We email this out, but in case we missed you... here you go!!
Dear Friends and Family,
Happy New Year! We welcome 2012 with open arms and just hope it’s as great as 2011! In 2010 we bought a new house, remodeled lots, started a new job and were busy, so in 2011 we played a lot. We got to spend time with so many family and friends this year as we bounced all over the place (sometimes without Dad) to the beach, the mountains, camping, Lake Powell, DisneyLand, weddings, etc. Dad’s great vacation time may have made up for how much we missed him during his busy season!! Aaron and Britt even got to go backpack Coyote Gulch and do an 8 day Western Caribbean cruise by ourselves! Here’s a quick flashback of our year.
Aaron – worked 80 hours most weeks until he passed the CPA exam in September!!!, sacrificed any free time he would have had to spend with his kids, spent 5 months out of town, but probably got enough sushi while he was there to satisfy his hunger, worked in Teacher’s then Deacon’s quorum, bought a minivan for his spoiled wife, road and mountain biked, planted our first garden, told bedtime stories, brushed teeth and hair way softer than mom (just ask Emery).
Britt – played lots of mommy teacher, painted furniture, blogged, served as the Relief Society Secretary, had her 1st real girls weekend, pretended to be a wedding photographer, found her name in the acknowledgements of a book she helped edit as a research assistant at BYU – and felt really cool and famous, book clubed, kissed boo boos, did crafts, read stories, rode bikes, created adventures and tickled, pinched and giggled more than should be legal.
Emery (4) – never stopped talking, became a Sunbeam, says her eyes tell her stories when she sleeps, made an inseparable best friend, found a love for all things climbing – rocks, climbing shoes, harness, learned to swim without floaties, spent 75% of the year dressed as a princess, learned to love snuggling, is learning to read, became very concerned about gender, loves pink and purple, loves fruits and veggies, has a super-sniffer, is learning to share and listen like a big girl, dances, head stands and does yoga like a pro, promises often she’ll still love the 3 of us as she gets big.
Van (2) – wild and physically aggressive, adores trucks, tractors, buses, 4 wheelers, motorcycles and his friends the garbage men, loves broccoli, treats, every food he’s allergic to, scissors, “Hog” (his frog), water in any form, especially swimming, knows his ABCs, still eats the biggest bowl of oatmeal in our family (plus 2 bananas), bikes circles around his big sister, can and does climb everything, calls himself “Dan”, despises his head getting bonked, when mom locks the fridge and when we stifle his independence.
We hope you have a great 2012 and look forward to seeing so many of you this year!
Aaron, Britt, Emery, Van and Baby Wilkinson (Due June 2012)