Top Toone family moments in 2013 (not a brag sheet)
It’s been a sweet year for our family. Look at all the cool things we did. Lisa is such an awesome nurse that she was invited by the royal family to assist in the delivery of Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge, the baby son of Prince William and Duchess Catherine. Our oldest son, Trevin, is such a computer whiz that he was called in to help solve the problems with the Obamacare website (yeah, it needed a lot of work). And remember that viral video, “What Does the Fox Say?” Kalen was in one of those cute fox suits dancing in the background.
Ok, not really. But it truly has been a great year for our family. We’ve been challenged but not overwhelmed. We’ve also had memorable moments and enjoyed tremendous blessings. For those who care to read on, here is a little summary.
JANUARY: My daughter Elise and I opened the year by each having eye surgery. She had a minor corrective procedure and I underwent LASIK surgery. We both see much better.
FEBRUARY: Lisa’s parents treated the whole family to a few days at a massive Bear Lake cabin for a Christmas present. While it was winter, we had a great time. The cabin had three levels. There was so much space that each family had it’s own area. It had a theater room, a recreation room with a basketball court, plenty of rooms and furniture with places to relax. One highlight of our stay was welcoming home Tony Weston, my brother-in-law, from his military service over seas. Although our van’s battery died and every member of our family came down with the flu, we got home in one piece. Good times.
APRIL: After three years of work, “No Excuses, No Regrets: The Eric Weddle Story” was finally published and released at the end of April/beginning of May. The hard work paid off. It was fun to participate in several book signings and media interviews. Generally, the book received positive reviews and has sold thousands of copies. I was even invited to do a book signing at the flagship Deseret Book during general conference weekend. I feel very blessed that it all came together so well the first time because it’s been difficult to come up with an idea for another book.
MAY: Kalen Bennett Toone turned 8 years old and was baptized this month. We are so proud of him for that decision. Most of the family came and we celebrated Kalen’s important day.
JUNE: There was a time when Lisa and I thought the family was complete with three kids, but then came the feeling that we needed one more. I had a strong feeling that she would be a sweet girl, giving us balance with two boys and two girls. That’s how it worked out. Emma officially joined our family at the beginning of summer. We named her Emma because we liked the name and it felt appropriate given that she has several pioneer ancestors by that name. We are so happy to have Emma in our family. After we brought her home, I took a week off and primarily spent time with the boys while Lisa settled in with the baby. Elise loves her new little sister. We went through a little adjustment period, but I think we got a handle on four kids now — just make the boys do more work.
JULY: When the Mickelsen family gathered for the annual reunion, I had something special to share. A year ago I was asked by my mother to create a book about the lives of my grandparents, Charles and Dorthy Mickelsen. I needed that year to complete the project in my spare time. It was finished and printed just in time for the reunion. It was an honor for me to honor my grandparents in this way. I hope to tackle a similar project for the Toone side of my family in the near future.
AUGUST: We love our home twice as much now that we have finished the basement. It took a few months, but the contractor, Tony Allred, did a great job. We wonder how we ever functioned without the basement. I even got a new, more spacious office out of the deal. We’re broke now, but we love our basement.
SEPTEMBER: Trevin has played little league football in previous years, but this year he needed a change and asked to sign up for flag football. Somehow I ended up as the coach. I love sports, but I’ve never wanted a coaching gig. Who would I criticize if the team struggled? Only myself. This forced me out of my comfort zone, but things eventually fell into place. Trevin caught passes, scored touchdowns and had fun experience. We had a good little team and we finished the season 4-5, losing our final game in the playoffs. I think it was a good experience for me, but I don’t think I’m coaching material. I told my wife about my new rule: I will only coach one team per kid per lifetime.
OCTOBER: The fourth Toone Trout Slam went down one weekend in October. It was another epic trip. You can read a more detailed account in this blog entry.
Most of all we are grateful for the gospel of Jesus Christ, our health, our family and friends. The Lord has been good to us and we feel so blessed. I look forward to creating more memories in 2014. Happy new year everyone!
HONORABLE MENTIONS: These items should also be mentioned … Lisa reached the 10-year mark in her employment as an ER nurse with Intermountain Health Care. … Our boys started year-round school at Buffalo Point and Elise is now in Kindergarten. … I started parking at Clearfield station and riding Frontrunner into Salt Lake City each day. … I took the boys to the ward campout in August and we all returned home safely. We also had a nice trip to Mesquite to visit my brother Ryan and stopped off at Cove Fort on the way home.