Dec 17, 2008

Christmas Letter

Dear Family and Friends, Dec. 2008
As we look forward to a new years beginning, we would like to take some time to reflect on the things that made this year memorable (and movie quotable).
Trevor is an official teenager and in the 7th grade. He is currently playing basketball, but still enjoys baseball most of the year. Our favorite trip this year was for a tournament in Cooperstown, NY. His team did very well and tied for 9th out of 98 teams. While in NY, we went to Yankee Stadium and watched his favorite team, The Red Sox, beat the Yankees. “It was so choice, if you have the means, I highly recommend it.” (Ferris Bueller)
Tye is almost 18, and finally a senior. He is following in his dads footsteps and has been taking drafting and aviation classes. (Maybe he should design airplanes?) He is working for the theaters that are just down the street, and who wouldn’t love the free movies? Soon he will be graduating and off to college :( His new motto…“Life moves pretty fast, if you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” (Ferris Bueller)
Brittany has stolen the spotlight for this year by getting married. She met Jake during her first semester at Weber State and was married and the end of the second semester. They went to California and on a cruise for their honeymoon. They bought a home in Ogden, close to school and work. Jake is a software engineer and Brit is still going to school and works for McKay Dee Hospital. As they say…“If you find somebody you can love, you can’t let that get away.” (Wedding Singer)
Marc now flies for the biggest airline in the world, yes, that still is Delta. In August we went on a cruise to Alaska with all of his extended family-25 of us. In September, he had his 20 year class reunion, and he wasn’t the only one with less hair. In October we took the boys on a mini cruise out of Miami, just to relax. As for me, my year has been full being; wedding planner, travel planner, my 20 year reunion planner, patient, chauffeur, scorekeeper, mom, activities committee planner, and lets not forget “best wife ever.” Just ask Marc…“All I wanna do is grow old with you.” (Wedding Singer)
We hope this year has been good for you and your families and that this Holiday Season finds you healthy and safe.
Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!
[The Peanuts gang singing Hark the Herald Angels Sing]
( A Charlie Brown Christmas)
Marc, Janaye, Tye & Trevor

Dec 1, 2008

November Sweeps...We took a nose dive in the ratings

So here is my monthly "what we did last month" blog. Lets just say that November was pretty uneventful. I had some surgery, it was Thanksgiving, Marc's cousin had a new baby, I started Christmas shopping, started planning my class reunion (which will be way better than Marc's), the boys played in a 3 on 3 basketball tournament and the turkey bowl, Trev started Jr. Jazz, and the Titans lost their first game of the season. Last but not least, Tye made the Honor Roll for the first time in High school! Wow, can you say boring?
Hopefully December will have a little more to "write home about." I will at least post our family Christmas card.

Nov 1, 2008

People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring. ~Rogers Hornsby

So you should guess by the title that baseball is over for the season. (At least until January when that itch comes to pick up a bat and start swinging again)
Trev finished the season strong with a championship victory in the Labor day tournament. Although played at the end of October, the weather was perfect.
This is Trevor and Kansas City Royals player David DeJesus. On a rainy day in October he went to a camp hosted by the Marshalls foundation. All the guys running the camp were major league players. John Buck brought some of his teammates to teach the kids. It was fun to watch all the boys try to really soak in what these guys were telling them. Trev especially liked the hitting coaches, and they liked him. They told him he has a lot of power in his swing, and to keep up the good work.
So you would think by now that we would be tired of going on cruises. (3 in 10 months) But that is exactly what we did over UEA. Tye really wanted to go on a cruise for his senior trip, but before he turns 18. (you can't go to the teen clubs once you are 18) So on a last minute whim and great timing we found a cruise that was for the exact days off so the boys wouldn't miss any school. And by some luck, Marc also had the exact time off as well. It was a 4 night cruise out of Miami on Carnival Destiny. The weather was mostly good, and we were able to relax by the pool and get some sun. It wasn't the best cruise ever, but we all still had a good time. Tye made some new friends, and Trevor just hung out with us a lot and ate ice cream cones. It was nice for me and Marc to just have some time with the 2 boys. We had fun conversations at dinner, and best of all we didn't have to share a room with them this time! (Tye LOL)

Oct 1, 2008

Wake me up when September Ends...

