S: Forbush Family 2009
BC: 2009 Craig spent half of the year working at Pro's Pricing company. He spent a few months working on a project in Atlanta, Georgia. He then got a job as a Global Finance Manager at Dresser. He bought a motorcycle so he could get to early church meetings as he served as the Executive Secretary. Lynette spent her days caring for home and family, teaching primary and running. Sierra was a sunbeam, turned four and started preschool with mom. Gideon turned two and started therapy for Verbal Apraxia. He eventually learned to speak- hooray! We sent Mom & Dad off on their mission to Guadalajara, Mexico and got to visit family in Nevada. Craig & I went on a cruise with our friends Joe & Megan Svetz. Renae came and watched the kids. We moved from the Archstone Apartments near the Medical Center downtown to the Tiburon Apartments which was closer to Craig's new job.
FC: Forbush Family 2009
1: Visit to the Alligator Refuge at Brazos Bend with Jen, Ellia and Ethan Petty. Gideon was brave enough to pet a baby alligator!
2: Our beautiful 3 year old Sierra | Sierra gave her beloved binkie to her new bear at Build-a-Bear. | Craig and I went on a fun date to Galveston's Mardi Gras Parade. The kids really enjoyed all the beads.
3: Our Handsome 18 month old Gideon
4: Our visit to Sparks in March was filled with fun times with all the Forbush's. Gideon was entranced by the falling snow. Craig took the kids out on some very cold rids on the 4-wheelers, Grandma Naenae and Grandpa Dan got to cuddle the kids to sleep.
5: Gideon's first hair cut given by Grandpa Miller. Gideon wasn't very happy with this process and fussed the whole time. After all that baby hair was cut off, he looked so grown up!
6: The Kids Table | Eating at the kids table at the family dinner, roasting marshmallows in the backyard, blowing bubbles at Stewarts 1st Birthday, playing at Jump-Man-Jump and hanging out with best buds. | Saying Farewell to Mom and Dad before their mission to Guadalajara, Mexico to work with the Perpetual Education Fund.
7: Mom | Tim, Ben, Josh Darcine, Lynette, Mom, Dad, Allison, Stephanie Scott, Diego, Connor, Tanner Austin, Sophi, Amanda, Sierra, Dad, Megan, Gideon, Anna, Morghan, Ceci, Mom, Isaac | Mom,
8: We had an Easter party for all of Sierra's Sunbeam friends at a nearby park. | Easter Egg Hunt at the Apartment Complex
9: We celebrated Craig's 30th birthday in Corpus Christi so I could run in a marathon relay then on to the Johnsons for some yummy ice cream cake and to meet Dallin, the newest addition to their family. | 30!
10: Playing at the toy park- a neighborhood park filled with fun donated toys. Gideon's version of brushing his teeth includes his binkie. Cuddling in the cozy quilt Grandma Miller sent.
11: Watching the 4D movie at the Body Museum Packages in the mail- one of our favorite things! Taking in a show at the Miller Outdoor Theater.
12: Happy Father's Day!
13: Playing in Houston at the Art Car Parade; visiting the "Dinosaur" Museum; field trip to the fire department (with my hair as red as the fire truck) | Since we lived just a few miles from the Houston Zoo, we got a pass and spent many afternoons observing the animals, playing in the cool water at the splashpad, petting the goats, and posing by the sea lions.
14: Bypassing the dead body at the light rail station, listening to the Houston Symphony, running around Hermann Park in the HEAT, but never watching the fireworks | Visiting the zoo with the Johnsons, playing in the pool with the Hoopers & Johnsons, eating yummy BBQ,
16: GO TEAM! We used our free tickets from the library to take in an Astros game. During the 1st inning Gideon wasn't feeling so hot and threw up in his seat (gross!) We cleaned it up then left. On the light rail ride home, Gideon once again felt bad and thew up all over the train (grosser) and then me as he was in the backpack (grossest!) I couldn't get that sick baby and my nearly sick self home fast enough. | BASEBALL | Astros
18: The elephants at the zoo were Gideon's favorite. Goldfish crackers for breakfast? Riding the Light Rail Train to the Rodeo Parade on a very cold February morning. | Playing in the fountains at Discovery Green. If you can't swim outside, swim inside!
