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Anne to the MTC

Dropping Anne off at the MTC

Dropping Anne off at the MTC

We dropped off daughter #2 at the MTC today. 2 months of language training then off to Taipei, Taiwan!

Caroline Has Her Learner’s Permit

Caroline has had her learner’s permit for several months but she hasn’t been very excited to go out driving and get her required 40 hours of road time in. She certainly doesn’t seem as excited to drive as I remember myself being. She’s been to the driving range a few times for Drivers Ed and has gone on the road once with her instructor. I’ve also taken her around the neighborhood a few times, but she hasn’t felt very confident. Today we decided to do some real driving. We went on the Mountain View Corridor, where the speed limit is as high as 65. She did fine and it seemed to increase her confidence quite a bit.

Anne’s Mission Call

Anne’s mission call came in the mail today! We waited impatiently all day for her to drive up from BYU with her roommates to open the call in front of friends and family.

The Taiwan Taipei Mission under President Jergensen. So exciting!

Another broken bone

Waiting to see the doctor at the instacare.

Waiting to see the doctor at the instacare.

The X-ray of the broken wrist.  Now off to the ER to have the bone reduced.

The X-ray of the broken wrist. Now off to the ER to have the bone reduced.

At the ER, waiting for the team to come in to straighten the bone so they can put a splint on it.

At the ER, waiting for the team to come in to straighten the bone so they can put a splint on it.

The splint is on.  Now we are waiting to be discharged.

The splint is on. Now we are waiting to be discharged.

Anne’s High School Graduation




Anne’s Graduation was on June 4th at 10:00 at Utah Valley University. Since her graduating class consisted of 700-odd people it was a lot easier to have it there than at the school, and parking and seating was comparatively unlimited. She really enjoyed taking pictures with her friends before the ceremony, as well as a special one with her mom afterwards. Luckily they didn’t read everyone’s names in alphabetical order during the ceremony, so Anne didn’t have to be in the back and could enjoy everything with her friends. She had a really fun time in school and will miss lots of people, but is looking forward to summer and attending BYU in the fall.


Anne giving a friend a high five after her name has been read


9th Grade Awards Ceremony



At the end of the year the Middle School held an awards assembly for all of the 9th graders with outstanding achievements. Caroline got an award for receiving Honors in citizenship in all her classes all 3 years of Middle School. This ranking comes with each classes’ grades every quarter, and means that she showed proper integrity and work ethic in everything she did inside and outside of class. Good job Caroline!

2014 Bingham Christmas Dance

Anne and her date for the Bingham 2014 Christmas Dance

Anne and her date for the Bingham 2014 Christmas Dance

Anne got asked to the Bingham 2014 Christmas Dance and was excited to go. As you can tell from the photo, it’s a “pajamas dance”. I only briefly met her date and he seemed like a nice guy. They didn’t have pajama dances back in my day, so I’m not sure what the protocol is for such a thing; but apparently Anne’s date’s Mom made the matching pajama bottoms. She had a good time and I’m glad she’s having a lot of fun with her friends during her Senior year while still keeping her grades up.

Music and Missionaries

Each December our kids participate in a number of recitals and concerts. We have so many pictures and videos of past events that we tend to not even record them any more; however, this time Nancy took her cell phone out for Caroline’s and Sam’s school concerts. Sam is in the 7th grade choir. We try and get him to sing some of his songs at home and he is pretty reluctant but he seems to enjoy singing with all the other boys on stage.

Sam's 7th grade choir

Sam’s 7th grade choir

This year Nancy’s niece Rachel stayed with us for a few days before going to the MTC. It was fun having her around and seeing her excitement to begin her mission in Rome. Rachel was a good sport and went along to see Caroline’s concert on the day before she went to the MTC.

Rachel, Sam, and Caroline at the band concert

Rachel, Sam, and Caroline at the band concert. Clearly Sam was interested in having his picture taken.

Caroline plays the clarinet in the 9th grade band (it has some fancy name like concert band or something that I can never remember). The arthritis in her hands makes it a little harder for her to play the clarinet so we’re often regaled with moaning and groaning about how hard it is to practice; however, sometimes I wonder whether the moaning and groaning is due to arthritis or just because of the fact that like 99% of all the kids in the world she would rather play with friends, play video games, read books, or do just about any other activity than practice her instrument.

Caroline playing her clarinet

Caroline playing the clarinet

The next day Nancy dropped Rachel off at the MTC. We wish her good luck and hope she enjoys Christmas in Rome.

Nancy dropping Rachel off at the MTC

Nancy and Rachel at the MTC

Decorating the tree

It was my turn to put up the Christmas tree and get it ready for decorating this year. Nancy and I tend to view setting up the tree as a chore rather than a cherished tradition. 20 years ago we didn’t buy a pre-lit tree and each year since we’ve bickered over whose turn it is string the lights. Fortunately, the setting up is the only thing that’s a chore. The actual decorating part is indeed a cherished tradition.

Diana decorating the tree

Diana decorating the tree

Emily was still at college and Anne was off taking photos for the school yearbook so we only had the 3 youngest kids available to decorate the Christmas tree this year. We had the usual assortment of handmade or “memory” ornaments that seems to grow by one or two each year: the canning jar lid with the photo inside, the Popsicle stick frame with a photo, a “First Christmas Together” ornament that someone gave Nancy and I for our wedding (sorry, can’t remember who), etc.

Sam and Caroline decorate the tree

Sam and Caroline decorate the tree

I used to cringe at those goofy kid-made ornaments, thinking they would just clutter up the otherwise beautiful tree; however, over the years I’ve grown to like them and it’s fun to dig them out again each year and let the kids put “their” ornament on the tree.

Now I just have to remember to refer to this post next year when Nancy and I argue over whose turn it is to put up the tree…

2014 Christmas Card

Nancy had her niece take the photo for our annual Christmas card. Contact me on Facebook or via some other mechanism with your mailing address and I’ll be happy to send you a Christmas card this year.

2014 Christmas Card Photo

2014 Christmas Card Photo