Sunday, January 15, 2012

Happy New Year!

I decided to post our Holiday letter to the blog. I am so busy and really do not have the time to mail out 75 cards. So I hope you will forgive me. Jacob usually writes the holiday letter but he too is crazy busy, so I am going to attempt to update you all on our lives. (The Family Pictures were all taken in our yard in St. Anthony)

2011 did not disappoint this year! We had a marvelous time including trips, camping, family dinners, friends, work, school, dance, basketball, swimming, and soccer. It was a wonderful year.

Jake: He continues to enjoy his work with Eastern Idaho Technical College and Idaho State University. He has worked hard this year so we were able to enjoy some much needed vacations!

Hoover Dam October 2011

Lisa: I continue to work for Central High School in Rexburg. I am completely in love with my job and am grateful everyday that I get to work at such a fine school!

Emma, 12 years old: She has blossomed this year and has become a beautiful young woman. We are so lucky that we have such a remarkable daughter. She continues her competition dance team. She is on the Senior team this year. We have just entered competition season and I am so excited! I love watching her dance. She also played 7th grade basketball and really enjoyed that. Jake and I did not enjoy how much she was gone! So she has decided to just stick to one extracurricular and she chose dance. (secretly, of course, this thrilled me!) She is also in the Junior High Band, where she plays percussion and she will be playing the piano in their competition in May. And of course she continues to get straight A's. So proud of our Emma!

Jack, 9 years old: Our blue eyed boy is doing wonderful. He is in the 4th grade this year and we can't keep the knocks on the door from happening. His friends love to come over and I am so glad. He has made such wonderful friends here in St. Anthony. He continues to enjoy scouting, where he is working on his bear. He played basketball and soccer, which he is progressing in quite nicely. He could excel at either sport. He is playing the piano, which he most definitely has an ear for. He practices one song once and he has it down. And of course he is the best big brother a boy could ask for!

Charley, 7 years old: He is in 1st grade this year...what a wonderful thing this has been. We have loved watching him grow and mature. He is reading non-stop. And I love it! He loves his class and friends. He isn't playing any sports or piano quite yet. We will start those in second grade. But he seems content to watch his brother and sister as they participate in their various activities. He is starting to want to play with others and has done so on occasion but for the most part he is so happy to play with Jack. I love that they are the best of friends. It makes my heart smile!

Summer 2011 was one of the most relaxing summers we have had in a long time. I wasn't working or in school for the first time in like 5 years so it was just an enjoyable, relaxing summer. We just played, hiked, (my most favorite hike was to Hidden Falls in the Grand Tetons!) exercised, and swam. It really was an incredible summer.

Family hike to Hidden Falls in the Grand Tetons; July 2011

Jake and I took a couple weekend trips to Sacramento and Las Vegas and spent some lovely time with friends and family there.

Potter Family
Laie, Oahu, Hawaii July 2011

Jake and I had the opportunity to go to Hawaii with my family in July. We hadn't yet been to Hawaii so we were so excited to see what it had to offer. And it did not disappoint. It was a beautiful vacation. We were able to reconnect with my siblings and parents and had a wonderful time. We hiked (Jake's favorite), swam with turtles (my favorite), snorkeled, saw waterfalls, beautiful mountains and flowers, ate (alot!), and just relaxed with my family! Lovely, lovely vacation. We are ready to take our kids back with us!

Oahu July 2011

We surprised the kids for Christmas and took them to Disneyland. It really was the best family vacation we had taken. There is something magical about Disneyland at Christmas. The kids had a wonderful time. And even Jake was not disappointed. I am impressed with how well they run the park. And if you have been there in the last 10 years, you know that the Fast Passes are a lifesaver. We will for sure go back. LOVED IT!!!

Disneyland Christmas Tree: Christmas Eve 2011

California Adventure: Christmas Day 2011

2011 has been a marvelous year and we are looking forward to see what 2012 has to offer. We think of each of you often and are grateful for your presence in our lives. May you find peace and happiness in the coming year.


The Haeberle's

Jake, Lisa, Emma, Jack and Charley


  1. Wonderful post, I'm so glad to see pictures from your trips. Love you guys!

  2. That was fun reading about your year! You guys are all so beautiful and I love you!!

  3. Love it! Little Charley looks so much like Mike! You are gorgeous as ever!

  4. Thanks for reading everyone! And Denise, you are too kind...thank you.

  5. I loved reading this! I love all of the pictures. I can't believe how grown up all of the kids are getting. Love you all SOOOO much!!