Sunday, January 14, 2018

Mostly Gymnastics, Not Many Pictures

Mike and Hallie each had their first days of work for the semester. Mike continued teaching the same course as last semester to a new group of students on campus, and Hallie started a new job as special education technician at the kids’ school. Both seem to be settling in fine. Hallie’s boss just received an award and is a laid back guy who really cares about the kids. Hallie really likes what she is doing and everyone has seemed to be happy she is there. Our principal is great and really supportive. It is nice that Hallie goes at the same time as the kids and can come home before they are done so if she wants to get some things done she has a bit of time.

Friday the kids had school off for the end of the term and all we did was gymnastics all day. Hallie was at the gym 3 times that day with a quick trip to the Chiropractor for Landon. We really like our chiropractor which is great since Landon had Landon on his shoulder blade poorly the day before. All seems well now with our little gymnast. She also found Mike some sweet Argentine food at a restaurant in Salem called Siro's Place

Mike took Eliza to the BYU women’s gymnastics home opener while Hallie and Landon were at his practice. Eliza knows enough about the sport to be able to critique the college girls’ routines. Mike just watched and learned. 

Hallie has claimed herself as the boys’ team mom as she really enjoys watching how the boys are improving and cheering them on each day.

Hallie spent the whole day Saturday doing fundraising at a meet at Airtime while Mike looked after the kids at home.

After church on Sunday, we went up to Salt Lake to see our friend Christian get baptized. It was a nice time see friends that we have known for a long time, a friend Hallie only has really known for 10 years but hasn’t seen in a long while, and someone she has only seen on Facebook. Our family met a fun friend and her daughter who is right close to Eliza’s age, and the two girls seemed to hit off. Definitely need to have a playdate for these two.

An overall good week. The next week is going to be crazy.

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Back to School after a Short Winter's Break

We had a relatively brief winter break from school before heading right back this week. While the Midwest and Northeast endured some pretty harsh conditions, we have had a relatively mild winter. Hallie and Landon traveled out to Reno for a gymnastics tournament while Mike and Eliza partied at home.

We celebrated New Year’s Day on Monday with a quiet day at home after partying late into the wee hours. We also took down the Christmas decorations and rearranged the furniture. 

Tuesday meant back to school. We walked up to school with the kids to get their day started. Later, Hallie and Jenny went to see The Greatest Showman, and Mike took the kids to gymnastics. He spent some quality time with Fergus too.

The rest of the week was pretty quiet. Hallie got her hair done, and we got back into school and gym routines. As usual, the weekend was when the action happened.

On Friday, Mike volunteered at school in the morning before taking Landon out early so he, Hallie, and two of his teammates and their moms could hit the road for Reno so they could participate in the Jake Dalton Invitational on Saturday.
She wanted to wear the dress she got blessed in as a baby.
Looks more like a long shirt now. 

Mike later took Eliza to her first practice with the Level 3 girls. So much fun to watch her develop her skills!

On Saturday morning, Mike and Eliza did some chores downstairs, and then Eliza went to a friend’s birthday party. They rounded out their day with a movie and animal documentary marathon.

Landon competed on Saturday, taking 5th place overall in his division. Good on him!

Sunday morning dawned a bit earlier than Mike would have liked. He enjoyed teaching his new group of students in Primary. They are bright and have a lot of energy.

Hallie and Landon spent most of the day on the road, arriving at around 8:30 after braving foggy roads for most of the afternoon and evening. We’re glad everyone is home safe. 

Sunday, December 31, 2017

So Long, 2017! Hello, 2018!

Another eventful year has come and gone. Here’s what happened this week.

On Monday, we celebrated a quiet Christmas morning at home.

It snowed overnight, so that meant play time after we got done opening presents, visiting, and eating breakfast. Landon has been waiting for years for another chance to pummel Mike with snowballs. Eliza ventured out before any of the rest of us to play with her new shovel.

Fergus even got into the act. We’re really not sure if he remembers what snow is. He seemed curious to explore but ready to be brought back in.

The kids played with friends and went to gymnastics on the other days this week. Eliza will start training with Level 3 next year (week). She’s energized!

On Saturday, we had a BYU Freshman year reunion at our friend Stephanie’s house. Way back in 1991, Mike and these amazing people spent a whirlwind couple of semesters’ worth of adventures in and around Deseret Towers. Since that time, we have experienced the ups and downs of life while maintaining contact over more than a quarter century. Here’s to more adventures and reunions to come!

Tomorrow begins a new year, and we wish the best to you and yours in whatever lies ahead.  

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Merry Christmas 2017!

In this era where we use social media to let friends and loved ones near and far know day by day what’s going on in our lives, we sometimes forget how fun and meaningful it is to send and receive a little card or note summing up what all has gone on and how everyone is doing. If you follow these blog posts with any regularity, you know about the major events to transpire in our family over 2017, but in case you didn’t know, here are some major highlights.

Quick wrap up of the week: We had class parties, started Christmas break, did not get predicted snow, saw The Last Jedi and Harry Potter's Diagon Alley, and got ready for a quiet Christmas at home.

Quick wrap up of the year:
  •        January: We all drove out to Utah to watch the University of Utah Women’s Gymnastics squad beat the U of Michigan (and so Mike could interview with BYU).
  •        February: Hallie reached her post-bariatric surgery weight loss target. Woo hoo!
  •        March: Mike traveled to New Zealand on a research trip with work colleagues and students.
  •        April: Landon and his teammates won the state championship for their level in gymnastics! Mike accepted a job offer at BYU, so we started packing our bags.
  •        May: Hallie celebrated her birthday with a special trip to Disneyland, and Landon suffered his first broken bone (a stubbed toe). The kids got magic wands at the Renaissance Festival. Hallie had skin removal surgery.
  •        June: We had several gymnastics-related activities and celebrated the wedding of the kids’ coaches. Landon had Cub Scout Day Camp, and Mike taught his first BYU class.
  •        July: We took a Route 66 road trip to Oklahoma to see Diamond and Caleb get married!
  •        August: We hit the road again, bidding farewell to Ventura County, California, and hello to Springville, Utah. We promptly left our new home to see Riley, Breanne, and their kids in Washington.
  •        September: We went to Midway Swiss Days. We got into the swing of new routines at work, school, and gymnastics. We hiked the Y for the first time as a family and attended an adoption barbecue where we got reacquainted with old friends.
  •        October: Landon attended General Conference in Salt Lake for the first time, and we discovered new places to enjoy in Salt Lake. Eliza went for her first horseback ride and had her first gymnastics meet of the season. Mike and Hallie attended an outdoor concert and experienced our first real return to cold.
  •        November: Mike traveled a lot back and forth to California and Colorado for conferences and advising students. Hallie held the fort, and the kids didn’t make her too crazy. Eliza competed in her second meet as a Level 2 gymnast and got 1st place all around.  
  •        December: Landon had his first meet of the season as a Level 6 gymnast.

We appreciate reading and hearing about all the news that you have to share. We feel fortunate to have you as our friends and wish you all the best for the coming year!