Dear Family and Friends,
ETHAN is now a Level 7 gymnast and has grown immensely this past year. He qualified for Future Stars Nationals this fall at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Future Stars is a program dedicated to boys working toward the elite track. At nationals he hit Top 20 in the country for 10-year-old boys. What an accomplishment! He is excited to work even harder and surpass that next year. He enjoys his writing and grammar program we are doing this year as well. I can’t believe he’s already 5th grade!
MICAH enjoyed his first gymnastics season as a level 4 and is moving up to level 5 this year. He has developed some really neat skills, including learning his kip on bars. This past summer he was on a soccer team and really enjoyed that as well. He loves math in school and already is in 2nd grade. He’s also taken to art, especially drawing.
GAVIN is the boss of the house and knows exactly how to get his way! We’re working on that. He loves wrestling and picking on his older brothers. He loves going to “school” (i.e. the nursery on Community Day for homeschool). In the fall he was enrolled in the ninja classes at gymnastics, and he loved his time there! It gave him a way to burn off some of his energy. There is never a dull moment when he is around, but he is full of joy and melts our hearts!
JOSH has been brushing up on his video and editing skills during gymnastics meets. He’s created some neat videos with Ethan and enjoys manning his gymnastics YouTube channel and Facebook page. He got a chance to rock climb outside a few times this summer with us, and he longs to do more of it! He also took on the role as President of the Boy’s Team Booster Club (we are doing it together).
GABE I ran the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington D.C. this fall, and that was a humbling experience that I will never forget. I also — finally — said yes to the calling on my heart to start writing again. I am working on my first book and am excited about the progress. My goal is to finish it by the end of summer and publish early 2019. I also am moving into a larger role with Classical Conversations, our homeschool program. I am still directing our community, but am taking on the role of a Support Representative for area communities and directors. I will help establish a few new communities this year and lead outreach for prospective families.
Our family vacation was to Virginia and Washington D.C., and we thoroughly enjoyed our time there. We did leave Gavin home with Grandpa and Grandma Wicklund, but I think he had just as much fun. We got a chance to visit many of the museums in D.C. as well as tour the Capitol and White House! We visited the Arlington Cemetery and watched the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. We visited Jamestown, Yorktown, and Williambsurg as well and enjoyed hands-on activities there. The boys are studying U.S. History this year in our homeschool, so it was the perfect timing. What better way to learn about the foundation of our country!?! Josh and I learned right alongside the boys, and we took as much in as we could.
We wish you all a Happy New Year. Let’s make 2018 the best yet!!!
Josh & Gabe, Ethan (10), Micah (8), Gavin (3)