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Yet another year where I (Jenna) am writing this Christmas card from a different location than in years past. This year we are located south of San Francisco in the Palo Alto area of California. It took me approximately three days to declare that I love it here and want to stay forever. We are so grateful that TH not only has a great job, but one that allows us to live in such a beautiful place.
When 2012 started, we thought we had an idea how things would go. TH would graduate with an MBA from the University of Chicago, we’d move back to Dallas, T1 would continue learn and grow and amaze us with his interpretation of the world around him. The first and last have turned out as expected, but a new job offer for TH has taken us in a completely different direction than previously anticipated.
While I went back to school this Summer my parents generously offered to employ, house, feed, and entertain TH and T1 up in my hometown while I finished up at BYU. I was so grateful to have my mom, dad, and sister present as I walked across the graduation stage (I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English), and three days later we were lucky enough to find ourselves in Poland enjoying the company of TH’s family while eating Krakow Cake in the backyard.
T1 has reached the language explosion stage, and conversations with him become more entertaining as each day passes. He loves preschool, talks all the time about “friends”, and comes home singing songs that I have to look up on YouTube so I can sing along. All those who spend time with him consistently describe him as a sweetheart, and he is developing into an earnest, determined, and meticulous little boy. He loves to whisper secrets to and hug the baby inside of Mama, and though we didn’t find out the sex of our second little one he will always predict that it’s a girl when asked what mommy is having. It’s going to be such a treat to watch him fill the role of big brother.
Our plans for 2013 include surviving with a determined/demanding preschooler and a newborn. We know many of you have done it, so it must be possible… right?
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year everyone!
I knew I needed an alternative costume for one of the Halloween celebrations we were attending (Mitt Zombie is a bit politically charged right now, and confusing because I won’t tell people whether it’s me advocating for him or having some fun with his name ) and I had planned to just send T1 out as a zombie. The day before Halloween I was in Costco and saw that they had fireman raincoats and boots (two things that T1 needs anyway). I stopped in to Goodwill and snagged a fireman hat for $1.50. Guess that’s one of the benefits of cliche costumes, secondhand stuff is easy to find. Will keep this in mind for the future.
T1 as a Fireman.
I like dressing up, but didn’t have any ideas until I spotted this red wig sitting next to the fireman hat. I thought I could probably still squeeze into this dress (just barely) and thus I went as Fire. Although the boy we went trick-or-treating said I looked like a clown. Should have looked for a red nose I guess?
Oh to be one of those women who just paints their belly and sticks it out of their shirt. Yeah, that’s not going to work for me. Read more →
We dressed up for trick-or-treating at T1′s second preschool (yes, he’s attending two different ones!) and so I’m able to post our costumes on the day of Halloween.
I’m Ann Romney, Circa 1970 (her kids were born in the 70s so she would have been pregnant then). I’m looking forward to taking this awesome dress in to a tailor and have the neckline made into a boatneck and the length shortened to my knees. I think it’ll be really great! For now I barely squeezed into it, haha.
T1 is Mitt Zombie.
Shoutout to my favorite show, 30 Rock! You are free to take this as an endorsement of Mitt or some fun with his name/political reputation. It’s up to you.
Growing up we never, ever had store-bought costumes and I think I’d like to do the same for our kids. We’ll likely have to explain the costumes to everyone we see, but Mitt Zombie has been a hit so far!
This past weekend our ward had a Valentine’s Day Dance and it was… killer. This ward is one of my favorites ever and I’ll be so sad to leave. (If you come here for UofC, don’t live in the South Loop, live down in Hyde Park specifically so you can be a part of this completely-unique, completely-fabulous ward).
I mad this cake. It was a chocolate beet cake with beet cream cheese frosting. No one ate it. I’m not sure if this is because of the color (did they think it was out of a can and the color scared them?) or because they tasted it and hated it. Oh well, I liked it and I like challenging myself to try new things.
After dinner they brought out a laptop and some lights and we had a little dance. Yes, I was one of the first ones out on the dance floor. I’m not a good dancer by any definition but I love doing it and it was one of the first times I’ve danced since I left BYU (a place where dances are meat markets and you feel like everyone is watching you). Here I could bust out my mom-dance moves and it was okay because I am a mom now. Did you hear that Megan? I can dance with my arms up by my side all I want now because I’m a mom and that’s how moms do it.
That Husband did T1′s hair in a new way, and it was a big hit. We have got to master those cowlicks on either side of his head though.
I have some darling videos of T1 on the dance floor, but my computer is acting up and I can’t open the video editing program so pictures will have to do for now.
He started off shy.
But once he got going he was all sorts of crazy, chasing balloons, jumping, pounding his chest. I was the stereotypical proud mama who considered everything he was doing to be the cutest thing I’ve ever witnessed a child do.
When he went back to picking his nose and staring off into the distance again, I knew it was time to go home.
I have not one, but two Sweethearts this year. I am a lucky girl.