Thursday, January 7, 2010

Our New Year's Day Trip up the Canyon

My Birthday Dinner

Happy New Year

Originally I planned on writing on New Year's Day but we had such a full one that I've put it off. Several things of note: my 31st birthday, Dustin's friend found his missing phone with all of our vacation pictures on it, school started again, and I received a fourth Church calling.

I loved my birthday. I slept in and had breakfast in bed while watching my new chick flick. After finally getting up I convinced my family to take me up the canyon for some exploring. Then we went to dinner at a great local farm fresh grill and finally ended up at home for cake and ice cream and presents. So fun--Dustin and the kids and my family and Dustin's family all made me feel so special. I love my birthday!

Then, the same weekend, Dustin's friend called to say he had found Dustin's missing phone (for six months--we have already replaced it) under the seat of his car. Yeah! I nearly cried because it was the only record of our trip to the Redwood Forest in California this year. Our other camera had problems that weekend.

School started again and I am slowly cleaning the house after the holiday fun. Savannah is bored and cranky because her playmates left her again and the other two are much better behaved because their little minds are so busy during the day. The routine is slowly returning.

And finally, I received my fourth calling for the new year. I was asked by the stake to serve on the Stake Girls' Camp Staff as the assistant over YCL's. I'm very excited but a little apprehensive since there are about three meetings per month and a lot of extra stuff that will add to an already busy schedule. However, I told the high councilman who called me that I would put up with almost anything to get to participate in girls' camp again--I have great memories of my own camp years.

Dustin continues to be busy with school and work and his calling as the Elder's Quorum President. He loved having a break over Christmas to breathe and remember how to relax.

I'm very excited to begin a new volunteer position at the kids' school with the Art Masterpiece program. Every two weeks I will visit two classrooms with a work of art and lead a 15 minute discussion about it with the children. I'm very excited about this. I went to three trainings for it and I think it will be a fun way to participate in the kids' school day.

Well, that is our update for now. I will post pictures next.

Happy New Year!