Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Christmas Greetings!!!

Here is our Christmas Card and letter this year!! Enjoy!!! We love you all!!

Merry Christmas

It’s hard to believe that 2008 has already come and gone!! Time sure does fly. Well, we have had another amazing year filled with lots of fun!!!

For those of you who didn’t know, last Christmas was a very memorable one for our family. Kolby David Laing decided he couldn’t wait till his due date (Jan 15th) to join our family, he actually couldn’t wait for Christmas to be done with…he was born at 5:10am on Christmas morning!! He was the best Christmas Present ever!! Kolby will soon be celebrating his 1st birthday…it’s hard to believe… he’s been such a joy to our family. He’s busy almost walking…(I bet he’ll be an official walker before his birthday, he’s really close now!) He loves waving, playing peek-a-boo, being cuddled, clapping his hands, feeding himself and he loves bath time, he loves it when daddy gets home from work, and playing with his brother and sisters!!!

Sophie has had a big year too. She turned 3 this year and loves getting bigger and bigger. After several stubborn months she is now totally potty trained!! Yeahhhhh!!! She has the sweetest voice and loves to sing and dance. She loves playing with Brayden, Adelyn and Kolby and of course Mom and Dad!! She prays faithfully for Aunt Liz and Uncle Paul on their missions and if any of us ever forget she always reminds us. Thanks for keeping us in line Sophie! Sophie loves drawing, coloring and playing princesses and house… What a perfect little 3 year old!!

Adelyn turned 5 this year and is LOVING kindergarten. She is an incredible helper. She is so willing and capable to help with Kolby, She has natural mothering skills, she’ll make a great mom someday!! Adelyn is enjoying learning how to read and is excelling in school! Adelyn took dance and soccer this year too. I knew she would love dance, but you should have seen her on the soccer field. She was awesome! Adelyn is so thoughtful; we find little love notes she’s written us, on our bed almost every day. Then I go around the house and she’s put one on everyone’s bed. So cute! She’s amazing!!

Brayden turned 7 this year and is now in 2nd grade! He loves school too. He’s becoming quite the author. He loves writing stories. He just wrote a “Chronicles of Narnia” book that was 55 pages long. He did it all on his own, There were 10 chapters and he illustrated every page. Every night before he went to bed he would work on his book. Now that he’s done with that he decided that now he wants to write a book that’s so long that you won’t be able to read it all in 1 day… we’ll see how that goes. Brayden wants to read the Book of Mormon before he’s baptized in July and he’s already in the middle of Alma. It’s fun to see how much his reading has improved since he started. Brayden has lost 3 teeth, and he pulled this last one out all by himself. What a brave kiddo! Brayden’s learning how to play the piano; he played baseball and soccer this year. He reminds me of his daddy…he’s just good at everything he does!

LeGrand is still in the bishopric and now he’s the Principal at the Springville High School Seminary. This new assignment has been really fun for him. LeGrand has also coached baseball, 2 soccer teams, spoken at several EFY’s and Youth Conferences. We were able to be Session Directors in Granville Ohio this past summer… so fun!! We were able to go on our “Big Church History Trip” this summer. We saw so many incredible places and had a blast all together as a family. LeGrand loves what he does, but he loves being home even more!! I’m so lucky to have him as my best friend. He’s an amazing father! I love watching him be a Dad, he loves to play with the kids! I’m seriously a lucky girl!

As for me, I love to be a “stay at home” mom…I keep busy trying to keep up with everyone and all their activities. Since life seems to get busier and busier and I haven’t scrapbooked in over a year, I’ve tried keeping up with our family history a different way this year…We have a family blog! It’s been so fun, Feel free to check it out, I update it regularly! The web address is legrandbecslittlelaings.blogspot.com I’m still the Enrichment Leader in our ward and am loving it!! So besides having 4 kids to run around after, being room mom for 2 classes, homework, dinners, housework…(the list goes on and on) I do find time for fun, I love date nights (being out with LeGrand without our lovely kiddos is so rejuvenating to me), I love doing crafty things, I love getting together and playing volleyball, girls night or curling up and reading a good book!!! Life is pretty darn amazing!!

We hope you are all doing well and that this Holiday Season is the best one yet! May we all remember the true meaning of Christmas and live with Gratitude in our hearts for all of our blessing!!
The Laings
LeGrand, Becca, Brayden, Adelyn, Sophie and Kolby Laing


Megan said...

i love your family pictures! What a cute card. You made it I'm guessing? love you!!!

Becca said...

Yeah, I really don't know what I'm doing...hopefully I'll get better soon...

kathryn said...

you are amazing and so on the ball! I don't know how you find the time and the creativity to boot. You just blow my mind. Great letter!

kelly said...

Wow! I am so happy you guys are doing so well, and WAY TO GO BRAYDEN, you are a very talented boy.

Jaime said...

I loved reading your letter. I didn't realize that Kolby was born so early! Did he have any complications? I'm hoping this baby comes a little early. Gavin was two days early but nearly 10 pounds which was a bit much for me! I am feeling a little better with my pregnancy sickness but anxious to feel entirely better.

Bowen Family said...

Great Christmas card!!! It's so fun to hear about your cute family. I can't believe that Kolby is already walking - that means that Hannah is just around the corner. We hope you have a great Christmas season!

Janelle Ehat said...

I love your card Becca! You did great! What a fun letter too! I can't believe how big your kids are getting! And They are so so so stinkin' cute! I love little Kolby's cute chubby cheeks! I just want to kiss them!

Tad and Jennifer said...

Becca, your family is adorable! You are very impressive!! The card is cute and it's so much fun to read about everyone. Love ya!!

The San Diego Mills said...

You have such a good lookin' family! The card is really cute. I hope you guys have a wonderful holiday season!