Saturday, December 22, 2007

Merry Christmas!

The Clark Family Calendar

January: We laughed our way through the coldest month in Utah, looking like 'Dumb and Dumber' on our scooter each morning riding to our 8am Chinese class we took together.

February: Paige puked her way through her second month of pregnancy

March: We brought home 2 BYU Intramueral championship trophies!

April 15: We Graduated (Trey Chinese, Paige Finance)

May: Trey went Skydiving

June: We Went on a Cruise to the Carribean

July: We went to Osoyoos, then moved to Chattanooga Tennessee

August: Trey started a job at McCallie teaching Chinese and Coaching Football

September 16: We had a gorgeous baby girl !

Brooklyn Marie Clark, 7 lb 2oz, 21 inches

October: Brooklyn takes her first plane ride to Auntie Dana and Uncle Glen's wedding in Salt Lake City

November: Brooklyn grows so fast she's off the charts

December: The Clarks go to Calgary for Christmas with the Harris'!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Harris Family Christmas Card

This is a letter my Dad wrote for Christmas. For all those who know the Harris Family, this may be a fun read for you! The Clark Christmas Card will be posted shortly!

October 2007 SLC Brooke and Mike Lowry, Maryjoy, Victoria, Glen and Dana Rusche BRIG, Greg, Brianna, Paige and Trey Clark, holding Brooklyn

Dear Friends, It has been a few years since we sent out a Family Photo because we haven’t been in the same place at the same time. Paige was in Taiwan, then Brig in Brazil and Dana in France/Switzerland and the years away overlapped. And this Christmas Brooke and Mike are in Norway for a year. All 8 plus hubbies were only together for a few days at Dana’s wedding to Glen Rusche but I wangled a picture of just us and I am pleased to attach it…it’s not the small kids anymore and it now includes Mike Lowry (Brooke’s), Paige’s Trey Clarke, Paige and Trey’s brand new (September) Brooklyn (our first Grandchild) and newest recruit Glen Rusche who married Dana in October. Smart move Glen- your life will be more interesting! So our family is growing. I would like to say that for sons-in-law we are batting 1000% and we are thrilled with Mike, Trey and Glen- and needless to say, Brig appreciates the ever changing Balance of Power. Paige and Trey are in Chattanooga TN, Dana and Glen are in California, Bree is at Utah State (Logan) and our baby Victoria is doing grade 11 in Provo, Utah and is staying with The Wonderful Ginger Woolley, Maryjoy’s friend from her California pre-teen years.
My Dad N. Stuart is a cool 93, living in Whiterock BC with my sister Saint Norma and her hubby Don Malin. Dad’s being extremely well loved and cared for (as is Don for that matter!) and Dad still enjoys a good laugh and Norma’s legendary fine cooking. Pops finished a book the other day and said “Great, now I can start again because I can’t remember what it’s about”. He is still the Ultimate Gentleman and never complains. I really think he feels no pain. He stayed with us for awhile in Calgary and one evening he waxed forth about his life in Calgary during WWII.
This year our family has had a really big downer. Mj’s brother Cam hit his head on a tree, the wrong way, while tobogganing with his son and has lost the use of his legs. He has a great attitude and he and his wife Sharon are doing well but it still is just lousy. He sang a beautiful and poignant solo at Dana’s wedding then, with Maryjoy and Jon –The CV Singers less Doni, sang “Today”. Alberta and Joy were visibly proud as they should have been. Mj’s parents Bert and Joy are fine, getting older but fighting it all the way. They are 80 something going on 60 something.
Dana’s elementary and junior high school friend Cpl. Nathan Hornburg was killed in active duty in Afghanistan. The funeral was the week before Dana’s wedding.
Maryjoy is as beautiful as ever, everybody loves her, and we are enjoying these first days of empty nesting. I want her to paint but she wants to save the world’s sea turtles. My life is way more interesting because I married her. And I still mean it when I say to her “Thanks for marrying me.” We celebrate our 30th Anniversary this Dec 29. Lots has happened since 1977. Each of you receiving this letter and a lot of others who have moved on, changed addresses then emails, have had an effect on our lives and we thank you for your kindness and friendship to us and our kids. And a Special Thanks to the parents of those fine men who have married our daughters. We wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and a Healthy, Joyous and Prosperous 2008. GREG and MARYJOY HARRIS Calgary, AB Christmas 2007

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

I've Been Tagged!

Sarah (Spackman) Johnson tagged me (as in "Your it!" kind of Tag). I guess it has a whole bunch of rules and such, but it is really fun.

