It started off nice and slow in January...which had us thinking-Hey! this year might be a relaxing one! ....HAH!!!!
Nathan and Corri also told us at this time that she was pregnant with their first!
March! Dallin hit his one year mark on his mission! Boy, time flies! My Dad (Kevin) was released from being Bishop for Wagon Wheel Ward after five and a half years! Although it was definitely time for him to be released, it was a very emotional time for our family! We've all grown so much in those 5 years! and NOW...he gets to make us waffles every Sunday morning! woohoo!
After EFY, I got to go to a retreat before Girls Camp. This retreat is for all of the "fourth years" (or girls of that age) who will be attending girls camp the following week. We went horseback riding, (and i got sore in places i didn't think were possible...) and we stayed in a big cabin. My best friend Marissa went with me (as well as girls camp) and she had an amazing time. She took her first missionary discussion the night before the retreat, and then at the retreat we had a testimony meeting, and we all felt the spirit very strongly. Marissa stood up and said what she thought of the church so far, and how happy she felt. Obviously, it planted some seeds, as she was baptized in September! And then....the wonderful GIRLS CAMP! Girls camp is always my favorite part of summer. It's always right before the school year begins...kind of a good kick-off. My leaders are amazing, and all the girls in my ward get along so well. They're all my best friends! This year was different because my dad didn't come, (as he wasn't bishop anymore) and i wasn't sure if I'd like it. But it was a very neat experience having a different bishop there, and we were very nice to him... even though Sister Montoya didn't think we would be! :) I don't know what my parents did all this month....I was never home! They probably just sat there...WAITING for me to come home! :P The day i got back from girls camp, my sister Shauni and Jordan had their first baby, Jaren Peter Roberts! Jaren had a very adventurous birth, and Shauni was in a lot of pain due to the c-section, but they are fat and healthy now! (Shauni could NEVER get fat. Jaren's the fat one.) They stayed with us for a few weeks so Shauni could recover in a place where she wouldn't have to climb stairs, unlike her apartment. It was fun having people here again...it gets kinda quiet sometimes! September was baby centered! September 4th, (same day as their anniversary!) Corri and Nathan had their first baby, too! Tanner Allan Coons! Corri's wasn't as hectic, but she did give birth about three weeks early. Tanner is healthy, and smiley! They live in Glendale so i haven't gotten to see him as much, but he is very very cute, and Corri posts a lot of pictures, so we get to see pictures of him a lot. :) We had two baby blessings this month! Jaren's and Tanners! Both were very enjoyable, having the family around and lots of good food! It's so cool to see the family growing!!
All the mommies, but they're not holding the right babies!
October... my sweet sixteen! I had a party w/ my friends, and it was very fun! Hailey also turned a year old the day after my birthday! (the 4th). she was very cute playing with her cake! My choir class also put on a melodrama called "How the wild wild wild west was won!" I played a 'calamity Jane' type girl, and i had a lot of lines to memorize. It was very stressful, having rehearsal until 10 o'clock each night, 2 days before midterms...but a lot of new friendships were made, and now we're all like family!
November - Every year for thanksgiving, we go down to Pomerene, where my dad's family is, and we stay there for a few days. They have a lot of things to do down there for such a small town! We ride the quads and the horses, play on the swings, make bottle rockets, and watch football. (well...the men do.) I don't have any of the good thanksgiving pics up, but Here's one of us hanging out outside.
And now, here we are in December! If you wanna know whats up this month, check the last post. :)
We hope you all had a wonderful year, and hope that next year will be great as well!
Merry CHRISTmas and a Happy New Year!
Kevin, Melanie, and mostly Janae Coons