2012 5th Edition
Yes, I am wearing PINK! Courtesy of Grandpa Cort and the family’s Breast Cancer 5K…the whole family got involved! The kids ran the kids dash, and got pink capes and a medal just for running!!
Yes, this year I went ahead and put crazy in the title!! I know most of you are thinking it should be a permanent fixture…Life here does seem to be on the crazy side, but somehow we muddle through!
Washington for another two years!! It is the longest we have EVER lived anywhere, and we are all excited. Jon is the new S4 in the unit, which is still a glorified paper pusher, (Thankfully!) He is the main Medical Logistics man now, so I guess it’s his head on the chopping block…eek! Doesn’t sound like fun to me. He has had some back problems this year, which caused his sciatic nerve to shoot pain down his rear and left leg. He is currently sleeping on the floor…by choice, not by me. To which he said, “Babe, it’s ME, not you!” I am still trying to figure out what he meant by that. Before the back problems arose, he was able to go on his big ELK hunting
trip to where he got a BIG one and at 476 yards! I think he should have
is currently still in the 47 CSH, we
taken a longer shot, that would have
lucked out and get to stay in
given him more bragging rights! He
thinks he is going to hang the head in the house so it can stare at me all day …silly boy!
Ammon’s got this one figured out! Austin’s too embarrassed to let the cute girls touch him. Good news for me with the oldest, but I think Ammon is DEFINITELY his Father’s son!
Poor Bambi! Ammon wants to know if he can help cut you up after Daddy shot you!
Here’s a story of a guy named Jon (You have to sing to the Brady Bunch Theme song here yourself!) who took
He also got a deer that is little
his two boys and father-in-law duck
compared to the elk. Poor little
hunting…(I must insert here some info
guy…Austin and Ammon watched him
about our fearless hunters to make
take poor Bambi out with the bow at
this story interesting…At this time,
close range! Ammon asked if he could
Jon can barely walk—gimp boy we will
cut it up for him, while Austin tried
call him. My dad, Darrick, has just
not to be whoosie. But because Jon’s
gotten out of the hospital from his
rear hurt so bad, between, Jon, my
death bed; literally. Austin tried to
Dad, Austin, and Ammon, they couldn’t
break his growth plate in his wrist and
get poor Bambi into the truck, so they
has a cast on covering his thumb and
had to call Jon’s dad, Jim—the old
is not supposed to move his fingers at
retired guy to help them!
all! Ammon who just turned 8 is the only healthy person of the bunch, and a dog named Brandi!) Now these 4 boys are headed out to the Great Salt Lake to duck hunt on the duck boat. Being a concerned citizen, I ask the men if they are ok to go, or if they need anything. To which I get, “We
are good…we are going to have fun!”
for a couple of hours each week while
Then I ask, “Do we have cell phones?”
the kids are in school. I am finding I
The two “men” (I use the term lightly
am really enjoying it; I have really
here!) look at me funny and say, “Yeah,
cute kids who love to give hugs. Yes, I
why?” To which I replied, “Three
did do my reading this year, netting
gimps, and an 8-year-old are going
about 100 books this year. I think I
hunting…should I be concerned?”
need to get a life…So the other night
They laughed so hard and
I was having a bath, enjoying my book
replied…”We’ve got the dog too, we’re
with my yummy snacks, making myself
good!” Now, to make this story even
fatter!! When what do my wondering
better, Ammon shot 2 ducks, and
eyes see? My book dropping to the
Austin shot the decoy. So Ammon got
bottom of the water. Years and years
duck for dinner, and Austin got
of this tradition, and I have never,
plastic! They came home with 5 ducks
EVER gotten a book even slightly wet,
and I completely saturate my stupid Christmas book. Oh well, at least it wasn’t the Kindle right?!
Jenn is still off running somewhere, maybe she went over the rainbow! I love to run with my friends, Ady, Laura, and Julie. Sometimes if we are lucky, a straggler named Nikki shows up. I still shuttle the kids to and from all their destinations. I also volunteer at the elementary school for Ammon and Maya’s classes. I have started teaching gymnastics classes
Austin turned 11 this year, and started Middle School. He is getting tall like his Dad, thankfully! He measured at 4 feet 11 ½ inches in September. He is already taller than I was when I got my driver’s license and when I got married. However, he is still not quite taller than me, maybe
next year??!!! He has a few more
me laughing??!! We even tried to give
inches to go, which makes him mad.
