It is once again the season of glad
tidings, the time to rejoice in the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ, and the
time to embrace and enjoy family.
Aaron(15) – because
of shortages and closures Aaron was transferred to a facility in Moroni, he has
been there since June. Because the move put him farther away we don’t get to go
see him as often. He has had a few visits home this year, always very short and
they always seem to fly by. We don’t know when he will get to come home.
Ammon(14) – is in
8th grade this year. He finished out 7th grade without
getting sent to the principal’s office, a record for him since 2nd
grade. Earlier this year he decided he was done with karate and just quit
going, he had made it to a blue belt. He’s fascinated with electronic devices,
and a conspiracy theorist (his own admission). Ammon was ordained a Teacher the
day after his 14th birthday and was also set apart as the Teacher’s
Quorum 2nd Counselor the same day.
Annie(12) – is in
7th grade this year. She was nervous about going from one end of
school to the other for class, but she’s gotten it down pat now. She’s taking a
choir class, though she won’t admit to liking it. Having turned 12 before
summer she got to attend girls camp with the stake this year. Her leaders said
they saw a whole new side of her there. They awarded her the ‘Most Sassy’
award. She was just called as the Beehive class President. She is still in
dance, working towards those pointe shoes.
Emily(11) – is in
5th grade this year, she is back at East Elementary (our district
changed to neighborhood Elementary schools(K-5)) she wasn’t too happy about it,
but she’s settled in. Emily got to take her own goat to the fairs this year. It
was definitely a learning experience for her, though she did win some ribbons she
needs to work with her goat more before going again. She is doing dance again
this year and enjoys it. She really enjoys playing with the basketball that she
got for her birthday. She takes her ball to school every day so she can play
with it at recess.
Erica(10) – is in
4th grade this year and in the classroom right next to Emily. They
see each other quite often at school. Erica also took her own goat to the
fairs, and though she also won some ribbons she also has a lot to learn. She
and Emily have their own 4-H group that they do with their Aunt Julia. Erica
got glasses at the beginning of the school year (5 out of 7children now). Erica
decided she also wanted to switch dance studios, so she is now dancing at
Discovery DanceWorks with Annie & Emily.
Ethan(7) – is in
2nd grade this year, he has the same teacher that Ammon had for 2nd
grade. He likes going to school but he doesn’t like homework and avoids it
every chance he can. He hates chores and hides to avoid doing them too. He is
in his fourth year of tumbling and enjoys going most weeks.
James(5) – is
going to morning preschool this year. When the other kids started school in
August and told him that he would be going to Kindergarten next year he would
get really upset. After he was tested and approved for preschool in September he
has loved going every morning(Mon-Thurs). James lost his first tooth just days
before his birthday. He started tumbling classes this year and is very excited
Michael was laid
off from Newfield in May after driving for them just over three years. The work
really slowed down with the drop in oil prices and unfortunately he was one
that was let go. After three months of applying and waiting he was finally
hired by Pilot/Flying J to haul Crude to the refinery in Salt Lake. It’s one
load a day from the Basin to Salt Lake. The hours aren’t the greatest, and if
the truck is broken-down there isn’t a spare one available. It’s in times like
this we’re all just grateful he has employment. Michael is still serving as the
Stake Sign Language Coordinator, spending most Sunday mornings in Myton
interpreting for the deaf couple there.
Kathryn is on the
School Community Council at East Elementary, serving as the Chair Person. She
is the Vice-President of the Basin Arts Council, as well as Social Media Chair
Person. She still belongs to a scrapbook page/card swap that meets quarterly
now. She is enjoying her time in the Uintah Basin Orchestra & Chorus that
performs twice a year. This year the Spring Concert was conducted by Dr.’s
Craig Jessop and Mack Wilberg; definitely a once in a lifetime experience. The
Christmas Concert was conducted once again by Dr. James M. Bankhead. After a very
brief stint (four months) as ward organist, she was released to be with her
family (dang those rowdy children!). She continued serving as Relief Society
Pianist and Ward Music Chairperson until the end of September when she was
released from those as she was called to be the 2nd Counselor in the
Young Women Presidency. She is now over the Beehives (12 & 13 year-old young
women-including Annie) in the ward. Her Tuesday evenings are now busy with
Mutual. She has also been watching her niece Loretta, Charity’s little girl,
since summer while Charity works.
Merry Christmas to all, may you remember
for the Season.