Sunday, November 19, 2006

Turkey Time Update!

This update is long overdue! It’s hard to believe that it is almost Thanksgiving already, and that we’ve been in New Mexico for almost 4 months. The weather here is still wonderful, this weekend we were still able to stroll the flee-market in short-sleeves! Ok, it does get below freezing at night and we’ve had a few really cold, windy days, but still no snow and plenty of sunshine!

Here’s an update on each of us:

Garrett: discovering everything by putting it all in my mouth, including markers. I’m starting to cruise all over our house and I have no fear! At my last doctor’s appointment I weighed in at 23lbs! I had an ear infection last month, have three teeth, my parents say I look like a Jack O’ Lantern, and with all of the pain I didn’t let them get much sleep for a couple of weeks. I like to talk a lot, but it doesn’t seem like anyone understands me ;). My most exciting news is that I’m going to be a big brother in June!

Chris: Time has flown by for me as I have been as busy as I have ever been with teaching, coaching, and chasing my wife and son around. Cross Country finished up at the end of October and I am now enjoying the extra time with Nikki and Garrett. Both teams made it to the state meet where the boys finished 7th and the girls 8th. One of the biggest benefits for me from coaching was the weight loss! Since I started running again I have lost quite a bit of weight and have continued to keep up the running habit even since the end of the season. Coaching also took me to many new places in New Mexico. Early in October I also had the opportunity to go to a Math Teacher Conference (aka: Nerd Fest 2006) in Phoenix. Teaching has been one of the easiest transitions for me with our move here. Kids are still kids. It’s been finding a church and being the person who knows nothing about the area that has been the hardest for me. With all of that though it’s been clear to us that God has plans for us here.

Nikki: busy with Garrett, the After School Program, the Calvin program, and enjoying it all! I’m ready for the Thanksgiving Break to have some time to relax! Tired, slightly nauseous, and taking advantage of Garrett’s naps to rest. I’m really enjoying my Bible Study and am so glad that I have the chance to get to know some great women and be stretched in my faith. It’s been great to have Chris around more and so much fun to see how he and Garrett enjoy each other’s company. Chris can always make Garrett burst into laughter, and he gets really excited when he hears Chris come home from school. It’s also nice to take turns making dinner now that Chris is home before I am three days a week!

We will be spending Thanksgiving in Colorado with Chris’ Aunt Liz and family and then in just a few short weeks we’ll be back in MI for Christmas! We can’t wait! We’d love to catch up with as many of you as possible!

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