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Dear Family and Friends,


December 2011
1947 East Beech Road
Sterling, VA 20164

Sorry about our 2010 letter. We were suffering from performance anxiety, writer’s block, stage fright, and post-Thanksgiving Stress Syndrome all at the same time. We are so grateful for the future, because it allowed us to time-shift our holiday letter writing forward one year. And it worked! Now, if we could just get one of those new-fangled quantum-computer thingies that will allow us to write letters in the past. Hmmmm . . . just think of the possibilities!


We’ve had an action-packed, fun-filled, wallet-busting, and sleep-deprived two years. In our 2009 letter we exclaimed about our daughter Brooke getting married. We’ve had two more weddings. Our son Ryan married Jennifer Sherman in a stunning ceremony in beautiful Middleburg, VA. Our daughter Chelsea married Jeffrey Curtis in the LDS Washington, DC Temple.

We have been able to visit our Utah and California families over the last two years. Unfortunately, the passing of my father in May 2010 occasioned one of these visits. The other visits gave the opportunity to fall off a surfboard nearly 100 times at Pismo Beach, and get an unsafe driving warning at the Boondocks go-carts in Kaysville.

Not only did Ryan get married this year, he also graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA) in Chemical Engineering. Chelsea passed her senior vocal recital at Utah State and is gearing up for student teaching music. Brooke’s husband, Scott, finished his two-year degree at Northern Virginia Community College and is transferring to George Mason University. Our oldest son Stan was promoted at work to manage the art department at his advertising agency. Trevor, pictured right, is trying to avoid growing up at the middle school. (Please just ignore the bars covering the window.)

Calvin has a new assignment at work that has him traveling about 2 times a month. Janet was able to go to Nashville on one trip. We “got our country on” at the live broadcast of the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman Auditorium.

Within three hours of Calvin being released as Bishop he and Janet began their joint assignment as Stake Youth Conference directors. We did a Pioneer Trek in 2010 at the Marriott Ranch and invaded Kirtland, Ohio in 2011. We now have a joint calling to teach early morning seminary. Janet teaches when Calvin is out of town—and has lots of fun trying to undo the mind-warping damage he does when it’s his turn to teach.

Thanks to all of you who have visited us over the last couple of years. We love and miss you all.

David Calvin, Janet, Stan, Ryan & Jennifer, Brooke & Scott, Chelsea & Jeffrey, and Trevor


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