After one month we are finally getting around to publishing pictures from Christmas. We were able to enjoy a long relaxing vacation at the Thomas household in California where the cousins were able to play without much supervision. I think our kids really enjoyed this freedom and the nonstop action. This was an exciting year for us as Ian and Katie were able to fully comprehend the Christmas season and take advantage of the gifts. Ian's favorite gift was hands-down the WALL-E toy from Lacey. Katie was thrilled by her many stuffed animals.
With the whole Thomas clan in town, we thought it would be the best opportunity to take family pictures. Surprisingly we had some success and cooperation from all the kids, me included. I have to say, my patience for this type of thing is lacking. Shayla is always pressuring me to take family pictures but I would rather get my back waxed. Was that too much information? Not that I have any hair on my back...
School has now started once again and I find myself looking forward to graduation in May. I hope that I can make it that far since I can receive a call any day now from Homeland Security assigning me my first post. Life is still hectic as I work full time, go to school full time and serve in the bishopric but I have been able to find time to start running.
Shayla got right back into running her business. She is still very excited about it and they continue to get new clients. Her pregnancy is going well with little sickness. The only lingering problem are occasional contractions. She's a trooper as she juggles the kids, the business, and the pregnancy.
Ian and Katie are still the same happy rowdy kids. They have a great friendship and they make life enjoyable.