I've spent the past year feeling a little (or a lot) behind on life. I just can't seem to catch up. I rarely finish a project. Some days my kids are in their diapers/underwear all day. Laundry sits, folded, in its basket and never gets put away. It all started the day we moved into our Logan condo, which was also the day Beck was born. I had trouble completing all the little projects that come with a move, seeing as how I was nursing an infant, caring for a one-year-old, and trying to meet the needs of a husband who was working nearly 80 hours a week. I had just started to get on top of things when we found out we would be moving across the country to Pennsylvania. I haven't really gotten anywhere near to being on top of things since then.
December 30, 2009
Dear Family and Friends,
Happy New Year from the Tyson Heaton Family! We haven’t previously sent holiday cards, but we experienced so many moves and changes in 2009 that I (Lisa) thought I’d take the opportunity to reconnect with our loved ones and update you on where we are now.
Our biggest adventure in 2009 was trying to close on our new home before our new baby arrived. We made it! Our loan closing was at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 13, and William Beckett Heaton (Beck) was born Friday, August 14 at 8:00 a.m. Wow, I sure went to great lengths to avoid moving the entire household for what would have been the fourth time in my pregnancy!
Tyson graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Political Science in December 2008, then changed his mind about law school and hit the job market in the middle of the economic downturn. After a few months of diligent searching while working temporary jobs, Tyson was hired by JBS for their Career Leadership Opportunity (CLO) program. JBS is a Brazilian company that owns beef and pork processing plants throughout the world, including the former E.A. Miller/Swift beef plant in Hyrum, UT. After completing his CLO program and being chosen as one of the top three in his class, Tyson now supervises a crew of 55 in the packaging department in Hyrum. I’m very proud of his hard work and thankful for all he does for our family. In his free time (what little he has), Tyson continues to enjoy following and discussing politics and policy. He has his eye on completing an MBA in the next few years, and he still hopes to own his own business someday.
I have a great job taking care of Sawyer and Beck and our home, where I have fun cooking, playing with the kids, and finding ways to frugally furnish and decorate our new place. My main “me time” activity is singing with the American Festival Chorus, a large choir conducted by Dr. Craig Jessop, the former conductor of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Sawyer, our cute little two-year-old, charms everyone with his gap-toothed grin. He loves his new bike (tricycle), balls of any sort, and his “dinky” (a Raggedy-Andy blanket that belonged to Tyson). Sawyer worships and emulates his Daddy, and he alternately loves, tolerates, and bullies his baby brother. We love Sawyer and all the fun his lively personality adds to our family!
Beck started out fairly big (8 lbs., 3 oz.) and is growing fast (17 lbs. now). He got an exer-saucer for Christmas, and he loves to stand up in it and grab at all the toys. He shares a huge, gummy smile with anyone who gives him the slightest bit of attention. We are lucky to have him!
We thank Heavenly Father for all our blessings this year. We thank Him, especially, for you!
P.S.: We didn’t receive many cards this season. I’ll give everyone the benefit of the doubt and assume it’s our fault, not yours. After all, we’ve had six different addresses in the past sixteen months. Maybe we’ve been a little difficult to keep track of? I’m hoping you’ll follow my lead and reconnect with us as well. Here is our current contact information:
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