So we have moved right into more baseball. Trevor is currently playing for 2 different teams for fall ball. He is playing for the Utah Red Sox ( a tournament team ) and the Utah Blasterz.
The Utah Red Sox played in the labor day tournament in Spanish Fork. They went into Championship day as the #1 seed, but it was rained out and will be finished at the end of October...BRRRRR. The above picture is of them at the Fall Nationals Tournament in Las Vegas. They went 3 and 3, and had tons of fun.
So here is Trevor playing for the Blasterz. He is having so much fun playing with a lot of his friends from school. He hasn't caught in a very long time, but was excited to get the chance. They play at a new distance this year and it is taking a bit of getting used to. He hasn't been hitting all that well, but has been pitching great.
On Saturday the 27th, we went to a U of U vs. Weber State football game. Brit and Jake came down for her birthday to see the game too. We brought along Chantell with us and they sat with Jake and Brit in the Weber cheering section. Marc and I sat in the U cheering section. Utah won the game 37-21.
We still have a few baseball games left and then who knows what is in store next, maybe some basketball.

Aug 31, 2008


August was a fun and busy month. Baseball (Marshalls) finally ended the last week of July. And now it is time to relax and get ready for school to start.
On August 14th we went to Seattle. Trev, Marc's mom and I went to the Space Needle. It was fun, and somewhat freaky riding up in the glass door elevator, which I was smashed up against.
The next day we went and got on our cruise bound for Alaska.
Our first stop was in Sitka, on Trevor's birthday. We decorated the door, so everyone knew it was his birthday when they walked past. At dinner all the waiters sang happy birthday and gave him his own special cake. Happy 13th Birthday baby boy. Now all we need to celebrate Tye's birthday on a cruise.
While in Sitka, Tye and Trevor pose with a whale. Tye has many more interesting posses you will just have to ask him about. We also got to see the Hubbard Glacier, Juneau, Ketchikan, and Victoria BC. I survived being with ALL of Marc's family for an entire week. Marc had a encounter with a polar bear...plunge that is, and banged up his nose on the bottom of the pool. The boys got to know many new friends, and even enjoyed being with their cousins too.
We got home just in time to wash clothes and get ready for school to start. Trev is finally in middle school and enjoying the 7th grade. Tye is now a senior and is taking many classes with college credits. It should be a great year for the boys.
Up next, more baseball.

Jul 21, 2008

NYC or bust!!!

We started off July with a trip to New York City.
Brit came along for the first couple of days, and got to enjoy the subway (once she made it through the doors that almost smashed her), also she will not forget the crazy cab ride back to the hotel after we got off the subway late at night in a not so nice part of town.
the Statue of Liberty,(way off in the distance, it really isn't that big)
and the Yankees-Red Sox game (The Red Sox won 7-0, which made Trevor very happy).
We also went down to ground zero, Time Square, and saw the Empire State Building. Although Brit was sad to leave Jake, she had a fun time seeing the sights and spending time with us.
After we left Brit at the airport to go back home, we started our journey to Cooperstown. The distance is not all that far, only about 215 miles, but traffic, the 1 1/2 hour stop at Wal-Mart and the winding roads made for a long day of driving.

We arrived in Cooperstown just in time for dinner and to get the boys checked into their barracks at the Dreams Park. The boys got to stay with the coaches the entire week.
The whole experience at Cooperstown was awesome. The boys played so well and made it to the Sweet 16 in the playoffs. Trevor hit 5 homeruns and pitched great too. In the end they tied for 9th out of 98 teams. We couldn't have asked for better weather. Tye decided to get to know my camera really well, and took a lot of terrific pictures. This is one of Trevor hitting one of his homeruns. I didn't even have to buy any pictures there, because Tyes were better.

