Since Christmas we've experienced some big changes. A lot of them were happy, and a few of them have been sad.
Reagan turned 5! She is such a delightfully funny and thoughtful little girl. She's sensitive and kind. I appreciate how she loves to share with Madelyn and make other people feel good.
Shortly after celebrating Reagan's birthday, Porter died. Our gate got left open one evening, and when I let him out in the early January morning, he ran off. He was a black dog, and the car that hit him undoubtedly couldn't see him in the dark. I wish they would have stopped, but I'm grateful that another man stopped, brought him to an animal hospital, and contacted us. I was able to pet him and comfort him before he died.
I had a hard time with Porter's death. He was such a good dog, and we all still miss him. He had such a gentle presence, and I truly loved him. I haven't felt like I could write about his death and properly eulogize him, and I suppose that's why I haven't written on my blog until now. I know I'm writing tersely, but I loved him. What more can I say?
|Madelyn in the swings|
|Reagan and Kirsten went to the Princess Ball with Grampa|
|Cute Reagan at the Dino Museum|
About three weeks after Porter died, we got a new dog. His name is Jaeger. He's naughty and full of energy, but I love him, too.
|Playing at McDonalds|
|Playing at the Kangaroo Zoo|
|Jaeger got neutered and had the cone of shame|
On Madelyn's first birthday we went to the City Creek Center in Salt Lake City and played at the Dinosaur playground. She loves to play at playgrounds now.
|Opening presents was a bit confusing for her, but she liked her gifts|
|She had two helpers unwrap most of her presents|
|Nana and Grampa gave her this riding zebra|
|Kirsten is reading to Wynston at the library|
|We took the two older girls to see The Little Mermaid at the Orem Hale Center Theater|
|Madelyn with her cake|
|Eating her cake|
|Mommy helped her unwrap Nana's gift|
|With the Easter Bunny|
|Dying Easter Eggs|
|Hunting for Easter eggs|
Papa came to visit and we went bowling
In April I flew out to Nashville to attend my sister Emily's wedding. It was so fun to be there and see her and Chris be so happy.
Then we moved to Mapleton. I love our new house. It's beautiful and spacious. Moving is stressful, but I feel settled now. Seriously, I need to take a picture of our house, but more than the way it looks, I love the way I feel here. It's home now. I loved our old home, too. Very much. I had all three babies in that house. It was comfortable and happy, and I'm glad this home is, too.
|This is the picture from the listing. I love all the trees!|
|Reagan in our old home right before her Pirate Party.|
|Matt cutting down a tree|
|Drawing with sidewalk chalk in our new backyard|
|Playing in our new backyard|
|Dinner at Nana's|