It is hard to believe that it is already the end of 2011. We’ve had a very eventful year inour family, so here are some little tidbits of information about us.
John started the year with a company called iBahn and 2 weeks before Tyce was born started a new job as the Controller at Clearlink (basically the head accounting guru). He loves his new job. He thrives on challenges and likes to look for ways to help companies move forward, so this has been a great move for him. He has enjoyed teaching his Sunday School class and will miss the kids he has been teaching, as he starts his new calling this week as the 2nd Counselor in the Sunday School Presidency. The teenagers love him and his ability to relate to (still act like) them!
Dana I am adjusting to my new role as a mother of 3. To be honest, this has been the easiest transition of any kid, for me. I have a different perspective this time around and I am just trying to enjoy each phase, knowing that shortly it will end and we will be in a new stage. I am still teaching Group Fitness classes for Life Time Fitness and The Gymbox and enjoy the friendships that I have made and continue to make as I work with wonderful people there. I am excited to be back to running and training for races and I am looking forward to the St. George Half Marathon in January and the Utah Valley Marathon on June, where I plan to qualify for the Boston Marathon and run it in 2013.
Hailee started 1st grade this year and she loves school. She has an incredible teacher named Mrs. Welcker and has made a lot of new friends. Hailee is an excellent student and loves telling us what she learned about that day. She is dancing with Empower Dance again and loves her new team, Aspire. She was dancer of the month in November because she practices every night and learned 2 dances, the team performed last year, in one week, so she could perform with them for Christmas. She also lost her two front bottom teeth, but can’t sing, “All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth” because they grew in before the others fell out. Hailee loves to craft and will try to make anything she can with paper, cotton balls, string, tape, scissors and tape. She completed her second triathlon this summer and did amazing. Her birthday is coming up - on Christmas Day she will be 7 years old.
Camryn started dancing with Empower Dance this year. She loves singing her dance songs to us and showing us her moves. She is the “super senior” of her nursery class. She is by far the oldest and smartest (I may be biased) because she has been in there for so long. She loves her nursery leaders and has to stop and talk to Sister Savage whenever we go for a walk, but she can’t wait to go to Primary. Cam and I have been doing our own preschool at home and she is a very smart girl and loves to do puzzles, write the ABC’s and numbers, do Play-do, and type to dad on instant messenger on the computer. She is daddy’s little helper and loves to be in the garage or out in the yard to “help” him put stuff together. In fact, she asked for “girl tools” for Christmas and she can’t wait for Santa to bring them so she can fix stuff with dad.
Tyce was born on July 31. He weighed 7 lb 15 oz and was 20 inches long. Since then, he has grown at an incredible rate. He is 4 ½ months old and now weighs over 18 pounds and is 26 inches long. It seems that by the time I wash an outfit, he has outgrown it. We made it through the first 3 months of colic and fared relatively well. Now he is just a happy, chubby boy. His newest “tricks” include, holding onto toys, smiling at anyone and everyone, giggling, and rolling over- he isn’t a fan of this one because he hates being on his tummy and hasn’t figured out how to roll back over yet (update: he just rolled from his tummy to his back). John and I have enjoyed watching the girls grow up as they lookout for each other and Tyce. Hailee loves to hold him and play with him. Cam loves to make him giggle.
We are very grateful for the many blessings that came to us this year and for the wonderful friends, family and neighbors who have helped us so much as our lives have changed.
Love, John, Dana, Hailee, Camryn and Tyce
We hope you have a Merry Christmas
and a Happy New Year!