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Another year has flown by for us and we survived! We hope you
all have had a great year as well. Now for our annual update...
Isaac is in the 3rd grade and doing very well. We love having
him as the big brother. He is doing chess, piano, and will soon start
basketball with his dad as the coach (good luck Dad!). He loves to joke
around and be silly and make us all laugh. Like any 8-year-old boy, he
loves his friends and video games and thinks he should get an iPad for
Christmas (don’t hold your breath Isaac!).
Luke is in 1st grade now and absolutely loves school. We were
worried that he would have a hard time because last year he complained that
half-day kindergarten was way too long. Although he does race home and is
excited for his after school snack, he hasn't complained once about school
being too long. He loves monsters, mainly werewolves, and has put his
career as a writer on hold in hopes of starting a science school for
Ruby is obsessed with all things baby dolls. She is a good
little mother and carries her babies everywhere she goes. She loves real
babies as well and told me the other day that she knows how I can get another
baby, twins in fact. “Just go to the store” she says, “and ask for one
baby, and then another one.” We will try this next time we go to Walmart!
She is mostly sweet but when she's not we have a hard time not laughing
at her. She is too cute even when she is being a stinker.
Oliver is still our baby and he knows it. He is always trying
to claim the title of the most difficult toddler in our family EVER...we
conceded that title over to him long ago, so we don't know what he is trying to
prove. He loves cars and trains and treats. Like Ruby, Oliver is also in
love with babies. He can sit and play or watch them forever. He has his
own baby (a white bear--that isn't so white anymore) and he loves that bear,
takes care of it, and wants it near always, especially at bedtime. The
beloved "baby" might get replaced this Christmas with brown fur instead
of white. Mom and dad are hoping that the baby trade goes smoothly.
Kyle works for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the
IT Department and he loves it. He does some GMAT teaching by night and
keeps tabs on the business he helped start a few years ago (when will they ever
sell that thing!). He is busy but still manages to keep us all happy and
healthy and we love him so much for it.
Emily stays plenty busy chasing the kids around the house (the ones
who live here and any others who find their way in), teaching a fun music class
for the neighborhood friends, and cooking meals her picky kids won't eat.
Recently she decided to take violin lessons and she loves it. The
sound of the violin is especially helpful at drowning out complaining children.
We continue to feel very blessed and happy with our family here in
Saratoga Springs. We are thankful for the birth of our Savior and hope to
know Him a little bit better each year.
We love you all, and hope you have a Merry Christmas!