It has been a wonderful Fall at our house. The kids are all doing well in school, keeping busy, and seeming to be happy. Megan is in her 2nd year at EAC, in the Acappella Choir, and looking forward to wrapping things up there in the Spring. She hasn't decided where she will go next to finish her degree. She just made a quick trip back to Disneyland, so she's gotten her fix for a few months. We feel blessed that she has an incredible group of friends, family and teachers there who love her and support her as she is out on her own.
Ryan is enjoying a low-stress Senior Year. He only needed 2.5 credits to graduate, but went ahead and filled up his schedule. He is part of Jazz-Mad choir at Desert Vista High School, and had a great season on the diving team. (Diving Board, not Scuba Diving). Their choir will be going to New York City in the Spring. His creativity has expanded in his Ceramics class. He makes beautiful pottery, and now we have an extensive collection of gorgeous glazed pots. One of his favorite things to do is take the jeep 4-wheeling, but he's always out doing all kinds of boy stuff with his friends. We are fortunate that he still likes us, and spends time with us, too. It will be fun to see him graduate in May.
Cameron is our ever-stylish 8th grader. She is getting straight A's, and enjoys school. She was recently in "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" and sings in her school Honor Choir. They are going to Disneyland in March and she's very excited. Cameron is the energy in our house. She's always "hatching up" something to do (as Grandpa Woods would say). She loves to play the piano. At her Christmas recital, she played a Jon Schmidt version of "Stars Were Gleaming" that was more than difficult. It was beautiful, and it was fun to watch her tackle that piece for the fun of the challenge. It's incredible to think she'll be in High School next year.
In November, we added a new family member. A lovely girl named Jacque, who is a junior at Desert Vista, was in need of a place to live. We had an empty bedroom, and we have enjoyed having her stay with us. As a bonus, she brought her dog with her. We have never had a dog, but we have fallen in love with Tina, the Rat Terrier.
Trish is still teaching in the Library at school and still in the Primary Presidency. Mike is having great success at his Lobbying firm, and serving as High Priest group leader. Our whole family is getting excited for the opening of the Gilbert Temple. Ryan and Cameron will get to be in the cultural celebration, and we have invited several friends and coworkers to take the tour in the next few weeks before the dedication.
We hope that this season of remembering our Savior is filled with happiness and love for all of our friends and family. May 2014 be a wonderful year for all of you!