Sunday, December 11, 2011

THE Christmas Card Letter

I have always been very uncomfortable with writing “THE letter” that accompanies the traditional Christmas card that goes out to dozens of family and friends. I call it “THE letter” because everyone knows what I am talking about. Just like when I bring up “THE Ohio State University” or “THE U” (sorry to all the sheltered Ute fans as this really stands for the University of Miami).

It becomes a battle of wills between the happily married couple: “YOU do it honey!” “No, no, surely it’s your turn!” We have never done it so who can say it’s anyone’s turn (and don’t call me Shirley). Why can’t we just write about our three beautiful children and throw in a few travel logs about what vacations we went on this year (Bond age 13; Marlyn age 11; Makenna age 8; Lake Powell in Page, AZ; Family Reunion in UT; and Bloomfield, NY). I am not going to use the word “we” throughout “THE letter” because WE are not writing it; I am writing the dang letter.

I am grateful to live in a country where I can exercise the freedom of religion. I call this a Christmas card because I am a Christian. However, it is very ironic that the Costco design and color schema we liked says “Happy Holidays.” So Happy Hanukah, Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.

I am grateful for the freedom of speech, which allows me to write “THE letter” without having to be politically correct. Note that I left out Happy/Merry Kwanza because according to Emmanuel Lewis, kwanza is a paper money, cupronickel coin, and monetary unit of Angola and I, like Tim Tebow, “cannot serve God and mammon.” (Luke 16:13)

I am also thankful for our freedom to bear arms this year. I welcomed a gorgeous Glock 17 to the family after some idiot tried to break into our home while the girls were still getting ready for school.

I also welcomed a new dog into our laundry room and back yard because of the incident. Snicker is a labradoodle and her name derives from her two favorite pastimes: sniffing and licking (plus SnifferLicker wouldn’t fit on the dog tag). She might not be much of a guard dog, but if that idiot ever comes back to our house he will be sniffed and licked in places reserved only for the TSA.

I managed to prove Business Week’s theory that Deloitte is the best company from which to launch your career as I left after 10 wonderful busy seasons. Working at one of the firms should be measured in dog years; It seems like I aged 70 years and they definitely work you like a dog. After starting my new career at Southwest Gas Corporation (SWX), my youngest questioned why I would leave my iPhone at Deloitte to go and work at a gas station.

I hope you enjoyed “THE letter” as it might be the last one you receive since it is Whitney’s turn and besides her phobia of public restrooms and public speaking, she is also afraid of public writing. Merry Christmas to all and to all a goodnight.

- The Headlees (autocorrect on the iPad/iPhone would call us “THE Headless”)

Thursday, September 29, 2011

True Love

Today on the bus ride home, the girl sitting next to Marlyn saw her looking at Bond.
She asked: "Do you like him?"
Marlyn: "I love him."
Girl: "Does he like you?"
Marlyn: "I'm pretty sure he loves me, too."
The girl got off the bus before Marlyn could tell her that Bond is her brother!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Miss Personality

A couple of pictures I found on my phone:

The other day, Bond was making a squeaking noise with the pool gate. When we asked him to stop, he said "I'm making a bee mating call."

Marlyn instantly replied, "You want to mate with a bee?!"

Monday, June 6, 2011

Moving On

"She's sweet, kind, giving, helpful and, most importantly, DETERMINED - all the characteristics of a well rounded Fifth Grade student.
This student has excelled in all subject areas throughout the school year, especially Reading and Language Arts.
She's also a recipient of A/B Honor Roll - What an accomplishment!
She is always working hard and gets the job done the FIRST time.
She has the will, drive and determination to attend college in the future and WILL be very successful in life.
It is my pleasure to present the Principal's Award to . . .


Marlyn with her trophies and her 5th Grade Teacher, Mrs. Holland

Marlyn also received the Great American Challenge Award. The requirements for this award were:
  • Recite from memory the 50 states and capitals in alphabetical order
  • Recite from memory The Gettysburg Address
  • Sing or recite from memory the first verse of the Star-Spangled Banner
  • Recite from memory the Preamble of the Constitution
  • Write, spell, punctuate, and recite the Pledge of Allegiance in class
  • Recite from memory the first and last names of the Presidents of the U.S. in order of their Presidency
I'm so proud of my girl as she "Moves On" from Elementary to Middle School!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Agua Caliente

We also visited Agua Caliente park while we were it Tucson. This park is like an oasis in the desert and its just a few minutes away from Grandma and Grandpa's house. It reminded me a lot of Warm Springs near Las Vegas (which makes sense because agua caliente means "hot water").
Can you see all of the turtles on the log in the background?

After lunch we took a walk around the little lake while the dogs tried to chase the ducks.

I loved this canopy of trees over the path!

It didn't take long before everyone was hot and tired.

But Jimmer was the only one that didn't have to walk anymore.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Mesa Temple Easter Pageant

While we were in Arizona for Spring Break, we spent a couple of days in Phoenix. Greg had some work there and we wanted to take the kids to see the Easter Pageant.

We met Carlie and Jared at the temple a few hours before it actually started. We staked out our seats and had plenty of time to eat our pizza. . .

check out the Visitors' Center,

and wander around to find old friends.
The pageant was great and we're so glad we were able to go.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Sabino Canyon

Over spring break we ventured back to Tucson to spend a week with Grandma and Grandpa.
While we were there, we visited Sabino Canyon. We rode the tram up the canyon (we were the only ones on the tram that were not speaking Spanish, besides the driver/tour guide).

Here's Grandma and the kids at the furthest tram stop. I love that beautiful desert canyon!
We took a picnic lunch, including some Eegee's. We forgot to bring spoons, however, so eating the Eegee's was a little bit tricky. Nothing could stop us from having our favorite frozen drink in the world!
(I don't know why this is underlined and can't figure out how to fix it)

After lunch, the kids played in the creek for a bit.

It was a fun day in one of my favorite places!