Tuesday, December 30, 2008
That was one fast year. Raegan is one and we can't believe it. I swear that time goes 100x faster when you have kids. She turned 1 on Dec. 21st. We celebrated a day early so that Coy, Hannah and Luke could spend it with us. I am also seeing how difficult it is going to be to have a birthday so close to Christmas. I was Christmas shopping and then it hit me like a ton of bricks..RAEGANS BIRTHDAY!! She is so much fun and has a hilarious personality. She loves to laugh and loves to get into everything. She isn't walking yet, but crawls like a mad woman. She is also beginning to fight with Peyton. She is actually the bully and the boss of Peyton..she pinches and pulls her hair. AHH and so it begins!! Here's to years of girl fights!! Also, Peyton helped make the cake so she loved to lick the blenders.
We spent Thanksgiving at Kirk's mom's house in Sundance. Brenda was able to come home for a really special Thanksgiving and the whole family was able to be there. Brenda was glowing on Thanksgiving day being with what she loved the most..family. It was of course an amazing feast at Kirk's grandma's house. With our family and a few hunters we were having Thanksgiving dinner with 45+ people!! It was a ton of fun and being that it was our last with Sissy it will never be forgotten..we have a lot to be thankful for! One picture is of Kirk and his two precious girls, one of all 5 babies together..they are getting so big, and the last is of Kirks brothers and Sissy.
I know that I have been a really bad blogger lately but we have been busy...really busy. I think all of you know that Kirk's sister Brenda was diagnosed with leukemia last April. Well, after 8 months of ups and downs, several rounds of chemo her little body couldn't go on anymore. She passed away on Dec. 5th. We all miss her so much and each day it becomes more and more clear that she is not coming back. At first I thought of this all as a really bad dream, but as each day passes I realize that it is reality and now we are all finding our own way to try to accept it. So needless to say we have been bouncing back and forth between Denver which is where she was being treated and Wyoming. Today we just returned from a 2 1/2 week stay in Wyoming (which was so windy and freezing). We were there for Brenda's memorial service and then of course Christmas which we spent at my sister Sarah's house in Tensleep. It was a "bitter sweet" trip but it feels good to be home and not living out of a suitcase. I have so much more that I could tell but I will leave the suspense for our "New Years" letter that of course will be late, but will hopefully get out soon. Here are some pictures of the last month or so. I love bath time and the girls are so cute together but they are actually starting to fight...not so cute, but anyways, enjoy the pics!!