2016 - Year in Review

January was mostly uneventful, except I caught pneumonia for the first time.
It lasted most of the winter for me.
The family carried on as usual while Chris did a great job holding up the fort.

February the kids made homemade valentines.
I  traveled to Oregon for my annual Girls weekend with my mom and 4 sisters.
Even though I was still feeling under the weather, I had a great trip.
Lindy and Kyle both competed in a National History Day project.
Kyle's topic was the Pioneers of Flight and Lindy did the enviornmentalist, Rachel Carson.

In March we got a new swing set for our backyard. We traveled to Utah for the Provo, LDS temple open house and we hiked Y mount for the first time as a family. We got a new piano.
Tate played Charbonneau, a French explorer, in a school play. 
Sadie dressed up like Sally for Dr. Seuss's birthday.
Tate also participated in his school's STEM night and made a paper airplane experiment/poster board, where we won a prize! We spent part of our Easter weekend in Sun Valley, where the kids were part of a 5,000 easter egg hunt.

April was Brandon's first time playing soccer, and Chris was his coach.
Lindy competed in the State National History Day. Tate participated in the Pinewood Derby, his last one, and he played a giant recorder for his school concert. Lindy and Kyle did track, where Kyle tried triple jump, and got his personal best in the mile at 6:26. We celebrated Chris' birthday.

Sadie turned 8 in May and was baptized. We celebrated with both sides of the family on Mother's Day weekend. It was wonderful. Sadie also participated in her clogging spring recital. We planted our garden, the first time in our new home/yard. Brandon took swim lessons, Kyle flag football, and Tate gymnastics. We also ran in the bubble run as a family, lots of fun.

In June we went cherry picking out in Emmett for the first time. Our ward was divided, and we were put in the new Mason Creek Ward. I was called to Activity Days and Chris was put in the Sunday School Presidency. The kids ran in the Capital Class in downtown Boise, always a fun tradition. We camped at Warm Lake. Tate started taking Banjo lessons and Kyle did a rock climbing camp.

For July, Chris' mom boat was on it's last legs, and it stopped working in the middle of the Reservoir.
We rowed and rowed until it got dark. Luckily we made it to the road, and Chris was able to get back to our car. The next morning Chris was able to reload the boat. It was repaired once again. Kyle discovered his love of fishing this summer. Sadie took a cheer class. Chris and I saw Matt Damon up close when he came to Boise for his new Bourne movie. It was exciting!

We had a family reunion on the Oregon Coast with my parents and all my sibling's families. It was great fun. We love the Coast. Then just our little family went to Seattle. We all loved Seattle. We went to the aquarium, the space needle, the gum wall, pike's place public market, rode a ferry, saw the Locks, ate chinese noodles, went to the Chihully Glass museum, and watched a Mariner's baseball game. Lindy started driving this month and learned to play the ukulele. The kids also started school at the end of August. 

We visited Sun Valley in September. Lindy started on her high school cross-country team. She made Varsity as a freshman. Kyle became a Life Scout. Lindy sang the national anthem at a school basketball game with 3 other choir members. Chris and I went to the wedding of one of his Dental School friend's daughters. Which means our friends have kids old enough to get married. Yikes.

Chris and I went to Denver for a dental conference. We heard Malala speak. It was fabulous.
I had another girls weekend with my sisters at Sally's house in Evanston, WY. It was another great weekend. Tate turned 11 and celebrated at pumpkin patch called the Farmstead. Tate also got a pair of Heely's (shoes with wheels and drove me crazy skating in the house.) Kyle turned 13 and he celebrated at an indoor arcade place. For Halloween Kyle was a lumber jack, Tate was Tape Face from America's got Talent, Sadie was a witch, and Brandon was an army man. Our stake was divided and we became part of the Victory Meridian Stake.

Tate earned his scouting Arrow of Light. I took a calligraphy class. Sadie sung in primary ward choir number. We went to FREEZING BSU home game. We voted. Nothing more to say about that.
Thanksgiving was spent at Grandma Dianne's which is always fun. Good Food, games and dance party with glow lights!

We celebrated all month. We started with doing the church's 25 ways in 25 days to do acts of service to remember the Savior all month. We didn't do something everyday but it was a nice way to keep the true meaning of Christmas in our home. Kyle went scuba diving for scouts and loved it. We went skiing to Tamarack as a family a couple days before Christmas with my brother Steven. The snow started to fall this month, and it hasn't stopped. We had a wonderful Christmas Eve dinner at Molly's house with Sally's family. We had Grandma Peggy's annual Christmas party at Cousin Vin and Dusanka's house. Lindy and I sang in the ward Christmas morning sacrament meeting. We celebrated Brandon turning 6 at Jump Time and Lindy turning 15 just at home. We told the kids after Christmas we were planning to get a new dog in January. Oh boy.


Sally said...

Awesome review! What a fun year! I need to see Sadie dressed up as Sally for Dr. Suess! I don't know who that character is??

Katie said...

She's a character in The cat in the Hat. The little girl. There's a picture of Sadie dressed like her on my instagram feed.