Christmas card 2016

As we started 2016 we had no idea what changes we would experience. Raven graduated high school from Summit Academy, turned 18 and started college at UVU.  img_0174-1

 

Sidnee turned 16 and got her license. She thought she could eat these 16 tacos, but didn’t come close.  Jill Clark made her the special birthday hat.  Sidnee started a new school and played soccer.img_1409

 

Mason turned 13 and started a new school. He served as the Deacon’s Quorum President for a while in Eagle Mountain. He has spent quite a bit of time outdoors cliff jumping, mountain biking and hiking.img_2595-1

 

Jaxon started a new school and learned to be a confident swimmer in the North Umpqua river. He participated in the pie eating contest at the Fall Festival in Roseburg. He didn’t feel so good when he was finished.img_1592

Steve’s cousin Paige was finishing her mission in Eugene recently. Her last city was Roseburg, and we were able to see her a few times. This was at Stake Conference the day before she left.img_1617

 

Our biggest change came when we moved from Utah to Oregon. In April we felt like it was time to move, but we didn’t know how or where. We came to Roseburg, Oregon to visit Shawn and Jill Clark in July and fell in love with Roseburg. They brought us to Tioga bridge in Glide, and we were blown away by how beautiful the area was.  Steve was able to get a job transfer with Chase and we made the move in late August.  The move has been challenging at times, but we know it was the right thing to do.  We miss family and friends (Idaho, Utah and New Jersey), but we love being surrounded by nature.  We hope this holiday season finds everyone safe and healthy.  We love and miss all of you.img_1662

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Thanksgiving

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Mason, Jaxon and I played football at Stewart Park this morning. We combined for 5 touchdowns and 1 sack. A tight hamstring, but no injuries, so it was a success.

We went to Shawn and Jill’s for dinner. This was Jill’s adult table. It was nice to spend time with them, especially since this is our first Thanksgiving outside of Utah. Great food. Great company. A great holiday.

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Swiftwater to Tioga bridge

I rode from Swiftwater to Bob’s Butte. Once I got there I saw Tioga bridge and realized I was just above the place I stopped in July with Mason and Jaxon. I decided to ride to Tioga bridge and had DeLana pick me up. Section 1 down.img_1648

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Thank you Veterans

Thank you to all who have served. May your sacrifice never be forgotten.

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Cari’s wedding

We just got back from Cari’s wedding in Utah. It was a short Wednesday to Sunday trip, but worth the effort. The is Cari and Wylder outside the Provo City Center Temple.fullsizerender-1

Our family unit while we were waiting for Cari and Wylder.  Raven gave me those cool socks.
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Ashley made the wedding cake. It looked fantastic.
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Sean, Kev, Matt, Ryan, Steve, Craig, Reed.  Cousin, brother, cousin, brother, me, brother, brother.
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Train engine

I went walking at lunch this week and found this locomotive engine at Stewart Park. It reminded me of a park I went to in California when I was a kid. It had an engine like this and a military jet. It was so fun to play there.
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I took the kids here after Jaxon’s soccer game this morning.  They liked it as much as I did.
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Sidnee

Today is Sidnee’s birthday. I’m still trying to figure out how it got here so quickly. Kenny Chesney is one of my favorite country singers, and I can’t hear this song without thinking about Sidnee. Dad always calls Sidnee his gypsy, and this song fits. That wild spirit is a strength to me. I’m glad she’s here with me.

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Throwing rocks in the river

I took the dogs to Colliding Rivers again this morning to throw rocks in the river. I used to love doing that as a kid. I remember doing that on the Truckee, American and Russian Rivers.  I remember one time, but not the location, when we were with Rod and Janine and we tried to hit a small hole in a big rock across a river.  I like to skip rocks and just throw them in the river.  I like hearing the sound of the rushing water, seeing the white water and just relaxing.  It’s a good thing I moved so close to a cool river.
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Fathers and sons outing at Steamboat

We had our fathers and sons outing at Steamboat last night. We went with Shawn, Seth and Sam. It was fun to have boy time.img_1369

This is our camping area.
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This is the North Umpqua River.
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I still remember

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