So what has Chance been doing lately? Well......we have been buying all of the clothes and supplies he will need for his mission, including water proof shoes. It has been an exciting time, but Chance is not a big shopper so after a few hours, he is ready to be done. Then I have to feed him or something. Or let him drive us to our next destination since he doesn't know if he will be able to drive a car on his mission and is thus trying to get all of the drive time in that he can.
We also went on one last family vacation together to a beautiful cabin about an hour outside of Yellowstone National Park.
|We got the moon and the sun during the day.|
|Swans on the river|
There was a lot of snow. That made for good sledding, snow showing and cross country skiing. Chance is a master at making the perfect sled run on the hill next to the cabin. In typical Chance fashion, he studies it out, plots the right path and then gets to work shoveling and moving snow. It is lovely for the rest of us who get to benefit from the perfect sled hill. This year Chance and his brothers and sisters worked on the hill together.
|Chance getting ready to sled down the hill again.|
Chance also made a snow cave this year.
And made roasted tomato soup from scratch.
|The vegetables ready to bake before being made into soup.|
|The happy cook|
My goal each time we have gone to the cabin, is to find a puzzle to make Chance work for it. Chance is a puzzle master and at the cabin during his down time, he likes to work on a puzzle. It is my job to find a puzzle that takes him at least a couple of days to finish. Technically everyone in the family can work on the puzzle at any time, but Chance is by far the most devoted and spends the most time working on it. This year the puzzle was round and 1000 pieces. Chance finished it in two days. Not the way I had planned it, but Chance just keeps getting better and better at figuring out puzzles.
|Chance works on the puzzle|
|The finished product|
I need to up my game when it comes to finding him puzzles.
Doing puzzles has actually been a great way for Chance to detox and relax for years. Sometimes when he would get home from work, he would turn his implants off and work on a puzzle for a few minutes. He also works on puzzles during General Conference and during holidays.
Puzzling is a great way for Chance to rest his ears and take a hearing break for a minute. He doesn't always turn his implants off when he works on puzzles, but it is a good activity that gives him the option if he wants or needs it.
Talking to deaf and hard of hearing people through the years, they have talked about hearing fatigue and how they sometimes need a break from hearing. Puzzling does that for Chance. Plus, he loves doing it.
Last week, Chance confided in me that when he is over at other peoples' houses and they have a puzzle out, he has to restrain himself from plopping down and working on their puzzles.
Chance got a puzzle of a national park in England for Christmas. It is a beautiful scene and Chance says he wants to live there.
Lucky for him, he will be in England soon.
Until our next family visit to the cabin with Chance: