Friday, December 11, 2009

Christmas 2009

2009, year in review-

2009 has been a year filled with ups and downs but a lot of celebrations.

January- We found out we were having daughter #3. I think we were all hoping it was a boy, but after we were told it was a girl, we rejoiced in the fact that there wouldn’t be as many surprises. We’d already had two beautiful girls! We were originally going to name her Anah, but in the end, we landed on Leah.

February- I passed my glucose test! I was very excited about this! I had gestational diabetes when I was pregnant with Sarah and was miserable. I was determined not to have it again! I kept my exercise up and watched my carbohydrate intake. In the end, I passed with FLYING colors.

March- We celebrated Sarah’s 2nd birthday with a Dora party. Much fun was had by all. We also traveled to Wapakoneta, Ohio to meet our friends the Swans to borrow many baby items for the upcoming birth of Leah.

April- We celebrated the birth of our 1st niece, Emma Mae Catherine Haeck, born to Bobby’s sister Faithe and her husband Nathan. I also cut Sarah’s hair for the first time during this month. My mom, sister, and I went up to Amish Country in Ohio over night with no kids and no husbands. It was a lot of fun! I walked a bit more than I really wanted to, but it was nice to be away over night.

May- We celebrated the birth of our 3rd daughter, Leah Pauline Fannin, born May 9th, the day before Mother’s Day. She weighed in at 8 pounds, 9 ounces and was 21 inches long. She stayed in the longest and was the heaviest of our three daughters, but since then, she has slowed down. She is still the longest, but is a good 2 pounds lighter than her sisters when they were her age.

Two weeks after she was born, we traveled to Kentucky for Bobby’s graduation from Asbury Theological Seminary.

June- We celebrated Bobby’s 30th b-day and my paternal grandfather’s 80th birthday while in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. We also celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary.

July- We celebrated my 29th birthday. Rebekah took swim lesson, finally! The first time we enrolled her in swim lessons was soon after she got her broken leg cast off, and she cried the whole time through the first two lessons. After the second lesson, she fell off the climbing wall part of the indoor playground and broke her arm. Therefore, no swim lessons until the next year. She did much better this time. The only part she did not enjoy was the games that they played. She just wanted to work on her strokes.

August- Bekah was tested for early admittance to kindergarten and passed with flying colors. She scored in the 97th percentile. The “average” kindergartener enters with a score in the 50th percentile. She goes to school for 2 hours and 45 minutes, 5 days per week. She is having a blast! She is bouncy, as her teacher puts it, but doing wonderfully academically!!

September- Sarah started taking swimming lessons and a tumbling class. She had a bit of a rough start with tumbling, really didn’t enjoy it the first week, but now loves it! She is upset when we have a week off. She also thrived in swim lessons. She took a parent class with Bobby, who enjoyed being “dunked” by Sarah. Rebekah also took a ballet class, which she enjoyed thoroughly. It was neat to see her focusing on the instructor during the rehearsal.

October- Rebekah, our baby girl, turned 5! We had a Glow Putt birthday part along with a rainbow cake. Mommy and Daddy were a lot more successful with this cake. We hardly argued at all!!

November- Rebekah lost her first tooth. She woke up one morning and said her mouth felt weird. I looked at her mouth and noticed her tooth looked a bit weird. I wiggled it and it was very, very loose. Within a week, it was out. It actually came out the day before she was scheduled to go to the dentist for her cleaning. Leah also started sitting up during this month. One day she wasn’t even doing “the tripod” and the next day she was sitting up very well for 3-4 minutes at a time by herself! She’s growing so fast!

Finally we look forward to another year. Our family is changing so much and we are excited to see where the Father is leading us. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers and have a merry and blessed Christmas!