One thing that happens when you become grandparents is that you finally decide to get rid of things in your house that COULD be deadly weapons. So it is with our glass coffee table that has been in the family for years, actually ever since Tibi and Landon were babies, back when Grandma and Grandpa Packard gave it to us. Back then, we were thinking "Yay, a new coffee table that looks great in our house, something that is new, something that is nice." Well, after you have grandbabies, some of those "nice" and "new" things become "nice and new bangs and bumps on heads" and are ready to be sacrificed to outer darkness for others to enjoy...others who don't have grandkids. Don't get me wrong, I know the next time my visiting teachers come over to visit they are going to ask what's different about the room, that someday we will remember how Landon tried jumping off the couch into Brockton's arms and instead hit his head on that glass table, thus landing him his first and only experience with getting stitches. Those were the days...but those days are going away. So goodbye, glass table. Goodbye and goodnight.
And now Jonah is thinking, "Hey, where's the table where I always read my books?"
Kevin keeps himself busy doing residential appraisals and Clark County Fair business during the day. He serves as the bishop of our ward, and probably has another four years left. Kevin likes to watch a good movie, read a good book, and take his wife out to lunch. He is an avid BYU, Boston Celtics, and Red Sox fan, and takes every chance he has to visit his kids and grandkids.
Life has definitely slowed down for Vicki since the kids have all gone, but she still stays busy working in the temple on Thursdays, walking every morning, and keeping Kevin company during the day. She enjoys trying a new recipe, quilting when she has time, and reading a good book every now and then. A highlight is when she gets to get in the car and go to Arizona or Utah to visit the kids and grandkids. She likes long weekends, taking road trips, and cool weather.
Connie & Peter
Connie and Peter have been married for 12 years now and have 4 beautiful little kids, Jonah, Eden, Levi, and Everly. They live in Mesa, Arizona where Peter works for Wells Fargo Bank and Connie stays home with the children. Connie continues on with her education, and is taking classes through BYU-I's home study program. They are wonderful parents, have lots of friends, and come to Logandale when the county fair comes to town and whenever else they get the chance.
Kira is living in Salt Lake City and working at Professional Christmas Lights, a hanging company, where she oversees all of the calendaring. She loves Utah, loves her boyfriend Vance, loves the warmer weather for outdoor activities, and calls every once in a while to let us know that she is still alive. She is the queen of road trips and "gets lost" for weeks on end with Vance whenever she can. Kira is the designated "gypsy" of the family.
Lexie & Sharrid
Lexie and Sharrid have been married for 10 years, and have four cute boys now. They live in Provo, Utah where Sharrid is working at the hospital, and Lexie gets to stay home with the boys while she works on her first novel. They have a cute home just south of campus where Marce and Phoenix can walk to and from school. They go visit grandpa, Jeff, and Lisa often, and love the convenience of close shopping. Sharrid is always a hit wherever they go, as he is 6'8" with a 5'3" wife!
Michaela & Tommy
Michaela and Tommy have been married for three years now and are living in San Diego, where Tommy works the southern California region of the family business, and she continues her studies. She spends most of her time taking care of little Forrest, and building her calligraphy/custom lettering business. They are a very handsome couple and have quite a few friends. We are lucky to see them often, as they are becoming quite the travelers.
Tibi finished serving her 18 month mission for the LDS church in Boise, Idaho, in May, and has been staying busy working for Kira and Vance in Salt Lake City, earning enough money to head back up to BYU-I in January for more schooling. She loved her mission, and made life-long friends there that she still keeps in touch with. She is enjoying the snowfalls of Utah, was able to see her grandmother before she passed, and is spending quite a bit of time with her beau, Dillon.
Landon continues to serve in Mendoza, Argentina, and returns home this coming May. He had the great privilege of serving under his mission president as secretary to the mission, and is now back in the field as Zone Leader. Landon is a great friend, a super brother, and a wonderful son.