Volume 14 April 2001 (Should be December 2000)
Happy New Year and Happy Easter! The year 2000 was a year of change. We changed homes, neighborhoods, employers (sort of), and added a family member.
Harold, on the other hand, pretty much stayed the same. In Lindon, he worked with the eleven year old Boy Scouts and helped neighbors with their computers and Palm Pilots. In American Fork, Harold works with the twelve year old scouts and helps neighbors with their computers and Palm Pilots.
Symantec, the maker of NORTON AntiVirus, acquired Axent Technologies where Harold was employed. Now, Harold works as a Product Manager for Symantec, the largest information security company in the world.
Holly keeps busy raising Heather and her three big brothers. In Lindon Holly taught the nine year olds in church, and assisted with the Relief Society Visiting Teaching routes. When she wasn't at the elementary school helping with math and the home reading program, she could be found painting, painting, and PAINTING the Lindon house (to get it ready to be sold) and house hunting. She became quite the house-hunting guru, recognizing every Northern Utah County house on the market by description, location, length on the market, and the asking price. ARGH!!
Since moving to American Fork, Holly has shifted gears by unpacking, chasing Heather in a fun new environment, keeping mud OUTSIDE, adjusting to a new elementary school schedule, and being the Webelos Den Leader in Cub Scouts.
Heather (16 mos.) has the Toomey appetite! She loves potatoes, particularly French Fries, peas, scrambled eggs, French toast, Swedish pancakes, and Sparkling Spumante (expensive taste). Heather loves her brothers, music, toilets, toilet bowl brushes and plungers, and BATHS. Upon moving to American Fork she took up stinker-bug crawling, probably to avoid knee-to-tile floor contact in the dining room, become quite adept at climbing stairs. In December she began walking.
Heather is not afraid to express her opinion. She'll look her opponent straight in the eyes and roar with disapproval. She can also be very comforting, kissing Mommy and giving her assuring pats on the shoulder. Heather's vocabulary is increasing daily. Currently, her favorite words are: “Dad, Mom, David, Jonathan, Andrew, Grandma, Yes, No, Ouch, Hot, Shoes, Juice, and Mmmm Good.” But Heather is not the only one expanding her vocabulary.
Andrew (5) likes to use such words as "camouflaged" and "response." He has been a great example to the rest of the family on Fast and Testimony Sundays, because he loves to bear his testimony. He also loves Macaroni and Cheese, Petit fours, chocolate, chocolate, and chocolate. Andrew began Kindergarten at the end of August, and while home without his brothers he is a tremendous help with Heather. Andrew loved riding the bus to school with David and Jonathan in Lindon. He now has to adjust to walking 0.8 miles home from school with his brothers.
Jonathan (9) loves Cub Scouts. He earned his Bobcat badge only one week after his eighth birthday and his Wolf badge shortly afterwards. He now has several arrow points and belt loops. It is very evident that Jonathan loves Heather, because he is often found playing with her. He played baseball this year and loved it! He aced computers and health last semester and also enjoys Science. Jonathan is adjusting well to a different school, but he misses his friends in Lindon. Three of his Lindon friends threw him a going away party before he moved and took him to a movie. This was a major highlight of the year for him.
We learned something new this year, when Jonathan accidentally grabbed his African Fat Tailed Gecko by the tail. It came off! The boys rushed to Holly, screaming all the way, dropping the end of the bloody tail onto the kitchen counter! While the tail end flopped around and Gecko ran around on the counter leaving a bloody trail, Holly tried not to faint while hunting through the phone book for a veterinarian. The prognosis? Geckos have a defense mechanism to protect them from predators in the wild. If their tail is grabbed, it comes off, and the Gecko grows another one. Whew, what a relief!
In October Jonathan had eye surgery on both eyes for Lazy Eye. He was very brave, all went well, and he recovered well.
David (12) received straight A's on his last report card in the fifth grade and a state citation for being in the top scoring ten percent nationally in science and reading. Now in the sixth grade he has earned his First Class rank and the Orienteering merit badge in Boy Scouts, and has become a Game Boy ace. He is very analytically minded, is very resourceful, has great problem solving abilities, and is a tremendous help to his parents. He has grown very tall.
Marcia, Harold’s mother, moved in with us this year. She is a great joy and helper to our family. With three girls and four boys, there is finally more balance in the Toomey household.
We played very hard this year, traveling whenever possible.
In January, Holly and Heather flew to Oregon for the wedding of long time family friend and former college roommate, Cathy Morgan.
San Diego, California
In February, our family traveled to San Diego, California, for the sealing of Holly's good friend, Robyn Hyde, to her husband Jared. Robyn's children were also sealed to Jared at that time. It was a wonderful experience to witness. We are so glad they have each other.
We stayed at the home of Harold's brother, Paul, though Paul's crew was out of town. We visited Harold's brother, Jerry, and his family. We enjoyed that tremendously. We revisited Sea World, the beach, and explored Legoland for the first time … twice.
We visited Harold's brother, Robert, and his family in St. Louis this summer. Harold and Andrew got to go canoeing. Some of the sights we visited were: Cahokia Mounds, St. Louis Children's Museum (the Shoe Factory), the St. Louis Science Museum, Magic House, and Six Flags amusement park. We enjoyed the time with them and the site seeing.
On July 4th we attended a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game. One highlight of the game was Keith McDonald's homerun, on his first time up to bat in a professional game. Yeah, Keith, batting a 1,000!! To commemorate the moment, Holly made Heather a teddy bear, named Keith McDonald, at Build-A-Bear, a cool store where the customer can make her own customized teddy bear. http://www.buildabear.com
Venturing out further from the city, we went to Hannibal, Missouri, home of Mark Twain, where we explored the cave where Tom Sawyer and Becky Thatcher got lost and took a riverboat ride on the Mississippi River. Robert and Jana and their boys joined us in Nauvoo and gave us a tour of Robert's old missionary stomping grounds. We also saw the building sight of the Nauvoo temple.
Cave Creek, Arizona
In the sizzling heat of August, we braved the Arizona desert. Cave Creek was home base for a week, where the boys enjoyed swimming almost daily. We saw beautiful scenery and revisited Slide Rock State Park just north of Sedona. We enjoyed Raw Hide, an old western amusement park, where the boys rode donkeys, fed pigs, climbed rock cliffs, bungee catapulted, had a squirt gun fight, and more!
We took a jeep tour with Enrico, the Italian Cowboy, and our view of the desert changed forever. He taught us how to survive in the desert, which cactus to get water from, what to eat, how to eat, what to avoid, and how to tell directions. Now the boys see the desert and literaly salivate.
As of last Thanksgiving, our new address is:
& Holly Toomey
1376 North 1100 East
American Fork, UT 84003
Home: (801) 492-1526 Mobile: (801) 376-1545 (Holly) Mobile: (800) 857-7410 (Harold) Work: (801) 227-3731 Fax: (435) 330-3234 Internet: www.toomey.org
Mobile: (801) 376-1545 (Holly)
Mobile: (800) 857-7410 (Harold)
Work: (801) 227-3731
Fax: (435) 330-3234
The Lord has been good to us. May He bless each and every one of you throughout the year. Keep in touch.
With love from,
Harold, Holly, David, Jonathan, Andrew and Heather-
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