Hanna was our guest of honor this year for Thanksgiving. She leaves for the MTC in three days to prepare to serve in the Czech Republic for 18 months. I've known Hanna since she was a baby and her mom was my primary secretary. She will be an awesome missionary!
We had our Thanksgiving meal three days after since Jacob and Brittany wanted to attend her family's dinner on Thanksgiving day. I'm just glad we could all be together!
The day before Thanksgiving my dear friend Kari lost her husband suddenly to a pulmonary embolism. He was only forty-four. I couldn't believe it when I heard the news. Kari and I have worked together for the last three years at Amelia Earhart Elementary. Her husband Duncan has been hosting a great 4th of July fireworks show for our neighborhood for years. We always watched his fireworks from a distance until we were personally invited about four years ago. Duncan will be missed and my heart hurts for Kari and her three children. She is now looking for different employment since her life has changed dramatically. I will miss her.
Recess with Shey and Kari
Julz went caving with her Venture group this last weekend. GW and I weren't too excited about it, but what do you do when your youngest turns eighteen? Last night we were relieved when Julie walked through the door with all her camping gear.
I haven't been skiing in over thirty-two years. Last Wednesday was my first attempt! I thought it would be a fun tradition to start around the holidays. Jess learned to snow board after her mission and was anxious for her new husband to learn. Julie's boyfriend also likes to snow board. I decided it was time.
Two years ago the principal at my school where I work told me about a used ski store in Sandy Utah. I finally went and checked it out. I was impressed with the good quality of skis and snowboards. They had a package deal for $99.00 which included everything! Even though GW has a bad knee and wouldn't be able to participate, he still wanted everyone to be included. We ended up buying the package deal for all those you see in this photo except for Coleton on the far right. They even had used helmets for $20.00 and nice goggles that were also inexpensive!!
The girls had gone skiing with their 4th grade class years ago and liked the experience. But with all the music and dance activities skiing just wasn't in the budget. This particular trip at Brighton ski resort I hired a ski instructor named Doug Kitchens. He taught everyone important skills for the first hour. He was worth every penny! I was worried Jenny would get too frustrated and quit. Everyone had a great time and was very sore the following day, which was Thanksgiving.
Poor Jessie had a bad fall and sprained her wrist. The ski patrol put her on a sled and took her down the mountain. Luckily she didn't break her arm. Hopefully it will heal fast enough so we can go again during Christmas break.
As for me, my legs and knees didn't feel the same as when I went skiing a long time ago. I'll just have to take it slow and easy and remember I'm not as young as I used to be. There's something about being up in the mountains and breathing in the fresh air. The blue sky is so pretty and nature with family together just makes me happy. Now we just need to talk Jacob and Brittany into going.