Merry Christmas and Happy New Years to our friends and family! We hope this letter finds you happy, healthy and enjoying the holiday season. This has been a big year for us and we wanted to update you all about the happenings in the Nickels family.
We started 2010 with the wonderful news that we were expecting our second baby and we came close to ending it with his arrival! On October 26th, 2010 at 11:54 pm Kesler Ryan Nickels was born. He measured 7 lbs. 7 oz and 20 ½ inches and the delivery went great. We arrived at the hospital at 11:20 and 34 minutes later he arrived! We just love this sweet little boy. Even Easton loves his new little “be-bee.”
Soren has had a fun year. He has been working in the tax department at Eddie Bauer and enjoying the outdoor encouraging atmosphere that EB provides. When he wasn’t at work or spending time with us, he was able to go hiking, kayaking, shooting, and mountaineering. In July he climbed to the summit of Mt. Baker (10,778 feet) and in August he led a group to the summit of Mt. Rainier. He’s been waiting to do that for a very long time.
I spent much of the year chasing after Easton and growing a baby. There were days when the two didn’t work well together, but we survived. I am still working at Gap a couple of times a month and have really grown our online belt business, One little Belt. In case you hadn’t heard, at the beginning of this year Soren and I combined our skills to create and sell belts for babies and toddlers and it continues to grow. I love the outlet and challenge it provides! Most recently I have just been trying to keep up with and conquer the new challenge of handling two kids.
Easton has gone through so many changes this year and continues to just light up our lives every day. From only being able to crawl in January, he can now walk, run, and climb about anything in sight. He is in constant danger and is an extreme dare devil. He loves Elmo, hot chocolate, DVDs, and playing chase with Dad.
Kesler is just a sweet, easy baby. He lets me sleep, he eats well, and he hardly fusses. I cannot complain. We love this tiny person and can’t wait to see who he is and how he’ll be.
As a family we have had several fun adventures this year from vacations in Utah and Missouri, to road trips down to the Oregon beach. We’ll soon be embarking on another big adventure. We will be moving to Kansas City, Missouri in January. It was a whirlwind of opportunities and decisions, but we really feel like this is the place for our family to go right now and we are excited for a fresh start. Soren will be working for Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) in their financial services audit department. We are buying a house in Liberty, Missouri about ten minutes from my parents and the Liberty Jail. I am thrilled to get to live close to family for this time of life and especially for our kids to be close to grandparents and uncles.
We are so grateful for all of our blessings and for the Lord’s direction in our lives. It has been wonderful to turn to him, especially at this time of year. We love the Savior Jesus Christ and are eternally grateful for everything he has done, is doing and will do for us. We hope that you feel his love this season and upcoming year. We would love to hear about the happenings in your lives. Please keep in touch!
Kilee, Soren, Easton, and Kesler