So Karie got me interested…. orange girl
I’m a bold, confident orange. A warm, powerful color that indicates a strong, welcoming personality, orange is the mark of people who are social and extroverted by nature. Vibrant, with an upbeat attitude, I have a bright, inviting demeanor. Energetic and fun-loving, I’m a real friend-magnet. My easy charm and unassuming manner make me the sort of person people want to meet and get to know better. Well-rounded and fun to be around, I enjoy helping others, so it’s no surprise that orange also symbolizes attraction. Orange is an extraordinary color — for an extraordinary person.

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Two Months Old!

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I can’t believe Luke is two months already! He went in for his checkup yesterday… he is now 24 inches long and 12 lbs. 10 oz. (we were close, we guess-timated about 13!) Dr. Later put him on his tummy and Luke was showing off, holding his head up really high and looking at him. The doctor was very impressed! Luke was a very good patient, just cooing and drooling while he was checked out. He got several vaccinations though, so he isn’t feeling great, but recovering! We are amazed at how fast he grows. I posted a ton of pictures in a new album, so check them out! He is much more responsive these days. He follows us and looks at things so intently. And he smiles a lot! Particularly when Mommy gets home from work or when Daddy first picks him up! We’ve noticed a great increase, especially over the long weekend. I truly miss him all day long at school. I love talking about him. Luke even smiles when I call home at lunch and Darin holds the phone up to his ear for me to talk to him. Funny thing though, every time I try to read him some of his books, he starts to cry… bad timing I guess, because I know he enjoyed story time in the womb! His hair is all still there and as wild as ever. We’ve tried the mohawk a few times, but it all goes crazy after a while!!

December News… long overdue

…So December was a busy month. Darin finished school at BYU!!
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We celebrated with turtle cheesecake….fabulous recipe thanks to Tiffany!
We celebrated Luke’s first Christmas with Grandma and Grandpa Payne…
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Thank you for spoiling us. I have to give a special thanks to my husband… although he went way over budget, I do LOVE my treasure hunt necklace. Sorry your treasure hunt wasn’t as good. Luke wasn’t really into opening presents… but he did give a really stinky gift for Christmas morning! I’ll spare you the pictures Darin took of that really full diaper!
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Grandpa and Grandma Whitaker arrived with Aunt Christina and Aunt Marissa a couple days later. While we didn’t do much during their short visit, they helped out quite a bit! Thanks Christina, for letting me get some sleep in those early hours! Don’t look up my nose in that last one! Family arrived on Saturday the 29th for Luke’s blessing!
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.including Uncle Dustin and many Pocatello-ians! Even Darin’s mission president was able to join us. We wrapped up 2007 by spending New Year’s Eve with Pace. Joy and Chase and Grandma and Grandpa Payne having a little fondue party! Yum! sorry no pictures of that… but I’ll end this update with a silly boy picture!