Jun 23, 2008


What a jam packed June it has been. Baseball, baseball and even a little more baseball. We started off the month with a trip to Denver for a Triple Crown tournament. As part of the festivities, we all got to attend a Colorado Rockies game. In a pre-game parade, the boys all got to go down on the field and walk the entire circumference of the field. We were supposed to sit in nose bleed heaven, but Sam finagled some seats in the lower bowl right field side. The Rockies beat the Milwaukee Brewers. (Trev thought it was cool to see Cecil Feilder anyway) The tournament wasn't that great. The boys didn't win, but they started playing better by the end.

So this last weekend, we finally made up the rest of the rained out Memorial Day tournament. We went in as the 7th seed. We barely beat the Dirt Dogs in extra innings, 7-6. The next team, the Bangers, we beat 15-0. Finally the game/team we had been waiting for....The Dingers. We have struggled against them the last couple of years, with them getting the majority of the wins. All of the boys played great and we came away with a win 10-7. It was great to get this win just before we head off to Cooperstown, New York in 2 weeks for the biggest tournament ever.

May 14, 2008


So here it is the middle of May, and I am saying to myself "where did April go?" I must have lost track of time. Things have been pretty busy around here since the wedding date got moved up to right in the middle of baseball season. Between planning and shopping and all that goes with wedding stuff, Trevor has had a lot of baseball.
He has had league games and 2 more tournaments since the beginning of April. His team has done fairly well in the tournaments, but lost in the semi's in both. So no new championships to talk about. Hopefully they will be able to redeem themselves during the Memorial Day tournament.

Speaking of losing....I guess we should be saying were gaining a son-in-law, rather than say we are losing a daughter, but sometimes it feels that way. In 2 weeks she will be married and off on a new phase of her life. She is very excited for that. They will honeymoon on a 5 day Baja cruise and in California. Then they will come back to the real world and live happily ever after. Brit also has started a new job at the hospital. When she isn't working, she will be spending time doing things to their new home, like painting and planting a garden.
So if you see me at the wedding or anywhere else the next few weeks and I seem a bit lost, I am sure those marbles will find their way back soon. Just remember, Marc is the one losing his hair, I am just gaining gray ones.

Mar 30, 2008

March Madness

March Madness is a term that is used to describe our month. A brief synopsis of our month includes spring break in St. George(flying and baseball), Brittany's wedding, Simon visiting from New Zealand, Trev snowboarding, and going to a Blaze game.
Marc's friend Steve owns this plane. While we were in St. George, Marc got to take it up twice with the boys and their friends. First on Friday with Tye and Kesler, and then on Sunday with Trev and Daylor and Jordan.
So the whole reason we were in St. George was for Trevor's baseball tournament. He did great pitching and hit 2 homeruns (almost 5 if not for some great reaches over the fence). His team ended up going into the playoffs as the 8th seed, but came together and pulled off 3 big wins to win the whole thing.
Our kitty got to come along with us as well. He did pretty good on the ride down and back.
On Saturday, Marc was given tickets to the Blaze game from Delta. We got to sit in the Delta suite, which was pretty nice. The Blaze lost, cuz they aren't very good...0-4. Tye brought Tazz and Trev brought Daylor. Overall it was lots of fun.
Now that Trevor is off-track for 3 weeks, Marc is trying to take him snowboarding/skiing before the snow all melts. This last week they went to Brighton for night skiing and took Trev's friend Cody.
Next, Simon is here visiting from New Zealand for 2 weeks. He goes back on April 2. He wasn't able to bring Jetaime and the kids, but we will take what we can get. He has been helping my parents and visiting with everyone who misses him. We were able to have 2 family dinners to get to spend extra time with him.
So last, but not least....Brits wedding! Well lets just say that she is still getting married, but now it is May 28th instead of August 2nd. Of course those who know me well, know that I am not too thrilled to have it so soon, but will do the best I can to still make it a great day for Brit. They bought a house up in Ogden that Jake will be moving into soon. Brit also got accepted as an alternate into the nursing program at Weber State for the fall.

