Happy Holidays

Family and friends, 

It’s that time of year again! I believe it’s true, time flies when you’re having fun!

Right now I am watching my sweet almost year and a half year old, Karoline, pretend to clean up her baby doll. I have to admit that I get a kick out of watching her “clean” and organize. She is such a sweet girl. If she spills she will say, “uh-oh,” run into the kitchen, grab a towel and clean up her mess. Before bed she has to insure that all of her toys are cleaned up and that the shoes are lined up by the back door. Did I mention I love this child?! Her vocabulary grows more every day and she is now combing words to make sentences. It astounds us when we turn around to find her doing something that neither of us has showed her but rather she watched us do one time.

Tim recently was promoted at work, he is now a specialist at the End Plant for MillerCoors. In September, he was selected to be apart of a company wide team that meets to discuss safety matters. This meant he got to take a business trip to Ohio in September for a week. He had never been east of the Mississippi so this was a neat experience for him. We recently found out he will be headed to Milwaukee for a week at the end of January. I'm excited that he is getting to travel. He will tell you he would rather be at home with us, such a sweet guy. But, from my point of view it's a great way to explore and see some states he would otherwise would not normally visit. So, to ensure he has a good time I send a long a pack of great snacks and a new picture of his sweet daughter! 

At this point in time I’m a stay at home wife and mom, and I am loving every minute of it. I am thankful that I have this opportunity, it is such a joy to be able to watch Karoline learn and grow. These last few weeks of watching her change and learn every day have been such a joy. There really is no other way to describe it than joyous. Lately I have had this overwhelming feeling and calm that I am in the right place doing the right thing. When I look over at my daughter and I see her learning how to open and close a purse or sitting and reading a book I just smile. I cherish the moments when she puts her hands up and says, "I want mama." I know that all too quickly she will grow into an independent little lady. 

In addition, we are expecting our second child, who we refer to as R2, due April 8, 2014. R2 is a very active belly baby, we can already see movement from the outside (we are now a complete 23 weeks along). At our 20 week ultra sound we were blessed to see that our little darling is a healthy baby. This go around we will continue our tradition of not finding out the gender of the baby. We had such an awesome experience with the delivery day surprise of Karoline!

Living in a home of our own has been an adventure. Like most new home owners we are learning that it seems there is always something to fix or replace. Last summer we enjoyed getting to spend our mornings outside in the back yard. Tim is working very hard on it to make it meet his standards. I on the other hand am still trying to acquire the little accents that will  make our house feel like a home. 

Every day is a new day and we are thankful for the opportunity to spend them together as a family that continues to grow.

We wish for you all a very happy holiday season.

Tim, Jamie, Karoline & R2

Our 2013 Christmas card photo

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