So much for writing once a month! Looks like this will be another book in order to catch up! So much has happened, I don't know where to start.
Mikah is back home for seven weeks from BYUI. It is so nice when your daughter is excited to come home! She has changed in many good ways but continues to want to stay up until all hours of the morning (which has been ruining my sleep) with her Branch friends, swimming, yakking and watching movies. She has way too many friends and they constantly want to be with her! She is supposed to be doing what she can to make money. She is starting up her "Diversified Services" business again (yard work, pet and baby sitting, errands, etc.) and put out her flyers in the neighborhood yesterday and has already gotten a call! She will post her flyers in the two local chapels tomorrow and we will see what happens. She wasn't able to get a job at school last semester. A job is posted there and is filled within minutes and it is rare when they hire freshmen. She had a blast at school over the summer and it was hard to concentrate on school, now that she has discovered the wonderful Idaho outdoors. She took a canyoneering class, joined the outdoor adventures club and went rapelling, white water rafting, horseback riding, waterskiing, boating, backpacking, spent four days in Moab, sleeping under the stars and canyoneering. It is nice having her home to share chores with me. I hate cleaning out the pool baskets with all the dead frogs and even a dead skunk! Gross! The summer has been miserably hot and watering constantly gets very old! Since we have lived here this was the second worst winter, the WORST spring (constant rain) and WORST summer (heat and humidity). Ohio normally has fantastic weather, except the winter.
Abram got the job at Tuacahn in Saint George! He was SO excited to be hired at such a prestigious theatre, although he has had to drop out of school a semester because the season goes through the end of October. But he is making money and will get over half of his equity points! We are going out the last week of the shows to see him. If any of you get out that way, please be sure to go see him! So far the Sowards, Hunters and Williams have seen him and given nice reviews! He has the role of Sonny, one of the T-Birds in Grease. He was one of two from BYU who got a legit role and isn't an understudy. In Little Mermaid, he is the swing and has to learn all the roles, which is very difficult because, sometimes he has to jump in at the last minute. He has played the pilot quite alot and is the first voice you hear when the show starts and also a couple of ensemble roles. Tuacahn did auditions in NY, LA and several other places. Most of the performers have been on Broadway, regional shows, TV and movies, so Abe feels very fortunate to have been selected. Tuacahn is the first regional theatre to perform Little Mermaid after Broadway and Disney has thrown alot of money their way, incredible visual effects and an eighty foot water curtain. Life is quite different away from the cocoon of BYU and he has definitely had to get used to "real life" experiences. It is great that he is back in the old stomping grounds of his mission in St. George and is having many wonderful experiences with the Spanish and Single's Branches. He is the Primary pianist in the Spanish Branch and helps the missionaries alot. He is dating and having fun!
Alixa, Jarom, Jenna and Bo (Blake Owen, yes, she had a sweet little boy in April!) are still in Richmond, VA and love it there. Jarom works with the Young Men in church and Alixa was the girl's basketball coach. They love having Nate, Kenzie and Kenna nearby to experience life together (Jarom's brother and wife and little girl who is Jenna's best friend). We enjoyed visiting them in June for Bo's blessing and seeing our first grandson and his darling sister. Their home is rapidly shrinking as they expand their family and acquire new toys and books! Mitch (their pet snake) now has to share his bedroom with Bo and Jenna's old crib and Jenna graduated to the futon. Alix and Jarom are fantastic parents and are raising two very bright and happy children.
Zak, Sam and Eva bought a foreclosed home in Saratoga Springs, UT and have a nice view of Utah Lake. Mario said their home is very nice but I haven't seen it yet.
WELL, I STARTED THIS THREE YEARS AGO AND STOPPED. I AM PUBLISHING IT ANYWAY, SINCE I WROTE QUITE A BIT! I AM HOPING TO FINISH MY NEXT EFFORT!