I got thinking the other night that while I know you all pretty well on one level or another, it might be kind of fun to introduce you all to each other. So, that's what today is all about.
So, in no particular order . . .
Heidi is one of my dearest friends, and the mother of Eden, who is one of Heather's dearest friends. Heidi and I were roommates for nearly 10 years back in our single days, which was a huge huge blessing for both of us (I hope). She lives here in Cache Valley.
Melissa is my sister-in-law. She is married to my brother Jacob, and they live in Cedar City, two doors up from my parents in fact. They have five children, one of whom is Spencer, of Robo-Hero Guardian fame. Melissa and I share a common skill set, as we both have degrees in accounting, as well as work experience in that area. Melissa has hung up her adding machine though, taking up a sewing machine instead.
Kaylee is my niece. She's my oldest niece, the first child of my brother Robert and his wife ShaLiece. For many years Kaylee (and ShaLiece) let me play "mother" from time to time, and Kaylee was the primary object of that playing. She's a student (and a very talented runner) at Cedar High, and I'm proud as punch to be her aunt.
Tasha is my second cousin. Her grandfather and my grandmother (who passed away when my father was seven) were siblings. Her father is Wayne Decker, who was my track coach and one of my mentors at Cedar High. Tasha is an excellent writer, pianist, and teacher (where she teaches English/Language Arts/whatever you call that field, and does it in Mr. Bonzo's old room) . We won't see much of her around these parts right now, as she is busy planning three birthday parties and Junior Prom. Tasha just happens to be married to Harmony's younger brother, and (obviously) lives in Cedar City.
Jeff and I were school classmates and neighbors in Cedar City. We ran cross-country together, attended Sunday School together, sang in choirs together, and were Sterling Scholars together. He took German from my Uncle Jeff, served a German speaking mission in what was then East Germany, and now teaches German at Utah Valley University. He is married to Harmony, and they are raising four boys in Utah County.
Doug is my youngest and biggest (in height) brother. He has a dental practice in East Texas, and is putting his time in there, waiting for the stars to align so he can move back to the fatherland, also known as Cedar City.
Jake (also known as Jacob) is another of my brothers. He's married to Melissa, lives two doors up from my parents in Cedar City, and recently took over my father's medical practice. Like all my brothers, he is obsessed with all things sports, which explains why he tries to turn every post I make into a sports cast. He hosts his own Madness competition, (which I pretty much dominated last year) so we've got to wind this one up pretty quick or we're going to lose him. Jacob makes me laugh like no one else, although at least half the time, I'm laughing at him, rather than with him. Lucky for me, he's a good sport that way.
Dallen is my nephew, Kaylee's brother, Robert's son. He's an avid reader, and really good at figuring out how mechanical things work. I have some really fun and really touching moments of his childhood, but if I shared them here they might embarrass him, so I'll keep my mouth shut and my fingers still. Let me be clear though, I adore Dallen. He is a great kid.
Jeri is the first roommate I ever had, and easily one of my very favorites. We met through my cousin Julie (who is a sister to Joe Brent, who is the family doctor to Harmony and Jeff's kids, funny how all that works out, isn't it?). Jeri stuck with me through tape lines down the middle of the room, and teasings, and late crazy nights. We've stayed friends throughout the years, which is something that I really appreciate, and not just because she is willing to share her child-raising wisdom with me. She and Harmony and Harmony's sister (Mercy) are also quite close, which is fun. Jeri lives in Provo with her husband and four children.
Kala is short for Macayla, and she and I were school classmates in Cedar City as well. She lives in Cedar City where she is raising a bunch of great kids. For you Cedar-ites, she married Barry J who played the Saxophone in Middle School and High School (I don't want to use last names here.) They live in the same ward and neighborhood as Robert, ShaLiece, Kaylee, and Dallen.
Harmony and I were classmates as well. We did Cross-Country and Track together at Cedar High, and also sang together in choirs, where Harmony had (and still has) a way of making people (particularly me) feel like about a million bucks. Harmony has lived in Japan, Germany, and all over the USA, which at three continents, puts her one continent ahead of anyone I can think of in my acquaintance.
Mom C is my mom. She's awesome. I adore her. She lives in Cedar City, where she spends time being the best grandmother I could ever imagine. When she's not in Cedar, she can often be found in Cache Valley, Springville, Kingman, or Eastern Texas, fulfilling the same role. We're lucky.
Robert is my oldest brother (though he's still younger than me). He did my Saturday jobs for me once when I was a kid. He's a structural engineer, and because of him, every time I think of that grey stuff that makes up sidewalks, I have to stop and ask myself if it's called "cement" or "concrete". He has a wry sense of humor that cracks me up, and give the best hugs in our family, hands down.
Lindsey is married to my cousin Steve. Steve is the third son of my Uncle Jeff. My Uncle Jeff taught German to probably 90% of the people playing Midwinter Musical Madness this year. Since German has taken a center role in the proceedings this year, I thought that might be important. Lindsey is spunky and funny and kind. She lives in Laramie Wyoming, where she is a teaching in the field of English Language Learning.
Nate is the younger brother of Jeff. He and I weren't in classes together, but we were neighbors, and I believe he shared classes with some of my younger siblings. Nate is smart smart smart, and funny, and quirky. Three of my favorite attributes. Nate lives in Vernal where he and his wife are raising some really cute kids and working in some kind of field, but I'm not really clear as to what it is. (Sorry Nate)
Carol is another dear friend that I met in Cache Valley. She's back home in Denver now, but while she was in Cache Valley, we served in church callings together, attended social functions together, and had a few heart-to-hearts in her beautifully decorated home. I miss Carol, and wish she lived a bit closer. She has a pure and loving heart, and will work tirelessly if the situation calls for it. She's also an amazing cook, and that is no joke. She works in development/fundraising/grants for education, and is the kind of aunt you all wish your kids had.
And there you have it! Now you all know each other. I thought this would be a quick and easy post, but it's turned out to be quite time consuming. There are more of you than I realized, I guess (yippee!). Anyway, if I've missed something that's critically important in your MMM bio, please don't hesitate to let me know.
And now, get to work on the whimming! (I've practically handed you whim points on silver platters here. I'll be honest, I'm a little nervous about where we might go today. The image of of herding cats comes to mind.)
5 points for the name of the song
2 points for the name of the musical
other points awarded by whim