June 2016

June 2016


Paradise Island, Bahamas

Time away from the kids on a beautiful Island...just what the doctor ordered.
Our Top Ten List:
10. Christmas tree lighting in town
9. Crazy taxi rides
8. Picking palm tree seeds
7. Swimming with the Dolphin's
6. Walking the pink sandy beaches
5. Dinner @ The Ocean's Club
4. Water slides and Rapid's
3. Lot's of sleep
2. Snorkeling with sand sharks
1. Doing whatever the heck we wanted!


PDLQ Takes 1st Place in Cheer Competition

Savannah's Cheer Competition was extremely successful this year. The many weeks of dedication to practices paid off in a first place finish for her competition squad.



Feeling Great in Fall of '08

For those of you that are from the Desert... you know how we look forward to our second of the two seasons we are graced with. There is our Summer season that we endure for about 4 - 5 months and then a mix of beautiful Fall and Spring for the the other 7 - 8 months of the year. We are now experiencing the weather that most would describe as "A little bit of heaven". Football, cheer, and water polo seasons are coming to an end. We are always glad to have a little more time back in our schedules but at the same time are sad to see the seasons come to an end.
Devin had a very successful Water Polo season joining the J.V. Team at the last minute. His great swimming abilities and competitive nature was an asset to the team and he will continue to swim year round as he hopes to secure a spot on Varsity as a Sophomore next year! Devin never ceases to amaze those around him with his determination and 100% attitude in everything he does. His Halloween costume this year was evidence of that. Devin also leaves for a weekend trip to Northern California for the start of his Youth and Government training and elections this Winter. It is the first of three trip that give the Youth the opportunity to learn and actually run the government in Sacramento this February.

Trevor continues to excel as quarterback and linebacker for his football team. They have advanced to the playoffs and will continue their season until they lose. Savannah lives to cheer for her brothers games. She really does love it and as the yougest on her squad has no problem getting the crowd fired up! She will have cheer competion in a few weeks and is working hard with her team to fine tune their routine for a hopefull 1st place!

Natalie was able to attend science camp with her 5th grade class and had story after story to share upon her return. She is participating in colorguard with her elementary school along with Savannah and they will march in a few parades this Winter. Her 5th grade teacher Mr. Macro took on the challenging craft of plaster masks this Halloween. What a memory!



What would you do if your best friend you haven't seen in 4 years called you up and offered you a plane ticket to meet her in your quaint hometown of Canby Oregon? Not only that, she has tickets to the USC vs. OSU game which ends up being one of the biggest upsets the year! You are also given the opportunity to see your 95 year old Grandma Green, and it wouldn't be complete without a good old fashioned slumber party with your best of friends. Your trip will end having dinner with 15 of your old High School class mates. I know... it's a tough decision for me too, but of course I accepted! What can I say? It was an incredible weekend with beautiful Oregon weather packed full of seing good friends and family the whole time. PRICELESS


Metal Mouth!!!

Devin had braces put on August 27th.
Here's the before and after...

Lake Mead '08

Labor Day Weekend At The Lake '08

We ended our Summer @ Lake Mead over Labor Day Weekend. It was our one and only boat trip this whole summer. We are feeling the effects of our children growing older and their schedules dictating more and more of our family outings. Nevertheless, it was a weekend never to be forgotten (to say the least)! We enjoyed Las Vegas, cool water, and a beautiful suite @ The Mirage (thanks to our Uncle Troy who always pulls through for us).

We are back in full swing with school, football, cheer, piano, and early morning seminary for Devin this year. Kids are tired when the sun goes down and we all sleep extremely hard until right before the sun comes up, just in time to do it all over again. A good friend of ours said, "Everyday is a good day when you're sucking oxygen". We are sucking lots of oxygen and extremely happy about that. We also realize that no matter how hectic life gets or what problems come our way, we can build upon the strengths of everyone around us and become our own person. Isn't Life great?


Summer coming to an end...

July just flew by with so many incredible activities. The month ended with a trip to Utah for the Gibb Family Reunion @ Palasides Park. We had a great "long weekend" (not long enough) paddling canoes, swimming, bike riding, golfing, and setting off water firecrackers with Grandma! We have so many great cousins, aunts and uncles to laugh and play with, and always look forward to the Gibb reunion!

July 27th - Devin accompanied our ward for the whole sacrament meeting and played "Come Thou Font of Every Blessing" as a rest hymn for our good friend Jim Parks (it's his favorite hymn found in the old hymn book) It took great lengths for Devin to get the approval from our new Bishop in order to play the hymn as a surprise for Jim. Trevor also passed the sacrament for the first time with his Dad that same Sunday.

July 28th - August 2nd

I have the most incredible week at Girls Camp for our Church. Being in charge of 95 girls and leaders was very eventful to say the least. Especially with a nightly visit from a friendly black bear we named "Bob". He was only interested in the leftovers that could be found in the dumpsters (thank goodness). The highlight of my week was the 6.5 mile hike up Cougar Crest Trail. What a view!

Devin and Trevor are at Scout Camp this week we will soon hear of all their adventures... It is their first year at Camp together...Devin was sure to help his brother prepare...he is such an awesome big brother.

We are now in full swing of Football and Cheer practices with games starting September 6th, doing our best to endure the hottest part of the Summer. We really can't wait for some fall weather!


Gerald's 39th Birthday

Dinner at Babes with good friends and family was a perfect way to spend Gerald's 39th birthday.

Trevor's 12th Birthday

Trevor received the priesthood on June 29th, 2008 in Indio, CA. After his bishops interview this prior Sunday he came out the Bishops office and asked, "How long was I in there?" I answered, "About 15 minutes, what did you talk about?" His reply was this, "We talked about the priesthood and what it means and then we talked a lot about baseball." Bishops really are in tune with what each individual needs.


Cooperstown, NY

We are here living one of Trevor's biggest dreams in Oneonta, NY @ All Star Village Cooperstown! What an awesome experience it has been so far starting with the Yankee vs. Red Sox game on the 4th of July! This tournament is all about the kids making their experience one they will never forget while staying on site all week with their coaches and all the other teams competing in the tournament. Devin and I will see Gerald and Trevor at the games and briefly in between. During our spare time Devin could be found BBQing at our cabin, hiking the local trails or video taping the gorgeous scenery of New York! The Desert Storm won their first game today 15-5 with Trevor pitching the first 4 innings. Stay posted for more great news to come!


Trevor get's ready for Cooperstown

Trevor Heads to Cooperstown, NY on July 3rd for his teams final tournament this year. We are excited to see all his hard work and dedication put to the test against teams all over the United States.....stay tuned for details!

Student of the Month

Savannah recieved student of the month award from Mrs. Ray her first grade teacher (for the second time this year). Cambria (Savannah's cousin) also recieved student of the month for her class making the day extra special.

Talent Show

Natalie preformed in the school talent show with three of her freinds to Micheal Jackson's "Thriller". Their costumes and make up were the best!

Devin Promotes from 8th grade

Devin had the honor of speaking at his 8th grade promotion on June 12th. He did an incredible job standing side by side with the ASB President and together they spoke to their 8th grade class summing up the last 3 years. There was no lack of emotion on Devin's part as you could feel every bit of his heart in his speech through tears and laughs both. He also received the Ambassadors Award presented by the Vice Principal. Here are a few thoughts from some of Devin's teachers.

Dan Mesa one of our security agents has a this to say, “Devin doesn’t use the cross walk in the mornings and he runs thru traffic, other than that Devin is a fine young man and he represents John Glenn to the fullest.”

· “As a teacher we have the privilege of working with some amazing students and when I think of Devin he is definitely one of the incredible ones. I was a student teacher in Devin's 4th grade class and even though it was an outstanding class in itself Devin still was a star that shone brightly. He was one of those kids you just sit back and watch in awe. He is not only inspiring to his peers but to others around him as well. He engages in higher level thinking conversations but has the unique ability to tailor those conversations to meet the need of his audience. I consider myself privileged to have had the opportunity to have had my teaching experience include Devin. I will always remember him and look forward to watching him continue to succeed through life. I knew then and I know now that he'd make a great President of the United States one day!! You have my vote Devin! Congratulations!”

~Mrs. Greenough (formally known as Ms. Miller)

· Devin was IB before he was even an IB student! As his fourth grade teacher, I had the pleasure of working with Devin at Monroe Elementary. Monroe is not an IB school, but as I am now at an IB school, I can look back at Devin and realize that he is, in fact, a near perfect example of all the attributes that make up an IB student.
Devin demonstrated an inquirer-type mind from day one of his fourth grade year. He strived to know the answers, but more than that, he wanted to know WHY those were the answers. His level of knowledge was inspiring to me. He seemed to pick things up almost instantly. Devin had the ability to communicate with a wide gamut of people; from special needs children to his 4th grade peers to adults in the school. Perhaps Devin’s most outstanding quality is his ability to care for those around him and across the globe. Devin was always the first one to pick up on someone having a bad day and immediately strive to make that person feel better. He would do without so that others could have something. This is a quality that is VERY rare in someone, much less someone in the fourth grade!

~Rob Greenough, Ben Franklin Elementary-Room 501, 4th Grade

· Ms. Graham, his language arts teacher said, “He works hard to get what he earns. Always, every day, Devin has greeted me with a “Good morning” and left in the afternoon with “Have a nice day”. I will miss this because he always has this remarkable good nature. Devin sees things that need doing and just does them. He is always ready to drop what he is doing to help others whether it be to familiarize a new student with the campus, help a teacher, or work with a student on homework. His assignments have been creative, and he is a definite “Risk-taker”. He loves a challenge and always goes for something that is different. He always works to solve situations. Rarely ever complains, because he is able to find the good in something even when it’s difficult or work a solution to make a bad situation better. He is a tremendously good sport, expressive, sensitive, and very well disciplined. He has the poise of a much older person, and would be an outstanding ambassador or liaison between countries.

· Mr. Singer wrote, “Devin exemplifies many qualities of the IB Learners Profile, but I believe his greatest strength is Caring. There was a student in my class who had difficulties at school and at home, and Devin took this student under his wing. He tutored, coached, and mentored this student all year long. He requested a seat next to this student in my class so that he could continue to help the student if needed. Devin is truly an exceptional person with a great heart. He is a credit to John Glenn and the entire IB program.

· Mr. Gubler shared that Devin has a natural curiosity that empowers his creativeness. He takes it upon himself to work either independently or as a team leader to complete a task at hand. If in his creative process he stumbles against an obstacle, he takes it upon himself to overcome the issue so that the project can be completed to its highest possible level.

Ms. Rutledge wrote, “Devin meets, and excels well beyond the highest expectations of any teacher, or adult, and he does it gracefully on the sole foundation of respect. He has learned that school, and life in general, is all about trying your best, building caring relationships and having the courage to take initiative in efforts to promote a positive experience, whatever it maybe, for both himself and all those around him.”



There are so many great things happening in life lately it has felt like we've been riding this never ending wave! We are excited to share with you a little bit of the exciting things happening in our lives. Look as little or as often as you'd like... we hope you enjoy!