Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christmas Letter 2014

I realized, probably a bit too late, that if I put the blog address on our Christmas card, I should probably do an update!  I'm sure anyone that is going to check has probably already done so but here I go just in case, until I have a chance to get caught up.   It has been pretty crazy lately and I have a lot to post, but in the meantime here is a general look at our current lives just off the cuff:

Sam:  He is still working for Purple, managing their call center here, I think he now has the biggest call center with around 80 interpreters that work for him. He still loves it and it keeps him busy all the time.   At church he is still the working with the cub scouts as the cubmaster.

Melinda:  Still doing the mom thing, enjoying having the kids all in school all day and yet still just as busy, carpooling to 3 different schools, PTA parliamentarian, Primary 2nd counselor which means I work with the children at church and I'm over scouts and most recently we were also in charge of the church Christmas party and my part was to be in charge of the program.

Brady: He started high school and is doing well with almost all A+'s even thought he is in an intensive program called Skull Island.  He is having a lot of fun with his friends with game nights, and dances and hanging out after seminary.

Jordan:  He is also doing really well in 8th grade with straight A's and especially a year long computer class that he is loving and talks about non-stop! He has been the Deacon's quorum president at church this last few months and his leadership skills have really shined.

Kolby:  Is also doing really well in 7th grade with A's and was excited to start cage club where he gets to workout after school twice a week.  He and Jordan are also involved in PAL, which is a leadership class they have together.

Eden:  Just finished off another soccer season and she still loves it and running.  She is doing pretty well in 4th grade with straight A's as well but also enjoys being social and a part of everything.   She loves her friends and clothes and recently got her ears pierced.  She has been enjoying going to Activity Days with the girls at church.

Tucker:  He started 1st grade and proclaimed that the kindergarten teachers lied and the 1st grade teachers aren't as nice as they said!  He actually loves his teacher, he just misses his kinder teacher a lot too!  He loves to jump on the trampoline and read Magic Treehouse Books and play video games.  He does really well in school and picked up reading so quickly and reads the scriptures pretty smoothly when we read as a family!

As a family, we moved again in May, the owners of the last house decided to sell but we found an even better house in the same neighborhood so that worked out alright!  We took a trip to Arizona for the Borgia Reunion in the summer and a trip to Sacramento for Thanksgiving. I also headed up to Sacramento in January for my grandpa's funeral and Sam and I headed up to the bay area in August for his Grandma's funeral.   Other than that, we are just having fun and moving along.  We are enjoying the kids at this age and are so blessed to have such great kids.  One of our favorite times is family dinner time, because we talk and laugh and have a great time!  We are thankful for all the wonderful family and friends in our life and the impact you have all had on our lives and we are grateful for this Christmas season and the great gift of our Savior Jesus Christ!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Run Disney

A couple of months ago Eden and I got up very, very early to head over to Disneyland with Sam for his first half marathon.   He had not had the time to prepare like he had intended so he was pretty nervous about it so we were impressed that he made it almost 8 miles before he was pulled for his pace.   I love that he someone that never gives up even when it's really hard.  He met up with his friend Eddy and we knew the interpreters but otherwise he was doing it all on his own.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

I Love to See the Temple

This little girl was very excited to get to sing in Sacrament meeting at church with her good friend.  They boy had been having voice lessons with someone from church and had been working on "I Love to See the Temple"
She was so excited to see her name in the program when we got to church, she didn't seem nervous at all and went straight up to the podium when it was her turn.   She told us afterward that she was really nervous when she stood up there but they both did great and didn't seem nervous at all.  So many people told me how impressed they were with her courage, confidence and singing and we were proud of her too of course!

I caught up with these two in primary and they recreated their singing poses so I could get a good picture!

Sunday, November 16, 2014


Brady and I were out running errands and he talked me into Pieology since his birthday was the next day....I was happy to oblige!  Notice he is also wearing his new shirt that he got for his birthday, if you don't understand it, it is a reference to the game Settlers of Catan which Brady loves!
He chose Hometown Buffet for his birthday dinner, his siblings didn't mind, especially the slurpees! Poor Jordan missed out because he was on a campout.

One of Brady's gifts was Risk so we stopped to pick up his friend after dinner because we knew he loved the game too!
The next night we had a party for Brady and they all seemed to have a ton of fun.  Brady planned a bunch of games and most of the kids wanted to keep playing and playing.  There was laughing and dancing and dramatic death scenes!  I was surprised that some of the quietest kids had the loudest and most dramatic death scenes of all.   In the game of Psychiatrist, Jordan was trying to diagnose the "problem" and everyone had to get up and dance every other time he asked a question!

These little sisters really wanted to get in on the action, but also had their own fun upstairs dressing up and playing with barbies!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Bonnie Farley

We had a nice time celebrating Sam's grandma with most of his family.   We loved hearing about her life and her love of books and art and her family.  We will always be grateful that she allowed us to live with her when we were newlyweds and also helped us out during a challenging time.  Of course she also left a great legacy and it was fun to see everyone.  I snapped a few pictures at the luncheon and we also stopped by the park after.  The siblings were talking to Nate so they included him in the picture (Deia was on a cruise).   One fun thing was that the Relief Society provided milk and Oreo's at Grandpa Farley's request!