Since so much has happened and I don't remember a lot of it I will just hit on a few of the big things going on in our lives:
-Our Christmas was spent at home this year. We were going to go to Christmas get togethers for both sides of the family on Christmas Eve but, being the great Mom that I am, I scheduled Ryker's 18 month check up on that day and a strep test they did on him came back positive. So much for our partying this year. Grammy & Poppy and Grandma & Grandpa Orton and Grandma Roothoff came out to visit. That made our day!!
-Jacob's Grandpa Mathews passed away in January. We were so grateful we had taken time to go up to Idaho and visit him just a few weeks before. It takes Ryker a few minutes to get settled in and then it's all go. He was having a great time running through the house and into Grandpa's arms. He was also spoiled by Grandpa. We had had a party the night before and there were delicious homemade sugar cookies left over. Ryker wanted one and knew we would all say no so he asked Grandpa who, of course, gave him one (or two, or maybe even three) for breakfast. Grandpa told us Ryker can do and eat whatever he wants and he won't tell him "no". The time we spend with family is always precious, but when something like this happens it makes that time together so much more memorable.
-We found out in February that Ryker is going to be a big brother!!! Our due date is Oct. 20th and we are so excited. When we found out I asked Ryker if he was going to be a big brother and he said "uh-huh" and started flailing his arms and turning around in a circle. I need to learn to have a camera ready when I ask questions like that.
-We are finishing some of our basement and Ryker has been a HUGE helper. He takes his plastic hammer and screw driver down and will hammer on the boards and help hold up the walls until they get set into place. Poppy gave him an old tape measure and he went around measuring whatever he could find and would yell out his findings. He watched as everyone was writing measurements on the boards so he found a pencil and started going around writing something on every board (and some drywall) he could find. What would we do without him.!?
-Ryker is growing up so fast. He started talking just a few months ago and it's been amazing to see how quick he's progressing. He's to the point where he is putting sentences together and will repeat any word you ask him to. He knows all of the main colors and can count to 12 and sometimes 16. He loves to read books and is always ready to watch Cars.
-Jacob is staying busy with Ryker and I, work, school, projects around the house, and being the 1st counselor in the Elders Quorum presidency. Even though it takes up a lot of his time, he loves serving in the Elders Quorum and especially with the wonderful men he gets to serve with.
He is so great to be so willing to work so hard so I can stay home with Ryker and raise him the way we want him raised. I am so blessed to have such a wonderful husband who I love so much!!
-I am just trying to keep up with Ryker as the due date gets closer and I get bigger. I didn't want to find out what we are having, but Jacob did so he found out and has told our families and I've been waiting for someone to slip. It looks like Trisha is the winner!! In talking about the baby last night she slipped and said "he" and then tried to cover it up. When I told Jacob about it he would neither confirm nor deny if she really had slipped. I'm not picky either way, as long as the baby is healthy I'm great.
I'm also the secretary in the Young Women's program and love it. We have the most amazing young women in our ward and I am so blessed to know them and be able to learn from them and feel of their incredible love for their Savior and the gospel.
-Since this is a pretty long post already I will stop here and hopefully get back on soon to add some pictures and more updates.