From our Family to you . . . 2003
or perish!” threatens Barb. “We
must keep in touch with friends and family,” she continues with a hint
of incredulity. And so publish I
do– but “it’s a poor excuse for picking a man’s brain every 25th
of December”. I feel as the poor
fairytale maiden who must spin straw into gold overnight, except that I must fit
it into this small space to boot. There’s
never a Rumplestiltskin around when you need one now is there?
And what’s with that snowman?! Does
he have to watch like that? Ok, ok,
was the best of times, it was the worst of times”. . .
The worst because we are without Grandpa (Steve’s father) -- he passed
away early in the year—and we miss him greatly.
The best because we are still a family, blessed, and safe, and though
Grandpa is not with us for a time, we have hopes of meeting him again some
bright, future morn.
And we are growing . . . Haylie and Makenzy, our
grandchildren, are getting pretty grown-up and are expecting a little brother or
sister this coming July. Jon
and Misty live—thankfully-- near enough that we get to see them often.
I’ve now watched ‘Nemo’ for the thousandth time with ‘Kenz, and
watched ‘Kiki’s Delivery Service’ with Haylie a goodly number too.
Misty is doing the Mary Kay thing and Jon works as hard as ever at Ben
Lomand Heating and Air Conditioning (BLHAC).
marries Jeff (“The Truck”—refer to last year’s letter … you kept it
didn’t you!J) next
April – so both mother and daughter are very busy planning a wedding and
searching for that perfect, matching set of salt & pepper shakers (What’s
up with that?). By the way, Jeff
does a perfect imitation of Arnold Schwarzenegger – and this is the perfect year for such a talent tooJ Christie keeps the books at Lil’ Audrey’s
together (a health spa for women) and Jeff is working as a machinist at CNA
Patrick graduated from Weber High this past year, and will begin his second semester at Weber State University after the Holidays. He did extremely well his first semester (Poly Sci. major) and all by himself (tuition, books, everything) while working pretty much full time, alongside Jon, at BLHAC. As a Poly Sci aficionado, Pat has had a good time with “I could drive my Hummer through it” Arnold right along with Jeff J
and Brod (Melissa and Brodie and Mika ‘the beagle’) are doing fine . . .
both carpooling together to separate jobs in Salt Lake (Melissa at the DMV and
Brodie at the Maverick offices). They
work hard and are saving for a house (which will likely be closer to Salt Lake
than Ogden) but we are glad that for the time being they still live close enough
for us to see them often.
and James are into skateboarding … still!
They have a rail … that is in constant use, and the new North Ogden
skate park is seeing plenty of action from them these days also.
One day that board will become a car and that’s pretty much all she
wrote boys… J One other thing; we,
I mean THEY, have a Toad and Tree Frogs.
They were so inexpensive at the Pet Store but the cost of
crickets . . . it’s enough to bankrupt ya . . . “Annual
income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen and six, result
happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought
and six, result misery”. J
is into her 3rd year as Young Women’s President of our Ward – she
spends a lot of time and energy taking care of her girls.
This is going to be a busy year for her – wedding and all.
We spent some time at the Pioneer Trek seminar representing our Ward in
its upcoming trek at Martin’s Cove – that will add to the busy year also.
Hopefully we can spend some time together like we did this past year at
the Cedar City Shakespearean festival (Men in tights – ya gotta love it J Not!) but we do enjoy being together doing
something totally ‘else’ for a change.
still there at ATK Thiokol (“. . . skewered through and through with office-pens, and bound hand and
foot with red tape”). and this year I’ve spent not a little time in San Diego working with a
vendor there. I’ve eaten at
‘Dead Lobster’ (Red Lobster) more times than I can count (a co-worker will
eat no place else . . . and hey, I’m not complaining). But, thankfully, most of the trips have been day trips.
I still marvel that I can get up, eat breakfast, get on a plane, go to
San Diego, meet, eat, meet again, and come home by plane to greet my family that
night – all in one day the same distance that took the Pioneers months by
handcart to do. Go figure! But
anyway, we did take one of those trips driving as a family and as I worked a few
days there, the family played at Disneyland (Typical! -- I work; they play J )
year Utah was dry, dry, dry – no water really in Willard Bay – so the boat
never left its dock in our driveway. This
about killed Barb (she’s the boater in the family).
Maybe next year (snow is falling as I write this so cross your fingers!)?
did take what we hope will become an annual trip to Yellowstone with pretty much
all the crew. This was early in the
year – second week of May – with the Park just barely open to wheels and
prices for accommodations low. It’s
peaceful and not crowded at all. Lots
of animals and you really do get to see bear that time of year.
It was a little cold at times but there is something about a geyser basin
with light snow falling – beautiful. Then
we rushed back a day early with sick little ones to doctor and medicine – just
like old times. . . been there, done that . . . Again!
ending this missive I will repeat my favorite Dickens quote from last year’s
newsletter (By the way, all the quotes above are Dickens too – except, of
course, the Arnold one):
“Pride is one
of the seven deadly sins; but it cannot be the pride of a mother in her
children, for that is a compound of two cardinal virtues -- faith and hope.”
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Christmas!! and have a Happy New Year!