Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas Letter - 2010

Gibbons Christmas Letter – 2010

What a year this has been! We have learned a lot, relied on the Lord, and felt closer to the Savior. We have laughed, cried, and run around (sometimes in circles). Through it all we have grown closer as a family and are so grateful for this time of year to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Here is a brief update of what we are all up to….

Andrea (7) is in second grade. She loves to read, write, play with friends, and help in the house. She goes to BYU twice a week for dance class, and can hardly wait for class each time. Andi is looking forward to turning 8 and being baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Derek (9) is in third grade. He enjoys reading and loves school. He has really had fun playing on a soccer team and can’t wait for the spring season to start. He will try basketball this winter – we’ll see how it goes. :-) His favorite thing to do is jump on the trampoline.

Tiffany (12) graduated from primary and is now in the Young Women program. She also graduated from elementary school and goes to Jr. High. She has done very well, earning a 4.0 GPA so far. Tiffany enjoyed dancing with the Children’s Dancemaker’s at BYU last spring, but has decided to focus more on gymnastics now. She works out for 3 ½ hours each day at the gym, and took 2nd place all around for her age group in the state gymnastics meet in November. She is truly remarkable.
Jason (14) is in 9th grade. He continues to be on the honor roll each term and does a great job in school. French is his favorite class. He plays the cello in the symphonic orchestra at school and takes private lessons. Jas was on the track team last spring and did a great job in the high jump and 800 meter race. He had the opportunity to go to youth conference over the summer with our ward. He is getting pretty good at basketball – he has a great shot!! Jason has really started to shoot upward – he is about 6 feet tall now, and growing fast.

Cameron (16) is a junior in high school. He is 6’5’’, and continues to play on the Lone Peak High School basketball team. He starts for the JV team, and gets a bit of time with the varsity team. Cam is a great friend and surrounds himself with some really good friends. He had the chance to work at the local golf course over the summer, washing golf carts, to earn money. It was a great opportunity. He has finished his eagle project and all of his merit badges. The paper work is nearly done, and he will soon be an Eagle Scout. We are proud of his hard work.

Deb is nearly done with nursing school, and will graduate in April with her RN (assuming she passes the state boards). She earned her LPN in May (and was asked to represent her class by speaking at graduation) and has been working one shift a week doing pediatric home health. She has maintained a 4.0 with all her nursing classes. Deb taught dance at BYU last spring, but took the rest of the year off to finish up school. She loves supporting the kids in all their activities – even if she watches and studies at the same time. She continues to enjoy running and completed a few races this past year. She is truly remarkable!
Nathan continues to amaze us with all he does. He is still working with LDS Family Services. LDS Family Services in Provo was named “Best of Utah County” in counseling for 2010, by the Provo Daily Herald. He also continued his private practice work at night. Nathan is the scout master in our ward and goes on lots of campouts with the young men. When asked how many years he has been with the Scouts, he says, “4 Klondike’s.” He enjoys playing basketball a few mornings a week at the church building (when he actually gets up) and stays busy keeping the yard in perfect condition. He actually learned what happens when you try to stop quickly on a scooter…..with gravel under the tires! He has some awesome scars to prove it.

We are so grateful for family and friends that touch our lives in so many different ways! We have had a fabulous year, and look forward to the wonderful year to come! We’ve been kept safe and healthy, for which we are enormously grateful. This time of year gives us further time to ponder the reason for the season. We know our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, died and rose again for each one of us. May we all remember His sacrifice and love during this wonderful season. Merry Christmas!

Love to all,
Nathan, Deborah, Cameron, Jason, Tiffany, Derek, & Andrea

Friday, December 17, 2010

What I have been up to...

So what have I been up to since August, you ask?

Undergraduate Course work
CRN Subject Course Course Title Final Grade

24475 NRSG 2050 Treatment Modalities A

24472 NRSG 2070 Nurs Care - Adults/Children II A

24473 NRSG 2071 Adults/Children II Clinical A

That about sums it up!!

One more semester of nursing school to go. Wahoo!!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

State Gymnastics Meet

So I know this really turns into a "look what my kids can do" blog...but there you are. I take my clan to lessons, performances, games, practices, and back home again. We spend a lot of "there and back" time in the car. So, occasionally, I share some. Aren't you glad?

Tiffany competed in the State Gymnastics meet last week. She was really excited and a little nervous. She learned through the season that she did better in the meet if she didn't know her scores on each event as she went along. That way, if she got a low score, it didn't throw her off.

She had a good, solid meet. Some scores were a little lower than we expected, but she took first place on floor, third place on beam, and 2nd place all around - for her age group - for the whole State!! Pretty exciting!

Now she moves up to level 6/7. Six is still compulsory - all the routines are the same. But she will also start working on her optional routines - the routines that are unique for each gymnast. She has this week off, but doesn't want to take it. She is really excited to get back in the gym and keep working...Monday through Friday....three and 1/2 hours each time. And she loves it!

Here are her beam , floor, and bars routines. The quality isn't great - what can you expect? I took them with my little camera, and the floor routine was through a glass window. It does give you the general idea though.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Stuck on you

My two girls and two cousins made up a dance. They auditioned and were chosen to perform in a Children's Danceworks concert at BYU. The music is awesome and the dance is fun. I tried to upload it, but apparently the three minute dance is too large to put on here...I'm not savvy enough to know how to get around that little upload rule. Sorry. Just trust me - it is AWESOME!! Thanks Mary! Here is a link to see it on YouTube!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

New experiences...

