We also got to talk to my brother, Russell, who is serving a mission in Las Vegas. It was great to talk to him and he seems to be doing quite well. We miss him, though!
Just for kicks, here are a few Christmas pictures.
This is our little family with Santa at our church Christmas Party. We go to church with a man who is a professional Santa. Real beard, real hair. He is a really nice guy (he is the seminary teacher). I love the boys reactions to him. This is Emma surrounded by all of her Christmas loot. She also got a Barbie Jeep that she drives around out in the yard. She had a great Christmas, and I think that Aaron and I rediscovered the joy of Christmas this year. Ah, the joys of being a parent! Emma has become quite the photographer. Here is a self portrait. As some (or most) of you know, William had surgery on the 12 of December. The surgery was to correct a problem with his urethra. It was something that he was born with. I have known that this surgery was to take place since he was born, but it was still a little scary. The week of his surgery, Aaron was traveling with work, Emma came down with the flu, Christmas was nearing and our anniversary was coming up. Add all that to the deep down fears I had about the surgery, and I was, quite frankly, frazzled. None of my kids have ever had a surgery before, and William had to go under general anesthesia. Talk about tugging on my heart strings! I did (somehow) manage to remain positive through that week. We made it through William's surgery with minimal crying on my part (it hurts to watch someone else walk away with your baby into the "unknown"). He was so good! He had a catheter for a week, which was interesting, but he is doing great now! I am thankful that everything went well. (These are William's leg bands. The smaller one is the one I took off him when he came home from the NICU at less than five pounds. The larger one is from the day of his surgery. See how much he has grown?)
I am taking the boys to a doctor's appointment this afternoon so I will have an update on them a little later.