Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from the Archibalds!
It’s hard to believe another year has come and gone. 2013 was a busy year, and we are grateful for the many family members and friends who made it such an enjoyable time in our lives. We were able to go on trips to Colorado, Nevada, and California to spend time with those we love.

Elsie turned 4 this year, and was busy with swimming lessons, dance lessons, and preschool. She especially loved dance, and did a great job at her recital. She enjoys preschool, and loves to tell us all about the things she has learned. She is a huge help around the house, and now that Sam is getting older, and is almost as big as she is, she is pushing him around a lot less.

Sam turned 3 in October and has been asking for his next birthday ever since. Every night before bed he reminds us that for his next birthday, he wants a chocolate cake. He enjoys reading, spending time outside and pestering Elsie. He is looking forward to starting school - in two years, and is also quick to remind us of that as often as possible. He has a great sense of humor, and is an absolute joy. He especially likes to preface his jokes with, “This is gonna be funny!”

Amber continues to be an amazing mom and group fitness instructor. This year she became certified to teach a group cycling class and something called ‘PiYo’. PiYo is a combination of Pilates and Yoga. Or as Amber likes to put it, “Yoga for hyper people!” Towards the end of the year she started doing some stream-line consulting for a dental company, and enjoyed the thrill of running an office a few days a week while cleaning up some of their processes. Along with working in the office, she is busy at the gym teaching four days a week.

Tyler certainly had a busy year. He got a new supervisor at work, and has been working with him on getting Fort Boise Wildlife Management area cleaned up. The area is planning some major renovations in the upcoming year, and Tyler had the job of making sure everything is cleaned up and ready to go for the projects to begin. In addition to this, he took an online course for work during the first part of the summer. The whole family was relieved when he took his final at the end of July, and was able to turn his attention back to his darling wife and kids. He also spent a week backpacking with the Scouts in the Boulder White Clouds. It was an exciting trip, with a lot of rain. So, most of the time was spent trying to stay warm and dry.

We had the pleasure of spending our holiday season with our family in the Rexburg area. The holidays always seem to come too slow, and leave much too fast. It was wonderful to see so many of the people we love, and spend precious time catching up with everyone.

May this year bring you more joy than you anticipate, great laughter, and lots of time with family and friends.

The Archibalds

 Here are some pics from our 2013: