Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas 2010

I am failing at the whole blog thing these days! Here is a quick update with pictures from Christmas break! It was GREAT to be home, GREAT to relax, and GREAT to be with family! It of course was TOO short, like always!

It started with the Thackeray Family Hallelujah Chorus (see video below) at the Etna Ward Christmas Party.

Then came Christmas Eve! We always spend Christmas Eve at Grandpa Berry's. This was on the car ride over.

We ate DELICIOUS food, chatted with family and friends, played a little American Idol on the Wii, and opened presents! It was a very enjoyable time! 
Christmas Day was fun as usual! 

We woke up, looked at our stockings! Then the present opening began! I have had a pile of old t-shirts from high school sitting in a garbage sack for a few years now! Mom finally made me a quilt out of all those shirts! I LOVE it! Lots of fun memories! I also got a Cricut (paper cutting machine). Those were the big presents. And I got lots of other things as well! Also pictured below is a game of Ticket to Ride. Pretty much, we played every day! It was a little out of control! I was definitely very blessed! Lots of awesome friends and family that are very kind!

After we opened presents, the Grandparents from both sides and Aunt Linda came over for "brunch". Tracy, Dad, and I were the chefs. Notice the matching BYU aprons, another one of mom's creations! I sure love me a good apron! :)

We played lots of games! Another hit was The Game of Things! There were some funny moments. Example: Things a cat thinks, Things you should not title a children's book, etc. Pure awesomeness! 

Christmas night the extended Thackeray's that are in town get together for games and food. Linda brought her XBOX Kinect and that was definitely the hit of the night! We always have a good time when we get together! 

The kids went sledding a few times! Mom made Tandy and I go up one day, much to our dismay! But we had an enjoyable time! I think I can handle one hour of sledding a year! That is the ONE and only time I will enjoy and not have a disdain for snow! :)

It was fantastic to be home hanging out with all of these people! In my old age I look forward to it more and more! :) Sure do love the holidays! Good times for sure!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Thackeray Family Hallelujah Chorus

Well... I obviously haven't had time to update! I should be able to throughout the next couple of days! Until then... stay entertained with this! It was performed at the Etna Ward Christmas Party yesterday by a combination of Thackeray's from different families! Enjoy! :)

And another version from a different angle :) you know... to help you get the full effect!

Monday, December 20, 2010


State Volleyball was November 5th and 6th. Tryouts for basketball were November 8th! One sport done and on to the next! :) Coaching has been extremely different this year! Not in a bad way and not in a good way! Just different. I know this sounds like a bad thing... I still love it! It's extremely fun, and I can't imagine my life without it! Like I said, it's just different. (Must be that full time teaching thing getting in the way, making my feelings change a little bit. HA!) The one thing that I love, that never changes, is that the group of girls I get to coach are such fun, good girls! They definitely keep me laughing! The season has started off really well! Let's hope we continue with that pattern! Coaching really is the best!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Mormon Tabernacle Choir Concert featuring David Archuletta

The Brown's invited me to go with them to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Concert, featuring David Archuletta! Not a huge fan of David Archuletta, but he was REALLY good! It was an awesome concert that sure got me in the holiday spirit! It was way fun!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Duke vs. U of O

My love of Duke basketball began in about 7th grade! I have been a dedicated fan ever since! Some people say I jumped on the bandwagon! To them I say, look at the pictures of dedicated awesomeness!

The entire men's basketball schedule goes in my planner every year. Date, time, and television station it's broadcast on. One year, I even made a slide show of pictures about them, I was that obsessed. I can't believe I just admitted that! But, bandwagon? I think NOT!

Anyways! On the bucket list... attend a Duke basketball game at Cameron Indoor Stadium. While I didn't make it to Cameron Indoor, I was able to see the Duke basketball team play in person, and it did NOT disappoint!

Earlier in the year I had made plans to spend Thanksgiving in Portland. One of the reasons would be to attend the Duke game the Saturday after Thanksgiving! I was super excited that I would be able to see a game in person! Mom said that she wanted to take Tandy and Wade and that they would meet us up there! Plans fell through for Portland, and I was sad I wasn't going to see the Duke game! Mom to the rescue. She had already bought three tickets. Once I decided I was coming home for Thanksgiving, she bought me a ticket, and we were able to all go up to the game!

We left the day after Thanksgiving and drove all the way to Portland to beat a snow storm! When we got to Portland, we checked into our hotel, and then went to eat and shop for Duke T-shirts. After eating we checked every store in one of the main mall's with no luck! We decided we would look online and find some in the morning before the game!
Wade is a nerd. He enjoyed himself.

After a good night's sleep, and rising anticipation for the game, we were determined to find some Duke apparel. Mom called around to a couple of places to see if they sold anything. Every store we tried calling did not have anything?! SERIOUSLY?! Kyle Singler is from OREGON! They are the defending National Champions! There has got to be something! Kohl's was our last chance. The following is the conversation that occurred in a last ditch effort to find some Duke gear.

Mom on the phone with a person from Kohl's.

Mom: I'm wondering if you sell any Duke apparel and if you carry any in your store?

Kohl's Associate #1: Let me put you on hold, and I will check for you.

After about a minute of being put on hold.

Kohl's Associate #2: Hello, can I help you?

