It is that magical time of year when we take a moment to reflect on the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. We are so grateful for the wonderful blessings we've enjoyed this past year and for those who've helped to share in making our memories of 1998.
The most significant event of the year was the birth of our new baby, Alexis Kimberly Jacobs. Lexy joined our family on May 6th. She weighed 7 lbs. 3 oz. And was 19 inches long. Now seven months later, she has one bottom tooth and weighs 17 pounds! She has beautiful blue eyes, long dark eyelashes and thick dark eyebrows. She sleeps through the night and wakes up every morning with a smile. It's amazing how much love she has brought into our home. She loves playing with her big brothers and sister and laughing out loud when they tickle her. Mom is particularly proud that Lexy's first word is "Mama, mama." We are so grateful for our little sunshine!
Being true to his job-hop nature, Lincoln started with a new company, Intelogis, at the first of this year. At time of print he claimed he did not plan on changing jobs again anytime soon. Around the first of the year he was also called to be the Cubmaster in our ward. He now has an excuse for performing in front of an audience on a monthly basis. The kids think Lincoln is a pretty funny guy.
July was an exciting month for the whole family. Chad and Tyler celebrated their 8th birthday. Lisa's family flew in for the big event and Lincoln's family was there too. We had a double baptism with Tyler being baptized by his dad and Chad being baptized by his Grandpa Dick Kimmell. We also had Alexis blessed that same day. It was quite the event! We also enjoyed a Russell Family Reunion in Park City that weekend with Lisa's mom's family.
Chad and Tyler are now in their 3rd year with the Spanish Immersion Program. They are doing well and loving it! We are amazed at how much they understand. It's a great program. They are now cub scouts and get to go to den meetings. They also like playing soccer, making beadie animals, playing with their baby sister, and playing network computer games with their dad. They are growing up to be very responsible and handsome young boys.
Ashley is 5½ and started kindergarten this past fall. She LOVES school! She has a great teacher and likes playing with her friends. She has taken up dance lessons this year and will perform in a Christmas dance recital. She and Alexis love playing together. Ashley makes funny faces and Lexy can't help but laugh! Ashley is very happy to have another girl in the family.
In August we took a family vacation to Bear Lake. We went with another family and stayed in a house right on the beach. It was a great time! All of the kids had a chance to try waterskiing off of the boat's boom. . . even little Ashley joined in the fun! We had a great time together and hope to do it again next year! Lisa learned how to slalom ski for the first time in her life! It was quite an accomplishment and she's ecstatic!
One of the high points of the year for Lisa was losing her contacts for good. On September 11 she had Lasik surgery performed on her eyes. It has truly been a miracle. Lisa was practically blind before with a 20/2100 vision in each eye. Now three months later, she has 20/20 vision in each eye. Life has taken on a whole new perspective. Lincoln feels a little less needed because she no longer needs him to read her the time on the clock at night. It's incredible! She continues to be a Cub Scout leader in Chad and Tyler's den and loves working with her boys. She also loves playing with baby Lexy.
We value your friendship and hearing about you and your families. We hope you have a wonderful holiday and a Happy New Year.
Love, Lincoln, Lisa, Chad, Tyler, Ashley, & Alexis