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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Our Year in Review

 I can dedicate more time to our blog since I'm done with school so here I go. First, I will give you a quick review of our 2011 year. Enjoy!

Mexican for a day (my parents visit Cleveland)

The Marin Family...We are growing up!!
We go Mexican for a day, My family
visited us in May and we had a blast We went to our favorite Mexican restaurant. We know is not the best but we really like it!

pretending to be a ghost

Buddies

 sweet brothers



Promotions


Sarah and Jed hit a another mild stone this year, they both move up to a  new School. Sarah Finish Middle school and Jed finish Elementary School.  But first they needed to matriculate from their present schools. It was a full day Sarah ceremony was early in the morning and Jed's a little later in the day. Megan was at school so we got to get some graduates time. Sarah got Merit Roll recognition and she cried because she didn't get Honor roll. It is only a .6 points difference, between the two So in other words the difference between A and A+ . Jed and Sarah were awarded the presidential award and Jed received  tickets to go see an Indians games for best safety patrol student, he demonstrated responsibility and kindness .  Jed ceremony was later in the morning and after we went to Applebees to celebrate.

Sarah got honor Roll Medal
Sarah's Classmates and soon to move to high School as well
Sarah enjoying a dessert shot
Jed and his gifted classmates giving a presentation
Jed making his entrance
Jed celebrating, he looks so handsome!
Jed receiving awards

Her little group of girlfriends

Summer 
We had an awesome but very busy summer. With lots of changes and fun trips. In April we started with  
"This is Kirtland",  The whole family was involved except Megan. Sarah work back stage, Bill and Jed were part of the cast and I did costumes as the past few years. Our family was so busy, we missed a few activities but we loved being part of the play. We met new people, got to know some more of others, cried and laugh together. The best part was to really feel the spirit and work together as a family. We came home very tired every night but what a great spiritual experience prove to be. Daddy twisted his ankle and couldn't dance for a few night, yes he did dance and was the most energetic Brigham Young. Jed played the part of  Sydney's son ,Algernon. He and Sarah missed our trip to Canada because of the play. But they want to do it again this year.

Listening to the plans for the Temple

Ready for the show

Jed during at the school


About to delivered his lines

Megan was in all the rehearsals and shows, here she is with  Sarah  waiting for the show to start





A Quick Trip to Canada (Alan gets baptized)

Megan and my parents
The baptism

In July Megan and I had the privilege to attend my nephew's baptism and birthday party, it was such a great experience. He had one on one time with Megan and we loved taking a break with the family.

Cub-scout Jed (4th of July) 
We love the 4th of July.This year was Jed's last year to participate in the Flag ceremony as a cub-scout, for our ward celebration, he sure is growing up. Then we had the usual breakfast and bicycle parade. 

Jed and his troop
Participating in the bike parade

Waiting for the fireworks to start!


Swimming Lessons
Smiling for the Camera
Megan was the only one to take swimming lessons this year. The other two know how to swing and with all the other activities swim team was not part of our summer plans. Now if I can only learn to swim myself!!

New Minivan
So we had a horrible experience with our mechanic and the van, so bad that I don't want to talked about it. Needless to say we bought and new to us van and we got a new mechanic! I did have to find a new body shop as well since I  hit another car backing up in a parking lot, plus I didn't again later in the year :(  Now we are just glad we have a reliable car so we can go visit family!!

Up State New York Trip (sacred grove)

Megan has been learning about our church history and was very interested in visiting the sacred grove in upstate NY. So after the show ended the kids and I took a trip  up there. It was raining but we enjoyed it none the less. We got to visit all the sites and enjoyed some nice quality time. The best part for me was to walk the grove, it doesn't matter how many times I visit I feel the wonderful and special feeling of the sacredness of this place.
Part of the sacred grove
B.O.M Languages
The printing press
 



Smith cabin

The sacred grove

The Hill Cumorah

Our Family Vacation

Bill didn't have many vacations days left since he had to take a week when I went to Germany. However, we had a long weekend mini  vacation. We pack it up to get the most out of it. It was our first minivan trip. First we went to Gettysburg, then to New Jersey once there we visited the Statue of liberty and the boardwalk. On our way our new to us minivan broke down, thanks to our road assistance we stayed in a nice hotel. At the end, all that it was wrong with the van was a wrench that our dealership have left in the engine. We made home a day late but we made it safely.











Welcome back to the  2011 school Year 

This year meant new schools for Sarah and Jed, Sarah Started High School and Jed Middle School. Sarah Joined the marching band and Jed joined robotics Club and Student Counsel. Mommy starter and finished her last College semester.


Jed at the Student Counsel Induction reception

Jed receiving his Student council pin

Sarah in her formal band uniform

Sarah at homecoming
Duran Duran Concert


After many years of waiting Duran Duran came to town and we got to go see the concert. We really enjoyed it, however my Bill enjoyed the best :)
 

Megan Winter Concert 

Megan got a duet this year and she did amazing. She wore a skirt I made the night before and while making it  my machine broke down. Thanks to my visiting teaching that lend me her machine for the night I got finish.


Me the graduate

After many years of trying I finally accomplish my goal to get my Bachelors degree. I graduated with a 3.02gpa specializing in Marketing. What great day it was, But I couldn't have done it without the help of Heavenly Father and my family. My hubby threw me a party as well, it was a viking theme.






 

1 comment:

April said...

So glad to see you blogging again! I left facebook a while ago so I never know what is going on with anyone unless they blog.

It looks like you had a great year! Congratulations on finishing college, that is a huge accomplishment!

I can't believe how big the children are getting! I remember when you were pregnant with Sarah and it doesn't seem possible that she is in highschool now. She's such a pretty girl and very accomplished.

I hope you have another great year and I'll look forward to your blog posts.

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