I am trying this out as a way to keep people up to date on us and how we are doing, without having to send out emails (which I have gotten bad at). Hopefully I will be better at keeping this up to date than I have been at emailing everybody. I will try to keep it current.
We have had a busy year here in Columbus, Ohio. Jacob is now 15 months old. He is walking all over the place, and is very independent. He is also very heavy. At his checkup last week he was 28 lbs. 11 oz. He is definitely not opposed to food, although he has gotten pickier. He dislikes most vegetables now, but still loves all fruits. Although he does not speak in any language known to man, as of yet, he is nevertheless quite the talker. He also loves to laugh, and is quite expressive with his hands and facial expressions. He is definitely a little boy, and loves playing with his cars and being tickled and tossed in the air.
Leigh Ann and I are still working at Children's Hospital, she as an X-ray tech and I in the research wing. We both enjoy our jobs, for the most part, and are glad that we are both able to work at the same place. Leigh Ann just changed to working 2nd shift (3:30-11:30 pm) 3 days a week, which cuts down on our daycare costs, as Jacob only has to be watched anywhere from 6 to 9 hours a week. We have been very fortunate to find some very nice women in our ward that have been watching him. It is so nice to not have to take him to some big daycare place.
We just had a busy end of the year for 2006. In October, just as Jacob turned 1 year old, we took a cruise of New England and Canada with Leigh Ann's family. We saw Newport, Rhode Island, Martha's Vineyard and Boston, Massachusetts, Bar Harbor, Maine, and Halifax, Nova Scotia. We all enjoyed it immensely, but were glad to get back home and sleep in a different room from Jacob, where he couldn't wake us up several times each night.
In November, we made a trip down to Chattanooga, Tennessee, to spend Thanksgiving with Leigh Ann's family. It was nice and relaxing, despite getting stuck in traffic going through Kentucky. As usual, we went out shopping the day after Thanksgiving and were able to get most of our Christmas shopping out of the way.
In December, we were able to take a week and go out to Yuba City, California, to spend Christmas with my family. It was the first time that Jacob was able to see his uncle David, who was the only uncle from either side to not yet see him. It was good to have our whole family together, as David flew home from Korea and Richard flew in from Michigan.
We are continuing to enjoy being homeowners, despite the new problems it poses. We are still learning what everything means, but have coped so far. Columbus is definitely different from other places we have lived. Leigh Ann does not like how flat it is here compared to the South, nor does she particularly like the snow. It has its advantages, though, and we are beginning to think of it as home.
I will close this post, and, as I said, will try to post as new things occur. We hope you all are enjoying the New Year, and look forward to hearing from you. I am posting Jacob's first picture with Santa Claus that we took in Yuba City.