Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas! Love, us.

The Otto family had a bright year in 2010!

Rick’s spirit was made bright as he started his third year of medical school. Rotations are much more fun than lectures! He is still very involved in intramural sports and the Youth and scouting programs in our church. He plays with and wrestles his two boys any spare minute he can find!
A bright spot of Page’s year was visiting and introducing Rick to her favorite place in the world:  Santiago, Chile. Page still enjoys running in the mornings (even 8 months pregnant!), doing craft projects, grading Spanish tests, and mothering her boys.
Carson (just turned 3) is our bright preschooler. He lives for his home-school preschool activities once a week. Carson’s memory and understanding continue to amaze us, and he loves helping mommy cook, sew, clean, etc.
Everett (20 months) brightens up our days with his sweet smile. He is such a fun, snuggly little boy and is often the family’s entertainer. Now that our boys share a room, hearing his sweet little voice talking to his brother at night is just so cute.
We will welcome another bright little spirit into our family in January. I am not sure how I will fit three little ones on my lap, but we are so excited!
We know that it is Jesus Christ, our Savior, who can make each of our spirits bright this holiday season. We are so grateful for His miraculous birth, His momentous life, His noble death, and His continued influence in our personal lives.  We pray that we can all look to our Savior to find true and lasting happiness.
May your spirits always be bright!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The tree.

Shopping for a real Christmas tree was a first for us this year. We love having it in our home!

As usual, Carson was "a little nervous" about a few things. Here, he was probably worried about the machine the farmers used to put the tree in the stand.


But this boy doesn't get nervous about much of anything!


This boy and his Pappy.


Everett associates two things with my dad: pick-up trucks and chandeliers. During my parents' last visit to our home, Pappy hung a chandelier in the new baby's room, and then there is his obvious ownership of a big white pick-up. Whenever we walk into a room with a chandelier, or whenever we spot a truck in the parking lot, you will for sure hear a cute little voice yelling, "PAPPY!! PAPPY!!"

Sunday, December 19, 2010



It felt so good to make the final purchase and put the finishing touches on our home-made gifts today. We are done! Tomorrow should be a beautifully peaceful day to turn our hearts towards the One we are celebrating.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Boy or Girl?

Does this look like a boy face or a girl face?? I have been pondering this all morning. Up until now, I haven't been tempted at all to find out the gender of this baby, but after my ultrasound today, I'm very curious!!

Here's the evidence, one way or the other:
  • I'm carrying high, so it must be a girl.
  • Carson is convinced he's getting another brother and won't even consider the alternative, so it must be a boy.
  • This baby is very calm in utero, so it must be a sweet little girl.
  • This is the first pregnancy where I felt at all nauseous during the first few weeks, but I can't remember if that means it's a boy or a girl.
  • The ultrasound tech did look to see the gender at this appointment (while I covered my eyes), and it took her all of 10 seconds to say she was done checking out that part, so it must be a boy.
  • I have bins full of boy clothes and 0 girl things, not even one outfit, so it must be a girl to allow me to do a little shopping!
  • I would really, really, really like a daughter at some point, so it must be a boy to test my patience a little.
We will see in about a month! This delivery is going to be so exciting!!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Remember these leaves?

I'm always just behind enough on blog posts that the pictures seem like old news. All the leaves are gone now, but they were pretty a few weeks ago! The boys had a delightful time raking and playing one evening when Rick got home.

Everett loves our neighbor Barbara. He walked right over and knocked on her door all by himself the other day. She lets our kids watch TV and eat popcorn, so what's not to love?