Merry Christmas from the Adkison Family!
This year we are foregoing postage and only sending this out via e-mail. So if you know someone that has not received this, please fwd it or print it – thanks!
Our past year has been busy, busy, busy and full of changes.
Last Christmas we had John’s parents, brother Brent and wife Christine, and Jennifer’s parents all over for dinner and dessert. The boys had a blast with both sets of grandparents and their aunt and uncle spoiling them.
John turned the big 4-0 in April! We had a low-key celebration with close family at a favorite park.
Just after John turned 40 he got laid off from Sogeti. In June he was hired by a contract firm where he is currently working at Disney in their Seattle office. He really likes working there and he and Jennifer are hoping this will turn into a permanent position working directly for Disney.
Jaxon turned 5 in late July and had a fun party with friends and family at Forest Park in Everett. It was a hot day, so we got to play in the park’s water sprinklers in addition to their traditional playground.
Over Labor Day we drove to Montana for Jennifer’s 10 yr class reunion! Jennifer ended up being the one to put it together since she asked the loaded question of who was doing it. It was great to see some classmates after 10 yrs, have fun at a parade in Plains, and spend time with Grandpa and Grandma “B.”
In September 3 out of the 4 of us headed back to school! Brycen for his first full year of pre-school for the first time at Mrs. Delia’s Daycare, Jaxon for kindergarten at Odyssey Elementary School, and Jennifer for her first year back to college since 2004 at Edmonds Community College. Everyone likes their school and is doing well! Brycen is the biggest eater in his class and even eats the healthy salads and veggies. Jaxon excels in drawing, is getting the hang of reading, and surprises Mom and Dad with addition and subtraction answers out of the blue. Despite not liking math, Jennifer is getting A’s in her pre-algebra class (the only class she’s enrolled in)!
This past fall we had our barns re-roofed thanks to Washington’s Barn Rehabilitation Project.
Grandpa and Grandma “B” came out for a visit in November. Although they were unable to stay for Thanksgiving, we had an early turkey day dinner of our own, combined with early birthday celebration of Brycen’s 4th birthday.
On November 22nd the entire northwestern part of Washington was shut down by snow and ice. It took John 7 hours to get home from work, as opposed to his usual 45-60 minute commute. The next day we all went sledding! Unfortunately, Jennifer ran into some playground equipment and fractured 2 of her ribs. She is counting the day for when she can return to sledding.
On November 25th, the 4 of us took the ferry over to Whidbey Island where we spent the day with Grandpa and Grandma “A” and Uncle Brent and Auntie Christine.
Brycen turned 4 at the end of November and we had his party in early December at Jump Planet (a warehouse filled with inflatable bouncy slides and obstacle courses). All the kids (and even some of the adults) seemed to have a great time.
For Christmas this year we will be spending it with John’s family. A cousin John grew up with will be visiting with her family from California, so we hope to spend some time with them before they head back home.
From Jennifer: May Christ be your light during the winter’s darkness and throughout the rest of your year.
Here’s to wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!
John, Jennifer, Jaxon and Brycen Adkison