December 22, 2014

Christmas 2014

Christmas 2014

Here is what has/is happening in the Swenson-Strong world.

Rachel (7) - Rachel is 7.  Really that is all I need to write, it says it all.  She is a very spirited girl (drama queen) and very social (talks A LOT).  She started 1st grade this year. She is an excellent reader and loves anything that has to do with art.  She will start drawing and coloring the minute she wakes up in the morning.  Our house is covered in rainbows, flowers and "I Love You" pictures.

Jonah (16) - Jonah is a junior this year and is doing great in school with a 3.7 gpa.  (I have to brag about that because I never saw those numbers on my transcripts.)  He has a part time job and still loves to skateboard.  His future plans right now are to move out and see the world.  Which will actually be moving 5 miles up the street to USU campus and living in the dorms. (Can't pass up half tuition.)

Jeremy (23) - Jeremy and Amy decided to go their separate ways this summer.  It has been a change for him since they were together for 3 years, but he is doing great.  He is still working and is planning on going into the IT field.  He just hasn't decided where he wants to go to school to do it yet.  He is staying with us right now and I have thoroughly enjoyed it. I will be sad to see him move out in January.  (Yes, I really did just write that.)

Tony is still doing construction and I am still working for the police department on campus.  It really has been an uneventful year for us.  No Bon Jovi concerts or surgeries.  My grandfather Swenson passed away in February at the age of 94. February is officially my least favorite month now.  It will be 2 years this upcoming February since my dad passed away.  Seems like a long time, but feels very short.

The most exciting news is that my mom was called to serve a LDS mission.  She is now serving in the Family History Center in Salt Lake.  Which is actually really funny because she only lives 40 miles south of that.  She moved to downtown Salt Lake and loves it.  She says she feels like she is in college again.  We are looking forward to spending Christmas with her. (One of the awesome perks of Senior Missionaries.  She gets to come visit a lot.)

2nd most exciting news is that my brother Steven just graduated from Colorado State last week with his Master's in Electrical Engineering.  So he is now an official nerd on paper.  He has a great new job that he starts next week for Western Digital and they will be staying in Colorado.  Which is way too far away, but a great opportunity for him.

My sister and her husband are still in Boise.  She works for a craft store and I honestly don't know how she comes home with any money.  I would not.  I got to spend a week with my biological sister Jocelyn this summer which was very nice. We have only met in person twice so it was great to spend some time with her. 

Our family and friends mean so much to us and we are very thankful for each of you.

Merry Christmas!


 

September 19, 2014

Playing Catch Up - July

July is always a busy month for us.  Jeremy's birthday and the 4th (being the same day) we always have a party and go to the fireworks (on the 3rd because my town is lame like that.)This year was fun because my brother and his family were in town.  My sister Jocelyn was also here visiting and my mom came up. So we had lots of family together that we don't usually see all the same time.



On the fourth we go to a parade in one of the smaller towns by our house.  I hate it. Tony loves it.  It was fun to go with the whole family though.



I love our valley!


My sister has been sick and as a result her hair was thinning out so she bought a wig.  Everyone had to try it on.  Jonah looked the best in it.  He would have looked awesome in the 80's.

 
 

We went to the annual car show and walked around and looked at the old cars.  It was a bazillion degrees so we all got fans.  Rachel loved hers and had to dress the part when she got home.
 
 

The Sunday my sister left we went and visited Tony's brothers and parents. We hadn't seen his brother Chris and Nick for years.  It was a fun family reunion.

 

All of Grandpa Strong's boys together in the same place.  I don't know that that has ever happened. At least not for 15 years.

  

Jonah and his cousins (Chris's boys).  To put this picture into perspective, Jonah is 6 feet tall. 
 

Again, I love our valley!

  

Rachel having fun in the pool.  This was a fun picture sequence to do.  Although it probably took 500 shots to get it right.
 



 Grandma came up to visit one more time before she left for her mission.

 

Tony got bit by a hornet.

We visited Grandpa Brian and Grandma Maryann at their hotel when they came and stayed for the opera.  Rachel go to go swimming with her aunts.


24th of July parade.
 


Tony's birthday is the 25th.


Jonah purposely keeps his eyes closed in pictures to irritate me.

Tony would kill me if he knew I posted this on here.  He was showing us how strong he still is for an old 45 year old man.