John: Star Trek: Voyager (Season 4) What a marathon we had at Fish Lake and almost completely on a 6" screen.
Em: Amazing Grace
Liv: She says "Peter Pan," but she asks to watch "Thumbelina" every single day
Mimi: Sleeping Beauty. I'm beginning to think the Sleeping Beauty Polly Pocket is growing permanently into the skin on the palm of her hand
John: Undaunted Courage (Editor's Note: We would have been really proud of him if he could have branched out into some fiction for his favorite, but since "At the Villa of Reduced Circumstances" comes in second, we are still moderately proud)
Em: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Dumbledore disappointments excepted)
Liv: The Rainbabies
Mimi: Sleeping Beauty (big surprise)
Best Part of the Interview/Holiday Trip:
John: Hiking all over the desert with my girls
Em: Sledding up on the Blue Mountains and at the cabin
Liv: Playing in the cubbyholes at the "cavin" at Fish Lake and climbing on the rocks when we went hiking
Mimi: Playing flashlight tag at Grandma Anderson's house for Family Home Evening
Most Exciting Event:
John: Honduras with Pops
Em: Washington D.C. -- both times
Liv: First Day of Preschool
Mimi: Trick-or-treating as Sleeping Beauty--especially when accompanied by Prince Phillip
Best Gift Received:
John: Sony H-9 camera
Em: The green corduroy jacket that I picked out for myself, wrapped for myself, and tagged "To Em from John."
Liv: Mini Barbies (and I must add that the snap-on clothes are a huge improvement from the eensy-beensy snaps and velcro strips of normal Barbies)
Mimi: The trunk full of dress-ups from Grandma
Most Valuable Lesson Learned:
John: Life is good, help others, be happy for others, don't waste time. (Editor's Note: This seems like a life lesson, not a year's lesson. I'm pointing that out mostly because it makes my valuable lesson look like petty and insignificant.)
Em: Don't put off buying a pair of shoes for an important event then compensate by buying two pairs of "not-quite-right" shoes. Furthermore, expecting a stressed husband with no previous expressed interest in fashion to help pick out which shoes are more appropriate simply compounds the problem.
Liv: Learned her address and phone number
Mimi: Also learned the address and phone number, plus learned that "Mom needs exercise to make her not grouchy."
John: Calling Palm Tech Support (1.5 hrs) having them walk me through deleting everything on my palm and computer then telling me to try a different cable and hanging up. A little cable wiggle later and it works....too bad all my contacts and other programs are gone. (Editor's note: This is a recent disappointment, and so it weighs heavier than any other disappointments. However, if this really is the biggest disappointment of the year--doesn't he live well?)
Em: I couldn't go home for my Grandpa's funeral.
Liv: Ella was lost in Chicago. :(
Mimi: Mom, on occasion, refuses to put a long-sleeved dress on a Polly Pocket, citing the difficulty of doing so, and instead requests a short-sleeved dress. This can be devastating.
John: Thrived during 3rd/4th year and actually felt like I was helping people a little.
Em: Made it through seven interviews without really cracking--to imagine punching a smug smiler is not the same thing as actually punching him
Liv: Prevailed over mom in getting her desired haircut
Mimi: Now makes it through three sacrament meetings per month without having to be removed because of disruptive activity
John: Fixing my father-in-law's Cobalt after Em ran it into the little truckEm: Little girls' dresses for brother Dave's wedding
Liv: Painting page after page at the Art Museum and making a scarecrow at preschool.Mimi: Arranging and rearranging all of Grandma Wells's (how do you show Wells possessive?) collection of nativities, sorting by character within the nativity story. (All the Marys together, all the Josephs together, and especially all the babies Jesus together in a basket.)