Simon Dean Joyner, born 1/23/10, son of Sara & David Joyner
Rhys Carter Packham, born 2/2/10, son of Seth & Aubrey Packham
These two are going to be trouble at future family reunions.
It’s been a long but fantastic weekend. We closed and moved in to our home. So many boxes. So much clutter. But we’re getting there little by little. The kids are happy and we’re loving the extra room. We’ve had many nice neighbors drop by to welcome us to the neighborhood. We went to church on Sunday and everyone was very welcoming. Very similar to our last ward, lots of young families but with a good mix of older folks as well.
Internet, TV, phones, utilities: all set up.
It feels so good to be getting settled again, and very nice to be sleeping in my own bed again. Life is great.
So much for that last post from over a year ago. So much has changed since then. We are staying in Utah. I got a job working for the LDS Church, working at the same building where I worked for Intel for the past 9 years. We are buying a home back in Herriman. We are very happy things have worked out. It’s been a long and crazy summer, one that we’ll never forget, but we’ve been very blessed and feel that we are where we’re supposed to be.
It’s been almost nine years since Amanda & I (and baby Grace) moved away from Portland, OR, and now we’re headed back. Following an invitation from my manager and much prayer and contemplation we feel that it is a great opportunity for us and will be a fun adventure. The hardest part now is knowing that we will be leaving a wonderful neighborhood and our best friends.
We haven’t set a move date yet, but it will likely be in June or July.
The kids are also sad but we’ve been trying to focus on the positive and they are starting to get excited about the move. I’ve tried to find fun things to tell the kids to help them get excited about the move.
Knowing that Thomas loves zoos and animals I told him that the Washington Park Zoo in Portland has the largest population of elephants in the United States. He got very excited about that and we looked more online together; after further research Thomas told us “Yeah, but they’re Asian elephants, my favorites are African elephants.”
Oh, and check out new photos going back to Christmas and our cruise and Thomas’s birthday. I’m still getting caught up.
I guess I’m having a hard time grasping the idea, the concrete reality, that I’m the head of a family of six.
Conversation on the phone earlier today:
Amanda: “I’m going to go to target today.”
Me: “Are you going to take all three of them.”
Amanda: “No, I’m taking all four of them.”
Me: “That’s what I meant, all four of you are going.”
Amanda: “No five of us are going.”
Me: (stumped silence, adding in my head)
Amanda: “Jason, we have four kids, there’s five of us.”
Maybe it’s just because I’m working on four hours of sleep.
He was 5 lb 15 oz. and 18 inches long. He didn’t take his time coming…we got to the hospital at 9:30AM and he appeared at about 10:50…into the arms of the nurse (the midwife didn’t have time to make it.) One interesting thing–he was born in the sac, or “in caul” as midwives say, it is a sign of good luck, not especially for the child but for all those around him, as the folklore goes.
Lots of pictures here: