- Isaac turned one in January, learned to run and climb and hasn't quit since. He is a magnet for basketballs, soccerballs, beachballs -- you name it and he'll catch it or kick it. He's our little leftie, too, and loves to learn from his big sister. They're working on counting to 20 these days and cutting with scissors -- big stuff!
- Mel thought she'd surprise Mike with a motorcycle for Valentines day, and it was a big hit! As much fun as he's had on it, it has also been a fix-it project, just in need of enough repairs to make Mike into an expert.
- Bria turned three in March and has grown into quite the little lady! She can concentrate for hours at a time on her drawings and writing. She also has the unique talent of being able to write words upside-down and backwards (and we have no clue as to how she developed this one -- we can't claim to have taught her!). Her questions grow evermore insightful and difficult to answer. It is fun to see her inquisitiveness and thirst for knowledge. She also took a dance class this year and loved every minute of that experience.
- We bought a beautiful home in April, and Mike spent some long nights and weekends remodeling the place before we moved in in May. We had a lot of help from family and neighbors to get new flooring and paint put in and some landscaping done, and we greatly appreciated that help! It is a beautiful home with a perfect yard for the kids, and we were so very fortunate to stay in the same ward we moved in to originally (such good neighbors!).
- Haven Hart Dean came to us on June 6th, a planned c-section and a beautiful baby girl! 6 lbs. 11 oz., 19 1/2 inches, and she got a weeks' worth of love in the NICU at Dixie Regional Hospital. It was a little intense and emotional to see her with all the tubes and wires, but she's a strong little girl and is thriving now at 16 lbs. and all cheeks! Her latest accomplishment is sitting up -- just last week! And eating the rice cereal, of course. Yum.
- And if that wasn't enough, Mike has had some major twists and turns with employment, too. Vector Engineers had to let everyone go in September, and Mike was fortunate enough to get on with Mesa Engineers in St. George in October. He feels that, even though the benefits are not as nice, his actual work is a step in the right direction. He went from engineering all residential projects by himself to engineering commercial buildings and structures on a team. Mike also used the time inbetween jobs to start up some online businesses, and is building an outdoor store online right now! More on that as it develops. What a brilliant and resourceful husband. We feel blessed to be working at all, the way the economy is right now, and pray things will improve for everyone.
This Christmas finds us reeling from the eventful, action-packed year we've had. We finally feel at home in Saint George and are loving the friends we've made here. The Lord has richly blessed us this year, and we enjoy the chance to celebrate His life this season. We cherish the visits from family and friends and hope you'll come often and more and always feel welcome in our home. Much Love, The Dean Family