Saturday, December 27, 2008


WELCOME to my (Chris') attempt at internet blogging, that is, if you haven't been here before.
We had a great 2008!  We spent our vacation this year visiting all the places nearby that we never seem to have time to visit.  The rest of the year was spent figuring out how to live, love and laugh with each other. 

We've watched Hyrum (1 1/3) grow from underweight baby to a very healthy-weight toddler. (See previous post.)  

Sammie (4) is our own version of "High School Musical".  She even sings when using the potty.   She loves preschool.  She is learning to be an immaculate coloring book artist.  I find her at the table coloring morning, afternoon and evening.  Aunt Carolyn made all three girls' dreams come true by getting married and letting them attend as flower girls.                

Kayla (7) is proficient at teasing and can get a rile out of just about anybody.  Hint: The smirk on her face at the end usually gives her away.  She is in first grade and feels very lucky to be in a class with all three of her "bestest" friends.  She'll try just about anything, even new foods and rock climbing.  She's been reading up a storm ever since she discovered she could do it.  Playing the piano is also one of her many pleasures.  

Ally (9)  had fun performing in a small children's musical theater group.  Aristocats was Benji's (an aristocat) and her (an alley dog) favorite performance.    A brown nose suits her, especially when it comes to her elementary school teachers.  :O)  She has spent many hours directing many of her creative, make believe adventures.    Music is also one of her loves--singing, playing the piano or just listening.

Benji (10) has officially become Pack family babysitter extraordinaire.  He loves scouts and fishing with his Grandpa Moss.  He can't wait to be in scouts with his Daddy as the leader.  He makes a great cook or cook's helper.  (There are some perks to being the oldest?)  

  Ben's glad that the grass grew in before the first usual frost.  Mother nature cooperated by keeping Jack away for many weeks after.  When he's not busy with his hands, he's scheming up how to be financially independent.  He also loves being a dad, probably because he has the most wonderful children in the world.   

I'm (Chris) becoming more unsure of the whole parenting thing, especially as the oldest is getting closer to teenage-hood.  But, I wouldn't trade any of our kiddies for the world.  If it wasn't for them I would never learn as much as I do.   When I'm not parenting I escape to my blog, book or bed--the 3 B's of sanity.

We wish all who have come to visit us a wonderful new year!   


  1. Chris!! I'm so happy to see you blog'in! Your blog name is perfect for you. The kids are getting SO big I can hardly believe they are the same ones that I remember. Merry Christmas to you and your family!! Hugs~Cindy

  2. funny! speaking of high school musical, here's a fun one:

  3. Hello Packs!!!!

    Greetings from the Watsons, it's so good to see you guys. We miss you very much. Have a happy new year!!!!!