lot of faith to hope that in the next life we can still have children. I would be so sad if this were it because it is such an amazing experience. And yet we are limited by our physical bodies and the resources that we have to having to stop having kids at some point. It's a bittersweet thing to be able to be happy about moving on to a new phase in life and yet leaving such a great one behind. Your kids are still little though. Love them up. It really doesn't last long. Enjoy it every day. The tiredness and being behind in everything passes. As does their young wonderful little childhood. ENJOY IT!

I also found it curious for you to mention someone you were grateful for that your husband had been married to before. My husband had a very awful short-lived first marriage and it is sooooooo difficult for me to learn to deal with his X-wife (on account of my wonderful step-daughter we still have to). I have mixed feelings because on the one-hand that bad marriage helped him to be where he was when I met him and being married to him is the most incredible blessing in my life. On the other hand, I'm not totally mature enough to still not wish he'd never met her. :)

Sounds like you had a great year being able to spend time with family you don't often get to see. And it's a good thing that your husband still has a job. That's always a great blessing!