December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas from Hillsboro!


It has been another wonderful year, but it seems to have gone by even more quickly than the last. In April, we were able to visit Tiffany's hometown of San Diego for the wedding of Tiffany's brother Chris. We took advantage of our time in Southern California and went to Legoland and Disneyland. The kids had a blast and so did we.

On June 19th, we welcomed Caleb Robert Bowden into our family. The delivery and recovery went very well and Caleb arrived healthy. This enabled us to apply for his passport a few days after he was born. We are thankful for all the help we received from wonderful family and friends after his birth.

In July and August, Scott took his sabbatical from Intel. We used the opportunity to travel to Paris, France with our three children. Thus we officially became the craziest tourists in France. We spent six wonderful weeks in an apartment a block away from the Cathedral of Notre-Dame. We enjoyed eating wonderful food, seeing the sights, visiting museums and having lots of fun. We are now homesick for France (and still for Israel too).

Scott is busy as usual with his job at Intel. When not at work, he enjoys playing with the kids, reading and working with the 14 and 15 year old Scouts. This year he got his ham radio license and call sign, KE7KWW, and is enjoying practicing his emergency preparedness skills.

Tiffany is adjusting to the busy life as a mother of three. She still tries to find time to scrapbook although it is even harder now that she has more to scrapbook and less time to do it. She also stays busy serving in the Relief Society.

Tyler (6½) loves first grade. He is learning to read and is excelling in math. However, his favorite subjects are still morning recess and lunch recess. After waiting for over a year, he is excited to have his first loose tooth. In his free time, he enjoys playing with his friends and riding his bicycle.

Brooke (4) is definitely a little girl. She loves princesses, Hello Kitty, wearing pink and walking around in dress up shoes. She is very sweet, especially when she randomly yells out, "I love you!" Her favorite activities are preschool and coloring.

Caleb (6 months) is a very happy baby. He is always smiling despite all that he has to put up with from his siblings. We are thrilled that he is sleeping through the night more regularly. He excels with his fine motor skills, but hasn't made any attempts at crawling. He is very social and is interested in everyone and everything around him.

We are especially excited to celebrate this Christmas season with our new baby. We are thankful for the many blessings our Heavenly Father has given us this year. May you feel the joy and love of this Christmas season throughout the coming year.


Scott, Tiffany, Tyler, Brooke and Caleb Bowden

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