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|Ferndale High School Graduation 2016|
|Ryan's Senior Photo (2015)|
|Sarah at the Spring Strings Concert|
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
We hope you are all well this holiday season. We thought it would be fun to post the kids' thoughts from our Christmas letter this year. Enjoy and stay in touch!
Friday, January 20, 2012
Dear Family and Friends,
Well... It has been awhile since we have updated the ol' blog. We sincerely apologize to the one or to people who occasionally read it. We are still going strong up here in Ferndale. The kids continue to consume food and grow. We officially have two teenagers in the house now and life is generally good. We are currently "snowed in" and have been enjoying a surprise week off from school. Rachel and I are looking forward to getting the kids back into the school routine as they have just about had their fill of being home. It's been great to have them around and together though.
For your reading pleasure, I will paste our annual family newsletter below. Enjoy!
Merry Christmas to All!
We are all doing well here in rainy but green Ferndale, Washington. Life is definitely very full with good things- a little too full at times- and challenging and rewarding in turn.
Ryan (15) started high school this fall- played freshman football and is now beginning rehearsals for the school production of "West Side Story" with plans to run track in the Spring. He looks forward to getting his driver's permit and taking driver's ed later this year. His favorite class at school this year is French. He discovered skiing and drumming last year and has added both to his hobbies.
Katie (13, 8th grade) has grown about 4 inches this year. She's now a couple of inches taller than Mom. She is taking challenging classes at school is doing a great job of managing the work load and balancing it with her other interests (piano, singing, and theater). She has a great group of friends that she loves to be with. The highlights of the year for her have been the plays she has been in and she looks forward to the next one this spring.
Nathan (11, 6th grade) has the opportunity this year to participate in a full-time highly capable class, and he is loving it. Always a bit quirky that way, he is particularly fond of lots of homework and big projects, so he thinks he's in heaven. He's still playing soccer, though he often has to be dragged away from his book to go to practice. He prides himself on being a bit geeky. We are grateful that he is very self-motivated academically but encourage him to have some balance, though we think video game time shouldn't count.
Sarah (9) loves her ballet classes, playing the violin, and the Tuesday highly capable class she gets to go to with her favorite school friends, but she does not love math. Unfortunately, her teacher is very fond of it, so they do lots. She loves to be at home reading and loves to draw. She just danced in her first Nutcracker, in the party scene and as an angel, and truly enjoyed the magic of it all.
Collin (almost 4) is a whirlwind, but cuddly and cuter than cute, too. His favorite day of the week is Tuesday, because that's the day he gets to go to the moms' co-op preschool with his favorite friend, Ben. He gives mom a run for the money. He is known for having interesting conversations with people who call on phone, that Mom doesn't know anything about until later...when they call back and tell her the funny things he said to them.
Don keeps busy with his church calling (overseeing congregations in our county), responsibilities at work, and the zany family. He's definitely a hands-on dad, and we are so grateful for that. The highlight of his year was visiting with his former mission president, Elder Anderson, at an area training meeting.
Rachel continues to put her fingers in too many pies, but loves supporting the productions the kids are in by helping with costuming, choreographing, assisting directors, and whatever else is needed. Plenty of chauffeuring and juggling of schedules are always in the mix as well. She loves teaching the Young Women's group at church.
We feel so blessed, especially at this time of year, for family and friends, for having what we need, for opportunities to grow, and especially for having the Gospel of Jesus Christ in our lives.
May His peace be with you now and always,
Friday, January 21, 2011
Where did the year go? Somehow time and space have been compressed in such a way that 2010 came and went and we just hung on for the ride! Our family reached critical mass about the second week in December and some things (like Christmas cards) just didn't happen; hence the very late Christmas greetings to all of you. So, Happy New Year?! Here's what we've been up to:
Collin (almost 3), the human tornado, is a big Toy Story fan and frequently can be heard announcing "I'm Buzz Lightyear. I come in peace." He received a Buzz suit for Christmas and immediately upon putting it on dove into the air in an ill-fated attempt to fly. He is full of energy and noise and hugs and demands and funny things to say ("Girls aren't my friends. They're for dancing.")and huge blue eyes and dimples. It's a good thing he's so cute, 'cause he's certainly a handful (or three).
