MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE
INCREDIPOWELLS 5: Zombie Apocalypse
With the end of the world quickly approaching on December 21st, we thought we would give you one final update on the status of the IncrediPowells. In a house dominated by females there is no shortage of yelling, tears or fingernail polish. Let’s see how things unfolded for the IncrediPowells in 2012.
Emmerson turned 3 this year and has become the definition of high maintenance. If she has been well rested, fed, bathed and there are no sisters in sight, she is a complete sweetheart. If one of these factors is out of the equation, you better be ready for a fight and be careful, because she aims for the face. She has recently become potty trained, which was life changing for her as she is now eligible for dance! She could not be more excited to be on the other side of the glass that she has had her face pressed against for so long. Also, she may be entering rehab for an acute addiction to the iPad.
Ellie will turn 5 in January, that is if the world lasts that long. This was a pretty big year for Ellie as she started preschool this fall. She has never hesitated once at going to school and has even told me that I don’t need to walk her in. With Emmy joining dance, Ellie has decided that she would like to dance also, even though she has complained that her feet get hot in the shoes and the classes are too long. I guess all that can be overlooked, when you are the only one not dancing. Ellie is also quite the home body; she very rarely wants to spend a night away from home, even if it is at Grandpa and Grandma’s house. On the rare occasion that she does, she makes it more than known that it will be, “just for one night only!” At this rate, when you get this letter in 20 years, we will still be talking about Ellie living at home.
Addison is 8 years old and she fully believes that she was put on the earth to do one thing….DANCE! Between Iowa C.A.T.S., D.D.C., Foster-Powell, and a short stint with Des Moines Ballet, we had Friday night off from making a trip to a dance studio. That’s right; we had one whole night that we were not running her here or there to make a lesson. She also took the trip of a lifetime this year as my parents took her for two weeks to Hawaii! While on the Big Island they attend a luau, went hiking, hung out on the beach, went kayaking and got hula lessons. We pretty much did the same thing while she was gone. I do know one thing though; Mom and Dad never asked me to go to Hawaii, the farthest I ever got from home at that age was Branson, Missouri.
Kim is in her ninth year of teaching 5th grade at Four Mile Elementary (SEP). Last year she was a teacher representative for the PTA and did After School Assistance; this year she is a full time dance mom. She has found time within this last year to develop a new hobby and it goes by the name of Flippy Cup. She came home from the neighbors one night talking about how much fun she had playing this game. The next day all the neighbors could talk about was how she was smashing cups and yelling “Suck It!” If any of you were wondering if she had lost her competitive spirit, I believe the answer is a resounding no. If you ever make it to the Sherrylynn Hood, you had better bring your “A” game, because there are no friends across the table.
This year I started working nights at Titan Tire and watching Ellie and Emmy during the day, I am not sure which one entertains me more. When I tell people where I work and I tell them Titan the usually ask where it is at, I tell them the only reason you would have ever seen Titan Tire is if you were specifically going there or you were lost. It has been a huge adjustment, not only with the number of people I am supervising, but also with the wide variety of ethnicities. I am not sure what I have spent more money on this year, food out of the vending machines (you name it, we have it in a vending machine and they take debit cards), or copies of Rosetta Stone.
We hope this letter finds you and yours doing well this Christmas season. If there is a 2013 we wish you all the best and hope to see you soon but, if the Mayans happen to be correct…it has been nice knowing you.
KC, Kim, Addison, Ellerson, Emmerson, and Katara IncrediPowell