19: The Arboretum in Memorial Park was a fun spot to dig in the sand and see the beauties of nature inside the big city. In July Sierra had a Princess Party with all her Sunbeam Friends. They dressed-up, danced and did everything princess three year olds do. | We spent most Thursday afternoons at the Children's Museum. Sierra always liked to visit the old phones and pretend to be a phone operator like Great-Grandma Loveland. Sierra made an elevator out of a shoe box and in the process of painting it, painted herself!
20: Brent, Suzanne, Sydney and Owen came to Houston for a visit. We enjoyed a HOT day at the zoo and then cooled off in the pool.
21: Gideon's 2nd Birthday was celebrated with ice cream cone cupcakes and playtime with the Johnson cousins at the park. He opened a tool box, a ball popper, a cape and a cowboy hat and stick horse | 2
22: Viewing the animals at the Fort Worth Zoo, watching the butterflies begin their migration at the Butterfly Flutterby and saying goodbye to Mitch as he leaves for Peru on his mission. | Visiting Kelly, Jody, Mitch, Maddy and Juliet Forbush in Grapevine, Texas
26: Caribbean Cruise | In November, Craig and I joined our friends Joe & Megan Svetz for a seven day cruise to the Caribbean. Hurricane Ida sent our ship bouncing on the huge waves and sent us running for the bathrooms. After some delay we arrived in Cozumel, Mexico, Our next stop was the Cayman Islands where we had hoped to scuba dive. Unfortunately, because of our delays we were only able to snorkel a bit on the shoreline. Nonetheless, it was relaxing. Lastly we visited Jamaica. We enjoyed the quiet time that rejuvenated us both, playing min-golf, sliding down the waterslides, winning the trivia contest, dressing up for dinner (while Craig and Joe played video games), eating ice cream whenever we wanted to, and for all the things it did to strengthening our relationship.
27: Cozumel, Mexico We were so happy to be off the rocking boat in Cozumel. We got a taxi and toured the beautiful tropical island. I had the flu and slept most of the time. Craig enjoyed some authentic tacos- yummy!
28: Jamaica! We drove across Jamaica to the beautiful YS Falls. We took an exhilarating trip down the waterfalls via a zip line. We also hiked a bit and swung into the river. It was such a fun day!
29: Renae came to care for the children during our vacation. The children loved being able to spend so much time with Grandma Naenae. Before we left we visited the Downtown Aquarium.
30: Thanksgiving at the Beach House in South Padre Island with Johnsons and Millers.
31: Thanksgiving Dinner at in Kingsville, Texas with lots of family! Josh, Craig, Lynette, Brian, Abiah, Annie, Barry, Dallin Stewart, Juli, William, Aunt Marge, Heber, Merilee, Elijah Hyrum, Gideon, Andrew, Anna, Sophi, Sierra, Mary, Emaline
32: When it snows in Houston you stop what you are doing and play! Since Sierra was in her swimsuit we just went right outside to check it out. We later returned with warmer clothes and Gideon, who I woke up from his nap. Gideon wasn't too sure about it all and just cried. Sierra made a snowman, a snow angel and threw lots of snowballs.
33: Sierra celebrated turning 4 with a family party complete with a Belle cake (not at all like the one she had envisioned), playing with her astronaut Barbie, and taking pictures with a new camera. | 4
34: Christmas | 2009
37: Christmas Eve we bounced and slid at Pump it Up, acted out the nativity, decorated our tree and snuggled our little ones into bed. Christmas Morning we opened up many presents and later looked at Christmas lights.