the boys separate bedrooms, which
I told him it was OK to be taller than me when he was 12, but before then, I would be VERY upset! He does excellent in math, and is playing the trumpet. He hates all his other classes, because they consist of the R-word… READING!!!!
they fought over, mind you. But they were too scared to sleep alone, and quickly moved back into the same room. I guess the Boogie Man gets you in your sleep too. Don’t worry, Maya is in the next room over, she will rescue you BIG boys. She will also go upstairs, or down, and turn the lights
Austin tried to break his arm showing
on for the boys…Maya to the RESCUE!
off for girls on a bike. I guess he was
And you thought the boys were
a little embarrassed when he biffed it
supposed to protect her!
and landed on his arm. We went to the E.R. and they thought he had broken his growth plate in his wrist, so he was told not to do anything with his right hand, to include, writing (that really bummed him out!), playing his trumpet, etc. He wasn’t supposed to move any of his fingers. Luckily, we went to the specialist and found out it
Austin also raced his motorcycle several times this summer, it was very exciting. He got a trophy for one of the races, which he thought was the coolest thing in the world. (By the way, COOL stands for Constipated, Overweight, Out of style, Loser! According to the kids.)
wasn’t broken at all. So that must
Ammon turned 8
have made the crash even more
this year and is
embarrassing after that! Talk about
in 3rd grade;
crushed ego, poor kid!
Mrs. Thompson is his teacher.
Austin hates to be home alone, but if
We love her,
Ammon or Maya are home with him, he is OK with that. I guess he thinks Maya will save him from the Boogie Man should he appear! Can you hear
“Look Dad! Is mine bigger?”
Austin also had her. He was
baptized by his Dad in Utah over the summer. He was VERY excited! I
think he was washed clean for an hour
gone too; instead we missed it for a
or two before he was all dirty again.
Today, Ammon went to a birthday
party where they went bowling. On
the way home, he asks me this
question in the car -- (Yes, prepare
yourself!) “Mom, you know those
won a few
boxes on the wall in the Men’s
bathroom?” I am thinking really, is he
REALLY asking me this question?!
“You know the ones that cost $0.75?
another one, but he said
“I’m HAPPY! Really I am…
What is in them?” What am I supposed to say to that? Then he
says, “Next time we go, can I get
enough trophies, and he needed to
one?” I told him I didn’t know what
share the wealth. I think he may have
was in it because I haven’t been to
had one too many dirt naps!
that bowling alley, or go in the men’s
The kids went to the banquet dinner at the end of the season to see Grandpa Darrick get his BIG trophy, and little did we know, Ammon got called up, and won a trophy for the
bathroom. To which he replies, “Oh, then I will ask Dad when we get home.” I can’t wait to hear that conversation. Thankfully he forgot to ask!
season. He not only got one trophy, but 2; one for his age group and the other for winning the motorcycle division! He thought he was a total stud, and apparently did a little dance on the stage…If only I had been there to see him. If we had known he was getting one, Jon and I would have Missy Lou Who
Maya and Maddy Her Dance BFF!
Maya turned 6 this year, and is in 1st Grade. My baby is in school ALL day, it is soooo sad. I can’t believe she is that old! She has Mrs. Hoyt who is AWESOME! Maya is learning to read, and writes long, beautiful stories. She also loves to draw and color. We go through paper and drawing books like you wouldn’t believe! Maya is no longer taking dance class. She asked if she could take gymnastics; given
Our little Beauty School
This picture appeared, as is,
the choice between dance and
Drop-out that needs to go
in a Washington Newspaper,
back to High School, or
when the kids won a prize
Elementary for that
at the Everett Coho Derby.
gymnastics, and she decided to go
with gymnastics. So, drum roll here…To the tune of “Dancing Queen”…She is the gymnastics queen, young and sweet and only 6-years-old!
The gymnastics queen (Fade out.) She
moved up 3, yes count them, 3 levels
all, and to all a
in just a couple of months! She is now
taking a class twice a week called Twinklers, which is a class for more advanced kids; where she is improving
We hope you Don’t worry, we got Grandpa Cort to switch teams this year…no more
immensely. Cartwheels and
Husky Fan for you…Ute’s all the
handstands were always a part of our
he?! (Cort Is one of our wonderful
lives, now it is “watch this”, round-off into middle splits, or back bends, etc. It is amazing. She still does her best to keep up with her two brothers, and her best friend is still Josh, who is also in her class.
way baby! He looks happy doesn’t Neighbors that needed two beers to wear the shirt)
enjoyed these little tid bits from our crazy family. Hopefully we talk to each
of you before the next Christmas card!