Kalei turned 8 months old today. I'm typing and holding her while she sleeps...a trick learned from 4 years of working from home and raising 3 babies. I want to make a list of happenings for 2009, I think for myself more than for my blog audience:
- Kalei was born at the end of April. She is a Mama's girl, thoroughly. She can't stand anybody else in the world, not even her dad, and wants only Mommy. It feels pretty nice.
- my mom came and visited beginning of May, which was sooo nice. I miss her and can't wait till she comes in January.
- we drove to California in June on 2 hours' notice to be with Ryan's dad for a few days, as he had gotten very sick. That was a difficult trip to make. It was difficult to see Ryan's dad and say goodbye, not knowing if we'd see each other again.
- in August I received a calling in church as Relief Society (women's organization) Secretary. This has really opened doors of friendship for me and helped remind me that we all have battles (mine is against constant chaos). It's helped me get out of the house a bit too. I am a home-body by default, I love to read, write, sew, and dance...inside hobbies. I love having people over (ok, not in a Ryan-Johnson-just-invited-half-the-ward-over kind of way), but it's nicer to go into others' homes and learn about them, their struggles, their interests, etc. I enjoy this part of this calling the most.
Ryan's father, Jack, passed away in late August. Ryan and Kainoa went up to St. Louis for his services. Jack and Ryan's mom, Geneva, raised 16 children in Long Beach, he was a chiropractor and pastry chef and very multi-talented. This Christmas has been especially hard for Ryan, and his whole family. We miss you, Grandpa Jack.
If you're reading this in Facebook, click this link to see a video on Ryan's dad.
video courtesy Stacey & Craig Johnson
- in early December, my little brother, Gordon, had his first baby, named Lucas Kahana Mamoru Liljenquist. He is my first nephew by blood and I L-O-V-E him.