Thursday, December 13, 2012

2012 Christmas Letter

Merry Christmas to all our beloved Family and Friends.

It is with a happy heart that I sit down to reflect on this great year and its accomplishments. I recognize that nothing would be possible without the Savior, and it is this reason that we celebrate his birth and his life. I know that he lives. He is the fuel in all that I do. I strive to be better each day as I follow his example and learn to love as he loves us.
We send our love to all of you!
Troy marches on at the head of our family. He is always encouraging us to do our best and challenge ourselves. He still works hard with our business and he plays hard: biking, stand up paddling and learning to kite surf. He is a great dad, always taking the kids out to play. He gets the good husband comment too, because he is a good guy and I am am lucky to be his wife. He has also been taking Spanish classes all year and he is hoping to get an opportunity to visit a Spanish speaking country really soon.

I have been trying to keep up with my crew and their passion for living and playing. I started and coached a Cross Country team at our Elementary school this year, which was a great experience. I also trained and competed in the TriLanai which was lots of fun, especially because my Mom came and watched the kids for Troy and I over the weekend. I started working again, doing home health care - very part time, but enjoyable to use my degree again. I am serving in the Young Woman Program at church now and that is fun because Sydney is in the group and we have a lot of fun.

Sydney is 14 and in 9th grade. It took me about 9 months to come to terms with the fact that I have a beautiful high schooler in the house. (And that we have to get up so early for Seminary.) She is a perfect teenager except that she is very responsible, diligent and self motivated. She still swims on the Maui Dolphins swim team as well as the High School swim team. She played volleyball this year, charms the piano, draws really well, gets good grades, dances hula, and rides her bike like a champ.

Ethan is 12 and in 7th grade. He got glasses this year which are really cute as well as helpful. He came in 6th in one of his surf competitions this summer, competed in a couple of Mountain Bike races, and he really enjoys skate boarding. He also swims, but only because his mom makes him. He is a really good boy as well as very nice. He attracts all the kids in the neighborhood, so our yard is rarely empty and he never suffers from being the only boy in our family. Ethan is also a good student, plays the piano and the ukulele and he is a good brother to his sisters.

Ember is 8 and in 3rd grade. Pretty as can be, Ember is very creative. She is always making something and in the middle of one project, she is thinking of the next. She designed and sewed her own skirt this summer as well as hand sewed several little bags. Ember is a great big sister, always helping Sophie do fun things. Ember continues to study the violin and played for our church Christmas party. In her school class this year she is excelling at the recorder as well as at her grades. She also did a couple of mountain bike races this summer, dances ballet, ran cross country and she has started competing in the swim meets!

Sophie is 5 and in Kindergarden! She was not too sure about school for the first few months, but she is starting to enjoy it. She was chosen to participate in the the school choir and they competed in the Na Mele Competition. The songs are all in Hawaiian and she frequently uses Hawaiian phrases in our conversions which is pretty cute. Sophie is an amazing Mountain Biker and competed in her first race. She also ran in one of the cross country races this year. She is all girl until it comes to competition, then she is all business. She is very excited to be a reader and she is working very hard at school. She loves ballet and she is also a great artist, filling up the house with her art work.

Thank you all for filling our lives with your love and friendship. Have a very Merry Christmas.
Troy, Amy, Sydney, Ethan, Ember and Sophie Anderson