Hello Family and Friends!
We have had quite the year!
Lucy turned 1 in April and is headed to the “Big 2” in a few months. She is a doll! She starts her day looking out the window with one of us telling her she is going to have a beautiful day. She then has a big bowl of cereal (you might think we starved her the night before by how hungry she is). She immediately starts her active day playing with toys, running inside/outside, climbing the stairs, riding her bike and playing Frisbee, jumping, rearranging every room and running to Peter’s aide when he needs someone. She doesn’t know the meaning of sitting still. She sings, dances, tells funny stories that only Peter understands, likes to cover her mouth and giggle and holds my hand leading me to many fun places. Lucy loves to color, hug and kiss Peter, unload the dishwasher with me, stand on a chair to help cook, and reach for everything on the counter. She knocks on doors and windows when she wants to go somewhere, and when I tell her we are going bye-bye she walks out with me to the car and waits patiently at her door while I get Peter in the car. She cuddles so much, wrestles Evan and hugs and kisses Evan and waves at him while he walks out the door to work. She eagerly awaits Evan’s return every afternoon jumping up running to the door when she seems him nearing our home. And while we haven’t learned the art of keeping her still in church, she is a delight to be with. She loves everyone and is instant friends and cuddles whomever she meets. She naps 3-4 hours each afternoon, and when it’s time to sleep she is excited and so cute during her prayers and nighttime lullaby of Silent Night. We just love our little Lucy and can’t wait to see the new things she will explore and how she will grow more wonderful everyday.
Peter is our little man. He is so funny. He laughs and cuddles with Lucy on the floor, and is almost able to keep up with his big sister. He has the strongest grip you could imagine, as the ladies at church have found when they walk past him and get stopped with his grip on their skirts! J Peter squeals, giggles and is trying to talk. Lucy and Peter have their own language and one day I would love to be in on the conversation. He loves sitting and playing with Evan and could stare at him all day long. He loves to sit by himself, stand up holding our fingers, and loves to chew on his toes. He is growing strong as he is a 6 ½ month old weighing in at 20 lbs and 29 ½” long. Evan’s afraid he won’t fit in our basement later in life! J He eats great and sleeps even better. He is trying to get some teeth right now making his life a little rockier than he would like it-otherwise he is the happiest baby around. He flirts with his winks and scrunches his face when he likes someone. Peter is so cute when he nestles in to someone’s face for some affection. He loves going to the zoo and exploring everything so intently. I am amazed at how fast he is changing and growing.
Evan: What a busy guy. We celebrated his birthday last week and he has been growing professionally as he has tackled on two new subjects to teach this year: Math and Science. His 6th grade kids love him so much and surprise him with gifts and drawings a lot. For his birthday they brought in cupcakes and presents. We love that he gets to walk to work each day and often comes home for lunch. He is a great husband and father, and loves to make us happy. He works so hard and is so exhausted from all that he does, but still finds time to help with laundry, bathe and play with the children, and has a goal to learn to cook more. He is helping out in the Elder’s Quorum presidency, which keeps him busy and loves the new friends he is making. He is excited for this Christmas break to try to sleep in, we shall see if that happens! J He loves to show off pictures of our kids, and has been amazing at working on our home. His sneezes and laughter often startles Peter but he is quick to soothe him. Evan loves word games especially Scrabble. He finds joy in coming home to hugs and sloppy kisses from Lucy and Peter.
Hilary: I have been busy trying to be a mommy, wife and just me. I have been busy loving on Peter and Lucy and being the mommy I always wanted to be. I love trying new things everyday with those little munchkins. I like to scoop them both up and kiss on them all day long. Evan is a great husband and I love being married to him. He supports me in everything and I couldn’t ask for a better husband and friend. He’s not too bad to play Scrabble with either. I love trying new recipes, follow awesome Blogs that uplift and encourage me, challenging myself, and trying new things daily. I have been officiating for the Young Women volleyball and basketball and feel totally silly but they are patient with me. I have tried Zumba and am so excited to do more classes-Evan is trying a class with me over the break. I am gearing up for an awesome year and am just excited to work on my 2011 goals. I love that I have realized I can do things in stages and don’t have to be perfect all at once-that was a hard thing to get over.
So, after buying a new home, fixing it up, having a baby, too many hospital visits, lots of Blog updates (www.hilaryandevan.blogspot.com), new classes, new adventures, highs and lows, friends and family, we know we are loved. We know Heavenly Father is watching over us and helping us grow. We know that we can accomplish what we set out for, and that patience and time are key factors in many facets of life.
We have loved bonding with friends and family over this past year. J I am grateful for all of the prayers that you have all prayed on our family’s behalf as we have had one of our most busy and challenging years. We feel your love through your words, emails, acts of service, etc. THANK YOU for all of your support!
We are grateful for video chat that will allow Lucy and Peter to talk with their Grandma Betty and Grandpa Romney while they serve their second mission in Chile, and Grandma Liz and Grandpa Steve in Washington so many miles away.
We wish you all a Merry Christmas and hope you feel the love of our Savior Jesus Christ as we celebrate his birth on Christmas Day. Happy 2011-We look forward to hearing what your new year brings to you.
Evan, Hilary, Lucy, and Peter Biddulph