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!