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Nov 1, 2012
So I have started and saved multiple posts over the last year, just never quite finishing them and thinking I will get to it again later. One of the funny things I have found is that by the end of the year, all my posts are pretty much what I put into my family Christmas letter. So here I am thinking whether or not to write anything, or just wait till Christmas? Well, I guess I can go into more detail now, and just summarize later for the letter.
Where to begin....
In reference to the title, Trevor was given a brain teaser by his baseball coach. Overall he did fine, but this particular question had him puzzled. He wrote his answer, and subsequently the all the coaches found out and thought it was hilarious. These are the things I need to do better at putting into writing so I will remember how funny it was, and to also have something more than life events to write about.
You would have never guessed with our ability to travel that we had never taken our kids to DisneyLAND. Yes, we have been to Disney World multiple times, but never Disneyland. So this January we hopped on a plane and spent almost a week in CA. We went just a couple of days though since the park was so busy from the Rose Bowl fans and locals who were still out of school. We went down to the Hollywood walk of fame and to the beach. Marcs family was also there, and we hung with them a lot too. We got to take Brittany and Spencer with us as well while Jacob was out of town for work. Tye even made the trip down for a couple of days before the new semester started. He had to leave early to get back to work and go be with his "sick" girlfriend.
I guess you could say she wasn't really "sick," except in the morning...So as we got off the plane from LAX to SLC, Tye called me (Mom), to inform me that Lauren was pregnant. My first response was "by you?" It wasn't intended to be mean, but I was trying to not let all the family around me know what he was saying and also, if you know anything about their relationship, they just didn't spend all that much time together. Apparently the time they did spend was put to good use?...(or as I said, conjugal visits) It was my birthday that weekend, and I didn't want to ruin it by telling everybody and having the yell fest/lecture that was sure to be had by Marc. Shockingly, Marc ended up not yelling all that much when I did tell him, but the lectures have been pretty much nonstop. ( of course, they always were happening before anyway) This isn't the life you have envisioned for your kids, "when you have already been there and done that," but at least we knew that it could all turn out OK.
Moving forward, Trevor was once again playing on the high school baseball team. We got to all take a fun spring training trip to Memphis, TN. We, of course, toured Graceland while we were there. The varsity team actually won the tournament. Some of the fields we played on were like college fields, they were awesome. One of the teams they played was the same school from Blindside. After the tournament was over, we headed into Nashville for a couple of days to see the sights. Trevor and Marc have been there already a couple of times to see the Titans play, but I have not. We went over to where the Grande Ole Opry is, but because it was Easter Sunday it was closed. We got to see the Vanderbilt fields and all of downtown. Once we returned to SLC, the boys took region. We fell short in the state championships, but it was a great season. 2 of our boys were being highly recruited by the pros, and we always had scouts at the games to watch them. (Brady was drafted and is now playing for the Yankees) Trevor had a pretty good season of baseball on the sophomore and JV teams. He has pretty much moved into only playing 1st base and not pitching anymore. They played a summer league, but no travelling for tournaments. This fall they had qualified for a tournament in Vegas, so after not picking up a bat or ball for 3 months (because of golf) we got to go play 4 games. I was so happy to see Trevor perform so well after his down time, he even turned a TRIPLE play. (L3-U3-6, which means a line drive hit to and caught,out 1, by Trev, he then touched first base,out 2, and then threw it to shortstop at 2nd base for out #3)
In June, as soon as school was out, we headed up to Jeremy Ranch with Marcs family for a little close to home getaway. Trev enjoyed all the golf courses up that way with a friend he brought with, while we mostly just relaxed and swam at the pool. Britt and Spencer came up a few days before Jacob was able to, but even Tye and Lauren came up for a couple of days. Lauren was almost 7 months pregnant, and was starting to have a few contractions. Shortly after, her Dr. put her on bed rest hoping she could at least get to 34 weeks or more. We had a fun baby shower for her, but she had to be careful since she wasn't supposed to be out of bed except for potty, shower and eating.
