(AKA What’s #Trending at #CasaDilday)
2014 got off to a “bumpy ” start when Mark took a mighty tumble at the hunting cabin. (His climbing tree stand broke apart when he was approximately 18 feet off the ground.) Luckily, his “Ninja instincts” kicked in and he was able to essentially back flip on his way down, landing feet first. (By the way, the game camera caught all of this on film.) #L2CompressionFracture #PhysicalTherapy #LuckyHeDidn’tBreakHisNeck
Gracie graduated in May from Fayetteville High School and we enjoyed having friends and family in town to celebrate with – what else? – a #DeckParty. She decided to attend Arkansas State University in Jonesboro (#AStAte #HowlYes), which is a great compromise because it is about as far away from Fayetteville as you can get while still qualifying for #InStateTuition. Gracie pledged ZTA and is loving college life. While her major is currently undeclared, she plans to pursue an advanced degree and become an Occupational Therapist.
Ethan has been bitten by the #ActingBug. He had a small role in the high school production of “Enter Laughing” this fall, qualified for the school’s Thespian Troupe and is currently rehearsing “Nothing is the End of the World, Except the End of the World” for an upcoming competition, and in January he’ll audition for the role of Orin in the #SpringMusical “Little Shop of Horrors.”
Music remains his second great love. He added #ukelele to his repertoire and now plays 5 instruments. Over Thanksgiving Ethan traveled with his high school marching band and enjoyed a 7 day trip to Disney theme parks and marching in Mickey’s Main Street Electrical Parade. #TubasForever
Genna gladly said goodbye to middle school and has embraced the #JuniorHighLife. She especially enjoys attending football and basketball games with her group of friends and is very active at our church in programs such as #GenOn, #PROTO, and #LYO (the Lutheran Youth Organization). She also loves babies and babysitting! She’s thinking she’d like to be a midwife.
Like many other #teenagers, Genna enjoys reading the incredibly popular #YoungAdultNovels that have come out in recent years. We often find her with her nose buried in a book reading (or re-reading!) #TheFaultInOurStars, #Divergent, or #TheMazeRunner. This hobby makes for great conversations and now Daddy and I are taking book recommendations from our girl!
While all 3 kids were on a mission trip to West Virginia this summer, Mark and I rented a friend’s cabin for a #KingsRiverVacay. It was a peaceful week of porch-sittin’, floating, fishing and relaxing.
In addition to #TagTeamParenting, Mark and I have enjoyed spending time with great friends and reconnecting with some old friends this year. We hosted numerous gatherings at #CasaDilday starting with a low-key New Year’s Eve, several deck parties at #CuartoCuartoatCasaDilday through the Spring, Summer and Fall, and ending with the 18th annual #TrickorTreatHeadquarters.
As we close out 2014, Mark is just beginning a NEW DECADE! #MarkIs50.
At Christmas, we hope that the celebration of #JesusBirth and #NewLifeinChrist will be trending in your lives!
Much love from the Dildays ~ Mark, Jody, Gracie, Ethan & Genna