Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas Blog/Letter!

I know I should have sent more cards but with the ever increasing cost of stamps it is hard to send one to everyone on my list. So instead I facebook, blog, and e-mail everyone. That way you all know how much we care about you. And how we wish you a very Merry Christmas! He lives, and is the reason for the season!

Dear Family and Friends,
Our year has gone by in a flash. There has been so much to do and so little time…
Deric graduated from Snow College with two Associates Degrees. He worked a bunch in California over the summer and just recently got his Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). Rather than work for someone else he bought a Semi truck and is hauling loads to and from the port in California. (By the way he also brought home an 8 week old puppy when our new baby was 6 weeks old... sigh).

Muria has been active: working in the kids schools, running triathlon’s 7.5 months pregnant, shuttling kids to tons of activities, having a baby, working for the WIC office, working for 4H as an afterschool educator, advising the young women at church, chasing a new puppy, becoming a secretary for a trucking company, and I am sure various other tasks. (I am tired are you?) Mostly she just loves being a wife and mom!

Jessica, 14, spent a lot of time this summer riding horses. She was crowned Sanpete Rodeo Sweetheart first attendant. Jess is now a freshman at Manti High School. She enjoys being in band and playing at the school sports events. Recently she joined the jazz band as well. Jess also loves to baby sit (as long as it is not her own siblings!!)

Sammie, almost 13, has been working hard to maintain amazing grades in school. She is a 7th grader at Ephraim middle school. Sam is a student commissioner for her PTSA and runs school pride events each month. She plays the clarinet and guitar and was on the tournament winning soccer team this year.

Sarah, 10.5 and in the 5th grade, is very into horses. She rode all summer for 4H and has greatly improved her skills. If she isn’t riding she is probably reading. Sarah is a voracious reader and is often found snuggled somewhere with a book in her lap. Sarah played soccer this fall and was an amazing goalie!

Carrie, almost 9, is always smiling… really always! She is a jokester and loves to have fun. Carrie is also our social butterfly and loves to hang out with friends. She is in the 3rd grade. This year she has really gotten into dancing and LOVES to perform. She is always talking her brothers into being in some “performance” with her.

Nelson, 7, is really enjoying 1st grade. He played soccer this year as well and liked every minute of it. Nelson has a big heart and is always looking out for others. His teacher says that he is a joy to have in class. He likes riding bikes, playing spies, and building with Legos.

Wally, 5, is an amazing big brother to his new baby brother. He loves to sing to him and hold him. Wally had a super time playing soccer especially since his mom was his coach and his sister Sam was his assistant coach! Wally is doing an online pre-school which he really enjoys. 

Roy, 3, is leaving the “terrible 2’s” and entering into the “torturous 3’s!” He is so very busy and testing all the time! He is so cute and snuggly thought. He will tell you he loves you often, and he is always saying cute little tings!

John Campbell aka Gromit joined our family on July 22! He is a sweet baby who is very happy as long as he is being held (which he is a lot in our house!).

Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year.
Love, Deric Muria Jess Sam Sarah Carrie Nelson Wally Roy John