Phew, she made it to 37 weeks exactly. Now they didn't (couldn't) stop her when her water broke. She was admitted on July 20th, but Braylon didn't make his debut until 3:17am on July 21,2012. He weighed in at 6 lbs 2 oz and 19.5 in. long. Not too bad for 3 weeks early. (Just as a side note, there was a horrible mass shooting at a theater in Colorado at the opening of Batman on July 20, so we were happy that he waited so his birthday won't be the anniversary of that tragedy.)
All things baby related... Britt found out that she is having baby #2 in early February. So far, all indications are that it will be a baby girl. Britt is at 26 weeks. Braylon is now 3 months old and growing so fast. He weighs in at a whopping 13 lbs 9 oz and 24 in long. We love having him around. He is usually very good natured and a good sleeper. My sister Janessa had a baby girl, Brecklyn, just 2 weeks after Braylon. I am pretty sure they look 2 months, not 2 weeks apart. In December, my other sister will be adding #5 to their family in New Zealand. They think it is a girl as well. We are hoping that they will still be able to come over next summer as planned so we can all see the new addition.
So back to everything else, possibly in no particular order. Trev killed the Sunbird just before we went to Disneyland ( we didn't know it was actually dead till we came home. Wasn't January a fun month...?) It took 3 months for Marc to decide he could part with it, and that was only partly because my dad won a car at our baseball raffle and we bought it from him for Trev to drive. Trev made the golf team again this year. He is now a Junior at BHS and is taking some hard college courses. Tye is a pretty good dad to Braylon. He was just promoted to Assistant Manager at the theater and is still going to school at the U.
Just a few weeks ago we took Trevor, Brittany, Jacob and Spencer to Orlando for a Disney cruise or "Mickey Boat" as Spencer called it. We had a blast, but also were sad that Tye, Lauren and Braylon weren't able to join us. We are planning a family trip for Christmas, and hopefully everyone will be able to go.
Hopefully I will get better about updating this blog, but don't count on it, cuz playing with grandkids is much more fun. Maybe when I have some more time I will add some pictures too.
Dec 31, 2011
Wow! It seems the holidays come more quickly each year. So much for a stress free season, I guess I had better get writing and wrapping so that Santa can visit.
Trevor has been a busy boy this year. In March, he made the BHS Baseball team. He got to spend a fun 10 day spring training trip to California, and then came home to finish league play and take the State title. Summer was filled with a baseball trip to Omaha and lots of golf. Then in August he made the BHS golf team, and got his drivers license. He is also in the Ping Pong club. He went on his first date to Homecoming in September. His freedom to drive means as much time away from home as possible.
Tye has remained busy with his Engineering studies at the U. He has a bit less than 2 years left to graduate. This summer he was promoted to a supervisor position at work and also started full time. He is still dating Lauren and says they are engaged, but no date has been set. We still enjoy having him live at home for now.
Brittany graduated from the Nursing program at Weber State this spring. She is still looking for a job that is conducive to being home with Spencer. Jacob has a new position at work, but is still doing a lot of the same things. When he has travelled, we have gotten to enjoy Britt and Spencer coming to stay with us. Spencer turned 1 in May. He is running around and has really started to talk a lot. He is a bit of a monkey and loves to climb.
Marc is still flying for Delta, but is now in an International category of flying. He’s gotten to go to Amsterdam, Zurich, Paris, Aruba and Hawaii. He can’t wait till he gets to go to Asia. Janaye finally has the time to do whatever she wants. No more team mom duties, ( gets to be a fan in the stands with everyone else) no more chauffeur, and best of all loves being Grandma. After 20ish years of marriage, we actually took 2 trips this year, just Janaye and Marc.
May 19, 2011
Trevor made the Bingham high baseball team in March. It is a whole new experience for playing baseball. No more 40+ game seasons. 37 other guys fighting for playing time. And being the rookie. They only play about 15ish Sophomore games, and about 20ish JV games. He usually got to play in the Soph. games (either hitting, defensively or both) and saw a few at bats for JV.
For their spring training trip, the team rode a bus to California for 10 days. (With a stopover in Vegas on the way there and back) The Varsity team played in the Hard 9, and took 6th out of 16 teams. The Soph team went 3-1, and saw some pretty good teams.Opening ceremonies for the tournament was a lot of fun. Domingo came and hit lots of home runs (he is a Youtube sensation that the boys love). They even got some pictures with him.
