Jeremy's 35th birthday was last week, but we did not do a big birthday post. No worries - we DID celebrate, as we always do, we do enjoy our week-long celebrations around here... The purpose of this post is not to document what we did for his birthday, but to celebrate all the cool stuff Jeremy got to do during his 35th year of life. The year was packed with good stuff and good memories! It was a GREAT year! Here are some of the highlights:
Jeremy's school won 2 very prestigious awards #1 was the California Distinguished School Award and #2 The National Blue Ribbon Award.
The spring season was full of many firsts. Jeremy took the family up to Yosemite for a day. We did our first official family bike ride there. Everyone was on their own bike! This dream has been in Jeremy's mind for as long as I've known him. And finally that dream came true! Speaking of dreams coming true... Jeremy finally got to eat at the Blue Bayou in Disneyland! His #1 favorite ride is Pirates of the Caribbean and has forever watched from the boats as all those people ate lunch at that restaurant. We were there alone. With no kids. Also, the first time ever. That was a great day.
Jeremy got to baptize Logan when he turned 8 years old. It was such a special day to watch Logan choose to be baptized and watch Jeremy use his priesthood. Oooh, they look so good in their white clothes!
Jeremy went to Pismo Beach a couple of times this year. And both times got to enjoy his favorite BBQ Tri-tip sandwich from Brad's. See how much he loves it? He gives it little kisses before he chomps down.
Our big summer trip was a different story. We go to Shaver every year during the summer for a week of fun. We play on the lake, go fishing, kayaking, do campfire with karaoke, go for nature walks, and eat as a massive group of 50+ friends. This year turned out a little different. Most of our crew got sick - including Jeremy - which made for an uneventful, miserable vacation experience.
In the fall we got to take another "just Jeremy & Jennifer trip" to Washington D.C.! Once again, we were all alone and got to enjoy everything WE wanted to enjoy without worrying about entertaining the kids. We even got to see the Washington D.C. temple for the first time (took our first taxi ride to get there) and do a session inside.
Another life-long goal of Jeremy's was to teach his kids how to ski. This winter he did it. He bought a cool $100 pass good for 4 lift tickets for 4 people for one season of skiing. Wow. What a deal! He had a blast taking the boys up to Badger Pass several times and watching them develop some skiing skill. It was a great satisfying experience for this daddy.
And, finally, there was a LOT of coaching that went on this year.... Jeremy coached Lizzie's soccer team, Logan's soccer team, and Trevor's Destination Imagination team. He's always wanted to be an involved father especially with the kids' extra curricular activities. He had a great time with each of the kids - spending quality time with them and doing everything he could to make them feel like they are important to him - because they are important to him!
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Once again, I say, IT WAS A GREAT YEAR! Next year will be even better. Happy Birthday, my love, my hubby, the father of my children - you deserve all the happiness a birthday can bring!