We’ve had a happy, busy year here in the house of Chad & Bethany! 😉 We relocated to Illinois this past year. We are enjoying our time here, and are excited to learn more about what the area has to offer!
We started 2017 off with a bang as we welcomed our little Jack Urban on December 30, 2016. He was a week late, but couldn’t have joined us at a better time!
Jack is now 11 months old! He’s up to the typical baby stuff: eat, sleep, and power crawl around the house to see how fast he can tear everything out of the cupboards before I notice. I like to say he’s as happy as he is fat. Just an all around good baby. He’s earned the nickname ‘Bear’ and it sure suits him well because he is definitely a bear to get down for a nap!
Preston is three years old and is the best big brother to Jack. I never imagined how seriously he’d take his big brother role! Preston is in preschool this year and loves going two mornings a week. He is quite the sponge and can’t wait to share what he learned at school that day. His favorite topics to discuss are construction work, machinery, and lightning. 🙂
Chad is enjoying his new role at work. He’s the Reliability Coordinator and has received great recognition for his hard work from management. Chad ran a 5k in September that his work sponsored. His boss had said that whoever beats him would get a prize. So in true Chad fashion, not having run in about 6 months, he beats all of his coworkers and ends up with a first place trophy for his age group.
In July, Chad and I found out we were expecting baby #3! We are excited to add another boy to our clan! Preston has decided to name the newest addition Basil, while in utero, “after our cute little basil plant on the front porch”. Baby Basil is due to arrive March 2018.
It’s been a busy year for me. Between prenatal appointments, keeping tabs on the boys, organizing and decorating our new house, the year has flown by! My favorite part of moving is having a new house to clean, organize, and decorate. I’ve been enjoying my time staying at home with the boys. It’s a true joy to watch them grow, learn, and thrive on a daily basis. It’s been a very rewarding job for me as their Mom.
In June, we went on a family vacation to Iceland with the my entire family. Iceland is truly a hidden gem; I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to travel abroad! The trip went so much better than we could have imagined. The boys did so well with sleeping on the go, the 6 hour flight, time change, tour busses, etc. Preston still talks about Iceland daily. He has some great memories of our trip, especially the volcanoes!
That about wraps up our year in a nutshell! I hope this Christmas letter finds you doing well. We wish you good health and happiness in the coming year!
Chad, Bethany, Preston, and Jack