Monday, December 21, 2015
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Nicholas got to finish 1st grade in a new school and didn’t seem to miss a beat. He also joined a new primary class at church where he was the only boy with a handful of girls. We laughed so hard one day when we asked him how his primary class was and he said he had to get out of there because the girls wouldn’t stop singing ‘that song’ from Frozen. He just rolls his eyes at that and would rather watch Despicable Me or Star Wars. He played soccer this fall and was recognized by his coach for being the most improved over the season. Nicholas turns 8 next May and is looking forward to his baptism.
Ryan who turns 4 in January, thinks he’s a least a couple years older than he is. He and Nicholas are inseparable. What Nicholas does Ryan does. Ryan advanced himself to Primary over the summer by announcing one day he was no longer going to nursery, so we got the Sunbeam leader to let him join a little early. He’s been going to pre-school several days a week and swims with a lot of confidence for his age, despite the fact that he looks like he’s about to drown most of the time.
Carrie puts up with us boys. When she does get a free moment to herself she’ll be found reading a book, heading to the gym, or trying to squeeze in a much-coveted nap. She has run a bunch of 10-K and ½ marathon races this year, although had to slow down a bit over the last few months because of a pesky knee injury just before our Malibu Triathlon in September. She still competed in the swim and bike, but looks forward to being full strength for next year. At church, she got to serve as a cub scout leader for part of the year and is currently enjoying her work with the sisters as Relief Society secretary.
With the new job and less business travel, Mike got back in shape this year with the triathlon and lots of running. He has been able to recharge a bit. He was disappointed to leave behind his work with the youth in Pleasanton Stake, but was quickly called again into the YM presidency in our new ward. He also enjoyed dusting off his vocal cords a bit, taking some voice lessons, and singing his first solo at church. Mike and Carrie also got to take a couple trips together to Mexico and Hawaii. Many thanks to Baba and Papa and Grammy for watching the boys during these times.
The other main constant in our lives besides change is the Gospel of Jesus Christ and how it strengthens our family. We love that there are truths that we can teach our children and that bind us together eternally as family. We love the fact that our kids look forward to ‘family night’ on Monday evenings. We love that they expect to read scriptures together as a family before bed. Most of all, we LOVE our Savior and this time of time when we can reflect more fully on his birth and life. HE IS THE GIFT.
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Monday, July 7, 2014
We got back from Cabo just in time to catch the Fourth of July rodeo in Bandera. While we were gone, Papa and Baba had bought the boys some cowboy hats and lassos. They loved that and Nicholas was thrilled to lasso his cousin, Eli. We missed the fireworks but God put on his own fireworks with an awesome lightening show later that evening. One thing we miss about living in CA is the thunder and lightning storms that happen in the Midwest. What power in the sky.
Papa took the boys swimming everyday and on some cool outdoor adventures.
I guess Mike and I need to get some cowboy hats as well, GG looks pretty good in hers : )
Mike and I finally got away for a “just us” vacation, thanks to Papa and Baba. Cabo is beautiful and we did absolutely nothing but relax all week long. No scheduled activities for us, we just wanted to be on our own schedule. We ate when we wanted, played tennis every day, took our swims in the great wide open ocean, and got in some great naps and movies. We did take a boat ride over to Lover’s Beach and to see the famous arch (El Arco). We didn’t get a picture of it since we didn’t take the camera on the boat. Off of Lover’s Beach we swam with the fishes and admired the beauty of the place. The last pic is a bus Mike liked because on the back it said “Jesus Cristo es mi Salvador” y mas. We loved going into town and picking up a few souvenirs and gifts as well as practicing our Spanish. It was a wonderful trip and we can’t wait to go back again one day…with the boys of course : )
We were thrilled when we got a phone call from Denise, a friend of Mike’s from Duke, saying she was in town with her fiance. She and Ya came over one afternoon and it was nice catching up on old times and new stories. They were so sweet and brought the boys some nice Legos to build. We are excited to go to their wedding this summer in Hawaii.