Kael's first christmas was a very busy one. We had a ton of family christmas parties to go to, same as always, but it seem like a lot more because this is the first year that they have all been on different nights. It started on the 19th, Friday. We had an adult christmas party at my aunt house with all the extended family. Then Sunday we went to Chase's parents house for their family christmas dinner. Then Monday we had my BIG family christmas party with all my cousins and their kids. We did the traditional Nativity with all the kids dressed up. Kael was baby jesus and I got to stand back stage and help all the other moms this year. It was the first time I felt like a real mom and not just someone who has been babysitting for a really long time. :) Then that night we also had the Roger's family party with Chase's Dad's family. Tuesday we had the Larson adult christmas party with the huge white elephant we do every year. Wednesday we went to my Grandma's house for Christmas Eve.
Christmas day we had our christmas and then did our traditional christmas rounds. We hit my parents, then Chase's parents, then the Halbert's house. Chase has gone over to the halbert's house every year to wake them up early for christmas. This year I didn't go but it's fun to see every one on christmas morning, since Chase makes us get up at the butt crack of dawn. :) That afternoon we went to visit my Papa out it Phoenix like we do every year. It was a very busy Christmas but I love being with all our families. I love having a HUGE family!!
Ok. The story behind this picture is a cute one. Kael has been starting to smile a lot lately. He just loves being talked to and he tries so hard to talk back to you but hasn't quite found his voice yet. We started putting him in his crib to sleep because he seems to like it better so he sleeps longer. Which is a big plus for mom and dad. Anyways he is normally all smiles in the morning and at night mostly just fussing cause he's tired. But one night Chase was helping me get him ready for bed. I was picking up his room a little while Chase started talking to him. Chase started laughing and said quick take a picture. The closest thing was his phone camera so the pictures aren't the best quality but this one just says it all. Kael was just lovin' his daddy talking to him. He stayed happy and smiled for a good little while. It was the cutest thing ever!! Its moments like these that I just can't get enough of.
Decorating our Christmas Tree
Sunday afternoon nap
We went to church as a family for the first time on Christmas Sunday. Since both of our parents are in the same ward we go to their ward for holidays. Chase took Kael so I could get some things made for the dinner party that night. When I was done this is what I found.
Aren't they so cute?!
Kael playing baby Jesus
Just being cute
Happy New Year!!
We went to a party with some friends we never get to see for new year's eve. We played games and visited til the count down. It was really loud but Kael did so good. It was so fun to hang out with our friends we haven't seen in a long time. After the count down we made a quick stop by the Shumway's for some waffles and so Chase could show off his baby boy to some other friends he hasn't seen in a while either. Then we went home and put Kael to bed. Poor baby was so exhausted after a crazy night. He slept EIGHT HOURS! On New Year's Day we went to a movie with my family and saw Marley and Me. It was such a cute movie. All and all it was a busy couple of weeks and we still aren't done yet. Kael is getting blessed this sunday!
Events for 2008
...It didn't start out on a high note. I started the year with a miscarriage. :( But it did get better.
... January we went snowboarding for my brother's birthday
... February we had romantic first Valentine's as a married couple
... March we celebrated our first anniversary and my 23rd birthday at Disneyland!
... April we found out we were pregnant again!! Yay! And celebrated Chase's 25th birthday.
... May we had family reunions
... June found out Kael was a Boy and I felt him move for the first time
... July went to Lake Powell
... August we had the Roger's reunion and took our finished camper camping for the first time.
... September we went to the hospital for the first time with complications and started our birthing class. Went to the hospital for the second time with complications.
... October we had more pregnancy complications and more trips to the hospital. Got to see our baby's face for the first time on an ultrasound. And had an awesome Halloween party.
... November we gave birth to our beautiful baby boy Kael on the 20th!! And had a yummy Thanksgiving.
... December we had a busy Christmas. And we are so excited to start the new year as a little family of THREE!!
Thank you to all the family and friends for all the support and help.
HAPPY NEW YEAR,
WE LOVE YOU ALL!!!