Sarah (8), is funny and opinionated and sparkly and so sweet. She insists on giving and receiving multiple bedtime kisses every night. She's also becoming quite a snappy conversationalist and it's fun to watch her personality develop. She has been working very hard at school and in her ballet classes and began violin lessons last Fall. When music is on (and sometimes even when it's not), she is dancing and moving around with amazing grace and rhythm. She seems to have dancing in her blood. She is also excited to be in her first play this spring ("Beauty and the Beast" at the high school).
Nathan (10) has recently developed a fixation with architecture and design. His most beloved Christmas presents (besides his 6-book set of science encyclopedias) were a book of graph paper and a protractor. He loves Math Olympiad team at school and is often caught hiding in the bathroom reading when he is supposed to be in bed. He loved being an urchin in "Oliver" last spring and is excited to be in "Beauty and the Beast" this March. He has continued to play soccer, but got brave and decided to try basketball this winter. And despite not being of great stature (can you say point guard?), he really likes it and shows a lot of hustle on the court.
Katie (12) is turning into a young lady way too fast. She's grown two inches in the last 6 months! Always a great helper at home, she loves being in the Young Women's program at church and is having a great year so far in 7th grade. She especially enjoys starting each day with one of her favorite classes, Choir. She went out on a limb and tried Cross Country last fall-it was definitely a growth experience! She performed in "Alice in Wonderland" at school last spring as well as "Oliver" and will be in "Beauty and the Beast" and "Into the Woods" at the middle school this spring. Music (piano and singing) and theater are her passions and we all get to enjoy her talents.
Ryan (14) is becoming quite the young man and definitely keeping us on our toes. He had a great football season again this year and looks forward to wrestling starting in just a few weeks. It went very well for him last year (Rookie of the Year), as did Track, where he placed in every one of his events at the county meet. He's working hard to save up enough money to attend EFY this summer (lots of manual labor like cutting and stacking firewood and yard work) and should also be doing his Eagle Project in a few months, with a lot of, uh, nudging from his dad. He's sticking it out for one last year on the piano and was recently called as an assistant ward organist.
Rachel (the mom, of indeterminate age) does lots of running kids around, signing permission slips, and flogging at the piano and such, as well as trying to keep Collin out of the street and the cookies and to please take a nap so she can get something done(or occasionally snuggle up with a good book). She is really enjoying her service teaching the Young Women at church (especially because she gets to share that with Katie) and is looking forward to assisting with the middle school musical this spring.
Don (the dad, we jokingly call him "El Presidente" around here)works so hard for all of us- long days at school as well as taking on extra responsibilities to keep our family budget on track despite state funding cuts. He would love to tell you about his enjoyable leisure activities, but they seem to be limited to "finding peace" amidst the chaos of 5 wacky kids going a hundred directions, an overscheduled wife, and heavy church responsibilities.
We are truly grateful for so many things, our friends and family among them, and look forward to this new year and the adventures it will bring.
May 2011 be a wonderful year for you and your family!
With love from
The Pringle Family
Monday, May 31, 2010
We Mourn the Passing of Great Grandma MacDonald
On April 18th we were saddened to receive word that Grandma MacDonald has peacefully passed away at home. She was had been living with my parents for the last two years and it was our priveledge to get to visit with her each time we went to Maple Valley. She was a very sweet person and we will miss her. I have uploaded pictures of grandma to a Picassa web album at http://picasaweb.google.co
Dedication of the Vancouver British Columbia Temple
We were very excited when, early this year, it was announced that the Bellingham Stake was going to be included in the temple district for then new Vancouver British Columbia Temple in Langley, BC. To visit the temple, our family has had to travel 2 hours south down to Seattle. If the border was favorable, the Vancouver temple would only be 45 minutes away!
Temple Youth Celebration
As part of the dedication of the new temple, Ryan, Katie and Nathan had the privilege of participating in major cultural event called the "TYC" or Temple Youth Celebration. Ryan participated as a "dancer" in two acts of the TYC. The open act of the event was a reenactment of the creation with all of the youth from the Bellingham, WA Stake participating. Ryan was a tree. He had some good laughs during the practices leading up to the performance. He had to learn how to "run like a tree," "stand like a tree," and (most importantly) how to "shimmy like a tree." He was also in a specialty dance where he got to do some martial arts stick fighting as part of a Filipino Tinikiling folk dance. Very cool! Nathan and Katie were members of the Children's Choir. They played an important role during the "First Peoples" number and in other parts of the TYC. (Nathan was not thrilled about being a flower during the Creation number.) The most amazing part of the entire performance was the finale. If you can imagine 1,200 youth joining hands in the arena, facing the temple and singing their hearts out. It was a wonderful experience for all of the kids. An experience I hope they will hold on to for a long, long time.
