This picture was taken the day before Easter 2007 with the Easter Bird (Jay's mom).
This was the last week of this year that Emily felt like herself, due to the fact that we are expecting a new baby boy on December 5th. This has been the most difficult of our pregnancies and Emily spent much of the spring and summer nonfunctional on the couch or in bed. Because of her lack of activity, she developed a large Deep Vein Thrombosis (blood clot) in her left leg and was hospitalized for 4 days in May. Her doctors put her on a subcutaneous injection of blood thinners which Jay administers daily in her stomach and she gets to wear thigh high compression stockings 24-7. It has been such a blessing to have Jay working out of our home and he is glad Emily is feeling better so he doesn't have to do everything. He was amazing with all the things he did for everyone. Now, we are anxiously awaiting the arrival of our new little one in about 7 weeks.
During all of this our house in Rexburg was up for sale and we relocated to Providence, UT at the end of June. Jay needed to be closer to the Salt Lake airport and we decided to come back to the Cache Valley. We have absolutely loved it here and feel like we have returned home (this is where Jay and Emily met and Jay's almamater).
Logan spent the beginning of the year playing basketball and the spring playing baseball. Jay was his coach for both teams and they both enjoyed it. This year he tried out pitching and ended up being the most consistent on the team. He also spent some time behind the plate as catcher when the other pitchers were in. Logan continues to excel in school. His 4th grade teacher Mrs. Smith said if all of her students were like Logan she wouldn't ever have a problem in class. Logan continues to be an avid reader and can spell anything. He has enjoyed having his own room in our new house and decided that he wanted to decorate it with airplanes. He was able to help and watch the air show put on through the Legacy Flight Museum in Rexburg this summer. (His grandpa, Loyd, is very involved over there and has included Jay and Logan in a number of activities.)
Katelyn spent the spring dancing again with Cindy's Dance Connection in Rexburg. She was able to finish her tour of performances before we moved. They performed tap and ballet numbers and even threw in a little Jazz this year. She was great! Katelyn continues to be good at anything and everything that she tries. She has dabbled a little in piano and this summer took up cross-stitching. She, too, loves to read and is always getting all of the neighborhood kids (Spencer's age) to attend her school, where she loves to "teach" them all of her knowledge. Since moving to Providence, she is enrolled in the Civic Ballet. We were sad to give up on tap, since she was so good at that, but this has been good for her and her instructor just happened to be our realtor. Kate was a little disappointed at first to find out that she is having another brother instead of a sister, but now she is just excited to have a baby around and be able to help. She is enjoying her teachers and had already made a whole bunch of friends by the end of the first week at school.
Spencer is still our happy, well-adjusted little man. He was the best helper while Emily was so sick and took such good care of her. He has become the social director in our new neighborhood, with 3 friends just his age next door and directly across the street. That's all he wants to do everyday, "Mom, I think I'll go play with my friends now." Spencer is excited to be the big brother and to share his room with the baby. We just bought some paint and we are going to fix it all up for the little boys in the coming weeks. Spencer is learning all the letters, sounds, numbers, etc. Jay and Emily were surprised this summer when he started writing his name on all of his papers, since we don't know where he picked that up...maybe at Katelyn's school? He has enjoyed, as well as all the kids, being closer to our Goates cousins who are just their ages. He's always asking when he can play with Molly again.
The kids all loved the summer in our new house mostly due to the trampoline that the previous owners left and the slip and slide that Jay rigged up for them down the hill in the back yard. They also took swimming lessons at the Aquatics Center and had a great time with that. They were ready to go back to school though and even though they miss their friends, they seem to be enjoying their new surroundings. We have spent a good amount of time frequenting Aggie ice cream and have gone on some drives up the canyons and visited the parks around town. On one trip to the Ranch (where Emily's parents live) Katelyn and Spencer were able to ride horses and everyone loved swimming at the swimming hole.