Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas Letter 2014

Dear Family & Friends,
It is the season of Thanksgiving and Glad Tidings again; a time to remember our Savior's birth, a time to be thankful for family and all our blessings.
Aaron(14) - is doing well in school, he is a Freshmen this year. He did so well that his teachers recommended him to be a student leader at his school. He claimed to know more about the computers and projection systems then the teachers. So he was always helping. Aaron is singing in the ward choir. If all goes as planned Aaron will be returning to our home the middle of January.
Ammon(13) - is in 7th grade and has had an amazing start to the school year. We are in more than a quarter of the school year and he hasn't been sent to the Principals office once. He's been working hard in his classes and his teachers are impressed with his work. He has been taking karate for a year now and has earned three belts (yellow, orange, & purple). His instructor says if he would practice daily he would be able to pass the belts off quicker.
Annie(11) - is super excited that she is finally as tall as mom. That has been her goal for the last year, ever since she found out she was only 1/2" shorter. Annie moved up to the Junior High this year, she is in 6th grade and is on the low end of the totem pole. She was very nervous about having so many classes at first but she has gotten used to going to different classes during the day. She is still taking dance; this is her ninth year of dance-second year with Ms. Heather at Discovery DanceWorks. She is looking forward to starting Pointe shoes. Ms. Heather doesn't let them do Pointe until they are 12, Annie has until May yet and she is counting down the months right now, soon it will be the weeks and days.
Emily(10) - has been helping her Aunt Julia with her goats this year and went to the County and State Fair where she got to show a goat. Her goat earned ribbons and cash prizes in both fairs. She is working towards getting her own goat to show at the fairs next year. Emily switched dance studios this year; she is now at the same studio as Annie. She was also doing tumbling but had to quit because she was getting headaches doing the tricks and being upside-down.
Erica(9) - was happy that she advanced to Kings Peak Elementary because that meant she could walk home with Emily. She is in 3rd grade this year and has the same teachers as Aaron had for 3rd grade and Annie had for 1st grade. (They split the day and each teaches a half-day). Erica has also been helping Aunt Julia with the goats and got to show one at the County and State Fairs where she won ribbons and cash prizes. She is taking ballet again this year after taking a break last year to do tumbling; she is also taking tap-dance class.
Ethan(6) - actually loves school this year, compared to not wanting to go every other day last year. He is in 1st grade, and he is the only child of ours at East this year. He is taking his third year of tumbling class at Roosevelt Academy of Arts and is happy to hear when it is Thursday, because that means he gets to go to class. He has also been losing teeth left and right, if they feel just a little bit wiggly then he wiggles them till they come out. The tooth fairy is going to go broke.
James(4) - has really come out of his shell this year and has started to communicate-with everyone. He is just a happy kid. He loves to watch Mickey Mouse, Scooby-doo, and Curious George who is his all-time favorite. He has become very independent, as most kids do about this age. He has to do things his way or not at all. He finally decided he wanted to be a big boy and got potty trained so we are done with diapers. Whew!
Michael is coming up on his 3rd anniversary driving water truck for Newfield. He has been driving at night for one year now and the whole family likes it. He is able to spend more time during the day with the family (as long as people are quiet and let him sleep in the morning-darn those summer days and long school vacations where kids are home and dad has to sleep). Michael's biggest scare this year was when he was diagnosed with colon cancer the end of September. The middle of October he had a colectomy, they removed 14" of colon and 18 lymph nodes. The lymph nodes all tested negative for cancer and the colon was a stage 1 cancer. He will NOT have to undergo chemo/radiation. He will have to have a follow-up colonoscopy in 6 months and every 12 months thereafter. Michael was serving as a Stake Sign Language Specialist; he was released from that this summer and called as the Stake Sign Language Coordinator. He spends most Sundays in Myton interpreting for the deaf couple there.
Kathryn is on the School Community Council at Kings Peak Elementary. She belongs to a scrapbook/card swap that meets monthly. She is in an Orchestra and Chorus that performs twice a year, with lots of practices the two months before the performances. This year they were directed by Dr. James Bankhead (Spring Concert) & Dr. Michael Huff (Christmas Concert), both very well known conductors. (Here's a preview of our Spring Concert-Anyone heard of Dr. Craig Jessop? We're singing works by Mack Wilberg!) Her church callings include Relief Society Pianist, Ward Music Chairperson, and just recently called as Ward Organist, after an 11-year break--she couldn't hide any longer.
Merry Christmas to all, may you receive the righteous wishes and blessings of your heart at this time of Joy and Peace.                                         Love, The Crapo Family

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