Aunt Kristin will be moving to Texas in the morning. She is going to be a nanny for a family in Midland, TX. We will miss her very much!! Good Luck Kristin!!! (Hopefully we can talk her into making her own blog so we can keep up with her!!)
I became a New Aunt yesterday to Adaline Elizabeth Rolling. The was 6lb 14 oz and 18 1/2 in. long. (I'm going off memory, so if these numbers are not correct, I will fix it later) Her mommy & Daddy (Casey & Kyle) are very proud of her. Casey says that she looks like Kyle, we can not wait to go meet her today. We are planning on stopping by the hospital in Fairmont on our way to Armstrong today.
It is hard to believe that it is Christmas letter time again, so much has happened this year with many more adventures ahead. Chris & I started the year with a nice vacation to Cancun with some friends. We stayed at the Moon Palace, it was an amazing resort and we would recommend it to anyone! This summer, Kayla kept us busy going to her softball games. We got the chance to spent the 4th of July weekend in Iowa's only Island City, Sabula. It was a nice summer get away. The girls loved playing on the beach & going for rides on Grandpa's boat. Right before school started we took a a short family vacation to Omaha & visited the Henry Doorly Zoo. It was a hot day & we did a lot of walking, we all had a great time. The busiest time for us was this fall, Chris was offered a new job, still with Wells Fargo, but in Des Moines, IA. We had a hard decision to make, and after long talks & many tears, we have decided to move to Des Moines. There are lot of things in South Dakota that we will miss, but the move will be good for us in the long run. Chris started his new job as a Loan Adjuster in mid-October, so since then I have been playing the role of "Single Mother of Two" during the week. We finally got the house on the market in mid-November, we are keeping our finger crossed that the right people will fall in love with our house the way we did!! Kayla is in the 2nd grade this year, she continues to amaze us with all the things that she learns in school. Kayla loves to read, she is one of the top readers in her class. Along with reading, she enjoys collecting & playing with her Webkinz, crafts & participating in Girl Scouts. In September, Kayla got to be in her Uncle's wedding as a candle lighter, she loved wearing her beautiful dress & getting her hair done. Madison turned 3 this year & started in the pre-school room at daycare. Our biggest challenge this year with her was potty training, I'm so glad we are done with that!! She really has turned into quite the big girl, but we have learned not to turn your back on her, you never know what she is up too!! Madi enjoys riding her bike, playing with her doll house, reading books and talking on the phone. ( Some days she talks to Chris more than I do!!) Chris is already living in Des Moines, he is staying with some friend until we sell the house & all move down. He did get to ref about a dozen football games before he moved, hopefully he will be able to continue to ref next year in Iowa. We miss Chris very much & look forward to seeing him on the weekends. As you can imagine, the girls keep me pretty busy. I am still working in Sioux Falls as a Dental Assistant, I love only working 4 days a week. I have picked up a couple new hobbies this year, for Mother's Day, Chris & the girls got me some golf clubs. I have had a lot of fun learning to golf. I also have started a family blog, this is my way of keeping friends & family updated on our lives. I hope that you all can keep up with this way.
We wish you all a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year
I had a great trip to Des Moines this past weekend. It was so nice to see Chris & all the different places he has been talking about. I drove down on Thursday after work, it is a LONG drive. Chris & his roommates had a drink waiting for me when I got there. It was nice to sleep in on Friday & not have to be anywhere at any scheduled time. I met Mandy & Chris Nelson (Chris' roommates) for lunch at Buffalo Wild Wings. I did get a little Christmas shopping in before we headed to Happy Hour for Margaritas while waiting for Chris to get off work. We had supper & a couple cocktails before we headed back to the apartment to watch a movie. Chris & I had some more Christmas shopping to do, so we headed to the Jordan Creek Mall. Wow, was is busy, I was a little over whelmed with all the people, but had to remember that Des Moines is not always like this. This is the first time that I can remember that Chris helped me with Christmas shopping, he was such a trooper!! We went back to the apartment to rest for while before we headed to Downtown Des Moines for a night on the town. I knew the weather was not going to be good by Sioux Falls, so I headed out around noon to go to Armstrong to pick up the girls. When I got there, they were at my sister Casey's house for a birthday party. We hung out there & had supper and where it was time to go my Dad started the truck to let it warm up & accidentally locked the doors with the truck running!!! Long story short, we had someone come out & unlock the truck and by the time we were ready to go, the weather was too bad for us to drive home so we stayed at mom's!! Here is a picture of Chris & his roommates, Chris & Mandy
Have I Mentioned that I'm going to be an Aunt again!!! Yes, my older sister Melissa (who recently turned the Big 3-0) & Steve are expecting their 3rd child!!! We are very excited, I think we are all on the same page when we say we are hoping for a boy. (J/K... we just want healthy!!)
I'm going away for the weekend, I'm going to make the trip to Des Moines to see the lifestyle my husband has down there!!! It will be a good break from the girls and a chance to have Chris help me with the Christmas shopping.