Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Merry Christmas - a little late!

What a blessed time we have had over the Christmas season. Chris had a wonderful rotation this month and had all of last week off and this week until Friday - amazing!! We celebrated our family Christmas on Monday, December 22nd so Kate could play with her new toys a day before we left. On Tuesday I had an OB appointment and we got some amazing pictures of our little girl or guy and then we headed out of town. We had a busy week filled with family, food and fun. I have still been struggling with nausea and vomitting, but I told the devil he was not stealing my joy this holiday season and he didn't win!! I cannot remember the last time that all of my siblings were able to stay at my parents house for such an extended time (almost a week) - it was crazy but my goodness we had a blast (10 adults - one pregnant with occasional vomitting, 2 toddlers, 1 three week old baby, and 7 dogs). I know some of you are thinking that doesn't sound fun at all, but that's how it is at the Townley's! When we got home today it seemed so quiet and I miss my family so much.

I have to document a few favorite memories of Kate over the holiday. On Christmas morning for us (the 22nd), we got up and had a "special" breakfast and sang happy birthday to baby Jesus. We then read the Christmas story and acted it out with Kate's little people Christmas set. She had a lot of fun. Right as we were ready to let her look into the living room, we realized there were not working batteries in the house for the camera - off to wal-mart we went at 7:45 am. Upon our return we got everything ready to go - I wanted to capture the moment. She rounded the corner from our bedroom and it was priceless - she saw her new (to her) kitchen and she goes "wow", and took off running towards it. I will never forget the look on her face. Chris had arranged dishes and food to make it very appealing - she was basically done once she saw her kitchen, but we convinced her there were other fun things, too. She wasn't into opening presents really, so it was good that I only had two wrapped for her to dig into and one in a sack. There were puzzles sitting out and some books - we had such a great time!

If I had had my camera, I am sure I would be $100,000 richer after submitting Kate's sneakiness to America's Funniest Home Videos. At an extended family Christmas that took place at my sister's house, my mom and sister and I were getting things ready (I was mainly eating off the appetizer/dessert table) when Kate snuck up to the table and casually grabbed a piece of chocolate fudge, took a bite and slipped it back into it's place on the bottom of the pile. It was hillarious - she obviously loved it and had a couple more bites after I retrieved it.

I could go on and on about the fun that we had over the past week. I feel so blessed to have a loving family that truly remembers the meaning of Christmas. Christmas can be a hectic time of year, but for Chris, Kate and me we were able to relax and celebrate Jesus, our saviour and reason for Christmas. I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Christmas letter

Getting Christmas cards/Christmas letters out this year has been difficult. I wrote my letter on December 4th and here it is December 18th and they have still not left my house. We took family Christmas pictures last week and ordered Christmas cards (got a great deal 50% off) - guess what, when Chris picked up the pictures on Tuesday, they forgot to put the cards in with the order - oops!! I will be picking those up on the 23rd of December, so those of you who will be receiving a card from us will be getting it after Christmas this year - oh well, what can you do?

Today I started printing my Christmas letter and after two great copies, the printer decided to run out of ink - urgh! I'm not sure if my letter is meant to be this year : ) I don't typically send my letter to our local friends - you know what our lives have held over the year. We've been sending a Christmas letter to family and friends since our first year of marriage. I love looking back at the letters from the past years and remembering what was important at that time in our life. Writing our family Christmas letter has become a way for me to be greatful for the blessings of the year. Reflecting over the year truly shows how God has provided for us in so many ways. Here is the Robertson's 2008 Christmas Letter - I hope you enjoy.

What a year it has been! From out of state rotations, to residency interviews for Chris; walking and talking for Kate; and business for Sara. I always think things will calm down, but the opposite seems to prevail in the Robertson household. Praise to our Father above for always providing and showing us His love. I hope you enjoy our Christmas letter and the memories of our year!

Kate is full of energy and life. I never knew a little girl of her mischief and adventure could be my daughter! Kate is the life of the party and if a party is not in sight, she must find the nearest one. Kate loves rocking her baby dolls, feeding them, reading to them and they often find themselves going night night. She loves her dogs, Parker and Bentley and cries when we leave them to be groomed. Kate loves the aquarium and zoo and can name just about any animal, or give a sign for it. One of the only times Kate sits still is for a story. She loves to read and really enjoyed reading time at the library the few times we were able to go. Kate is such a precious child, a true gift from God and she brings complete joy to our lives.

