Sunday, December 7, 2008

Our Christmas Letter...

Merry Christmas!
What a wonderful time of year. As a family we wish the best for you and hope that all is well for our family and friends. You all mean so much to us and we are grateful to you.
As we prepare for Christmas and wrap up 2008, we reflect on a year full of laughs, some tears and many changes.
The year began with Vicki content at Harmon’s in the HR Department. Rich was happy at Hunter High as a Technology Specialist but was busy interviewing for possible administrative jobs . Sydney and Skyler were both doing well at Matheson Jr High playing volleyball.
In April Rich was offered an appointment as a full time administrative intern at Granite Park Middle School in Granite School District. It is the traditional way of getting an administrative job in Granite and was a good step to say the least.
The first week in June, Rich had an interview for an assistant principal job at Canyon View High School in Cedar City. Four hours later when Vicki and Rich arrived back home the phone rang and the principal from Canyon View was on the other end offering the position. We excitedly, and nervously, accepted and three days later put the house up for sale and went on a vacation with Dave (Rich’s brother) and Karon’s family to Mesa Verde and Arches. We had an amazing time camping and the kids loved spending time with the cousins. While we were at Mesa Verde our real estate agent left a message letting us know we had received an offer on the home. It had been on the market for less than a week in the middle of a terrible housing market.
When we arrived back home we took a trip to Cedar City and looked for a house. We had gone through 11 houses and had one house remaining. According to the agent the owner didn’t want us into the house that early so we thought we would skip it. After one more phone call, though, we were able to get into the home. We made an offer on that house and were able to move in 4 weeks later.
So with all of the excitement and trepidation that comes with the prospect of moving 200 miles away, reality soon set in and we were busy packing and driving ourselves to our new home and life in Enoch. Along with the fear of making new friends and having new neighbors comes the realization of how much we truly miss our dear friends in West Valley. We have been blessed to have some truly amazing friends in our old neighborhood and at work that it is difficult to find words to say thank you sufficiently. Rich was fortunate to have had the opportunity to serve as bishop to so many wonderful people. He particularly misses the youth and primary children.
That being said, it is abundantly clear that we were led in this whole process by our Heavenly Father. We have been so blessed to have everything work out as it has. Rich loves his job at Canyon View. It is a perfect fit for his background and is a wonderful school district to be a part of. Because there are only two administrators in the school, he is gone during the sports seasons at least 3 nights per week. But he loves all of the activities so it is hard to complain.
Vicki began working for Iron County in the Human Resource Department in September. It is just her and the H.R. Director and she is enjoying it. She is also learning payroll to be the backup person for the county. She has been part time which has made it nice to be home earlier than she has been used to at Harmons.
Sydney is a sophomore at Canyon View High. She was on the volleyball team and is involved in National Honor Society. She has made some good friends and appears to be adjusting well to having her dad be the assistant principal. She uses his office as her own and appears to think that there is also an ATM in the office when she needs it. She is also loving the choir program here which is excellent.
Skyler is at Canyon View Middle School (across the street from the high school). He is doing great in school and has continued to take piano lessons (getting quite good). He has some great friends both at school and in the neighborhood. He also is becoming quite a runner and is growing taller and taller.
Smokey, The Guard Cat, survived the move to the new home. He was particularly nervous for the first month, and still hates to go downstairs, but he is back to his usual self (if that is a possibility). He also hates the garage door noise, but he will be gone way before we get rid of the garage.
We truly hope you have a wonderful holiday season and that this letter finds you all in good spirits. We love and appreciate you. If you would like to occasionally check in on us, Rich has set up a family blog. Feel free to check it out if you have time and interest.
The Enoch Nielsen’s – Vicki, Rich, Sydney, Skyler

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