Randomness Rules for "I've been Tagged":
1. You must post the rules on your blog if you are tagged:
2.Link to your tagger and post these rules.
3. Share 7 facts about yourself: some random-some weird.
4. Tag 7 people at the end of your post and list their names.
5. Let them know that they've been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

So Here Goes! The random facts about my life!

1. I used to hate football and didn't even know how to read the scoreboard. I am now married to a man that basicaly is obsessed with it! He knows every players name, number and stats in the NFL and in College football from 1960.
2. I never moved once until I moved away to College. Since then I have moved every year (and sometimes more!). Mostly from one house to another in Provo, but recently to Chattanooga, and looks like next year it will be to another state!
3. I am from a family of 8, but we did something most families of 2 won't do - Travel around the world for a year with one backpack each to 21 countries! I've been to 27 now.
4. My visiting teacher, Kate has a sister in Maryland who Rochelle, one of my closest friend from Calgary visit teaches! Now that's random!
5. Man! This is hard! I guess a random thing is I never dated a guy younger than me until Trey, then I fell in love and married him within 6 months of knowing him!
6. I learned 3 different languages before I graduated from high school - all of which I can't speak now, but I got called to Taiwan, mandarin speaking on my mission - a language that has no connection to any of the languages I learned. I guess it was all in the Lord's plan though because Trey and I came home the same day from our missions and met a month after getting home while we both taught Chinese in the MTC!
7. Lastly, I grew up with 3 very good friends, Kelly, Rochelle, Natalie and Leah. The first three are from Calgary - we all grew up within about a mile of eachother, and Leah grew up in Provo. At this point, we are all out east except Kelly, who is still at BYU. Rochelle is in Maryland, Nat is in Oklahoma and Leah is in Ohio! Crazy!

Wow! That was hard! Now it's your turn Heather, Leah, Brooke, Kara, Melanie, Bree and Dana)

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Visit to the Youngs!

I went to snowy Columbus Ohio last week to see one of my dearest friends, Leah Young and her incredible family, Cody, Brinley and Avery ! I got an incredibly cheap flight on Skybus and it was SO FUN!

I had a Buckeye, we went to Graters, we made gingerbread houses, but best of all was just hanging out and talking and learning from my incredible friend! I learned so much about motherhood and life from her! Leah knew which Soother (Or Binkie) to use so Brooklyn would take it (something that has made my life 10 times easier) and the she showed me how to do the swaddle and it works wonders! She's an awesome cook, organizer and home decorator - all areas I need desperate help in! She's also a Stampin' Up! demonstrator so I got some exciting stampin stuff while I was there!

I also got to take care of the three most adorable little girls on earth, Brinley, Avery and Brooklyn while Cody and Leah got to go out on a date! Motherhood is even more fun with friends I've decided. (As it is with everything in life!)

Thanks Young Family for having me, and thank you Leah for being such a loving and inspiring friend! I miss you already!

Friday, November 30, 2007

She's Off the Charts!

Brooklyn had her two month wellness checkup - and she's...
Almost as long as Daddy!!!

Brooklyn is never going to hear the end of this. Ever since we went to the doctor for her two month checkup, we have been bragging to everyone about how she is off the charts in height and in the 95th percentile for weight and head circumference. I can just see us telling people when she's 15, "Brooklyn was off the charts in height was she was a baby!". I think we'll leave out the weight stat though (;
She is growing so much though, my nickname is "The Creamery".

We had some good friends come into town with their four month old, and she is a pound and a half heaver and longer than her! Her chunky thighs and double chin are so cute!
She is smiling all the time now, and slowly figuring out how to use her hands. She has grasped some things and has started to be able to move around when she's on her tummy.

She is basically the perfect baby (I guess we are a little biased,) but she sleeps well, barely ever cries and smiles a lot. She is loved to death by everyone around her - Just wait until we get up to Canada!
When her Grandparents and aunties call, they always talk to her on the phone, so she knows their voices and I'm sure she'll remember their touch when they hold her again!
We still have lots of people willing to help hold and love on her here until then though!

Daddy is a great playmate and helper too!

Monday, November 26, 2007

Thanksgiving 2007

We hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! Tennessee is absolutely gorgeous in November! I've never experienced weather like this! People are still eating lunch outside on patios and it's nearly December!

We had three Thanksgiving feasts this year! One at McCallie's dining hall, one at D-Daddy and Nana's in Georgia, and one at the Fridays!

D-Daddy and Nana put on an incredible feast for the whole family down in Ila Georgia! There were about 15 people at the lunch/dinner, but they made enough for 50! When we got there, there were 4 pecan and 4 pumpkin pies piled high and D-Daddy made enough Butter-beans for an army - yet Trey was still able to finish them off! The day we left, D-Daddy was up early to make yet another batch so that we could take some home for Trey and Logan to feast on!
The Clark's are examples of pure love and generosity and we love them!