Mom: Hi, yes. I'm looking for some Duke Blue Devil apparel, someone is already helping me and looking for it.

Kohl's Associate #2: Okay, did they give you their name?

Mom: No they didn't. They said they were going to go check in the men's department.

Kohl's Associate #2: Can you tell me what they look like?

Mom: (literally laughing out loud as she answers in a baffled, confused, did you really just ask that question voice) Um... what who looks like?

Kohl's Associate #2: The person helping you find your stuff.

Mom: Um... no I don't know what they look like, I AM ON THE PHONE!

Kohl's Associate #2: (After a pause) You mean you're not in the store?

Mom: No, I'm not in the store, I am on the phone, talking to you.

Kohl's Associate #2: (Still clearly confused about what is happening) Well let me see if I can go and find the person helping you. What is it that you are looking for again?

(Laughing so hard she is crying, the rest of us laughing because she is crying and because the girl asked what the person looked like, while talking to us on the phone! Are you kidding me?)

Mom: Duke Blue Devil t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, anything with Duke on it. Do you know what Duke is? It's the name of a college.

Kohl's Associate #2: (Probably not appreciating the fact that she is getting laughed at) I will go and check for you.

Another couple of minutes pass, everyone trying to get a hold of themselves.

Kohl's Associate #2: Ma'am I'm sorry, we do not carry any Duke Blues.

Mom: DUKE BLUES?! (Bursts into laughter once again). Thank you. Goodbye.

So much for finding any Duke apparel. We laughed the rest of the day about that! We wanted to run into Kohl's so we could meet this girl! Clearly, we would know what she looked like from a telephone conversation? Right?! :) If only they would have had some Duke Blues for us to go pick up!

Before we headed to the game, we stopped by the Portland, Oregon Temple and took a couple of pictures there!

After a little bit more shopping, we headed over to the Rose Garden (where the Portland Trailblazers play). We wanted to see warm ups and see as much as we could! Hello, we had driven six hours! We had a six hour drive home later that night! We were getting our money's worth!

After finding parking, and riding the elevator up and down a few times :) trying to figure out where we were supposed to be (those people on the 3rd floor probably wondered why we were not getting out of the elevator!) and waiting for a good thirty minutes to enter at a door that had "no admittance" for the game that night, we made it to our seats! We sat by the Smith's. The Rimmer's were also in attendance, but we didn't get a picture with them! I also saw Ben and Carly! Wade loves pictures!

It was a fun game because the Singler brothers were playing against each other. Kyle for Duke, and EJ for U of O. Duke dominated and it was so fun to see them play in person! We all felt bad for EJ because he clearly was the "bad" brother! Haha! Even though he wasn't really even that bad. Kyle and Duke are just THAT good! We enjoyed watching the game and after it was over made the long journey back home!

It was a great experience! So glad I was able to go! So glad I got to see my favorite team play in person! Next up... a trip to Cameron Indoor! Then the Duke experience will be complete! Go Devils! :)

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Thanksgiving 2010

Since I graduated from high school, I haven't spent very many Thanksgiving's at home! It's been fun to venture to other family's house's and be a part of their traditions! But there's nothing like being at home for the holiday's! I was grateful I was able to spend some time at home! I took Monday and Tuesday off from school and drove home with Mitchell and Tracy the weekend before!

It was great to spend time with these fun people! :) The older I get, the more I like to hang out with them! It didn't use to be that way!

Lots of Thanksgiving preparations! The name tags are a tradition! Hello! Everyone needs to know where to sit! Mitchell has a "smoking" fetish and has to "smoke" everything and anything that can be cooked that way! So naturally we had to have "smoked" turkey! There were quite a few of us (not our biggest, but definitely not the smallest). We had two tables full of people!

Dinner was delicious! We had quite the variety of food!

So delicious, we of course had to take a quick nap! Troy didn't approve of my napping.

A Thackeray family get together/holiday would not be complete without some game playing! We had intense games of Five Crowns and Apples to Apples! Good times!

It was great to be able to spend Thanksgiving in Etna! It was fun to see family and friends I hadn't seen in awhile!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Volleyball Banquet 2010

Volleyball season came to an end and we had a very nice end of the year banquet. The girls were very sweet and had this awesome blanket made for me! It has all 3 of the sports that I coach on it, and it was very nice of them to get it for me! It was somewhat sad to see volleyball end, I will miss those seniors that graduate. They were freshmen when I first started coaching! Time sure flies!!!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Grandpa's Visit

Grandpa and Barbara came to Utah to visit at the beginning of December! They took us out to eat at Texas Roadhouse. It was DELICIOUS!
Then I went down and spent the rest of the weekend in Nephi hanging out with them, Aunt Patty, Uncle Steve, and Greg! It was a fantastic and much needed break!

Monday, December 6, 2010


Where did the month of November go? All of a sudden it's December 6th! AH! Hopefully I will have a little time in the next week to catch up! Things are going great! Just super busy, as made apparent my incredible lack of posts! The blog was a good idea when all I had to do was sub and coach! I realize now that I was living the life! :) If only I would have realized it then! Haha! Don't get me wrong... LOVE LOVE LOVE the new job... just uh... wish I had a little bit more time to do other things as well!