Below is our christmas letter. The one we sent out has pictures on it but I can't figure out how this site takes pdf files to upload. Anyways, here is our year in review.
Dear family & friends,
The past year has brought many changes for the White family. We’d thought we’d better give you the rundown so you’ll be up to speed on where we’re at and what we’re up to.
Noble Jedediah joined our family on January 11, 2008. He weighed in at 8 pounds 6 ounces and was 21 ½ inched long. He has grown quickly and has been mostly healthy, aside from developing an inguinal hernia last spring. We took him to Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City for surgery in April to have that fixed and he came through the procedure much better then his mother did. He has been crawling for months and is now starting to walk, so of course he gets in to everything and tries to go swimming in the toilet every time we turn our backs long enough. He has a smile that will melt your heart and a squeal that will pop your eardrums. We are happy to have him in our family.
Alan Jay turned two in February and exemplifies the terrible twos. He initially struggled with no longer being the only child, and he still has trouble sharing sometimes, but he is usually a good big brother. He isn’t talking much yet, but surprises us with new words every day. He loves to sing and sometimes we even recognize the songs he’s singing. He has been taking gymnastics and although he has trouble waiting his turn and sitting still, he is fearless and very good at running, jumping, and doing flips.
Brady enjoyed his job at the nursing home in Pocatello, but when the economy started slipping and his monthly bonuses started shrinking, he decided it was time to start looking for something else. He had a few interviews in July and ended up taking a job with Intermountain Healthcare, working as a public relations specialist at Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George, Utah. He got to work finishing up last minute projects on the house in Pocatello so that it would be ready to sell and the whole family packed up and moved to southern Utah in August. Our house sold within two months and now we’re renting a townhome on the south end of St. George. He kinda misses having a house to work on, but he has been keeping busy building two bookcases and doing other little projects here and there.
Brady loves his new job and the people he is working with. His job responsibilities include writing and producing a weekly employee newsletter, maintaining both an internal and a public website (www.dixieregional.org if you’re interested in checking it out), and helping develop marketing materials for several departments within the hospital. He’s with a great company with excellent benefits and there are plenty of opportunities for him to move up the ranks.
Annalea has her hands full taking care of two energetic little boys, but she still finds time to bake bread, maintain the household, and learn to play the violin. She is enjoying the mild winter and beautiful scenery in St. George, but is really missing friends and family in Idaho. She is making some new friends, but it is a slow process. She really misses our old house but is glad her husband can spend time with the family on the weekends instead of pounding nails and crawling around in the attic. She misses having a backyard and hopes we can find a place in St. George with a yard before long.
At church, Brady and Anna were both called to be primary teachers for the 5 year-olds within three weeks of coming to our new ward. Being in the primary does make it harder to meet people in the ward but we enjoy our class. While trying to get a room full of youngsters to sit still is challenging, Brady thinks it is a bit easier than being Elder’s Quorum President.
The big move limited our vacationing this summer, but we have tried to visit some local attractions this fall, including Zion National Park, Cedar Breaks National Monument, and Kolob Canyon. We also had an unexpected trip to Preston, ID and Vernal, UT in October for Brady’s grandmother’s funeral. Our townhouse is only five miles from Arizona, so we had to head south and visit Brady’s sister Alayna and her family in Phoenix for Thanksgiving. We plan to spend Christmas back in Idaho with family there.
We love you all and wish you the best during these bleak economic times. We’re just a short drive from several national parks and beautiful scenery and the weather is pretty nice around here most of the time, so please feel free to come visit us sometime.
With lots of love,
Merry Christmas everyone.