Chris is an amazing daddy and loves Kate to pieces. He finds himself flying in from his current rotation to be greeted with a hug and a kiss and help removing his tie and shoes from his little princess. He proceeds to play hide and seek or wrestle with Kate and often they play the piano together. What a joy it is for me to watch their relationship blossom as father and daughter. Chris has decided to pursue a residency in pediatrics and will officially be a doctor in May – yeah, we are so excited! He has interviewed in the surrounding states and we will find out our destination in mid March.

I am still staying at home full time and love every minute of it. Kate and I enjoy getting together with other moms and kiddos for play dates and love our MOPS group at church. I am still involved with SAA, the medical school spouse’s organization, but it has proven to be a little harder with Chris’s 4th year schedule! A new thing I have taken to this year is blogging. It is a fun way to keep in touch with friends who have moved and for family and friends to keep up with us. Our blog address is I typically keep our site updated, so check us out!

Our biggest and most exciting news is the miracle we will be welcoming into the world in late June. That’s right; Kate is going to be a big sister. God has truly blessed our family and we could not be happier. This has not been an easy journey, but God is faithful and proves that to our family over and over. I needed surgery before becoming pregnant a second time and had some health issues this summer, but God took care of me and is allowing my dream of being a mom a second time come to fruition.

We are so grateful for the blessings of 2008. We pray this letter finds your family in joyous times as we celebrate the birth of our Savior.

Merry Christmas!

Chris, Sara and Kate Robertson

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

And the list goes on....

Okay, I just want to give a quick update on the Robertson's. I am doing a ton better - still have my days, but as long as I take my "miracle drug" and lie down for 20 minutes or so afterwards, I can basically function throughout the day until the evening, but Chris is home and rescues me - yeah!! I owe him so much - he really has stepped up and I've been calling him "Mr. Mom" - I don't know that he thinks it's funny, but he is working hard.

Speaking of Chris, wow - all you intern and resident spouses - the interviewing process is not an easy one. There are so many decisions to be made - move your family? Stay with the familiar? Leave family and friends that mean so much? THIS IS MUCH HARDER than I ever thought it would be. We are praying a lot and doing our best to rely on the fact that it is a match process, so ultimately we are not in control. Match - how confusing really. If anyone has this system figured out, we would love to know the secrets!

Kate is thriving! What fun she is right now - I think this might be the best stage ever. She is talking so much and imitates everything we do. I cannot wait to see her at Christmas - she'll probably be overwhelmed by the time it is all finished.

I cannot stay long - so much to do in the Robertson household (there are so many things to say since I've been out of the loop for a while, but I must go). I'm still not doing a whole lot and thought I would skip the nap today and try to get the christmas letters printed and addressed, wrap some gifts, sort laundry, and maybe even tackle the kitchen (not sure about that one - not into dirty dishes right now). The list is endless here in the Robertson household. I never knew how much I did on a regular basis. I think one positive thing about being so sick is that it has shown both Chris and me how much we take each other for granted - not on purpose, but it is true.

I'll leave you with this cuteness!!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Wow, how crazy things have been. I just thought I would keep you updated on my cute little angel and the happenings of the Robertson's. I guess it has almost been a month since my last post and I really do not even know where to start. I do not want to focus on the pregnancy blues, but I'll give a quick update. I've been very sick - vomitting like 5-7 times a day (but thankfully about a week and a half ago I started taking Zophran - miracle drug). While taking my medicine I usually manage to limit the vomiting to once or twice a day and sometimes I get lucky and keep everything down - yeah, but nausea is ever present - can't have it all I guess!! This has been challenging emotionally and physically. I feel so blessed to be expecting a miracle, but it has been hard to not get depressed about not feeling well. There have been days I didn't know if I was going to make it - hopefully those are on their way out and with my second trimester approaching I will begin to feel much better! I know God has a plan for our family and that is what I must cling to.

On a more positive note, Kate seems to be embracing mommy's sickness well. She keeps herself busy with puzzles and her babies and occasionally grabs my vomit bucket and mimicks mommy (surely she'll forget this soon!) She has gotten so big and talking up a stream. Her first complete sentence was, "I see you." - cute isn't it. This comes from playing hide and seek with Daddy. I don't have pictures to post, but hopefully before too long I'll take the time to show you some of her most recent cuteness!

Isn't this the most wonderful time of the year: spending time with family, listening to Christmas music and just simply feeling warm inside - I love it!