Thursday, December 27, 2012

Merry Christmas 2012~ Family Newsletter

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As another year now draws to a close,
The world’s not yet ended (though we’ll see how that goes).
With deadlines approaching there’s still so much to do,
But to our dear friends and family, know our thoughts turn to you.
For many it's been years since our families have parted,
Still, the hardest thing about writing is just getting started.
Guess now I’ll sit once again with my mouse at my side,
And consider this past year; it’s been quite a ride!

For nearly two decades Dave’s been “practicing” his skills,
He loves what he does- addressing all manner of ills.
Sabbath mornings comes early; in the dark he gets dressed,
For this Bishop, Sunday translates into no day of rest.
Being Bishop has a few perks that are a definite plus,
Conducting a funeral with the Prophet; yeah, he was slightly nervous!
As the father of five boys, he’s used to having help with his chores,
But as they leave one by one, he thinks we should have had more.

As for me, I'm still running to keep myself sane,
Even tried a few hurdles (bad idea); cracked the ribs - I now will abstain.
Was asked by "the Bishop" to be a Ma on our stake Pioneer Trek,
My response was less than joyful, more like, "What?!! Oh my heck!"
But it proved to be great with Dave, McKay, and Taylor along too,
Glad I went, though sleeping on cow pies wasn't what I planned to do!
Helping with the Temple Cultural Celebration is where my summer was spent,
And ushering at the Temple Open House was an experience I'll not soon forget!

The U of U is the place where Sky’s been finishing his Ed.,
Business degree in the spring, then it’s on to Pre-Med.
Sometimes on the weekends he’ll drop by for a night,
But this Christmas he’s working in Texas; just doesn’t seem right.
He works out every day, he’s as buff as they come.
He dates gorgeous girls, but still’s not found the one.
I wish his “bike” he would sell or trade in for a wife,
But he scoffs at the thought- thinks I should go fly a kite.

Bryce moved home this past fall, with a puppy he came,
He’s a pure bred Pit Bull and Kilo’s his name.
Working at the Museum of Natural History to Salt Lake he now drives,
Which leaves me home with his dog, I hope I can survive.
He’s into snow sports, on a thin board he can glide,
Caught a salmon with his bare hands on the river Kenai.
He loves to disc golf and his pup he adores,
Treats him like a human, even sleeps with him on the floor.


Taylor lettered in basketball, football, and track; all first string,
Played each with an undiagnosed broken wrist, had surgery in the spring.
His sport's thrill was making a buzzer beater game winning shot,
Mobbed as the fans stormed the floor; a Hero on the spot.
He took his senior trip to Oregon's coast, one he'll always remember.
His mission call came in June, though he didn’t leave til November,
He’s now at the MTC in Sao Paulo; Portuguese he will speak.
Belem Brazil is where he’ll serve; in the Amazon Jungle’s heat,
(His emails are great! They’re the best part of my week)

IMG_1844.JPGWith his brother's departure McKay’s found himself home alone,
But he says it’s really not bad  since he got Taylor’s phone!
He’s learning to drive, the whole thought makes me shake,
How did my baby grow up? He’s almost old enough to date!
As Teacher’s Quorum President he serves faithful and true,
A big fan of Cam Newton and the Panthers in their silver and blue.
As tight end and linebacker he's found his place in the game,
For his Eagle project he organized a 5K in his bro Tyson's name.

43.JPGWe celebrated our 30 year anniversary in September this year,
Where the time has gone, is insanely unclear!
After Christmas last year, sadly our new kitten died,
 So we adopted Mr. Cat - (aka Dash) to come and reside.
It’s been quite the year and we know we’ve been blessed,
Still it’s hard saying goodbye as our boys leave the nest.
 The holiday season may only come in December,
But you’re in our thoughts and our prayers as we pause to remember.
IMG_3421.JPGNow as another year beckons, anticipating all it might bring,
We send our love and best wishes in 2013.

With Love,
   Dave, Jodi, Skyler, Bryce, Taylor, McKay, Mr. Cat, & Kilo

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Tis' True!

Yes, tis' true!
But a wonderful disease to suffer from!


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Running In The Rain!

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Once In A Lifetime Buzzer Beater Hero!

