Dear Family and Friends,
We hope this Christmas season is treating you all well. We can hardly believe another year has flown by so we would like to share with all of you some of the things that our family has experienced this year.
First things first…Kambria had her first birthday! We had a lot of fun taking pictures of her with her own chocolate cake. This is a tradition on Eliza’s side of the family to give the one year old their very own chocolate cake and see what they do with it. She devoured both cakes that she had…one at the Fairbanks’ and one at the Lamprecht’s. Two is always better than one right?! She is growing up so fast that it is hard to believe she is almost 16 months old! We have truly been blessed by having her in our family. She is quite the little smarty-pants too! She discovers new talents everyday. She can say kitty, doggy, up, vroom-vroom, “oo” for cold, her own version of hot with blowing noises and all and many more words that slip my mind currently. She has learned how to say “no, no, no,” while shaking her finger at things, as well as understands most EVERYTHING you say or tell her to do. Although she doesn’t always obey everything you tell her!! She like to play the “come and get me game,” when she is doing something she knows she is not supposed to do. She LOVES to dance, play the piano, sing and lead music in church. Do you think she will be a musical person? We sure hope so!
Bryan has been busy this year too. We moved from Fort Collins to Denver so that Bryan could get a job and do some volunteer hours for a prosthetics clinic so that he could apply to graduate school. He found a job at Allosource where he worked as a tissue banker. We all jokingly called him the bone scraper! ;o) If you don’t know what tissue banking is, have him tell you about it sometime. Well after 8 months of working, volunteering, and waiting, Bryan FINALLY was accepted to both schools he applied at; Northwestern University and California State Dominguez Hills. He chose to go to Northwestern University in Chicago. He quit working the last week in October and started school November 5. He is dedicated! He is doing the first section of his schooling online, while he is still volunteering/ learning from the prosthetic clinic here in Denver. Then sometime this next April we will move to Chicago so he can finish the schooling portion on-site in Chicago and then he will have to find a place to do a year of residency. So we will move again. But we like change and he has worked very hard to get where he is at and we are all VERY proud of his accomplishments thus far! Some family news from Bryan’s side of the family is that his brother Scott was married to his high school sweet heart Jacqueline, and his sister Lisa and brother in law Erik, had their first child Madalyn.
I LOVE being a stay at home mom and we are very fortunate to have me home right now. We are living in my parents’ basement to allow me to stay home, rather than having to work to pay for an apartment. It worked out nicely when my little brother Colin left to go on his mission to Argentina so that we could have the basement. Thanks little bro! ;o) So it has worked out nicely, and we are grateful to have this opportunity. My brother Brady even decided to come live at home for a little while too so it has been a party here back at mom’s house. There are days when being home all day with Kambria are more fun than others, but for the most part I enjoy playing with her and seeing her learning curve increase dramatically. I watched a little girl for a couple of months until she found a regular babysitter, which was fun but at times overwhelming. My heart goes out to those with multiples. This brings me to the exciting news of Nelson, my brother, and his wife Leah, having a set of twins. So now Hayden is a big brother! The twins are two very cute girls named Chloe and Ella. They are a gift from heaven and are a blessing to us all.
Some of the travels that we have made this year are to Utah several times for family events, British Columbia, Canada for Bryan’s family’s reunion, Chicago to check out the school and have some fun, which we did, and Red feather Lakes for the Dirk Lamprecht’s first family reunion. It has been a fun year with many experiences to remember.
Hopefully that sums up our year. We hope you all have a Merry Christmas and would love to hear how your family is doing.
Bryan, Eliza, and Kambria