So I realized that I haven't posted in quite a while. We have been pretty busy lately. We bought our first house and we love it. Karson has been in practice with his dad for a few months now and he loves it. Thatcher is getting so big he is talking like crazy and he is so smart. Oaklee is now walking and talking too. I don't know where the time goes life goes by so fast, before I know it my kids are going to be all grown up. Me and Karson were talking about that last night, our kids are so cute and little right now and we are just loving it. Karson said that hes going to miss cute little Oaklee when she grows up cause she is so sweet right now. She has this little cheesy grin that just melts my heart. Thatcher says all the funny things that 2 year olds say. Well here are some pictures from the last few months
We were able to go on a fun little trip to Nauvoo this last week. We had so much fun the weather was great and it was great to see all the historical sites. It was a wonderful and humbling experience to see all the places that our ancestors went through so many hardships. Nauvoo is such a beautiful place it sits right on the banks of the Mississippi River and is so green. We also visited Carthage jail. It was amazing to go through the jail and see where everything happened. The saints gave up so much when they left Nauvoo and I am so grateful for all that they did so I can have the gospel in my life now. Its amazing the faith they had and it is a great example for me.
So we had a great easter this year. Thatcher actually collected eggs this year it was so much fun. We colored eggs with the Mattews Family, Thatcher talked about coloring eggs at Andee's house for weeks :)!!!! Thatcher and Oaklee had cute matching easter outfits :)!!!! On Easter we had dinner at the Mattews then we had the egg hunt, Thatcher and Andee seemed to have lots of fun running around and collecting eggs :)!!!!!
So I realized that I haven't updated our blog in a few months, so I thought that I should put a post and update everyone on whats going on with us. Thatcher is growing like a weed he just keeps getting taller all the time. Its funny how he grows, he will start to get a little chunky all around for a little while then all the sudden he will start to look really skinny and I will notice that all of his pants have become high waters on him :)!!! He has started to talk really well which has been so much fun cause he has started to say those really funny things that kids say :)!!! A few weeks ago I got him from his room and we were walking into the living room and he goes and sits down by the wall and I ask him what he is doing and he replies "I'm in time out mommy" it was so funny!!!! Another thing he does and when I hurt myself he will always as me "Are you ok mommy" and I will say "yes" and he will say "ok good". Its so cute he is so fun to have around and theres never a dull moment, he has so much energy I can't always keep up.
Oaklee is growing up so fast as well not quite as fast as Thatcher is but she is still growing. She is a little on the petite side. I took her to her 9 month appointment about a month ago and she weighed 14 lbs and 15 ozs. She was always in the 10% for her weight but this last time she fell of the charts completely which was so different than Thatcher he was always on the bigger side :)!!! But she is as healthy and happy as can be. She started crawling at about 7 1/2 months. She finally got her first tooth about 2 weeks ago and she said her first word yesterday "momma" I was very excited :)!!! She is so sweet. She is defiantly her mothers daughter. My mom use to tell me these stories of when I was a baby and how I would never sleep I wouldn't take naps and I would want to be up all the time playing. Well Oaklee is very similar, thank goodness she sleeps pretty good at night but during the day I am lucky to get a 1 hour nap once a day. Thatcher will nap better then Oaklee does :)!!!! But she is always happy and she does always want to play.
Karson is getting so close to being done with residency. He finishes as the end of June, then we are moving back to Idaho. It has gone by so fast but it really has been such a blessing for our family. All the places we have moved and the friends that we have made have changed our lives for the better. We have learned so much. We were newly weds when we moved to California and it was the first time I had ever lived outside of Pocatello. It was hard to leave our families behind and start new but it made our relationship so much stronger and I learned so much about myself and grew so much as a person. Then we moved to Salt Lake and I was pregnant with Thatcher and we started all over again, with all new experiences. Then we came to Chicago and I realized that no matter how much I move and no matter where we go there are a few things that never change. The first one is that I will always have Karson and my sweet children. The second thing is that I will always have the gospel in my life. The church has made it so much easier to move because we know that every time we move we will have family wherever we go that we can count on. We have met so many wonderful people throughout the years and I am so grateful to everyone that reached out to us to befriend us. I am looking forward to moving back to Idaho but I will miss all the places we have been. I am so grateful for the life that I have and all the wonderful people who have been apart of it!!!!!
Thatcher turned 2 on January 14th. He had lots of fun opening his gifts and eating his cake. I decided to make a big fancy cake which turned out pretty cute. He got lots of fun books, flash cards, and a set of toy cars from the movie cars. He loves anything to do with cars or toy story its so cute. He is getting so big and talking like crazy. He constantly asks to see Dolphins at the zoo, so we took him there. While there he got his face painted like his cousin Andee's face.
He is a total daddy boy he will follow Karson around the house whenever he is here. He loves sweet little Oaklee too, he tries to play with her all the time even though shes not quite big enough. One of the things he likes to do with Oaklee is he pretends to be a horse and he wants Oaklee to ride on his back they both love it :)!!! He is a great big brother and such a sweet spirit to have in our home. Happy birthday Thatch we love you!!!!
We were able to go home this Christmas which was so much fun. It seems that we never have enough time to do all the things that we want when we go home but we still had tons of fun. We were able to hang out with our family see some friends that we haven't seen in a long time, Karson of course got to go skiing a few times and we had a fun Christmas. So I decided that instead of buying Christmas PJs I wanted to get t-shirts that we painted and make matching pj pants. They turned out very cute. Thatcher got tons of cars that he loved and Oaklee got lots of cute clothes. We had so much fun and we are so blessed to have such wonderful families that make the holidays so enjoyable. We are also blessed to be able to share with those that are less fortunate then us. We have decided to start a tradition where the kids give something to someone else for Christmas every year. This year Thatcher donated a box of toys, and Oaklee donated to Toys for Tots, as they get older we will let them pick who they want to donate to ever year. We hope that everyone had a wonder Christmas.