Mailed almost all of my Christmas cards today! Have about 6 more presents to wrap and a few more neighbor gifts to deliver. I'm almost ready for Christmas to come!
Here is this year's edition of the Panameno Christmas letter:
Dear friends and family,
Merry Christmas! We give thanks at this time of year for our many blessings…good health, freedom, the gospel of Jesus Christ, and our dear friends and family.
Among the highlights of our year were two trips: one to Oregon and one to Disneyland. In Oregon, we were able to see Multnomah Falls and the Columbia River, go to rose gardens, and see fireworks in Spokane, among other activities. It was beautiful. This was the girls’ first trip to Disneyland, and they loved it! Michelle and Ella loved seeing all the characters and we enjoyed a fun breakfast with Minnie and many of her friends. Gabby was a little scared of them. Michelle loved all the scary rides: Space Mountain, California Screamin’ and Tower of Terror. Ella liked Matterhorn, Autopia and Little Mermaid. Gabby loved Little Mermaid and especially Winnie-the-Pooh. It was a great trip!
Gabby is 3 now. Her curly, curly hair and deep brown eyes draw compliments on a regular basis. She has always been very verbal, and her stories, singing and dancing make us laugh daily. She loves Polly Pockets, Disney princesses and animals, especially our dog Chester.
Ella is 6 and in first grade. She and Michelle recently completed memorizing the 13 Articles of Faith, quite an accomplishment. She loves school and loves to read, in English and Spanish. She is learning to play the piano. She has a sweet and sensitive heart.
Michelle is 8 and was baptized in June. She is in third grade. She is learning to play the piano and the violin. She and Ella are also in a dance group at school, Ballet Folklorico, that performs Mexican and South American dances. She is growing up so quickly.
Jenny is teaching second grade again and loves it! She is teaching the Sunbeams (3 and 4 year olds) at church. She also reads a lot and blogs (www.panamenos.blogspot.com).
Alfredo was able to change positions within his company. He is learning new skills as a salesperson in the Kalmar division of Utility Trailer. He enjoys his job. He has also done some remodeling in our home this year… knocking out part of a wall, removing the carpet and putting in laminate in the living room. It looks so nice.
We are so blessed and wish you a Merry Christmas! We give thanks for the birth and life of our Savior Jesus Christ and wish you a Happy New Year!
Love, The Panamenos