I have a tremendous weakness for donuts, typically glazed or vanilla iced. Fact is, when I get really desperate I will even grab a bag of the powdered sugar and hide them from everyone. Unfortunately, this is not something new for 2014. We started the year with wonderful intentions of spending another winter on the mountain snowboarding. For Christmas everyone’s gift was season passes to Hidden Valley. We waxed the boards but only made it to the mountain a hand full of times. The kids just love any time they get on the slopes. Our lack of snowboarding was impacted by Zane making it onto the Pine Richland Boys Basketball travel team. Matthew played on the in-house team and Remi continued her dance and gymnastics. Kate started playing volleyball and has been enjoying the new challenge. Zane plays tennis whenever he possibly can. Some things never change. When we moved to Pine we had wonderful intentions. Our number one reason was to give Matt and Kate the best life possible and we thought it would help to be in there school district and be able to help their mom more. Unfortunately within the first year, our high hopes diminished and we realized that living their did not really make any difference in the quality of their life. We started our hunt again to get back to Mars (taxes a lot cheaper and we really like the school district) or find a big piece of property to build what we wanted. We found a lot, which ended up falling through and exactly what we had been looking for came available. Another one of those, not sure why this is happening but you find out the reason later. We closed on our lot and construction loan February 10th and began building our new home. Our home sold quickly and we moved into the camper. This was our 6th year with our amazing Family Group (our family of friends that we meet with once a week) and we enjoy feeding the homeless and many dinners together. We are truly grateful for our small group and continue to grow stronger together year after year. Carl’s grandmother passed away and we made a trip to San Francisco. Although the trip wasn’t for pleasure, it was wonderful to see the entire family and spend time together. I know that Dorothy meant a lot to Carl and she will remain forever in his heart. Both Zane and Remi got braces this year. Grandma and I got to see Cher in concert.
We bought a camper. We bought a smaller camper. Zane played the saxophone (past tense, he is done). I found young living oils. Carl played lots of tennis…and Zane. We exchanged our timeshare for a resort along the coast in North Carolina and had a wonderful trip. Remi and I enjoyed lots of seafood. She is such a foodie, loves to cook and eat just about anything. She is a 7 year old that picks the most expensive seafood adult dish from the menu. Her favorite restaurant back home is Jimmy Wanns (a white tablecloth Chinese restaurant). The kids loved the day at the beach and we surprised Grandma Pat and Papap Rogner with a visit. We bought an office building in Warrendale, which was a challenging renovation project. Dana and I spent tons of time picking everything to make it a comfortable, fun place to work. Remi played in her first tennis tournament. Kate enjoyed a birthday trip to Splash Lagoon in Erie. Remi and Zane made their first communion at Orchard Hill. Zane played in many tournaments and is moving up in the USTA rankings. Carl and I visited the Greenbrier Classic (without kids). My little nephew Austin turned 2! Grandma Nona continued her visits almost every Friday. We all truly enjoy her and love our time together. We took another trip to Myrtle Beach to visit Carl’s mom, Pat and Rogner. Pat was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and her health continues to decline. Rogner is doing an amazing job taking care of her and we are truly grateful for his constant patience, kindness and courage to take care of her. When we were in Myrtle Beach our Ford Expedition was actually stolen right of the garage in our rental home. Not a great way to end a trip. During one of Zane’s NJ tournaments we had a wonderful time in Ocean City, NJ staying with friends. We spent a lot of time at the camper all summer. Zane made it to Little Moe Regionals in Chicago. We enjoyed Remi’s birthday at the American Girl Store in Chicago with my friend Sheila and her daughter Olivia. Our house was finally framed in August. Our office was ready enough to move in at the end of August. We took a fun trip to Cedar Point for Pointfest in the little camper. We took a bunch more mini-trips all for tennis tournaments in the northeast. The kids just loved the different camp grounds and enjoyed a little time away from the new house construction. Remi and Zane experienced a huge change this year as they started public school at Mars Elementary School saying goodbye to all of their wonderful friends at Eden Christian Academy. They both adjusted amazingly and we are thrilled the transition went so smoothly. I finally felt at ease when about a month after school started a flyer came home that said they could sign up for The Good News Club which is a Christian bible study once a week after school. Super yeah!! We got 6 chickens. Zane qualified from Chicago to go to Little Moe Nationals in Austin, TX. We got 6 more chickens and a big coop. Zane enjoyed Splash Lagoon for his birthday. I fell in love with Nigerian Dwarf Goats.
Remi got glasses. Braces came off. We moved into the unfinished and under construction home when it because too cold to be in the camper any longer. We got a Kabota UTV and Matt can’t wait to drive it to do just about anything. Very true, Matt just loves working outside on the property. He has learned a great deal this fall and jumps at the chance to do anything to help. Carl and I both started playing paddle tennis which is a variation of tennis but played on a court 1/3rd its size. You can also use the screens that surround the court and play the ball from them. We have both really enjoyed learning the game but the toughest part for me is that it is played outside in the winter and I really don’t like to be cold. I spent a lot of time with Dana this year and loved every minute of it. We met quite a few new friends that we really enjoy and we are truly blessed to have the best neighbors ever. Ping and Dennis and absolutely wonderful and such a treat. We had a great family dinner at Aunt Jayne’s. Carl had a heart attack the Sunday before Christmas. Recovered quickly with no damage but scared us pretty good. My sister just had a baby girl, Irelyn. We continue to live in the construction zone but I am so grateful to have a healthy family and my sweet Carl alive.