Thursday, July 16, 2009

A long, long time

Wow--time flies! Six months have past since my last blog and many happy experiences have occurred in our lives. The kids have obviously finished their school year and are enjoying summer break. We decided to have them tryout for the city swim team and I think it was the best decision we could have made. Today I decided to sneak away from work and go and watch the kids and I must say that each one greatly impressed me. Frisco and Kenny have an awesome swim instructor and in just a short time each has gone from barely being able to swim a lap to having nearly perfect form in freestyle and backstroke. Because their class starts so early, I have been able to go and watch them a couple of times a week and been able to watch them progress. Today, however, I was also able to go and watch Vanessa. This was the first time in a month that I have seen her and I was shocked. First of all, she has learned all four major strokes: freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly. While she is definitely not the fastest, her ability to do all the strokes amazed me. I am very proud of all of them.
Frisco has continued his karate and is now an orange belt. He still enjoys it, especially now that they spar a little bit. Nessa has been in serious training for the high school soccer team. She had a great summer camp and has continued to run and workout on her own. Tryouts are in two weeks so I will be sure to let everyone know how she does. She also has been working out with her club team, so needless to say she has kept busy. Aside from swimming, Kenny has been taking it pretty easy--up until now. His soccer practice starts next week, although he has been working out for the past couple of weeks. He has prepared himself to have a good season. Even Ana and I have gotten into the exercise craze. Ana has started to jog/walk a few miles every other day and I have joined a friendly co-ed soccer league.
As far as future plans go, we look forward to the family reunion at the end of this month as well as Sheryl's wedding in August. We hope to see as many of you as possible.

Monday, January 5, 2009

New Year

I have to admit that ever since I got on Facebook I can't seem to really sit down and blog. Maybe I'll make that one of my resolutions: a weekly blog entry. But that will be one of a few--and probably the least important--of those that I would like to achieve during this New Year. As a matter of fact, here are a few of the goals I have set for myself this year:

1. Make my home happy

2. Write and publish a short novel

3. Receive a promotion at work

4. Help complete at least two of our ward's temple assignments (sad to say that I have never helped with that)

5. Take the family to Yellowstone

I'm sure that I will come up with others throughout the year, but these are on the top of my list right now.

While I'm at this, I guess I'll write a little Fisher family year-in-review.

Ana now enters her junior year at Utah Valley. She currently is an accounting major and enjoys every minute of it while making the Dean's List. I admire her for her dedication and effort; most nights she spends 6-8 hours studying. With that said, we haven't had much time for anything else, but luckily we've had our four kids and we have passed that stage-haha!

Vanessa turned 13 and is in the 8th grade. One of her greatest accomplishments was achieving honor roll 3 of a possible 4 semesters--great job Ness (as if she would ever read her dad's blog!) She made the Celtic Storm Select, which is the second division of the state traveling soccer team and starts at forward. She netted three goals on the year while missing all three PK attempts--aghhhhhhhhhhh! She also ran track for Canyon View, competing in the 800 meters.

Frisco's schedule was nearly as hectic, even though he is only 10 and in the 5th grade. He made me very proud by making high honor roll every semester except for the very last when I forgot to sign his reading log two weeks in a row. I coached his soccer team this past year and we are hoping to enter the district competition level this upcoming year. For years he has asked me to enroll him in Karate and this past fall he finally convinced me. He goes for his first belt advancement next month.

Kenny entered the 3rd grade. In May he was baptised and confirmed. He, like his brother and sister, has done well in school but for some reason they don't give letter grades to 3rd graders--go figure. He started his first year of competition soccer last fall and is playing indoor throughout the winter. Like Frisco, he wanted to try something new this year and convinced me to sign him up for baseball. Kenny and his team, the Nationals, did really well. Kenny ended up hitting around .500 and played mostly 3rd, SS, and left field. The team won the regular season and finished 3rd in the tournament. One of the biggest surprises for me was that he sang in the school choir and actually sang--ha opened his mouth and everything--at the Winter concert.

Finally, we have Abi. I've been sitting here for a while trying to think of major accomplishments, but when you're only 3 years old I guess eating without getting anything on your clothes is a pretty momentous occasion. Heck, I'm nearly 40 and I have a hard time doing that. Let me just say that she is a happy "big" girl (she'll get mad if I call her little) who believes she is a princess with dreams of one day finding her Prince Charming and making that poor sucker dance ALL night long.

And then there was one--me. Admittedly, I was disappointed with myself last year. In retrospect, I feel that I didn't accomplish anything out of the ordinary. But last year I chose not to have any resolutions. I didn't dream, and a life without dreams is a sad life to live. So this year I resolve to be different. I'm looking to be happier, to shoot for the stars and, if I fall short, hopefully land in the trees.

Happy New Year to everyone and know that we love and care about all of you.