SO, my oldest son got his first ticket. Speeding ticket. 30 points. $90. I must confess, I have never had a point. Don't really know what to do about the point thing. Can't afford the insurance already, much less with points. He will be going to traffic school...or whatever that thing is called. If it happens again, perhaps he can wait until he turns 18 to drive again. Only just over a year away. OR, better yet, perhaps he will learn his lesson, slow down, quit thinking that he is going "slow enough", and not get any more tickets or points. I like this plan the best.


I ran the Provo Halloween half-marathon on October 30th. It was horrible! I seriously (sort of) considered calling my husband to come pick me up half way through. It was from Aspen Grove to Provo Riverwoods. The first 5 miles was STEEP down hill. At about 4 1/2 miles in my quads were shot...only a measly 8.6 miles left to go. No problem! It was not pretty. It was not fun. But I must admit, I'm glad I got done (Oh yes, my poetic side is alive and well). So, I did not quit in the middle, I did walk some, and I WILL be ready for the Salt Lake half-marathon in April. (Some people are a glutton for punishment...I already signed up).

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Here's the Dirt

As Promised...More mud shots. We climbed over walls, waded through bogs, and still had the ability to pose. Next time I do this race I am doing a belly flop in the swamp...just for fun!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Oh the MUD!!

My two sisters and one brother in law ran the dirty dash in Midway last Saturday. It was a 10k, and some of the most difficult 6 miles I have had the privilege of running! Besides the fact that it was more UP hill than anything else, and the fact that the down hill sections were littered with obstacles like hay bails to be jumped over and mud to be slopped through, the fact that it got really warm really quickly, and the fact that part of the run was through the swamp on the edge of Dear Creek reservoir, and THAT mud was STINKY, DEEP, and tried to suck the shoes off your feet - I saw it eat some shoes.... no, that didn't make this race hard! It was the 10 pounds of mud on and in each shoe, while trying to get up those blasted hills, jump over obstacles, swim through slimy mud, and scale tall walls. Would I do it again?? Naturally!!
I will have more pictures soon - my dad took several - I'll share when I get them :-)

We started out so CLEAN...

This was the starting line - we began by running straight up a muddy hill.
This is the muddy pit we had to swim through before we could cross the finish line.

Kath and I are wadding through the mud...

Sorry I am sideways - must be all the mud!

Good close up of Ju and her journey through the mud pit

I think McKay landed belly first in the pit!
Oh yea - still smiling!!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

How do you feel about the Great Salt Lake?

Floating in the salty lake is fun...

the salt brine eating gnats were gross...this is the small amount that had gathered in the first two minutes...I didn't realize it was a merely a small portion of the swarm that was to come...

The lovely spiders under the eves of the bathroom facility were...interesting...and apparently a social gathering spot for these fellows - there were at least 20, maybe more...

All in all, an adventure to be sure. We parked, we saw MANY spiders hanging out, walked about a mile across the sinking sand to get to the water, were assaulted by gnats that made a scattering sound as we walked through them, rising in a dark cloud, played in the water for 15 minutes, ate lunch for 15 minutes...after walking part of the way back toward the cars to escape the relentless gnats, and took the trek back to the spider infested bathrooms and parking lot. Truly a day that won't soon be forgotten :-)

Friday, September 3, 2010

Reporting in...

After school I love to ask the kidlings how their day went, what happened, and what they need to work on. TODAY - Jas got home from school and I asked him how his day was. "It was Epic!", he replied....OK then. I asked what made the day "epic". He said that the mint brownies he made for French class were a huge hit, they watched "Ratatouille" in another class, his team won all three games they played in PE, and the fourth class was just great fun today. A truly EPIC day!

Tiff came in a few minutes later. I asked her how HER day went. She said "It was epicly non-heinous". Huh? "So what made it epicly non-heinous?" I asked. Apparently, she got a sugar cube in science class, and it tasted good, CTE was fun, the art teacher is hilarious, and math was awesome.

So, today was EPIC and NON-HEINOUS. I'm sure glad my children have such extensive vocabularies, and aren't afraid to use them!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Big Springs...More Vacation

We always go to Big Springs when we are at Island Park. It is illegal to catch fish there- we just go feed them. FYI - they like canned corn better than the fish food that can be purchased for a quarter. The fish are HUGE!!

And the ducklings were "a-dor-a-ble", as Andi put it!

Monday, August 16, 2010

More Vacation...

My girls LOVED the fish - his squishy eyes, his cool guts as they were pulled out of its wee little body, his feathery tail. It was a proud moment...I was the family fish gutter in my youth, when we spent the summers at this same cabin. We would spend the day fishing, and then I would sit out on the porch and gut ALL the fish. I loved it...and then I didn't love it as much because it took forever, but I had to live up to my "family fish gutter" reputation. It was one of the few things I could claim that were a bit less "girly". My daughters enthusiasm made my dad laugh! Must be genetic!!

More Vacation...

Just imagine a whole post with pictures of us all riding this four wheeler. Cameron took his siblings on rides all over the place. I had a great time finding new paths to go on with each of the kids. We were so busy riding, I didn't take any pictures. Sounds like me!! It was Heavenly!!

More Vacation...

Yellowstone - beautiful and stinky!
Old Faithful - give or take 10 minutes of predicted time -
This time, it took an extra 10 minutes :-)

Amazing views in the park!

Swimming in the Firehole River - Awesome!

The water was the perfect temperature!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010


We had a GREAT time on vacation in Island Park! We went boating with my dad and a friend of his. Tubes and a knee board provided Fun, Fun, Fun!