It is going to be pretty quiet down here, compared to some of the past July's when we've had others in the family to join us and Rob's family in celebrating. But since we had everyone here two weeks ago, we'll just have to rejoice in that. The one thing I am feeling very badly about however, is that we didn't take our whole family's picture while everyone was there. I can't believe I didn't think of it...and having one with all 22 grandkids would have been wonderful. Promise me that you'll all be at the reunion next year so we can get a good picture of the family and grandkids! I know Andrew and Amy will have great things up their sleeves for that.
|Ethan's creative face protector, in case something goes haywire!|
There are so many good things going on that you've been involved in. I hope you share such things with each other, but I wanted to pass along some of the good news of the past few weeks and salute you all for being such good parents and citizens and members of the church. There's nothing that makes your dad and I happier than knowing you're doing your very best to be good parents, love your kids and spouse, and to be anxiously engaged in good causes.
--Chris is still being a faithful Scout Master, camping each month, sun or snow with his scouts. I know he's being a good one, despite having a very busy work schedule. Pam is such a great supporter of good things, including her husband. CJ is close to getting his Eagle Scout..just needs a project. Hopefully it wlll be finished in 2010, as I already have the year embroidered for his quilt! The pressure is on!
Kylee was in a musical last week of Repunzell and we got to watch her video last Sunday, There were lots of cute songs in it, and she did so well. Michael, Hailey and Dan took me on a tour of the yard showing me all the changes they are making. Taking out bushes, and putting in new plantings. They've all been busy.
--Nathan successfully completed another course towards his Masters, and should be finished up soon. He and Tammy have orchestrated a major landscaping project this summer, with cement, fences, and yard work. We can't wait to see it. Laurie is taking dance twice a week and Tammy is being a super mommy- teacher again this summer, keeping both kids reading, and learning. They both did exceptionally well this past school year, at the top of their class. And one thing for sure, I know no one can talk as fast and as animatedly as Brendan. It makes my head swim.
High Fives! Nathan and Tammy are very actively engaged in Relief Society and Elders quorum, and do a lot of friend-shipping and helping in their new ward. We're so happy they've found their niche and are enjoyed it.
--Rob (and Kathryn) just finished up coaching Ethan's team of 8 year olds. I noticed they had put together a photo packet for each of the boys at the game today, which means going the extra mile. He made it lots of fun for the boys, and we could really see the progress they have made since they started. Ethan is becoming quite a ball player. He is also making progress again on the piano..once he starts counting he'll really be amazing. He is also great at figuring things out..when grandma can't operate a hand-held device!
They've got their new landscaping in, and it is going to be really nice once things get growing again. They are always so good to do service for others and give Ethan good experiences and direction in life..
Mattea was in a big (500 student!) dance recital two weeks ago. We haven't see the big event, but assume it was wonderful. Amy keeps her funny sense of humor through each new bump in the road and finds time to enjoy her little kiddos and the funny things they do. (This was our April trip to Thanksgiving Point with Autum's kids.)
--Quent and Bev helped her mom quite a bit, cleaning out her grandparents place while they were here in Blanding. They are turning their girls into extraordinary readers. Bev is working in YW, and Quent has his favorite job back in the new ward--teaching Elder's Quorum. They are enjoying their new home and still figuring out where things need to go.
--Anthony is have a great learning experience this summer working for the county attorney's office Duschne county. He enjoys it and the people he works with. He is racking up brownie points with his mother-in-law by hauling out garbages every week, moving sprinkler pipes and keeping things watered. He just learned this week that he is now ranked #9 out of 210 law students and was asked to work on the Law Review, which will be yet another challenge. All his diligence and hard work last year paid off. His GPA was 3.67 this semester, qualifying him for an $8000 incentive bonus each semester, to return. In the mean time, faithful Ashley keeps their two adorable but strong willed children healthy, dressed and out of trouble...mostly.
--Autumn and Theron are ready to orchestrate their healthy lifestyles, ward 4th of July breakfast again. They started it about 4 years ago, and it keeps growing. There is never a dull moment in the life of this busy bishop, and Autumn is so good to keep things at home at an even keel and happy. Peyton had her first dance classes this summer, and her enthusiasm is a joy to see. Hunter is getting bunk beds and his room ready for brother Hinckley...he is so tender and sweet with him...just wait though until he's ready to play dinosaurs. That will be another story!!
--Steve is keeping really busy, and is determined to have his garden weed free and productive, so every day there are many things to do. His remedy to keep moths out of the fruit trees seems to be working very well. I think we'll have a bumper crop of apples and pears, maybe apricots.
|The Osmond's Matriarchal Cabin in Samaria|
Those are some of the things I'm thankful for this 4th of July...What a great family. Have a wonderful weekend and week.