As I have been putting this together, I am shocked at how much we have done in ten years. Have to admit the hardest thing for me is to pick out one or two pictures from each year. The big question is: If I didn't have pictures, would I remember anything ; ) Obviously, intertwined in all of this were lots of basketball games, soccer games, cheerleading competitions, piano recitals, and track meets. Thinking about all of these things made me SMILE--worked well with my one word resolution ; )
2000--We brought several of the grandchildren to Winnipeg to spend a few days--it was terrific. What will the kids remember--JAILBREAK. (A game that started years ago, but has been a tradition--always scared me because I just knew one day someone was going to get hurt--fortunately, no one did ; ) We had a new grandbaby born on Allan's birthday--we were in California attending the wedding of one of my nephews and flew to Utah to pick up the kids to drive back to Winnipeg. When we were on the road, we got the call Hannah was born. Would have been so fun to have been there when she was born.
The year ended in Utah--the sealing of Allan's family in the Mt. Timp temple. Continued serving in Stake Relief Society--a calling I thoroughly enjoyed.
2001--In May we took a cruise to the Mediterranean. It was fabulous. In June, Heidi graduated from high school and went to BYU--missed her very much. Funny how I was called to Young Women, after Heidi was gone. I did have a chance to go to Girls Camp her last year of camp. Had a great time watching her in action. In October went to Utah to celebrate Heidi's 18th birthday.
2002--We took the kids to Nauvoo and attended the temple open house. Had a family reunion at Park City. Of course, it also included the filming of "The Ultimate Watch". October took a cruise to Hawaii--celebration of our 20th anniversary. Made our first trip to New York which included a visit with Ron and Susan--did the touristy things, and saw Lion King. A couple of trips to California: baptism and graduation of two grandsons.
2003--We had a chance to go to Puerto Rico for business meeting, as well as Arizona. Kyle graduated from Elementary School--I was very fortunate to go to so many of his end of the year field trips--great fun.
In August, I flew all the kids/grandkid to Winnipeg to celebrate Allan's 60th birthday. It was FABULOUS. He was really surprised. Couldn't believe I actually pulled it off. The kids again played jailbreak and Neal was able to videotape using the nightshot on his videocamera. We were in Utah and actually had a chance to attend a BYU football game--loved the look on Kyle's face when he saw all those people in the stadium.
2004--In January Allan had a business meeting in Texas, so we had a chance to visit Chris and Amanda and I got to see my sister who lives there. Neal decided to go back to BYU to get his degree--we were so proud of him and it was fun to celebrate his graduation at one of our favorite places--La Caille at Quail Run (just typing that makes me want to go for a fabulous meal ; ) A cruise to Alaska. Kyle broke his ankle playing soccer--bad break, very grateful didn't need any pins. Went to Texas to attend Amanda's high school graduation--we were amazed at how in 2 hours they could give 900 students diplomas (Allan had been to a graduation south of us where 30 kids graduated and it took 2 hours) Brent also graduated and put his papers in for a mission. So exciting when he got his call. While Allan was serving as Bishop of the YSA Ward, we went with them to Nauvoo. What a great trip.
2005--A missionary, new grandbaby and a new daughter-in-law--things that bring so much joy to my life were all part of this year. It was great. (Will be similar this year, except instead of a new daughter-in-law, we'll get a new son-in-law ; ) In October Allan was called to his current calling and I began teaching Seminary (with Kyle as one of my students)--LOVED IT.
2006--Highlight would have to be Stephen and Daphne and their family being sealed in the Hawaii temple. Also had another grandson graduate from high school. A great family reunion at Herrington's. Great trip to Quebec City. First trip to Boston to visit Neal and Macy.
2007--A great birthday present for me--Brent returned home from his mission on my birthday. Another new grandson in April. A trip to Boston to meet him and attend his blessing and another trip there in December. Oldest grandson graduated from college. I started blogging in July. In October Allan learned he had had a couple of heart attacks--scary times but we were very blessed. We took a 3 week trip to visit family (went to the Oakland Temple where we were married some 25 years before) and managed another trip to Hawaii.
2008-- It was the year of graduations--we had five of them--2 high school and 3 college graduations. We were very proud parents/grandparents. And our grandson, Evan, got married. The highlight of the year would have to be our trip with the whole family to Hawaii to celebrate my MIL's 90th birthday. It was a trip that we will all remember foerever. Goodness, I wonder how many air miles we travelled because we also took our cruise to China in October. Is the opposite of a highlight a lowlight? If so, there would have been two: one when Allan was "invited to retire" and when Bev's husband, Homer, died in October. (We all expected him to live to be 100)
2009--Two fabulous weddings this year--one in Texas and one in Utah.
Started the year off with a visit to Indiana to meet our little Great Grandson. First March Madness game--what a blast. Brent graduated from LDS Business College. We were so sad when Grandma passed away so unexpectedly. So grateful to know Families Can Be Together Forever. Kyle won the Provincial Track Championship in the long jump. Kyle graduated from high school and he and Brent entered BYU in the fall. In July we did our first Pioneer Trek--the youth and all those ticks. I started running and ran in two 5K's.
Now, after doing this, I have to say IT REALLY HAS BEEN A GREAT 10 YEARS. I'm sure after I hit the PUBLISH button, I will remember a bunch of things.
Looking forward to a great 2010 and then hopefully a couple of more decades. Exciting to this about what the future holds. Will try to live each day to the fullest and enjoy my friends and family. I have great friends and a fantastic family.
Sidenote #1: Had a chance to see the Olympic torch as it passed through town on Tuesday night. Tried again this morning to see it again in absolutely torturous weather (windchill -39) but somehow missed it.
Sidenote #2: Sandra at This Small House is wondering if anyone is interested in participating in a "Get Healthy" challenge. Go check out her blog and let her know if you're interested.