When we first arrived, we got to see Braden, Trey's cousin JoAnna's little boy - who is also off the charts! These Clark kids are big!

Brooklyn was all smiles the whole week. She especially loved D-Daddy (; She knows who spoils her.

Brooklyn also made her first friend this holiday! Trey's good friend, Melanie from the Branch married a guy from my BYU Racquetball team, Zach and they have an adorable little girl who is two months older than Brooklyn. We had a really good time hanging out with them while they -were in town! We left with a car-load of gifts and food - about 20 pounds of peanuts and pecans (and yes, a huge bag for the Harris')
On our way home I was able to go to the Temple while Trey watched Brooklyn, then we went to the mall and had Brooklyn sit on Santa's lap! (Pictures to come)
Unfortunately, when we got back home from Georgia, we found mice running around in our apartment! We found the source fast, but didn't seem to get them all out before we covered their escape rout! We've killed one and saw another last night! AHhh!
It was so funny, when we first saw the mice, I told Trey that this is where I draw the line-I do not catch mice (I have been the one to kill the cockroaches!). He got on his big brown shoes and only had his underwear on as he jumped up and down with a shoe box as I opened each cupboard. We were both screaming like little girls -I'm sure Trey is going to love finding this blog entry!

Now the following pictures is for Heather, because I guess you didn't believe Trey when he told you that D-Daddy knew Kenny Rogers. This is one of the pictures they have with him. This one is of his Aunt and Kenny, but I have seen several pictures with D-Daddy and the rest of the family with him!
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Sunday, November 18, 2007

She's Just Going to get Cuter!

Here are some pictures of Trey and I as babies - who do you think Brooklyn looks more like?
Considering how cute Trey and I were as babies, I think that Brooklyn may even get cuter than she already is! (If that is possible!)

Friday, November 16, 2007

My Thanksgivings!

I am in the most beautiful part of the world right now! I can't believe the amazing colors of fall here! I am so blessed and thought that now that it is Thanksgiving, I can share my Thanks and gratitude on my blog!
I just have so much to be thankful for right now in my life! For my gorgeous and wonderful baby girl, my amazing husband, for my incredible parents, siblings and in laws, great friends and the opportunities we have been blessed with now and throughout my whole life!
I feel so blessed to have the family I have. My parents and siblings are truly the best! I am grateful for their steady love and support and examples of goodness, excellence, adoration and faith!
I'm grateful for my extended family and their love, support, interest in our lives and examples. Spending time with cousins, Grandparents and now in-laws are true highlights in my life - may those times continue!

I'm grateful for my friends and the strength they have given me throughout my life

I have been so incredibly blessed with a wonderful, happy childhood, full of good memories, fun experiences and smiles.

I'm grateful for the incredible opportunities I've been given in my life. Opportunities to play sports, play piano, go to BYU and on a mission, to travel, to buy a house, to sell a house, and to find the man of my dreams!

All of these things truly helped prepare me for marriage and motherhood.
Every day I feel so lucky to be where I am in life right now. I am madly in love with my husband! He is adoring, incredible, supportive and loving and an amazing Dad! We have the most wonderful, perfect baby in the world, and I get to have her with me all the time. I am so lucky that I can stay at home with her!

I love it here in Chattanooga. My inlaws are the best on earth, and I have made good friends here and have women that I walk every week with for about 2.5 hours, someone that I can leave Brooklyn with for an hour a few times a week when I get my swim in, Judy who is always open to helping take care of Brooklyn when I need a break and literally dozens of people that I know I could go to if I needed any help at all!

I always worried about being a stay at home mom; staying busy and stimulated enough, but I am truly loving being a "Homemaker"! (Though I'm not the typical homemaker as I don't ever cook anything but cookies and breads for the boys or my visiting teachees, or the occasional dinner for guests!) I am staying very stimulated by swimming, walking and playing racquetball, studying Chinese, the gospel and reading great books like "Montessori from the Start", "The Mommy Brain" and "Strangling Your Husband is Not an Option" (; All books I would recommend! And also making a little money on the side figuring out a Quickbooks program for a local Real Estate Contractor and I have just been hired as the Racquetball Teacher here at McCallie! I have so much support here, there are people lining up to help take care of Brooklyn whenever I need help with Brooklyn!

Well, I guess I just want to say Thank you! Thank you to my Heavenly Father, to my Family and to my Friends for all the support and love that you all provide that makes my life so wonderful! You truly encompass all that is good in my life!