Taylor had one of those once in a lifetime games this season playing varsity basketball his senior year. The kind that he will remember for the rest of his life. The kind that when he is an adult and having a bad day, he can look back on this game and remember how it felt and his day will automatically get better just from the memory of it all.

As a mother, I think it means even more to me because I have watched him play this game through four high school seasons now and there is nothing you want more as a mom than to have your child get some kind of pay back for all the many hours, sacrifice, time away from home, unfair treatment at times, injuries (he is playing this season with an injured wrist on his right hand and as a sophomore he played with a broken hand for part of the season- both football injuries of course!), and the MANY things he gives up in order to be on the team. He has had a lot of success, don't get me wrong, but something like what happened at this game only happens to a very few. He is one of the lucky ones!

They have struggled this season a bit at the start which is really sad because their record doesn't show their talent or how good they really are. They have had some tough losses that could have easily been wins IF that last shot would have gone in, or if that call had gone the other way, or if they would have made that ONE free throw. You know...just the game of basketball! But currently they are neck in neck with the other region teams. They have won the last three in a row.

Suffice it to say, they proved their value at this game.

They played Mountain Crest (a team with a winning record) at home a couple weeks ago.
Taylor saluting to Shad as the starters were announced.
Taylor "high bumping" Josh
The team ready for a barn burner!
They just didn't know it yet!

The game was very intense from the first second and didn't let up at all for all four quarters. Taylor had a great game overall with many rebounds, steals, and deflections.
He was a rebounding machine!
He made some great shots!

Right before halftime, we were behind by 6 points. Shad made a three pointer and then Taylor immediately stole the ensuing inbound pass and made a two point lay-up right as the buzzer went off!!! The crowd went crazy! We were now only behind by one point going into halftime. But as exciting as that was, it gets even better!!!
McKay got to shoot for some $$ at halftime.
2nd half.

The game was within one or two points for most of the second half. It was getting very intense. We were up by four at one point with only minutes to go. Each team called several time outs. Then we were down by four. It went back and forth for quite a while. It could go either way. I had to turn away several times because I couldn't watch! It was a real nail biter!
Then we fouled Mtn. Crest and they got to shoot for two points with three seconds left in the game and the score 51-50 for us. They made the first shot putting it at 51-51!!! VERY INTENSE! Then they shot the second one and MISSED it! We got the rebound (Cobbley) and he passed it to (Malone) who passed it to Taylor who had run down the court waiting for a pass and a chance to score.
Taylor went in for the lay-up and SCORED at the buzzer!!!!!
The crowd went wild!

Not to mention the team. They were jumping on him!

They mobbed Taylor!!!!
He was the HERO!
The crowd stormed the floor!!!!
I don't ever remember such excitement in a game before!
You would have thought it was a state championship game. I know now why they put the hero up on their shoulders. It's to protect the one being mobbed!
The MOB Squad!
What excitement!
The students were told to get back in the stands.
Once they got the crowd under control and back in the bleachers, they sang the school song to the team!
What a victory! They played SO well!!!
I love these two pictures!!!

One of those once in a lifetime moments... to be the hero in a very important game!

The team going back into the locker room.
This time very very HAPPY!!!!!

High fives from the coach!

Allie patiently waiting for Taylor to come out of the locker room...

That's one happy face!

Dave had to leave right after for a meeting so he's not in the photo.
With our HERO!

Congrats Tay! I'm so proud of you!!!
And even more proud that you say it was a team effort without taking the credit.

The next day at school was Taylor W. day at school. Yeah, he even got his OWN day! Of course, he didn't mention that little tidbit to me. I found out from another parent at McKay's basketball game.

Our local paper wrote up a nice article all about his big game winning shot and his tough defensive playing and contribution to the team all season. I was not impressed the paper's photographer didn't get a photo of his buzzer beater shot (at either half!). WHAT? The photo he put in was one of Taylor being mobbed after. I may have to copy it and add it to this. The local paper from the other team had a really nice write up as well. I can't go anywhere without someone mentioning something about this exciting game.

What a great way to seal up your senior year!!!

Now on to the final few games we have left. Thinking about the season ending is NOT a fun thought for me. I will be lost when this all comes to an end. But I am so grateful for the great memories made along the way.


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