Thursday, December 7, 2017

Lancaster 2017 Christmas Newsletter

Merry Christmas Friends and Family!
     We love you all and hope that you have had a wonderful year.

What a year 2017 has been for us. We look back with smiles on our faces with a year full of change and adventures that kept us on our toes. Our family would like to share what has been happening this year for us. 

DAN: He continues to keep things light hearted around our house. We love him dearly and if you want proof, come to our house when he gets home and hear the squeals of delight from everyone. Wife included! Dan has had a good steady year. He is still “rocking” it as a Geologist (pun intended) at Pioneer Natural Resources. When he’s not busy at work or chasing little ones around, he can usually be found in his record room listening to his latest record that has been added to his collection. His record collection has boomed this year and he’s enjoying discovering new bands and music. At church he keeps up with the 7-8 year olds as a Primary Teacher and doesn’t miss a beat with them.  2017 was a great year for Dan and we can all agree how awesome he is to have around. 

LESLI: It’s never a dull moment with Lesli, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. She keeps the household running and the three kiddos alive with so much love and a little crazy. Life and kids keep her on her toes, but she doesn’t slow down a bit. If she’s not balancing life and kids, then you can usually find her balancing on her head or arms on her yoga mat. She has taken the yoga world by storm and you never know what twisty, upside down yoga pose she will be in next. She loves it so much that she wants to teach it, and is currently in the middle of her Registered Yoga Teacher Training. She will officially be certified the end of January. Lesli has been working with the youth in our church as the 1st Counselor in the Young Women’s program and is loving it. She loves the leaders she works with and is constantly laughing with the girls. Lesli has had a great year and we are so grateful for her never ending energy and her unconditional love and laughter. 

JUNE: Our little lady has had quite a big year with a lot of changes. She continues to be our little rule follower and has that sweet and sassy thing down to a science. June started Kindergarten this past August and turned six this past October. She loves school and learning how to read. She loves the challenge and her favorite thing to do is write stories in her notebooks. June continues her love for singing and puts on performances on a regular basis. She performed in her first dance recital earlier this year and loved being on the big stage. June has done great in her new school and made wonderful friends. We love her little spirit and how helpful she is at home. All in all, She has had a great year. 

OWEN: He’s our little tornado with a huge passionate heart. He keeps us in a whirlwind most of the day, but always has us cracking up with his quirkiness and is literally the best at snuggling. He’s awesome. Owen is on his second year of preschool and turned four this past October. He loves school and playing with his friends. Owen will spend all day in a fort and any little hiding space that he can find. If he’s not hiding then he’s playing with play doh or finding new ways to bug June, but he is incredibly sweet to Kate. He loves to run and jump and really is all boy. He can’t get enough of any small toy, especially Grossery Gang. He always seems to have little toys in his one hand and a chunk of play doh in the other. We are so grateful for his love of life and finding different ways to explore it. 
KATE: Kate’s our sweet heart who is learning the power of the word No. She has grown so much this past year and we can’t believe that our baby is now a toddler. It took her a while, but she eventually started walking and hasn’t stopped since. She is constantly on the move. Kate is talking like crazy with a new word pretty much everyday and is fully aware the power she has over Daddy and Mommy. Kate loves to explore and play with dolls and changing their shoes. She is Mommy’s little bud everyday when the kids are at school and does a great job being the tag along. She is such a light in our life and her little giggles and dimples make life a little easier. Kate has changed so much this year and it’s been amazing watching it all happen right before our eyes. 
RANGER: Our puppy has become quite the adventure seeker and learning how to escape out of the yard. He turned seven this past year and we love our puppy, but he can sometimes be worse than a child. We love his cuddles and having him around to make sure everyone knows that there is someone at the door with his barking. Our house wouldn’t be the same without him. 

OUR FAMILY IN GENERAL: Big changes happened for us this year with the process of building a house and calling a new place home. Selling our old house and finishing our new one was quite the task, but we survived and agreed we never want to move again. Ha! Thankfully everyone has transitioned well and we are in love with the much needed space of the new house and our Community. Moving didn’t slow us down one bit with traveling to visit family in Idaho and Canada. Dan and Lesli then left the kids behind and took a trip to celebrate their 10 year anniversary in Fiji. It was a once in a life time experience. 

It’s been quite a year with a big move, traveling and still living our day to day lives. It’s been an incredible year. One that has been full of much more laughter than tears and giving us full hearts and much to be thankful for. 

We truly hope you have a wonderful holiday season and know how much we love our Savior and all of you! 

Merry Christmas! 
   Love, The Lancaster’s 

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