Things are pretty good here. Life has it's usual struggles but we manage to push through. Our oldest Nathan just applied to colleges and we are crossing our fingers that he will get in to BYU Provo. There is a chance. If not he may end up at BYU Idaho or Utah State. It's weird that I have a son old enough to go to college, but there it is.
Evan is doing well in school and taking piano. Cross country running ended well for him with a personal best at the end of the season. Nathan ran too but mostly just for fun and sometimes he just decided to do homework or other stuff instead. We were happy that he finished 4 years of this very difficult sport. Evan has a fun group of friends he hangs with from church. They have movie nights at someone's home just about every other weekend. It's good to see him choosing good friends. Evan is a good kid.
Drew is becoming a stellar violinist and can now play duets without trouble with his brother Nathan. When I think about how they struggled/ fought to get some duets together this time last year for Audrey's baptism I still get sick to my stomach. It was a gut wrenching process then but now it's easy peasy lemon squeezy. So they played a few numbers for the ward Christmas party and have already been commissioned to play on Christmas day in sacrament meeting. They were quite agreeable when asked too. I had to pick up my jaw off the floor after that. Drew continues to be a great student and hard worker. He may end up with an ulcer one day but he'll have good grades. He is happy most of the time though and fun to be around.
Audrey is a keeper for sure. She is just a really good girl. Do I sound braggy? Well probably because I am bragging. But we love her. She recently cut off 10 inches of hair for Locks of Love (an organization that makes wigs for cancer patients). She went into a bit of shock afterwards but she seems to be getting used to it. It sure is nice not to have to brush though all those tangles now. I can see why Mom always had me in short haircuts. She liked to cut corners. Here are some before and after shots for you...
|ready for chopping!|
|still smiling here|
|a bit pensive...|
|no turning back now|
Eliza is our little stinker. She's a good stinker though. She is extra good at snuggling, and she gives me lots of hugs every morning time. It is our ritual for her to come and find me and before we start our day we have a few minutes of laughing and hugging in my big bed. I eat it up because I know this will be my last serving. It's awfully nice to have a loving child around when your teenagers give you so much grief. Eliza loves gum- so if you ever get to meet her, just keep gum handy and she will be putty in your hands. It used to be chapstick, but now it's gum- I think it's best to keep you relatives abreast of her likes/dislikes in case you ever pop in and see us.
We are hoping to make a stop out West this summer. If anyone is daring enough to come out and see us we would be super welcoming. There's lots to see and do and we have lots of room (well- sorta).
Lots of love and holiday wishes to you all this time of year!!!
Kelly (The Wide Mouth Frog)