Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Our Christmas Letter 2013

As another year comes to a close, and as we hit a level of crazy last year which resulted in no Christmas cards being sent out from our family, we have several updates to share. 

Kevin was selected to attend Air Command and Staff College last year, for a Masters in Military Operational Art and Science.  This gave us the opportunity to live in Alabama for 10 months.  What an amazing experience – we found that the south suits our family quite well.  Kevin was also notified that he will be promoted to Lieutenant Colonel this spring, which we’re all excited about.  He is now the Director of Operations for a space test branch and enjoys trying to fly satellites the size of shoeboxes!  

Amy continues to run our “command center” and still manages to throw a few piano lessons in on the side.  She, in particular, loved our time in Alabama – especially the breath-taking flowers (ever seen Confederate Jasmine?), rows upon rows of pecan trees, and sandy-white beaches that squeak!  She sincerely hopes the Air Force sends us back there … mostly so that we’re closer to Disney World!

Breanna had an amazing musical experience in Alabama, making All-State for trumpet as well competing on piano.  Here in New Mexico, she made it into the Albuquerque Youth Symphony on trumpet, had an fantastic marching band season, and just found out that she made All-State for NM, as a freshman!  She is thriving in high school and in her honors courses.  She is already scoping out collegiate marching bands and we are excited for this adventure with her.

Ryan entered middle school this year and decided to pick up the French horn as his second instrument.  We love to have two brass players in the house and enjoy the “out of the box” projects his honors classes demand of him.  He received his First Class scout rank earlier this year and has become part fish due to the time he spends in the pool with the Chargers swim team.

Courtney is in fifth grade and is lovingly called “our rock.”  She has excelled in learning to play the cello and piano and will perform at the drop of a hat.  She recently was accepted in to the gifted program in our school district and thrives when presented with a challenge.  She also spends quite a bit of her time in the water as she continues to swim for the Chargers swim team.     

Derek is in first grade and loves learning to play the piano and has become quite the little reader.  He dotes on his little brother and cruises up and down our street on the new found freedom of a “two wheeler.”  He can’t wait to join the swim team and asks every day if we can go back to the beach. 

Audrey is three and, well, she is just adorable!  We love everything about her from her curly hair, to her “princess” attributes.  The camera finds her almost every day and she loves it.

Ethan joined our family on December 7, 2012.  Everything about this little man has been on his time schedule… “It’s time to be born?  Okay… how about in 50 minutes?!?”, “Baby food?  No thank you… I will take only table food”, “Teeth? How about six all at once?”, “Sleep?  No time for sleep.  Thank you.”  We love this boy and it is a good thing that he is adorable.  

We hope this letter finds you and your family well and enjoying the season.  We are so thankful for the opportunities that have been presented to our family that we have grown from and continue to thrive knowing that our Savior loves each of us.  Merry Christmas.  We love each of you!

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