"Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to let you in."

-- Robert Frost

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

wrapping up 2015

Our fall into winter got pretty crazy but I'm hoping this wraps up our scattered year and I can resolve not to let my memory fall behind in the new one.

Christian hit the big 17 and with it 6'6". I haven't seen him to get one of our traditional back to back pictures. He is a working man so he's hard to get a hold of.

But I did steal him from the high school for a date.

We also had a date with a judge in a courtroom. Racing to get a date home before curfew never pays.

A parent is required to accompany so he and I spent one very long afternoon here.

Nervously at first, he sat and began to look around, then noticed he knew just about every other person in the room. One was a teacher, one a friend, one a co-worker, one guy from a class, one girl from church who he's danced with at a dance ....

I think he began to relax just a bit much because a few minutes later he was nearly giddy with excitement of it all. He loved standing up there talking to the judge. He loved talking specifics with his court appointed council. He left excited to fill out an application to volunteer on the teen court.

So much for punishing that kid. Nothing will ever get him down.

The snow began far too early for my liking and I slid right in the a ditch out of the starting gate .... that gets me down ;)

Charlotte and I got to go eat holiday lunch with Eliza. She's all I got pictured because despite my best efforts, Eliza ditched me for friends on the playground ;) 

This happened.

I just got released from working with the youth in our ward. Man, will I miss those week night activities. Most especially seeing my kids interact with their friends.

My last attended activity was sledding in the local park. Christian and his good friend had to turn it into a ski jumping competition.

Eliza will miss those midweek activities too. She adores every single young man and woman.

Grant got new glasses.

And Eliza got her first pair. That girl was radiant about that little fact.

First day of winter break means dentist appointments for everyone. We take up all the hygienist chairs in the office.

Charlotte was so, so, so excited.

Newel and I took a little getaway to the mountains. My Great Uncle Bill and Aunt Nancy were in Vail and we loved meeting up with them for dinner. It was just the perfect shot in the arm of southern heritage that I needed.

The next morning, Newel and I skied just the two of us. It was so nice to have a day date and talk and talk.

Just because she's cute on a breakfast out over Christmas vacation.

We stopped in for some fun at Christian's place of employment. He's a court monitor at SkyZone, a trampoline play place.

It's the perfect fit for him.

But standing around watching people jump continually nearly kills him ... because I'm not sure he's ever stood still a day in his life.

I was tickled to see him in an environment that is all his. Where he's responsible and respected and in charge.

This female carbon copy of him pretty much loved it too.

And that's a December wrap.

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