Merry Christmas 2017 from the Dimit Family. This year for our Christmas letter, I thought I would reduce my carbon footprint ;-) and crank out a blog post in lieu of sending our Christmas letter through the mail. Please note that Lester is authoring this blog post (since Elizabeth is not feeling well), so this Christmas letter will not have the literary flourishes you would get from Elizabeth :-).
Lester: It has been an interesting year. I completed by 22nd year at Intel, still working in marketing as the ecosystem manager for Intel's fabric business (fabric, as in supercomputing fabric ;-)). I also had a very fun 11 week sabbatical this summer, enjoying time with the family. Finally, I was called as the Elders Quorum president in our ward, so I have been very busy this fall learning my new calling.
Elizabeth: What a year!! It felt divided in two--before sabbatical and after. It was definitely the highlight of 2017, especially since I got to see 15 state capitols! (Good thing New England is so small!) Other than that, I spent time working as a freelance business writer and working on my children's book. I also volunteer at Brandon's middle school and teach an early-morning class about famous authors. I teach Relief Society at church, and have fun hanging out with the kids and Lester. Happy New Year!
|VA State Capitol- Richmond, VA|
Brandon: Brandon turned 12 this year and received the Aaronic Priesthood and is currently serving as the 1st councilor in the Deacons Quorum presidency. Brandon is doing well in 7th grade and is doing very well in his classes (mostly A's). He is also in 9th grade math, which is challenging for him. He is also doing well in scouting, enjoying his 1st summer camp, and earning 12 merit badges and his Star Scout rank this fall.
Sabbatical 2017: We had a great time on our 11-week sabbatical this summer, visiting 23 states (OR, CA, NV, AZ, UT, ID, VA, MD, DE, PA, WV, NJ, NY, MA, CT, RI, NH, ME, VT, OH, MI, IN, IL), 15 state capitals (for Elizabeth) and driving ~8,000 miles (not including the plane trips to Washington DC and from Chicago to Portland). It was a very fun (but long) trip(s) where we got to build a lot of fun family memories. Highlights are below :-).
Engstrom Family Reunion (6/26-7/1): The sabbatical got off to a fast start with an Engstrom Family Reunion in Lake Tahoe. On the way home, we took a little side trip to Crater Lake, OR.
Girls Camp (7/11-7/15): Lester had the privilege of volunteering at our stake girls camp and spent the week making memories with Alexis. I helped run the rifle range, which was a lot of fun!!
East Coast Trip (7/18-8/16): We took an extended trip to see the East Coast. We flew to Washington, D.C. where we toured for 4 days before we started our State Capital Extravaganza :-). Some of the highlights of the trip were Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia; Gettysburg; NYC; Boston; New England; Palmyra, NY; Niagara Falls; Kirtland, OH; the Pro Football Hall of Fame (Canton, OH), and Chicago.
|White House- Washington DC|
|Lincoln Memorial- Washington DC|
|Liberty Bell- Philadelphia, PA|
|Lower Manhattan from Empire State Building|
|Evening Cruise of NY Harbor|
|9/11 Memorial, NYC|
|Old North Church- Boston, MA|
|Hill Cumorah- Palmyra, NY|
|Niagara Falls, NY|
|Pro Football Hall of Fame- Canton, OH|
|Kirtland Temple- Kirtland, OH|
|Solar Eclipse- Boise, ID|
|Horseshoe Bend- Page, AZ|
|Antelope Canyon- Page, AZ|
|Landscape Arch-Arches NP, UT|
|Delicate Arch- Arches NP, UT|
|Monument Valley, UT|
|Hug Point, OR|
Love, the Dimit Family.