Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, Happy New Year!
I hope this letter finds you all well and in good health. We are so grateful to have our friends and family and to celebrate another great year on this earth!
2011 started like so many years before with a celebration with our friends in the North Cascades at the cabin. Our dear friends the Dennis’ and the Krystads came over to celebrate the New Year. We enjoyed the snow and the beautiful mountains. Mazama, truly is heaven on earth.
In February Jackson turned 9! I still can’t believe it. He and I took a trip to Santa Cruz during mid winter break to visit my family that month. He had fun playing the big kid to his younger cousins, a role usually played by his big sister. Jackson played basketball last winter followed by baseball in the spring. This year baseball really changed as the boys were learning to pitch to each other. To add to the challenge was record braking cold temperatures and rain fall in the North West. This made the games nothing short of miserable for both the players and their parents. It also meant that most of the practices were rained out. The highlight of the season was our last game. The sun finally came out, as did the fans and the hot dogs! While hanging out in the outfield with the other parents my boy hit a grand slam homerun! A real one! As he rounded home his whole team came out to congratulate him and were just jumping up and down around him screaming! It was so fun to watch! After that game our unseasonably cold spring turned to a fairly decent summer.
This last summer Jackson had a blast participating in sleep away camp at Camp Sealth, lots of trips to Mazama with friends, Challenger Soccer camp and Rock Climbing Camp with Vertical World. The summer went by way too fast as it always does and Jackson started the 4th grade this fall at West Woodland in Mr. Langley’s class.
Fourth grade, fall soccer, and rock climbing has kept Jackson busy! He is super excited for Christmas, hoping for an iPod Nano from Santa. Good luck kid.
Lindsay’s year was especially exciting as it was her last year at Seattle Girls School. We took a trip to the cabin with her 3 best friends in January, our 3rd year to do so. She played her last year of basketball with her North Seattle rec league. In February she went to Costa Rica with her 8th grade Spanish class for a week. The girls all stayed with host families and spent their time practicing their Spanish, volunteering in a local elementary school, learning to cook the local food, and enjoying the sight seeing.
This spring Lindsay graduated from Seattle Girls School. We were so proud of her to be one of two students chosen to deliver on of the commencement speeches (can be seen on this website).
This summer Lindsay started training with the Ballard High School swim team, also attended sleep away camp at Camp Sealth and enjoyed rock-climbing camp as well.
This fall high school FINALLY started. Our little freshman was extremely excited to become part of the BHS community. We are really happy with how Lindsay has transitioned from her small all girls’ school of 125 to a co-ed population of 1,600! Piece of cake for this girl! Linz swam on the swim team and has joined SLAM club (Students Lives Always Matter) which is an anti biased group that educates students on suicide prevention and how to help a friend that might be suicidal.
Both kids continue to do well in school and are just happy, lovely kids. Scott and I feel so blessed. Dogs are great too if anyone really cares.
Scott is still with Optify and has really been enjoying his interface with the customers and being a support to the new employees that just seem to keep coming as the company grows! He still has a few projects on the side so that he can continue to flex his creative muscles and help small businesses in our community.
This summer with the help of our good friend Giles, Scott built two zip lines at the cabin! They are totally cool. So cool that Jackson even crashed on one of them, split his shin open, and got his first stitches over Labor Day weekend. Guess that was going to happen sooner or later.
Scott and Jackson continue to be very active in Cub Scout pack 144. Scott has volunteered as “outings chair” this year and is currently planning the Mt. Baker Snow Camping Trip. He also coached Jackson’s baseball team last spring. This guy is such a great dad!
All three of my people did a climb in August while at the cabin with a local guide. They did a climb called “fun rock”. It’s actually part of a group of faces that one can climb at Mazama Rock, almost directly across the road from our place. It was strange for me to see the kids scamper up the face of such an enormous rock! It was scary to me but also really cool to see just how strong and capable they are as climbers. It was awesome.
I’m doing great. I feel like the luckiest woman alive. The kids are getting big and I feel like it’s my time to try a little something new. I was hired to do a Christmas Party this year as the event planner. I’m working on a wedding for this June and I may be working on an event in September for the Little People Community here is the Pacific Northwest. Fingers crossed that that happens!
The event-planning piece just happened because, well, I can just do it. The really big news is I’ve started a little home business! I am now a clutter consultant and home organizer. I’ve actually been doing this for years for my self and for girl friends that get over whelmed by their spaces and their…stuff. So, I figured, “why not?” I’ve loved how flexible the hours have been and how deeply satisfying it is for me to come into a chaotic space and make it calm. Hence, the name of my business is called Chaos2Calm. (Girl friend Kristie came up with the name). We will get the website up this winter and I’m putting the finishing touches on my business identity.
I hope you all enjoy this holiday season. We love visitors so please come and visit. Take care of your selves and each other.
We love you all so very much.
Michelle, Scott, Lindsay, and Jackson