What a wild array of events have happened in January, including TEN Eyrealm birthdays! It’s our month to celebrate the births about a fourth of the people in our clan. One of our favorite Christmas gifts was a birthday calendar from Shawni to keep us updated (which she does almost every year). Here is the top of the January page. That’s a lot of celebrations and since only three of these lovely people live close enough for us to celebrate in person, we’re so grateful for Amazon and the US mail.
Here are the twins on their eighth birthday. Yikes, one is already on the phone! They chose Indian food for their birthday lunch. Right on guys!
Another fun event was that three of our sons came from NYC, Wash. D.C. and San Diego for a conference for their company which is a stellar software company that teaches kids English from any language called Imagine Learning. It changes kids’ lives to be able to function in the world of English when their native language originates somewhere else. It’s a fabulous program and a job with a great cause!
Talmadge (NYC) and Eli (D.C.) both do a lot of work in center city schools and their stories are fascinating. Noah started in NYC and introduced the program to a plethora of schools there and after five years, they moved to San Diego. All three boys met their quota for the year which means that they have all won a luxury week in Hawaii in February which we are thrilled about, especially their wives!
In addition they have two cousins who have also joined the company and have met their quotas so all five will be celebrating in Hawaii together.
We met briefly at a yogurt place after their awards ceremony and after we had given a speech nearby and we were excited to hear that our nephew Sam (holding the yogurt cup) won the award for the Rookie of the Year and Noah won the Silver Medal for selling the second most in company history.
Wow we love these fun-loving guys! Rick had the chance to take them to a Jazz Game.
And Eli stayed an extra day so we caught another game! It’s always fun to sit by Eli at a Jazz game!
They came home for dinner after the conference just before two of them had to catch a plane. Sadly Noah was deathly ill. They stopped at insta care on the way home and was diagnosed with the flu. I’ve never seen him so sick! They tried to get a wheelchair for him at the airport without luck but he literally could barely walk. I don’t know how those eyes are still smiling. Poor guy! That was one sick dude!
The next morning we went out to No Worries Café at the Summit and had some pretty tasty breakfasts!
It was a delight to have these great guys home for a few hours at a time (note that Dad/Rick is standing on his tippy tippy toes next to Tal who is 6’9’’. We like this company that meets almost in our back yard.