Monday, April 16, 2012

Kimberly Erickson West and Sean West

It is crazy that it has been 10 years since we were in high school. It is amazing how fast time goes when you are having fun. After high school Sean went on to serve a 2 year mission for the LDS church to Tampico, Mexico. Shortly after his return we started dating and were married in August 2005. Who would have thought that two redheads would end up together! (I know you are all thinking it!) We wouldn't have ever put us together but things happen and love got the best of us! We finished our schooling at BYU-Idaho where Sean graduated in Business Management and I graduated in Nursing. After graduation we moved to Kuna, ID (near Boise) and made it our home. Sean started his wealth management business in 2007 and loves his association with clients. I work in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at St. Lukes Boise since 2007 as well; I find joy in helping a little soul in the palm of my hand.

We wasted no time in adding 3 redheaded boys to the gene pool. Carter turns 6 in August. He is a lot like Sean in temperament, pretty lax and easy going.  His two vices are playing sports (soccer) & video games.  He will begin kindergarten this year and is ready as ever to start. He has a fantastic memory - hopefully someday that will be channeled in the right direction; we can see him winning jeopardy. He is a momma's boy to a tee! Pleasing his parents makes him happy; he is very obedient.  We have been very blessed to have him as our first!

We didn’t know what we had until we had our second.  Sam is turning 2 in June! He is a little spit fire. He is the one with the true redhead temperament! We like to call him 0 to 60 as he gives you nothing in between.  He keeps us on our toes at all times. He is learning how to talk and communicate which is making life a little easier.  His first word was “football!!!!”  He loves to play with any ball and is very active.  The idea of sitting down and watching Peter pan or anything of the sort doesn’t enter his mind. He has a contagious smile and loves to be around people.  Did I mention he is active? He is a daddy's boy and is proud of it.

The jury is still out on our third.  Grant is 6 months. Having two boys fifteen months apart has been challenging but should be rewarding when they are older. Grant is a great baby and is generally happy go lucky. He is teething so anything and everything goes straight to the mouth.  He like Sam has a contagious smile and that is the only positive thing about feeding him at 3 AM every morning.

A few things we like to do together:

  • Watch winter wipeout every Thursday (Sam likes to act out the action)
  • Experience the great outdoors, usually through backpacking, hiking into a cabin, or snowmobiling.  We usually do this sort of activity about two months after a baby is born.
  • We play the Wii as a family often—this year we conquered Mario Brothers and Carter frequently talks  agout it at the dinner table.
  • Playing mean nasty board games like Puerto Rico, Dominion, Settlers, the train game….. or any game where there is some fierce competition, we are in.
  • Sean’s expensive hobbies are golfing and hunting.  He just won his first tournament last weekend paying 17 dollars to play and winning 21 dollars in a scramble tournament.  He also put meat in the freezer for the first time after he got his first buck last November; I lovingly packaged it up and will never eat red meat… ever.
  • I (Kim) enjoy making crafts (like cards & home d├ęcor).  I love to swim & water ski and can’t wait for summer time.  Sean and I will play tennis together occasionally.   My biggest hobbies are the boys aforementioned.

We are loving life and as Sean would say, "Living the Dream"

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