Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Sam & Ginger - Jan. 08

Alright already, I know it's March but I'm just getting to January!

The New Year has been a flurry of activities, business and snow! It’s been winter here in the Northwest with a lot of cold weather and plenty of snow in the mountains and several deposits in the lowlands too. It’s made for some great skiing, maybe some of the best snow we’ve ever had here. Ok, it’s not Targhee or Utah but for us it’s been pretty dang good. Brock and Bailey are both skiing a lot with me, and Ginger is about at the threshold of, “I just can’t take it, I’ve got to come with you guys”. She likes to ski but the conditions have to be “just right” and we don’t do a lot of “just right” here in the NW.

The first semester of school has just ended and both Brock and Bailey have done very well. Brock keeps talking about senioritis setting in but he’s so busy with physics, calc and a host of other demanding classes that he hasn’t had too much time to think about it. Good job Brock for not being a slacker and congratulations on being accepted to BYU Provo. He’s really looking forward to being around lots of family and friends that he hasn’t had enough time with and mom and dad are thrilled that he’ll have the opportunity to be in such a great environment as he makes his final preparations for his mission. Bailey has hit her stride in Jr High, has lots of friends, is working hard and doing well in her classes, plays the piano in Jazz Band, is doing great in her regular piano, has done two sessions of indoor soccer and ski’s every week too.

Ginger is in the middle of doing nine ward conferences around the stake so she’s scarce on Sundays so it’s been me and the kids holding down the fort. Dinners aren’t as good when I cook but Brock and Bailey have really stepped things up making sure things are managed in her absence. Work is really busy for me especially after being out on vacation for about three weeks at the end of the year…I wouldn’t change it for a thing. Our company continues to grow and the demands in a startup company in growth mode are significant. I’m really having a lot of fun and there seems to be a real demand for our services in the supermarket sector.

I started this winter with a list of “indoor projects” to complete around the house and, well, the list hasn’t changed much. I’ve had so much fun being with family over the holidays, going skiing on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings with the kids along with the regular have to do’s each week that I’ve accomplished little and looking back, I’m proud to say so. The list will still be there tomorrow but the kids might not be. Life passes quickly and we struggle like most to find the balance and I’m sure I’m no different than all of you in finding that there is never a shortage of things to do and demands on my time and just so everyone knows, the list will be in the drawer this weekend because I plan on skiing again Friday evening and Saturday morning, going to Bailey’s soccer game and on a date with Ginger Saturday night and spending Sunday doing what has been the glue for us in everything, being with my family and worshiping the Lord on the Sabbath.

Love and miss you all.

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