Here's a little recap of our year. This update literally took me 1 1/2 hours ... I had a few issues with pictures. I would have put a few more towards the end, but I gave up. (Also, many of these pictures have been in other entries, so many will look familiar.) Enjoy!
January: We celebrated our 2nd Anniversary on January 7. We spent the weekend relaxing in the cities. We had a great weekend!
And played a little mini golf at MOA. :) (PS-What do you think of Justin's hair?!?)
February: We spent lots of time with our favorite 4-legged friend. :)We also got to spend some time with some Federated friends who had moved out of town. They were in Owatonna for a week-long training. We enjoyed hanging out with them!
March: Gizmo made this announcement ...
We had waited so long for tests to look like this ... I couldn't pass up a picture. :) And we couldn't believe it was true, so I think I took 6 or 7 tests.
And we found out that we were going to have a baby the night before leaving on a ski trip with our high school youth group at Trinity! (I had never skied before and was nervous, but even more nervous when I found out that I was pregnant!)
We were thrilled to be a part of BJ and Devin's engagement party. We are so excited that Devin will officially join our family in June of 2009. (But, she's been a part of our family since they first started dating.)
April: One of my best friends from college, Kaley, & her husband, Chris, came to visit us! We spent the day at Mall of America ... and we went to Underwater Adventure.
We traveled to Des Moines for Chris & Taera's wedding.
May: Darin graduated from ISU!
We traveled down to Delhi, IA, to meet up with some college friends for a baby shower for Bea & Greg. And ... all 4 girls were pregnant! (Jordyn will hopefully get to hang out with the 3 new baby boys soon.)
Great college friends. :)
We spent Memorial Day weekend with my family in George (for 2 days) and then the rest of the weekend at Justin's parents' new condo at Okoboji.
June: I finished my 2nd year of teaching 4th grade at McKinley. I will admit that I didn't think it would be my last year teaching at McKinley ... until about 2 weeks later when Justin received a new job offer. We made our decision to move to Sioux Falls ... and right as we were making that decision, we were in the process of building our deck.
The day the job offer came to Justin ... we found out we were having a baby GIRL. Justin's guess was right, mine was wrong. :)
July: The finished product ... (Justin and I finished it at about 11:00 one night ... our neighbors were probably glad we were moving after all the noise we created so late at night.)
My wonderful friends Janeen, Nichole, and Ellen threw me a baby shower before we moved to Sioux Falls.
We decided to be "tourists" in Sioux Falls and took a trip down to Falls Park.
August: Our house in Owatonna sold! (It actually sold in July, but it was closed on in August.) We loved our home in Owatonna, and we hope the new owners enjoy it as much as we did.
We also spent a couple of days at Beard's Resort in MN with my family. We had to leave early though so that I could come home for an interview in Sioux Falls. :)
September: We celebrated Justin's grandparents' 50th Anniversary! (This was at the end of August/beginning of September.) We spent the weekend golfing, throwing an anniversary party, and enjoying family time. Justin's family also threw me a baby shower that weekend.
Justin's family - Grandma Helen, Grandma Marcia, Jamie, Mom, Aunt Sherri, and Aunt Tracy
My family threw me a baby shower at the end of September - here's my mom, sisters, and soon to be sister-in-law.
October: The biggest month of the year! :) We celebrated many birthdays throughout October, but Justin received the best birthday present when Jordyn Faith arrived on his birthday! Jordyn arrived at 10:43 on October 30 weighing 6 pounds 12 ounces and was 20 inches long.
We also moved in our new house on October 3 - moving when you're 8 months pregnant is quite a chore! :) We are very thankful that our family could help!
November: Jordyn had her 1st professional pictures taken in November. :) And of course, she looked beautiful! We also celebrated Jordyn's 1st Thanksgiving. We are so thankful that we were able to spend so much time with our family during this time.