Friday, January 1, 2010

A year in the life of...

...the Zuidhof family. Another eventful year.
January--Ryker turned 3. the theme was superheroes! he's all about superman, spiderman, batman, even the xmen!

February--this always seems to be a quiet month for us. I took some time to do a photoshoot or two with the kids as I got my indoor studio set up this month.

March--another quiet month. This month we discovered Kayla's love of TimBits (and food in general)

April--Kayla turned 1. She has really grown up fast. She loves to tag along with her big brother and do everything that he is doing.

May--Blakelee Jean joined our family on May 5th. She looks just like her big brother and is the perfect addition to our family.

June--we got a new tent! it's awesome, and huge! we can put the playpen in, the bassinet for Blake, ryker's airmattress, and our double air mattress! with room for everything else. our first camping trip was in Lola and Grandpa's backyard, the perfect spot for camping!

July--We went to the Lethbridge Air Show again. It was fun and hot. I think next year the girls will stay home. It's tough to keep them entertained when it's so hot!

August--Cornfest was definately the hilight of this month. Ryker still talks about cornfest and wants to go all the time. He loved the rides and we all had a great time eating and visiting with friends (mom's even took a break and went back for a few rides alone. This month Ryker also experienced his first friend moving away. We still miss having Thomas and Colton (Larissa too) next door to play with!

September--Ryker started Joyschool this month. He had some trouble getting into it, but really does love going and the kids that he goes with!

and here is Kayla doing everything her big brother does, backpack and all...

October--I had my gallbladder removed. I don't know if this surgery was worse than my sections, but the fact that I came home the same day and didn't have time to recover in the hospital certainly didn't help. but we got through it and I'm much happier without the pain of gallstones (definately the worst pain I've ever felt in my life).

November--I went back to work this month. I got a sweet position at the Taber Hospital (casual with benefits) and it works out great with my little ones.

December--What can I say? Christmas was quiet, the best way to spend time with your family. Some day I'll get to editing all my pictures from december and post some for you all.

In the mean time I thought I'd share some of my favorite things from 2009 and what we're looking forward to in 2010

favorite things...
book club, I love interacting with the ladies in my bookclub and I'm grateful they let me join them.
Photoshop, I invested in photoshop cs4 this year. best thing ever! I love what i can do with my pictures now
wii, we've had this for awhile now, but I still love it. I especially love the wii fit (i need to use is more often) and the new super mario bros. game (i love mario!)
my church callings, most of this year i was teaching relief society and i really enjoyed it, now I'm in the primary presidency and am especially loving this calling! it's great to interact with all the kids in our ward!

things we're looking forward to in 2010...
Kayla learning to talk. she still just grunts and her only real word is "Mom"
our vacation to st. louis in May. we get to take the train, it's going to be a great adventure!
Chris only having to be oncall every 6 weeks instead of every 3!
all the other great things in store for our family.

I hope that your 2009 was a wonderful as ours! All the best in 2010!!