Although we lost our local copy, a friend had a copy of our Christmas 98 letter, so here it is!
The twelve months of ‘98
A Christmas melody sung by the Ericksons
In the first month of ’98 the Erickson family…Found out
they would be moving from Illinois.
That’s right; after only 6 months of living in the Midwest,
Illinois Power decided not to renew Ryan’s contract, so we had to make plans to
move back to Utah. We were sad to leave
our friends in Decatur, but it was nice to come back home where our family is.
In the second month of ’98, the Erickson family…Packed up
all their belongings and moved 1300 miles – Again.
Let it be known that we do not enjoy packing or moving,
especially when done twice in six months.
We hope to not move again for a while.
In the third month of ’98, the Erickson family…Hates
mice. We really HATE them!
While we were gone, a small army of mice infested our
basement. Since the people living here
didn’t have any of their stuff in the basement, they didn’t ever go downstairs,
so they didn’t realize that the mice were there. Those mice had a great time eating our food storage and climbing
in our boxes. Needless to say, we set
lots of traps to get rid of them. Yuck!
In the fourth month of ’98 the Erickson family…had a
four-year-old and a two-year-old.
Our kids are growing up and are getting so very smart. Cole remembers everything he hears, and has
an opinion about everything. He enjoys
preschool, although I’m sure he talks his teacher’s ear off. He knows his address and phone number and will
tell anyone including total strangers at the mall (“My name is Cole. And this is my sister Megan, and that’s my
mom, and we’re going to…”). One day he
said, “Mom, I want to have more sisters.”
When asked why, he said, “then we can have a van”. Megan is a curious two-year-old who is
learning all the time, too. She likes
to sing “Twinkle Twinkle little star”, and the “I love you” song from
Barney. She can be very sweet, but
watch out when she’s in a bad mood!
In the fifth month of ’98 the Erickson family…took a
really fun trip to Disneyland.
Since Ryan had a business trip in Anaheim, we decided to all
go along for a family vacation. While
Ryan was at his conference during the day, Paige took the kids to Disneyland,
then we would go back to the hotel and pick up Ryan when he was done with
work. Even though it rained most of the
week, we had a great time!
In the sixth month of ’98 the Erickson family…experienced
another job change.
After 6 years with Erudite Software, Ryan decided it was
time for a change and accepted a job with a company called “PHAST”. They do home automation systems and he’s
having a great time playing with all the expensive little gadgets at work (and
he gets to bring some home, too!). Even
though it’s a longer commute, he really is enjoying his job.
In the seventh month of ’98, the Erickson family…enjoyed
the summer with all it’s activities.
We had fun going camping, going swimming, going to Lagoon,
and enjoying family get-togethers. We
went to the Lehi Rodeo and Paige even went to girls’ camp.
In the eighth month of ’98 the Erickson family…found out
that skipping does not come naturally for boys.
Cole was enrolled in a tumbling class for 4 and 5 year olds,
and when the teacher asked if they could skip, all the girls took off skipping
away and the boys had a hard time of it.
I guess boys have to be taught these things. He really enjoyed the 8-week class, and Megan liked going,
too. They both had fun walking on the
small balance beam and are now excellent at somersaults.
In the ninth month of ’98 the Erickson family…had fun
little “mini-vacations”—just not together.
Ryan had a business trip to New Orleans, the kids stayed at
their Grandparents’ and Paige went to Lake Tahoe for a friend’s wedding. Being 8 and a half months pregnant didn’t
stop Paige from taking a road trip with the girls. Even though it was a long drive in the car, it was tons of
fun! We were sure to make frequent
bathroom stops and checked which towns had hospitals as we drove through the
desolation of Nevada. Luckily
everything went fine and we had a great time at the wedding.
In the tenth month of ’98 the Erickson family…just about
had a baby in the car.
This labor went a lot quicker than the other two had, and we
thought we were leaving for the hospital with plenty of time. By the time we reached the Maternity Ward
(after a long painful walk through the hospital), Paige was ready for that
epidural, and the first thing she said to the nurses was “Call the
anesthesiologist!” They put us in a
room and examined Paige and then said, “Oh, you don’t have time for an
epidural, dear, this baby is on its way!”
Natalie was born 20 minutes later, tipping the scales at 9 pounds, 13
ounces. The midwife who delivered the
baby told us that it was a good thing this baby was posterior, or she would
have been born in the car!! Even though
the birth didn’t go quite as Paige had planned it, we are all happy to have
Natalie Robin in our family. She is a
wonderfully happy baby with big smiles for all of us, and her big brother and
sister (and parents) just adore her.
In the eleventh month of ’98 the Erickson family…decided
that we needed a bigger car.
With three kids and three car seats, it was getting just a
bit too crowded in our car, so we broke down and bought a minivan, and we love
In the twelfth month of ’98 the Erickson family…wishes you
a Merry Christmas and a joyous 1999!
We hope that your holiday
season is full of the joy of Christmas and the spirit of love. We are so thankful for another wonderful
year; and for friends like you to share it with; and especially for Jesus
Christ, whose birth we celebrate!
All our love,
Ryan, Paige, Cole, Megan and Natalie Erickson