We have had a very fun year. We spent a long weekend camping out for Conner's state baseball tourney. We spent a very fun (and hot) week at Eagle Crest in Central Oregon. We spent 2 weeks at my cousins house in Southern California and were able to visit with many relatives and get some much needed sun.
The kids have started school this fall with Conner in 7th grade, Alia in 6th grade, Ann-Elise in 4th, Adrie in Kindergarten and Caile ready to finish her last year of preschool.
Mike is traveling monthly right now. He had the opportunity to go to Bangalore, India this past February. He's heading out for San Jose, Costa Rica soon and will travel to India again in March. He has also had a trip to Chicago and mainly travels to Atlanta. With the kids getting older, it's much easier to survive the time that he's gone. A big plus is that IKEA is right by the airport and about the only time I get over there is on those airport trips, so it's not too bad :)
I'm keeping busy with the kids. My good friend and I have taken over the hot lunch program at school. I plan, shop and cook the school lunch every Wednesday. I LOVE IT! It's so fun to meet new people and get to know the kids. I also watch a couple little kids on Fridays. It's fun to have little ones around again. It's even better to give them back to their parents after 6 hours! I also work with the young women at church. I have been very blessed to have such great girls to serve.
As the holidays are upon us (YIKES!), I'm forced to stop and think about all of the blessings that I have. I have been blessed with a very charmed life. My trial are so small compared to many. I know that my Savior loves me and in that knowledge, I know wo I am. I hope that your holiday season brings you closer to those you love and is filled with joy and happiness!