Sports, Sports, Sports...
Ryan and Nathan have both enjoyed busy winter and spring seasons. Ryan had his first experience with wrestling at Vista Middle School. Though this caught Rachel and I off guard, Ryan now considers wrestling one of his favorite sports. He enjoyed the mix of individual achievement while working with his teammates. Though he won eight out of twelve matches, he made incredible strides through the season and is looking forward to next year. This spring Ryan ran track and enjoyed himself again. Track was another new experience for him (Yay Middle School!). His season ended well. He was the only 7th grader from his team qualifying for the district meet (our district runs 7th and 8th graders together) and he finished 3rd overall in the 200m and 4th overall in the long jump. His 4x100 and 4x200 relays took 1st at districts with the 4x200 setting a school record. Speedy feet!
Nathan's spring put him on the soccer field again with coach Dad excited about his team's prospects. The boys played well and won the opening game in the "Whatcom Cup" recreational tournament at the end of the season. Nathan is turning into a solid goalie (he has no fear) but enjoys playing on the field too. He is a lot of fun to coach. He keeps us smiling!
Alice in Wonderland
Rachel and I were very happy for Katie who had the opportunity to play Alice in Skyline Elementary's Alice in Wonderland. She did an incredible job as "normal" Alice. There were actually a number of girls who played Alice in the play. Katie's role required her to sing (which she did very well!) and act. She really enjoys being on stage.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Ryan is loving 7th grade this year. He played football for Vista Middle School in the fall, is playing basketball now, and is looking forward to wrestling and track still to come. He's still studying piano and seems to appreciate the more intricate songs he's learning now as well as playing for the jazz band at school. He also plays the cello in the school orchestra. He's got music coming out of his ears, which is fine, because it seems to come naturally to him. He's working hard at earning his scout ranks (with a nudge or two from dad) and had a great time at Camp Parsons last summer.
Katie is having a great year in 6th grade. She played Veruca Salt in the school production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory last spring, and the acting bug bit her hard! She was fabulously obnoxious in her role (yes, sweet, mild-mannered Katie) and is looking forward to the spring play this year as well as being in the chorus of "Oliver" at the high school. The highlight of Katie's year was going to see "Wicked" in Seattle for her birthday. She continues to dance and is really enjoying the piano (She plays spontaneously! All the nagging may be worth it in the end!) as well as her musical theater class. She is also learning to play the clarinet.
Nathan, 4th grade, has declared his life's goal is to be "a nerd," and works very hard to achieve that goal. He has continued to play soccer and has developed into a good little goalie as well as scoring lots of goals. He recently played the role of an Italian puppeteer in "Pinocchio", complete with accent and twirly mustache. He loves Cub Scouts and is working to finish up his Bear rank. He's trucking along at the piano and finding satisfaction in his improved sight reading skills. Nathan hasn't yet decided if he will break away from soccer and try baseball this spring.
Sarah, in 2nd grade, is the little princess of the house. She really enjoys some solitude in this noisy house and loves to hide away in her room and play with her Littlest Pet Shop and Polly Pocket dolls and read on her bed. She loves to dance, dance, dance! She started at a new "serious" ballet studio this fall and seems to love to stretch further and higher and watches carefully to make things just right. She has a special musicality and loves to put on shows.
Collin, almost 2, has changed so much from his first birthday in February. He's very active and clever and is turning into a little chatterbox. Unfortunately, he has developed a love for "Blues Clues" and frequently drags one of us over to the TV for "a show! a show!" He is irresistibly cute with his dimples and big blue eyes. He loves to run and jump and climb and get into things he shouldn't, but he also likes color and to hide under blankets and snuggle and have stories read to him.
Mom and Dad are busy keeping up with everyone! There's a whole lotta music practicing and lessons, sports practices and games, church and scouting, dance lessons, school and homework going on around here! We're healthy and happy, though not always energetic, and enjoying our crazy family. We feel very blessed and look forward to a little down time...someday.