January 19th

January 19th

I am Tahasi Massk

Today, we played with an app that shows the cheapest times to travel to certain places. It could become an addiction. We looked at Dublin in April. It isn’t a guarantee yet, but it is a hope. And looks fun. Timing is most exciting since having one week off for finals works perfectly for my classes, and coincides with the best time to fly. Tonight we went and watched our niece perform at her schools basketball game as well. She was great. The basketball team was less great.

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January 5th

January 5th

I am Tahasi Massk

We got our youngest sent on her first solo flight to grandma’s then boarded our own to the islands that once were our home. It has been years, but the memories of previous adventures here are still keen. Often adventure really is nothing grandiose, but simply being conscious of the wonder that is in the day, and being present with it. Adventure is finding joy in the simple things. Sunset on the beach. Walking hand in hand through a rainforest, or up a mountain trail. Finding a rock with a special shape or color. Magnitude does not determine how memorable an adventure becomes.

January 3rd

January 3rd

I am Tahasi Massk

There have been so many fun things to do that it has been hard to make time to prepare for our upcoming trip. Today I finalized some of the details. We are hoping to be able to see lava while we are one the big island, but that means not getting back on the ship at one of the ports. Luckily, at night flows often really flare up. Nothing is flowing into the ocean right now, but one can always hope that it does in the next couple of days. Seeing lava is the biggest draw for her on this trip, so we will just hope it turns out.

January 18th

January 18th

I am Tahasi Massk.

The most memorable events are sometimes the random events, the chance happenings. Everyday recurring events don’t stand out, but something that doesn’t normally happen sticks in our minds–like finding a stretcher in the middle of the road.

January 4th

January 4th
I am Tahasi Massk.
We have been planning a cruise. Keeping focussed on renting cars, reserving unique, island side excursions, and figuring out what to bring has been a big part of my week. And it has made it exciting. Thinking about the fun things we will do together is one of my favorite in the world.

January 17th

January 17th

I am Tahasi Massk

We took advantage of the middle of the day to go swimming with our youngest. One advantage to teaching our children at home is that during the day most places are rarely ever crowded. Counting everyone (not the employees) remained single digits almost the whole time. It was a great chance to spend some time teaching our daughter how to swim better, and then let her practice on her own for a while. As we were showing her, it struck me just what a great team we are when it comes to teaching our children. We each had things to show and teach, and having time with each of us made it more fun.

January 2nd

January 2nd

I am Tahasi Massk

After another fun day just enjoying being able to spend time with our children, she wanted to have one more fun thing—The Greatest Showman. My brother and sister-in-law had gone really early, and told every sibling they should. However, one way my active nature isn’t so great is that it makes me not enjoy going to the movies most of the time. It is just so hard to sit still for that long, but when something is important to her, I want to be a part of it. I loved the music, and the show was fun, but it was really just happy to share something that she was so passionate about.

January 1st

January 1st

I am Tahasi Massk

It was so much fun today to have Aerie and her friends come over for breakfast. Two years ago they did that and ended up staying the whole day playing games. This time they just talked and laughed and we all threw tin. It is fun to see them and remember what it was like to be a kid. Even during breakfast, eating and re-living fun moments, there was just a sense of joy in them. I am grateful that my love has encouraged the building of traditions. They provide a sense of stability and happiness for our family and beyond.

December 31st

December 31st

I am Tahasi Massk

I love the chance to spend time with small children each week. I am not sure if it is fun because I feel like I am good at making everyone smile, or if everyone smiles because it is fun, but I suppose it doesn’t really matter either way. We also had a great time having everyone in the family gather to eat and play games to celebrate the end of the year. It is so much fun to just be together and doing things as a family. It creates the memories that I will keep forever.

December 30th

December 30th

I am Tahasi Massk

Today the sun was shining so beautifully, and we got the chance to ride for a little while this afternoon on my way home from work. Then we went to the temple with my parents. It was such a fun chance to be with them. As we got to spend time with them, I thought about the fact that we are in the position where they were 20 years ago. I wondered if they had the same fears and worries that we have about our children. I had the thought that when we feel fear and doubt, our understanding blurs. Like eggs dripping across the end of telescope. We can still sort of see, but the image is distorted. Luckily, we can clean the lens again and see clearly.