Saturday, December 20, 2008

Christmas Letter

My printer broke in the middle of printing my family newsletter last night. Most of you already know everything going on in my life if you read my blog, it is! :)

Dear family and friends,
We miss you all especially this time of year. How we wish we had the time and money to travel around to visit all of you!!! That being said, we are thoroughly enjoying Arizona. Here is a little recap on the past year of our lives.
We recently moved out of our apartment into a little rental home, and we quickly settled in and feel much more at home! We each have our own room. We were able to add a pet to our family. We have a cute little back yard with trees and swings that the kids enjoy every day. We have a lot of kids in our neighborhood, and we are just down the street from Owen’s school. It is really an ideal location and we are glad to have found it.
Nathan graduated from Arizona State with his MBA in August. He took a 12 day trip to China to study and compare the business practices of their country versus the US. While there, he also studied and compared the authentic cuisine there versus the food at Panda Express. He is still working for T-Mobile and recently opened a new store closer to our house. He works hard every day and still comes home and helps with the kids and household chores, not to mention dealing with all the financial stresses that come our way. He is a wonderful father and husband and is very loved.
Lindsey is still a housewife and recently made her 7th move in 8 years of marriage. She did all of the packing and unpacking (again), not to mention attempting to decorate and make a home out of their latest residence! She cleans houses part time and is still enjoying that, although her body is aging and complains quite often about the physical labor. She loves being a mom and thinks she has the two most interesting and precious children on the planet. She has enjoyed getting involved in Owen’s education and spending some one-on-one time with Hazel. She loves when family and friends come to visit and she can play hostess. She was recently lucky to have a 10 day visit with her mother that involved lots of shopping and bonding! J
Owen is in first grade and is about to lose his third tooth! He is still taking piano lessons and has a great ear for music. He likes to point out when Mommy plays a wrong note on
the piano. He has flourished this year in his new school and has great teachers and classmates. He has acquired an impressive rock collection and says his favorite subject is Science. He loves to dress up as different super heroes. He has been known to wear his Spiderman gloves for days at a time. He has become an amazing reader and likes to read books to his little sister. He is turning into such a handsome, intelligent little boy and we love to watch him grow and learn.
Hazel is three and quite a character! She has a darling little voice with a mysterious Boston accent. She loves to follow her big brother and copy everything he does. She loves to play with her Barbie dolls, her lions and her make-up. She is a little movie buff and will quote her favorite movies at appropriate times throughout the day. One of her favorite lines is from Annie where she puts up her dukes and says “NOW- or you’ll have ME to deal with!” She uses this one often when asking Mommy to do something. It is hard to teach her how to be respectful while laughing hysterically. She definitely keeps us all on our toes.
We feel blessed this holiday season to have a healthy family and to be as secure as we are. We are also blessed to have you all in our lives. We would love to have you visit our blog anytime to get caught up on our day to day lives!
The Williams
Nathan, Lindsey, Owen and Hazel