Saturday, December 29, 2012

Goodbye 2012

December is almost gone, which means so is 2012. WOW, where does the time go. I keep seeing more gray hair and wrinkles so I know I am getting older. Carter is talking more and it is fun to see him grow and develop his personality. He loves Chocolate, but who doesn't!

Highya, highya with grandpa, running around like a mad man. My dad would chase Carter around yelling highya, highya. At first Carter needed Grandma to run with him away from Grandpa, but then he would enlist others or run by himself. He loved it and would always ask Grandpa to Highya. He also says where are you? in a sing songy voice, when he is looking for someone. He got to drive Grandpa's old blue truck and help with feeding the cows. He wouldn't let Grandpa touch the steering wheel and would move it back and forth. A bit of a crazy driver, he especially loved it when Grandpa would push on the gas and they would go faster through the field. He has started yelling "WAIT" and running after people. He can repeat any word you ask him to say but still isn't understandable when he talks. He only wants to drink Juice and says that all the time.
He wasn't sure about the sled ride, but he loved rolling the balls on the pool table.

He refers to anything Christmas as "HO HO." When he wants to listen to Christmas music which he knows some of the words to, it is HOHO. When he was talking about Santa it is HOHO. Carter did sit on Santa's lap this year. He wasn't sure about it but he didn't cry.
 On Christmas Eve Carter opened PJ's that were under the tree, then he was ready to open the rest of the presents. But he had to wait to open his one million presents till the next day.
He may have gotten a little spoiled at Christmas. I can't help myself. He has loved his train set, which I knew he would. He likes his zhu zhu pets that I bought for $0.01 off of Amazon. He also likes his Little People airport set he got. He likes to take Ruff, his dog everywhere with him. He liked Ruff's friend that he got for Christmas for a day, but then it was back to old reliable, Ruff. He LOVES Curious George and didn't mind the long car rides when he could watch that the whole time.

He loves reading and I love buying books! It must be the teacher in me.

The first part of our trip to Canada was to Edmonton for my niece, Sophie's funeral. It is incredibly sad, how can you even deal with something like that. There is some help in knowing she was not well and had a hard life on this earth. So it is nice to think that she is with Heavenly Father again and is out of pain and is with her brother Tanner that suffered with the same problems. The funeral was nice, hard, but a nice way to honer Sophie's life. This is my favorite picture of Sophie with her mom. my brother and sister in law were so good to Sophie and Tanner and were amazingly strong to make the best of the situation they were given. Tanner and Sophie were angels that were placed in the most loving home with amazing parents and siblings. We will miss Sophie! We were glad we were able to be with family at this difficult time and will continue to pray for Sophie's family to heal.

 We did manage to check out West Edmonton Mall briefly while we were in Edmonton. It is a huge mall with a ice rink, an amusement park, and a wave pool in it. We rode a few rides and then just walked through the mall taking it all in.

We came home to A LOT of snow. I tried to take Carter out in it but he couldn't walk.

I have a bunch of video that we took but it will be a miracle if I get around to and figure out how to get them how I want them. 2012 has been a great year. Jim has been busy with work and I have been keeping busy teaching pilates and keeping up with Carter. We are blessed with so much and want for nothing...okay maybe we do want to increase our family, but that never seems to happen on our time schedule, so we patiently wait and pray. We have our health and wonderful family and friends. All the necessities and more than we need with our wants. Oh, if I am being greedy I guess we would also like to travel more in 2013, but that again is an extra.