Thursday, April 23, 2009

Yay Brookie!--District Track and Field Results

Brooke did a fabulous job at the District Track Meet! She came in FIRST place in the long jump with a 13'6" jump (her best yet!). Both of her relays (8th grade girls), the 4x100 and the 4x200 also came in FIRST (the LBJ Middle School 8th grade girls relay teams are undefeated so far this season). She came in either 2nd or 4th in the 200m race. She did not have time to high jump so no results to report there.

She has her Albuquerque All-City Track and Field Meet Monday, April 27th--they will meet up with their biggest competition, Desert Ridge Middle School who fielded the only relay team to beat them last year at the all city meet. Good luck to Brooke and the rest of the LBJ athletes in the all-city meet!

Here are a few pictures Greg took at the district meet:
Brooke gave good friend Harleigh a big lead in the 4x100 relay!

She also handed off to Harleigh in the 4x200 relay giving her another big lead!

The beginning of Brooke's winning jump (13'6")!!!

Stretch it out Brookie!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Our trip to Utah--April 10-12, 2009

We had a great time hanging out with all of our relatives as we gathered in Salt Lake City for Mike and Timi's sealing (wedding) in the Draper Temple. We also got to be with Rylee on her 8th Birthday! Here are a few pictures from our trip to Salt Lake City:
Brent convinced us to go to "Moochies Meatballs and More" per a recommendation from the Food Network show "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives."

Timi leading Mike out of the Draper Temple to greet family and friends.

Greg, Brent, and Brad (discussing "who knows" what).

Andrea, Brooke, and adorable!

The beautiful Jorgensen girls :-)

Brent and Andrea in front of the Draper Temple.

FREEZING while waiting for pictures to get done.

Brent and Greg in front of the recently opened Draper Temple.

Brent and Brooke.

Mike and Timi at their Orem, UT reception.

"got eternity?" milk to go with the Krispie Kreme Donuts and other treats.

The food :-)

Greg loved Mike's choice of formal wear so much that he decided to try on Mike's jacket ;-)

Grandma with her little brother Rick.

Daddy-Daughter Dance.

Andrea dancing with Grandpa.

Allie and Brookie.

Giving brother Mike some lovin'.

Brent, Grandpa, Grandma, Brian, Elise, and Brooke at the reception.

My delightful children: Brent, Brooke, and Brian.

My delightful children laughing at their Grandma because she turned off her camera when trying to take their picture.

Pam jumping in the picture at the last second :-)

Aunt Carol with her son Jeff.

Us after church on Easter Sunday (minus Pam who was taking the picture).

Brooke, Allie, Parker Van Wagoner, Andrea, and Mitch.

All the children after church.

Happy 8th Birthday Rylee Jean!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Brent's Friend Curtis Beach "Obliterates Decathlon Record"

Those of you who followed Brent in track last year, may have seen some of my posts that included his friend, Curtis Beach (mostly in the famous "ice bathing" blog postings LOL). Curtis is an amazing athlete with a stellar work ethic. He broke a national school high school record in the decathlon this past week so I thought I would post it here (because Curtis is just sooo cool!)...

Academy Senior Wins 9 of 10 Events

ARCADIA, Calif. — Albuquerque Academy senior Curtis Beach set — no, make that smashed — a national high school record in the decathlon on Thursday and Friday, winning nine of 10 events at the Arcadia Invitational in amassing a score of 7,909.

The old prep record is believed to be about 7,440. Beach’s total would have placed him third in last year’s NCAA men’s decathlon championships.

In a post-event interview with, Beach said the record performance came as a result of focusing on each event as it came.

“I thought I could get it last year, but I never put a good decathlon together,” he said. “I came in with a totally different mind-set this time, just doing the best I can in each event and seeing what happens instead of trying to live up to expectations.”

Beach, competing unattached in a prestigious California high school meet, placed first in the 100-meter dash (10.99 seconds), the long jump (22 feet, 10½ inches), the shot put (44-8), the high jump (6-9½), the 400 meters (48.16), the 110-meter hurdles (14.42), the pole vault (14-5¼), the javelin (155-9) and the 1,500 meters (4:09.48). He was second in the discus (133-4) and won the overall competition by more than 1,500 points.

