Another year has come and gone and 2016 is now in the history books. Here’s our family’s update for the year.
In January, began rehearsing for a dream role of Professor Harold Hill in “The Music Man” with the Draper Arts Council. The role stretched my acting, singing and dancing capabilities and I made some great new friends. We gave five perofrmances at Corner Canyon High School and had a wonderful experience, which I have written about here.
In the fall, I returned to the Lehi Arts Center stage in a production of Agatha Christie’s classic murder mystery “And Then There Were None.” I played Dr. Edward Armstrong from 1930s England, and enjoyed working with several talented actors with whom I have worked before. I grew a mustache for the part, which looked excellent on stage and cheesey off stage.
My work at US Bank continues to be challenging and rewarding. I’m in my ninth year working to help small business owners with their banking and financing needs In May, I won a sales contest and Robin and I traveled to the Florida Keys and Miami for a few days. It was a wonderful trip!
In my calling on the stake high council, I got to speak to 10 different wards in my area and worked with our stake young men presidency to organize merit badge classes, courts of honor and our stake youth conference. I was invited to attend the LDS Priesthood Leadership Conference at the Philmont Scout Ranch in northern New Mexico with members of our stake leadership. My family also attended and we had a great experience together in early July.
I participated in THREE running events in 2016: the Thanksgiving Point Half Marathon in April, the Terrain Race with Parley in June (an obstacle course 10K in Grantsville), and 21 miles of the Wasatch 100-Mile Race with Jason Ollis, a mission friend of mine. As a pacer, I ran/hiked with him for an overnight section of his course from Lamb’s Canyon to Brighton Ski Resort. I did many hikes in 2016 but the most memorable was conquering Angel’s Landing at Zion National Park. I’m naturally afraid of falling to my death, and the 1,000-foot cliffs on either side of the trail were pretty scary.
Our family visited Lake Tahoe in August and St. Geroge in December. Both trips were memorable.
Robin continues to be a wonderful wife and mother and is such a blessing to our family. She works 25-30 hours each week at Interior Concepts, a design firm located near the mouth of Provo Canyon, and still manages to manage our household very well. She is a Relief Society instructor at church and enjoys giving lessons to the sisters. She works very hard to be an attentive mother in dealing with unique challenges of each of our children, and we love her for it.
Parely is a senior at the new Skyridge High School in northern Lehi. He is a stellar student and received his Eagle Scout rank this year. He worked at Wendy’s in the first few months of 2016, traveled to New York with the drama club, worked as a lifeguard at our new nieghborhood pool over the summer and just started a job at Summit Inn Pizza. He’s also a singer/actor and played the part of the insane assylum director in Skyridge High’s production of “Beauty and the Beast” this fall. He just landed a leading role in “Our Town” coming up in February.
Brianna turned 15 this year and is a sophomore at Skyridge High School. She enjoys theater and was in the ensemble in “Beauty and the Beast” at her high school this fall. Brianna is an accomplished musician and she loves to play the piano and the cello. She is also an excellent artist and has had her art featured in several online forums.
Lily started 7th grade this year and enjoys spending time with her friends at the mall, baysitting for familiesin the neighborhood and singing. She’s been obsessed with the muscial “Hamilton” over the past couple of months and has several songs memorized. Lily landed the role of the Dragon in her school’s production of “Shrek” and will be a mermaid in the upcoming production of “Peter Pan.” She LOVES babies and little kids and was thrilled to meet her new nephew Issaac.
Our youngest child James turned nine this fall and is in the fourth grade. James is extemely smart and very curious. He earned his Wolf Scout patch and is now in the Bear Den. He loves to play Minecraft and enjoys putting things together and understanding how things work.
2016 was not without its share of struggles for us, but overall we feel very blessed. We are grateful for the relationships we have with friends and family, and wish everyone a very happy 2017.