Saturday, December 26, 2015


This year found us celebrating the Christmas Eve candlelight service at Aspen Ridge.
Then, we continued our tradition of fondue for Christmas Eve dinner and cinnamon rolls for breakfast Christmas day.  The family came up on Christmas about 1pm and we made a ham for dinner.

With many demands from the business and the Cottage on all of us, we entered the Christmas season with the weight of much stress.  Unfortunately, through the exhaustion, much conflict has set in among us.  Thankfully, we were able to get past it all and celebrate our first Christmas together in Evergreen.  Mom, dad, and Shawnie even slept over the night of the 25th.
And ... we had a WHITE Christmas!!!!
We are are truly thankful to call Evergreen home, to be in this house and on this property.

It seemed to be a Minion Christmas for Sawyer.

Richie bought the kids a Kindle.  With the drive to Parker once a week, it will come in handy.

The kids got snowshoes from me ... with hopes that we might become a snowshoeing family.

The gifts were too many to list.
One of my favorite parts was watching the kids shop for each other.  The very lovingly and generously bought great gifts for each other.  It was a wonderful celebration!

Monday, December 7, 2015

CC Evergreen

Today was painful.
With pressure from our SM, Colleen Sprister, I thought we better visit Evergreen CC and consider changing communities and getting involved locally.
Melissa is the Ch-A director up here, with 3 kids in her class, 1 being her own, I was a bit skeptical, but I wanted to see her tutor.
Oh. my. goodness.
It was very difficult to sit in her class.
And lunch time with all the Foundations kids was out. of. control.

Much like my experience last year, I really enjoy the moms.  They seem like great ladies.
It's the entire experience - and the kids.
It's simply chaotic.
It's loud.
It's disorderly.
At lunch, Landon started asking me if we could go home.
At the end of the day, both Shiloh and Landon were crying and asking me to stay in Parker.

I have loved our year in Parker.
The commute isn't too much.
1 hour and 10 minutes to get there.
Then, we squeeze in piano lessons at the Larsons afterward.
Most weeks, I run errands on the way home.
I typically only go to town 1 day a week ... Thursdays.
It works for us.
I love it.
It's my life day.

I don't know if I'm ever going to be able to make the switch.
I'm happy where I am.
Next year, Sally will direct Ch-A and Andie will direct Ch-B.
That would be perfect.
My kids couldn't have a better experience than with those 2 directors.
It's a no-brainer for me.
Now, I am praying that Colleen doesn't give me a hard time or make it impossible for me to commute.
I'm happy.
I like where we are.
I don't want to start all over.
The end.