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In March, I went with the boys and my mom to MN, to visit my Grandpa Birky. I was glad we could go, he turned 95 on Oct 23rd (my newest niece, Eliana Joy, was also born on this day!) this year.
In the spring, we got six chickens! They are known as The Greats...as they are named Ardis, Lois (yellow ones), Fannie, Faye (brownish red ones), Stella and Lola (black and white ones). Lola ended up being a rooster (Dale), so he went to live at our doctor's home (his wife is my friend). Ben did a really nice job preparing for them...they have a bit of a chicken mansion. He continues to perfect his chicken farming! The boys like to treat them like pets, and the ladies give us 5 eggs daily, which is more than we usually need!
Also this past spring, we celebrated my Dad's 60th Birthday. Tim & Carissa's family all came and surprised him. The celebration and fun family times surrounding this, were certainly memorable.
This summer, we took a family trip to Colorado. The five of us spent time around Colorado Springs, which was a much needed and enjoyable vacation. We joined the rest of the Sweigart family at Garden of the Gods...stopped to see the Royal Gorge the next day, and proceeded on to Mt Princeton, where we all stayed in 2 large cabins. We had a great time taking in nature and using the pool/water slide.
Noah: At three years old...he keeps us laughing frequently. If its not the faces he makes while he's talking, its what he thinks up to say. He is playful, ornery, and the biggest sweetheart when he wants to be. He is a very good big brother to Jonah (most of the time), and looks up to his big brother "Shish-en". He loves to put together puzzles, color, ride his bike, swing, Legos, and play outside. It is amazing how much he has grown up (here and here and here) over this past year.
Jonah: Our baby, he is one year old and definitely not a small baby who just lies around looking cute anymore. Its kind of crazy to think that his poor hair/head used to look like this and now he has a VERY full head of light brown, curls. He remains cute...but is into EVERYTHING! He says many words and flashes his full smile to many. He brings us so much joy, so playful and lovable. He also brings a lot of activity...let's just say, when he's awake, there is not a dull moment. We all love him very much...and he clearly shares the same feeling for us in his kind way of giving kisses and hugs.
Us: Ben changed teaching jobs this year, and is working at Hesston High School. We are all happy with this change! He continues to teach Spanish. He continues to be very handy around the house, and has done small jobs for others throughout the year as well (at least 3 main painting jobs mainly). We all love him dearly :)
I continue to love being at home with the boys, and working the minimum hours I can at the hospital. Both have their rewards in their own ways. I worked full time over the summer months, so Ben stayed home with the boys while I was gone. I was glad when it was over...the summer months can be brutal as far as quantity of patients having babies AND I missed my own babies at home!!!
2015 has treated us well.
Our family has remained healthy,
and we are thankful the boys are growing physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
We are very blessed.
Blessings to you all in 2016