Saturday, November 15, 2008

Hi again. Life seems to be flying by. I can't believe it's almost Thanksgiving. I am enjoying my new job. For those of you who may not know, I'm working in the Medical Staff Office, still at Pioneer Valley Hospital. I've worked at PVH for 10 years now. My new position is challenging and keeps me very busy. I like it better than what I had been doing. Mostly, I guess, I'm greatful that James and I have jobs with the economy the way it is right now.

James is working for Resort Quest in Park City. Besides all his normal accounting duties, he has been busy overseeing the building of a ski shop in their renovated offices. He came up with the idea, convinced the company that it was a viable plan, and has been involved with it each step of the way. He's pretty excited about it. With the travel industry hurting, and reservations down, they are hoping the ski shop will help them through a trying time.

Kristi is still working at Home Depot. She is talking about going to the Community College, but I don't know if she's done much toward getting registered. She bought herself a little car, which she then wrecked and Kyle is fixing. She's hoping to get it back in a week or two. She loved the Twilight books, but is not thrilled with the casting of the movie.

Melanie loved the Twilight books, too. She and 3 friends have tickets to the first midnight showing of the movie. Melanie, Kyle and family are coming down for Thanksgiving weekend. We've gotten to see quite a bit of them lately what with Aaron's wedding, Rylee's Halloween party and our trips to Idaho. We are having a Thanksgiving Dinner on Saturday with our kids here on Saturday. Aaron won't be able to come on Thanksgiving Day and we kind of like doing our own, too.

Kambrie and Tucker are growing so fast. Katelyn and Rylee, too, but with Kambrie and Tucker you can almost see them change. Tucker is 16 months old. Kambrie will be 16 months on the 27th. Grandkids are wonderful. I am sure I'm biased, but I can't help but think they are the cutest, smartest and most amazing kids in the universe.

James is out working on Dani's car at the moment. Dani is reading the Twilight books now. Aaron and Sarah started all this interest in the Twilight books by giving me the first one for Christmas. From there it's just snowballed...

Aaron and Sarah are doing well. We are so glad that they were able to be married in the Temple. They have a cute little apartment in Sandy. They had car trouble last week and made an unexpected trip to Idaho to have Kyle fix their brakes. Aaron took two days off work. They drove up Wednesday night, had a nice visit, and came home Sunday. Thank goodness for Kyle. He is a genius with fixing cars and always willing to help us. We're sure grateful.

And speaking of being grateful, may I just say that we are grateful for all of our family. Our children are wonderful. Dani and Ben have shared their home with us and are helping us through a hard time. I don't know what we would have done without them. Devin has helped us out so much. Many of you probably don't realize that he helped me buy my car. He is so generous. I don't know what we'd have done without him. Each of our children is dear to us. We love them so much. We are greatly blessed.

We are equally blessed with extended family and freinds. We are grateful to be blessed with so many wonderful people in our lives.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

James and I were fortunate enough to travel to Virginia in August to see Devin graduate from OCS (Marine Officer Candidate School.) Kristi came with us. After the graduation we went to Florida for a week, part of which we took a cruise to the Bahamas. It was really fun. I'm so glad we could go and spend that time with Devin and Kristi.

Devin will graduate from the U in December. He's getting his degree in Sociology. Then he'll receive his commission as an officer in the Marines. Then he'll have to go to Officer Training School for a year, or a year and a half.

Kristi graduated from Copper Hills last June. Yeah! So all of our children are 'grown up.' I use that term loosely. (I still don't know if I'm 'grown-up.')

Dani got her Bachelor's Degree from the U in August. She got her degree in Anthropology. She graduated Summa Cum Laude, which means she graduated in the top 1% of her class. In her 4 years of college, she only got 1 A-. We're so proud of her.

Aaron and Sarah were married in the Salt Lake Temple on September 30th. They are so happy! They just float along, smiling at each other...

Brittany and Ben moved to Layton. Ben has a great job fixing medical equipment at Hill Air Force Base. Brittany is going to school at Weber State. She's thinking of being either a doctor or a PA. They have a cute little puppy named Diesel.

I'm looking forward to going to Idaho this weekend to see Melanie and her cute little family. Katelyn has her Primary Program on Sunday, so James and I are going up. We try to visit back and forth at least once a month. Sometimes we get to see each other more, like this month. Melanie came down last weekend for Rylee's Halloween party. We love it when we can see each other more, but gas is so expensive. It makes travel more difficult.

I am enjoying my new position at work. In May I changed from Medical Records to the Medical Staff department. I am a credentialing specialist. I make sure that the doctors have all the necessary licenses, continuing education, etc. I've been playing catch up while I learned, so it's been a challenge. But I love to learn new things.