The boys got to go to 1 college game (UCLA vs. Arizona) and 3 MLB games (2 Dodgers vs. Braves and 1 Angels vs. Red Sox- and yes the Sox won, YAY for Trev). Marc and I went to the first Dodgers vs Braves game with them. All I have to say is I am glad we don't live in LA with the traffic and confusing freeways, even with a GPS, getting to Dodger stadium was an adventure I would like to forget.
The boys got to hang out at the beach one day and go to 6 Flags on another day. 5 boys stayed in each hotel room, and boy did it smell like it. They all had fun playing cards and video games during their down times and late at night. Trev seemed to have lots of fun, but was glad to get home and sleep in his own bed, alone!
One of the nights there, Marc and I took a little trip to Newport Beach with Blake and Angie. We also got to see John Hilton a couple of times too. We had lots of fun with the boys and all the parents. We didn't stay the whole time since we had to come home for our next schedule of events...
We hurried onto our flight from CA. Friday morning and went straight to Ogden for Brittany's graduation ceremony from Nursing school. She has officially completed her schooling for her RN, she just has to take the state test to be licensed. I am sure she is relieved to have it all done, now she needs to be able to find a job. All she wanted for graduation was a trip to Washington DC. She went there while in high school and saw bits and pieces of lots of things that she really wanted to go back and enjoy. So off her and Jacob went and left little Spencer with us.
We got to have 6 full days of Spencer. He was so good, I am sure he didn't even miss his parents (hint, hint for him to stay with us again). He is very mobile and tried to get into anything within his reach. He slept through the night and usually a couple of good naps during the day. I tried to teach him to go down the stairs and to say Grandma, but to no avail. We took him to a couple of Trevor's baseball games, but usually it was cold and too long for him to sit still. We had a great time with him, but as I said when we had Lincoln, you forget what time and effort it takes having little ones around.
As you can see in the pic above, Marc is sporting a bit of facial hair. He is currently in the process of qualification training for transoceanic flights. So in the mean time while he is sitting idle, he thought he would grow something he can't normally have. Too bad he can't get it to grow that thick, even with the gray, on the top...JK
Jan 29, 2011
Oct 25, 2010
In August, Trev turned 15 and was immediately off to the DMV to get his learners permit. The test was hard with a bunch of random knowledge questions, but Trev passed it on his first try. He had never actually driven before that day, so when we got home to some safe/quiet roads we got him behind the wheel. 2 months in, and he is doing pretty good, even with the stick shift.
The next week, school started for both boys. Trev is in 9th grade, officially in High School. Tye is now attending the U of U. He drives to the Trax station on school days, and I am not quite sure he enjoys the ride, but it is nice to not have to drive his new car all the way up there. Yes, I did say new car. Finally after years of driving the Sunbird, he has his own KIA Forte.
For labor day weekend we (Brit's family and ours)headed up to Park City for some fun and relaxation. Trev and Marc did the zipline. We shopped at the factory stores. Spencer went for his first swim. The weather was so nice, it was a great weekend.
In mid-September Marc had a layover in Orlando, so Trev and I joined him. We went to Sea World for a couple of hours and then layed out by the pool. Of course getting home from Orlando is never easy, so Trev and I spent an extra night there and came home early the next morning. We missed out on the evacuation and fire on the mountains in Herriman.
The end part of September, Brit had a 2 day school trip to Evanston to work at the State Hospital. She needed someone to watch Spencer, so I decided it would be easiest to go up there with her so that she didn't have to leave him home. I only had to stay the first night and then Jacob came up for the second. There really isn't much to do in Evanston, except go to Wal-Mart, so that is what we did. Spencer is such a happy, well tempered baby.
In early October the Titans were playing the Broncos in Tennessee. Marc had never seen the Broncos play in person and Trev has wanted to go to Nashville to see the Titans play at home. Spoiled Rotten and Marc decided that it was the perfect opportunity for both of them to go and see their teams play each other. They sat on the 30 yard line, a couple of rows from the field on the Titans sideline. Sadly for Trevor, the Titans lost. (They gave the game away to a crappy Denver team.) The trip was lots of fun for both of them anyway.