Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 going going gone.

I wanted to take some time to post a little family newsletter here online, for all of you who didn't receive a Christmas Card from us.
If you did receive a card from us, let me know immediately as there is someone out there posing as the Foutz family and mailing out Christmas Cards.

2010 has been a crazy year of change for the Foutz Family!  We started the year with 4 members in our family, and ended the year with 4.  At the begininning of the year Brett was laboring away as a student in the Architecture program at Texas Tech, and now as it comes to a close, Brett is a student in the Architecture program at Texas Tech.  When 2010 started, Kristina was a stay at home mom, carefully caring for Bensen and Juliet as well as another little girl throughout the week, but now as it comes to a close Kristina is working hard as a stay at home mom, with three kids at home, Juliet, Bensen, and another little girl who comes during the week.

Okay, so maybe there haven't been too many changes.  But there have been a few if you get into the nitty gritty of our lives!

Brett submitted his portfolio to apply to the 2nd year of the Architecture program and was (of course!) accepted.  He does incredible work and loves school.  He is still working for American Eagle (airlines) and we all thoroughly enjoy our flying discounts.  It has been a real blessing to be able to visit family during this time we are living so far away from everyone.  Brett is currently locked in battle with two of his brothers (Ian and Craig) in a "Come See How Good I Look" Contest that ends on July 4th, 2011.  I am biased but I think he looks dang good.

I am Kristina, and back in May I picked up my camera again.  Since then I have been using a lot of my free time to learn about portrait photography and post processing work in PS.  I have come a long way, but still have a ways to go.  I have really loved getting back into photography again, and only wish I had more willing subjects.  Bensen and Juliet have long ago tired of the camera, and I have a lot of pictures of the backs of babies' heads.  I love staying home with my babies,  watch Madison most week days, and have the occasional photo shoot on the weekends.  It is a wonderful, full life.  The only thing I am missing is a car!

Juliet (3) is a chatterbox and a busy body, she never stops moving and she never stops chatting!  We have found that no place is safe from her creative explorations, and have discovered her in the most exasperating places.  On top of the fridge, inside a tall cabinet, hanging like a dress in her closet. No chocolate is safe from her, and no toothpaste or lotion bottle either.  She is a good girl who listens most of the time, but just can't help herself the other times.  We love her we love her we love her!  We love the crazy things that she says.

Bensen (20 months) is perfect, and there is not much else you can say about that.  He is adored by everyone in the family, including and especially his big sister.  I just found him dipping his toothbrush in the toilet and can't even be mad because he looked up at me with his innocent doe eyes and said "teeth!" wich he then proceeded to scrub with his now disgusting toothbrush.  His vocabulary has filled out considerably, and his most expressive sentence to date is, "Daddy, drink? water?"  He gets as much water as he could possibly want-- how could we refuse such a perfect being?  Help us all when he learns to say "Daddy, drive? car?"

We  moved apartments (and wards!) way back in June, and are really loving our new place although some of its quirks seem insufferable at times (for example, no washer and dryer hookups.  I have carted a lot of laundry a long way in the last 6 months!)  but the extra space makes it all worth while.  We are still only a one car family which is hard some days, but we make it work!  We still have 4 years left in Lubbock but we are glad to be somewhere that we enjoy, where the people are so good and kind.

 2010 has been good to us and we hope 2011 is much the same.  Some day we will get a family picture taken.

We love you all, happy new year!

Best of 2010

I can't believe it has been another year.  This is the third year in a row doing best of.  Check out 2008 and 2009 if you are so inclined.

Best Movie: We got Netflix this year so I have been able to watch a lot of fun movies I wouldn't have been able to otherwise.  Still didn't go to the theater much though.  Hmm.  This is always a hard one for me.  I really really enjoyed Scott Pilgrim vs. The World though I don't think I'll ever own it. Toy Story 3 was the best family movie, yes even better than Tangled. and Inception was also really amazing.  I have to watch that one again though.  Still haven't seen (but look forward to) Prince Caspian, Harry Potter 7 part 1 and Gulliver's Travels.
Best Book: I read a lot this year and liked most of the books I read.  The one that left the most impact was Alive: The story of the Andes Survivors.  Best Fantasy this year was Mistborn, the whole trilogy, and best YA fiction was Hunger Games and Catching Fire.  I didn't care for the third one.
Best Place to Live: Cincinnati.  We went to King's Island for our anniversary and I fell in love with NKY all over again.  Since we only lived in Lubbock this year I decided I could write what I think would be the best place to live.
Best TV Show: Castle.  Easy.
Best Game: Didn't play a lot of video games this year so I changed this category a little.  I did play a lot of board games and I love Ticket to Ride.
Best Home-made Dinner: Natasha and Steven gave me this awesome recipe for Pork Tacos with green salsa.  Oh. MY. Heavenly Goodness.
Best Deal: Toy Story 1 and 2 on DVD/Blu Ray combo pack for $5 each, including 2 free tickets to Toy Story 3.  Awesome.
Best New Hobby: Photography.  I guess it is an old hobby come back for a second round.  But I am loving it!  Also started crocheting this year.  Woot!

Best Husband Ever: Still Brett Foutz.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Rows Your Boat

by Juliet Foutz

Row Row Rows your boat
Gents, down the stream!
Larry, Larry, Larry, Larry,
Life's a spider dream!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Come let us adore Him -- adorably.

This is Juliet's fourth Christmas, but it is the first Christmas she has been interested in Santa.  Santa Santa Santa.  And even more than Santa, she has been interested in asking Santa for a Pillow Pet.  Any time she sees Santa on tv or on the computer or a picture at the mall she says she needs to talk to Santa about her Pillow Pet.
While totally adorable, this is also a little discouraging for a parent who feels like it is her motherly duty to help her children keep Christmas centered on Christ.
When it comes to your kids you can never really know how much gets through to them (especially when their vocabulary is so limited) so it is always a pure joy (and a relief!) when they let you know in their own way that they get it.

This is what I found this morning.
Juliet's explanation: "Look! It's the baby Jesus!  Everyone needs to see Jesus."

Merry merry Christmas!!  I know that Christ lives, that He is our Savior.  I know that through Him we can return to live with our Heavenly Father.  I know my family is eternal, and I am so grateful for the Gospel in our lives.  I truly have been blessed, and I thank Heavenly Father every day for my beautiful family and the opportunity I have to return with them to Him once more.  I rejoice every day for such a wonderful knowledge and I should express it more often!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Hard day.

Sundays are our hard days.
There is never anything to do.

We sit around.

Bored out of our minds.

Wishing we were some place else.

Doing something else.

Or at least doing something.

But no.  Sundays are the hard days.

We never do anything fun on Sundays.