Friday, December 31, 2010

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Fall Leaves in December

Our trees are late dumpers. Long after the majority of the neighbor's trees are bare, ours finally let go and fall to the ground. Last year, they were falling on top of snow that didn't melt all season long. This year, we had plenty of time to spare. In fact, we haven't even had snow yet. I'm not complaining. I know it will come and I will be sick of it after the first snowman. Here are a few pictures of Nicholas and Essie enjoying a gutter full of leaves.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Babies are so fabulous!

I am enjoying our little baby so much...we all are! His smells, his sounds, his movements, his smiles, his giggles, his funny faces, his toots...they are all incredibly adorable. I realize more than ever how short this stage of his life is. I know that if I blink it will be gone, so I am refusing to blink. I am taking every moment I have to hold, snuggle, squeeze, smell, and love this innocent child of God.

My eyes are sleepy, Mommy. (I did lay him down right after I took just a few more pictures.)

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Merry Christmas

Greetings Friends and Family,

In 2010 we were mostly pregnant, and had a baby, Alexander Paul Berry. He was born August 29th, 6 pounds 14 ounces. He is growing nicely and is smiling and laughing already. He also stares very intently at the ceiling.

Thomas is playing the violin and progressing very quickly. He enjoys first grade and considers himself the best reader in the class. He devours a “chapter book” every night. We have to force him to turn off his light and go to sleep. He played two seasons of soccer and can rarely be seen without some sort of ball in his hand or bouncing off his foot.

Nicholas began learning the cello this summer and can play “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.” He enjoys playing games on Daddy’s phone (Cut the Rope and Angry Birds) and drawing. He has filled an entire notebook with pictures of monsters and aliens. He is learning to read and can sound out most words that follow phonetic rules.

Estella is showing us how girls are different than boys. She doesn’t follow the same paths as Thomas and Nicholas did. It’s sort of like learning a new game. Her favorite thing to do is try on clothes. It is a mild day when she has only had on three different outfits. She finds it interesting to tease her brothers and can usually get them to do what she wants. She is also loving and sweet. Multiple times a day she looks up at me and says, “I love you SO much!”

Jen is feeling very very relieved to not be pregnant anymore! Thank you for your prayers and assistance (meals, playdates, phone calls, gifts) in our behalf. We are so happy to have a healthy baby. The difficulties were worth it.

Jackson has been leasing and selling commercial real estate and is adding financial planning beginning in January. He started a cello studio this summer and now has 16 students. It is rejuvenating to work with kids once a week.

It has been a year full of learning and growth, joy and laughter, chaos and small moments of peacefulness. We are continually amazed at the thoughtful, kind way Heavenly Father teaches us. We are thankful for Him and for His Son, Jesus Christ.

Merry Christmas!

Jackson, Jennifer, Thomas, Nicholas, Estella and Alexander Berry

These next photos were taken by my lovely friends Shelley, Krista, and Monica. I'm not sure if I mentioned it before, but we did a group photo swap right around Halloween time (it was only a month after baby A was born, so I am still a bit thick around the middle). If we do it again I think we might change a few things, but overall I think the swap was a success. If you want to see a few of the pictures I took of their families you can see them here...