Leah and her family came home for New years for a week or so. We, of course hit up the Brevard Zoo. It was a cold day (aka in the 50's... that is freezing for us folks down here) so we lasted about 45 minutes. Just enough time to see the beloved giraffes and by request, the alligators.
and of course our turtle shots
and then... just as we thought the zoo day was over... on our drive home kara called to tell us to turn down her street for some wild manatee action...
what the...this tiny little canal that I didnt even knew exsisted was full.. I mean packed with piles of manatees. it was crazy... cars were stopping and people were getting out of their cars. it was quite a sight.
i tried my darndest to get a good picture of atleast a snout of one... and then...
My mother labored long and hard over this beautiful dress. Hazel looked adorable.
Two years ago we hopped on a plane for the first time with our brand new baby Goldie. It was a successful trip. Our little fussy Goldie was somehow a dream baby on the flight and the whole way to her Grammy and Grandpa's. On Christmas night we held a little devotional in Mark and Anne's beautiful new home. During this lovely gathering John was joined by his father and his older brothers in giving a perfect blessing of good health and spiritual strength to our little Goldie Hart Hyde. Our meeting was closed with our family kneeling in prayer in which Mark blessed and dedicated their new home. Since that time we have had many meaningful devotionals, prayers, and scripture studies in their home. We have enjoyed many delicious and beautiful meals... we've played many games and watched our children run and play together in their home. Our Family has become stronger and closer together in their home. On Christmas night of this year I watched and listened as my wonderful husband, joined by his grand father, father and brothers, gave my pretty little baby, Hazel Anne Hyde, a beautiful blessing. Hazel was blessed with a faithful, healthy, full life. It was a comforting thing to know that there I was, watching my worthy husband give, once again, a perfect blessing to our second little one. I'm thankful for Mark and Anne's home and the spirit that is maintained there.
I am so grateful for the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is the surest thing...the clue we have that makes sense of this life. Life is so good knowing that I can be with my family forever. I am so grateful for the plan that our Father has for us and for the essential part the Savior has in it. What better time in the whole year to bless my tiny babes than the time we celebrate the birth of our Savior.
on christmas morning we woke up at a rather decent hour and opened our stocking at our own pace. uncle jesse's flight got in at 11am and the opening of gifts under the tree were to commence upon his arrival. So Goldie enjoyed her stocking thoroughly.
the girl ate 10 pieces of chocolate before breakfast
thata girl Golds
and then there were presents...
it was so fun to see her opening her presents
i cant believe how much more exciting it was for her than it was on her birthday just a few short months before.
our teeny little pumpkin wasnt too in to her new hat her daddy gave her