Clark is doing great on his mission! He is currently serving as a district leader in Tyler, Texas. He and his companion are living with a nice member couple in their home. The deal comes complete with some home-cooked meals, a dog and a piano. He is very much enjoying this nice change from apartment living! He has six months left and is anxious to finish strong. Last week was a bit hard as he said goodbye to 3 previous companions all going home on the same day.
This year we took Elliot and headed to sunny AZ to celebrate Thanksgiving with Tess and Trevor. Madeleine joined us from San Diego. We were a small group but pretty much filled up their apartment! It was fun to “see the lights” at the Mesa Temple. Kinda crazy to celebrate the holiday with people in shorts and sweatshirts.
Loren has taken a job with Counseling and Psychology Services at Washington State University. So Loren, Anne, Kenyon and Emmy have moved to Pullman, Washington! While we miss having them around to read to, hug and kiss whenever we want to, we know that this is a good move for them. I do however need to have “visual” on each of my children so that I can picture them in their lives. So, over Halloween weekend, Alan and I drove up to visit. It was fun to see their “new” oldish house, the park they always play at, Loren’s office, their church, and the Farmer’s Market. We had a great couple of days celebrating Halloween with them. Kenyon loved wearing the Cat in the Hat costume that both Elliot and Clark wore when they were his age. Emmeline was Eeyore and adorable. Of course.
My good friend and college roommate, Melora, lives in Bedford, New Hampshire. Fall is a great time to visit! The colors were turning and we had great weather . We spent four days driving to the coast, checking out lighthouses, hiking and kayaking. We also saw the longest covered bridge in the U.S. and took a tour of Saint-Gaudens. Oh, and some shopping, movie watching and eating pumpkin spice yogurt-covered pretzels. Yeah, pretty sure I ate half the bag by myself.
The fact is, Mt. Rushmore is not actually on the way to anywhere. So, since I’ve always wanted to see it, we decided we would just drive there and see it. It was way cooler than I even thought it was going to be! So worth the drive! Did you know there is a Woolly Mammoth Dig Site close to Rushmore? Then, on “the way home” we stayed north and visited Yellowstone National Park. Did you know they have their own Grand Canyon — with two amazing waterfalls? Oh, and “Old Faithful” was cool too. 😉
Well, since almost everyone lives out of state, we decided it would be fun to have everyone come home for a family vacation this year! We started with a 4th of July extended Morgan Family Reunion and then spent the rest of the week having a great time together. Madeleine was our photographer / videographer and after taking about a million videos, she put together this great documentary of our week…enjoy!
Just a few pics of the kiddos in their new Easter outfits – complete with sunglasses! This year Alan’s parents invited us to Easter dinner at their house. I was thrilled since I had to speak in sacrament meeting that morning!
The next weekend was General Conference and the kids came and had a sleepover at our house. Totally fun to have a houseful after so much quiet. In keeping with tradition (meaning we did it with Kenyon), we gave Emmy a bath in the kitchen sink. She loved it!
I always love all of Christmas, but for sure the best part of Christmas Day is talking to our missionary! Clark looked and sounded great! He was wearing his Dollar Store singing Christmas tie.:) He was kind of missing the snow – it was in the 70’s in Dallas! We sure appreciate the families in his mission that helped him have a great holiday.
Loren, Anne and the kids were in Idaho for Christmas this year. We celebrated with them before they left – Kenyon didn’t mind opening a few presents early! This was Emmy’s first Christmas and I was excited to give her her first baby doll. It’s been a few years since I got to give anyone a doll for Christmas. Of course she loved it…how do we know? Because she immediately put it in her mouth of course!