Beach said his biggest improvement came in the javelin, where he bested his previous top effort by some 25 feet.

“I went from 130 (feet) to 155,” he said. “I threw two 47-plus-meter throws (154 feet or better), so I think it will continue to improve.”

Needing a time of 4:10 in the final event — the 1,500 meters — to reach 7,900, he finished almost 40 seconds ahead of the second-place runner.

“I’m really, really happy,” he said. “I’ve trained hard for a really long time.”

Beach has signed to attend Duke next fall, but first will compete for Academy this spring. In last year’s state meet, he won four events (110- and 300-meter hurdles, long jump, high jump) and finished second in the 200 meters to score a meet-best 33 points. He was later named Gatorade’s New Mexico Boys track and field athlete of the year and won the Great Southwest meet decathlon championship.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Brandon Plewe's Blog

Hey family members...Here's a link to Brandon's blog. It has updates of his medical condition...

We love you Brandon!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Brent's Mission Call and Temple Endowment (April 3, 2009)

We are very excited about Brent's mission and opportunity to go to the temple. Here are some pictures from our wonderful day. I'm also including a video of him reading his missionary call...
Greg talked a little bit about LDS missions before Brent opened his letter.

Some of Brent's friends were able to come to our house to hear the news. A bunch of our family members and friends also watched it LIVE online.

And now to where Brent has been called to serve...

My first thought when Brent got to the part of where he was serving, was that he was messing with us (his Uncle Matt and Aunt Jana live in that mission's boundaries) LOL.

Another funny thing...Brent had stopped reading his letter after the part where it told "where" he would be serving. Family friend, Mellisa Motley had noticed passport papers in his stack of papers about 5 or 10 minutes afterwards and went up to Brent and said, "Brent, I think you better finish reading your letter. I think you may have missed something..." (She had seen another relative stop reading their letter and knew from experience that Brent should probably continue reading). Brent picked up his letter and read:

"You should report to the Provo Missionary Training Center on Wednesday, June 17, 2009. You will prepare to preach the gospel in the Spanish language. Your assignment may be modified according to the needs of the mission president."

Greg and I both had our prayers answered. I was hoping for a United States mission and Greg was hoping for a Spanish speaking one (Greg served his mission in Houston-Spanish speaking, while waiting for his Visa to go to Spain, where he finished his mission).

The Minnesota Minneapolis Mission covers many areas: most of Minnesota, a bit of Canada (hence the need for a passport), a tiny portion of Michigan, part of Wisconsin, and a small portion of Iowa.

He really wanted to take out his endowments at the Albuquerque Temple so we went that very evening. Here are a few pictures after our visit to the temple...

Brent went through the temple that evening to take out his endowments.

Brooke and Andrea did baptisms with the Schaap family while we were in our session.

Here we all are (windblown) after our time at the temple.

Andrea is proud of her cousin Brent.

Brooke and Greg (and car) LOL.

Me and Brooke :-)

I had to post this picture as this pretty much represents Brent's trips home...It consists of he and his friends eating wayyy too many fruit snacks and playing Mario Kart on the Wii. Here lies some of the carnage after last night LOL.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Brent's Mission Call...

Here the letter sits...waiting to be opened. Where will Brent be called to serve his mission? Pittsburgh? Austrailia? Ukraine (with Landon Hill)? Delaware?

I put in my guesses as either New York (somewhere east coast) or Spain (that's where Greg served). Brian is guessing California or Brazil. Jenny (Jorgensen Skousen) also guessed New York and Guatemala. Pam Jorgensen guessed North Dakota and Canada (I could see Canada Pam!). Brooke said Washington but I can't remember what country.

All of the guessing and waiting will be over at 3 PM MST today...

If you want to view LIVE online, go to type this exactly:


(do not add spaces or capitalize any of the letters).

Click the magnifying glass to search for Brent.

Under "Status" click on the orange camera. A camera should show up so you can watch Brent as he reads the letter :-) We'll go on at 2:45 PM so you can test.

(We are actually on now if you want to test it!)