Mar 2, 2008

Happy 17th Birthday Tye...Boy did that go by fast!

And I don't just mean the last 17 years, I mean that little red car the cop just clocked at 53 mph in a 35 mph zone.(Who knew the sunbird could even go that fast. Maybe the cop has dyslexia 53..35) What a fun birthday gift for Tye. He was returning to school from lunch and apparently couldn't get there quick enough. Tye says he was really only going about 45 mph before he realized he was going so fast and began to break, so how he was ever at 53 mph he isn't quite sure. At least the cop was sort of nice and only wrote him up for 50 mph. If I was Tye I would have said hey it's my birthday, can I have just a warning?
Anyway, Tye is generally a good kid and we are sure glad he is a part of our family.
Happy Birthday Tye!

Feb 29, 2008

Sweetheart a la MONO

Tye went on another date. Hard to believe, but true. He went to the Sweetheart dance with Lauren. Too bad he got sick and barely made it an hour before coming home to throwup. Yes, Tye has been sick for some time now.

You can't really tell in the picture, but he has lost a bit of weight since he hasn't been able to keep very much down since just after Christmas. I know what you're thinking... We finally did take him to the doctor and all the tests came back negative (phew, he isn't pregnant. All that throwing up had us worried for a minute), but the doctor does believe that he is recovering from Mono. (something about really high numbers having to do with a viral load???) Then, just to give Brittany something to remind her of him, she too got mono.

Jan 24, 2008

It's a boy...New addition coming in August

Scared you there for a minute didn't I? Just kidding!!! Actually we are adding a new member to our family on August 2. Brittany is officially engaged to a nice young man named Jacob (Jake) Jensen. I know, me and Marc are much to young for this, but that is what happens when you start a family early too. We have plenty of time to plan and prepare which is good so it can be the best day of Brit's life. She met Jake up in Ogden through a group of Janessa and Ben's cousin. They hit it off from the very start. Jake is 25, just graduated with a degree in computer science, and served a mission to Argentina. He is the oldest of 5 boys. Poor Brittany adds 4 more brothers to her life and to top it off, another Trevor. She is so excited, so feel free to drop her a note (a link to her blog is on our blogging friends).

Jan 23, 2008

Hair gone bye-bye

It was that time again. My hair had grown fairly long and it was time to cut it off and donate it to "locks for love." I had measured out the 10 inches required to donate and knew that it should be just below my shoulders. Or that is what was suppossed to happen until the girl didn't know how to cut a straight line and kept on trimming and fixing. I was starting to freak out that I was going to have a butch cut by the time she was done. Well she finally got it done, and I ended up losing the 10 to donation plus an extra 1-2 inches of hair I wasn't planning on. I guess I will have to live with it. Hopefully by the time Brit's wedding comes along it will be a better length for me.

Jan 20, 2008

Tye and his lack of Wisdom

So Friday I took Tye to get his wisdom teeth out. It was a long 4 day weekend for him, so I figured it would give him plenty of time to feel better before going back to school on Tuesday. The whole surgery only took about 20 minutes, but coming out of the anesthesia was another thing. They came to get me after he had been in post-op about 10 minutes, and they were having no luck getting him to wake up. I spent the better part of 30 minutes trying to get him awake and alert enough to get in the wheelchair and go home. ( If he wasn't going to wake up I was going to take a picture with the cell phone) Of course when he did wake up just barely, the first thing he asked for was the cell phone. He doesn't remember much, but he did sing to me and was a bit giggly. He wasn't going to be able to eat much, but he did want a slurpee on the way home. He also told me I was going the wrong way to get the slurpee, but I assured him I knew where I was going. Notice the red lips, and the cell phone in his hand while he was sleeping. So now there is no geting around it when Tye is acting stupid, I guess maybe he has an excuse.