MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE
INCREDIPOWELLS edition 8: Nerd Alert
It is that time of year again to fill you in on the adventures and misadventures of the IncrediPowells over the last year. As you can imagine, the last year has been an absolute blur when you live with these crazies, but I will do my best to let you know what we have been up to. So, get your popcorn ready and let's see how the last year has unfolded for the resident Nerds of the Sherrylynn Hood.
Emmerson is 6 and started Kindergarten this year and I think Kim and I are both still holding our breath and waiting for that one phone call. You know, the one where the teacher calls and says Emmy had a bad day and told the whole class to kiss her *ss. Thank God that call will go straight to Kim since she is in the same building. She wrapped up her 3rd season in U6 soccer with her team being undefeated, and in the spring she will be trying to set the scoring record for that league. She is also in the middle of her first season of basketball and has the same opinion about practice as Allen Iverson. But when it comes to games, it is a whole other story. She is calling for the ball and looking to fast break after a rebound. She also told Kim that she wants to play softball this year because she loves trying to crush the ball while taking BP. It has taken to child number 3, but I think we finally have our “sports” child….thank god!
Ellie will turn 8 in January and is in second grade this year where she has the worst thing for a teacher you could ask for….a Hawk fan. She decided that one year in dance was enough for her, getting the cool costumes was not enough to outweigh having to perform on stage in front of a lot of people. So, Ellie will just stick with soccer where she is really starting to come into her own as a defender. This fall she was part of a tournament team that went to Kansas City to play, and there, she played in goal every minute of every game. She told me that it was boring in goal and I told her that was a good thing, you don’t want to be busy back there. This year was her third season in U8 girls soccer and we finished the season undefeated. This spring will be her last at that level and then we will move up to U10 where we actually keep score and there is a winner and loser…...what a thought!
Addison is 11 and this year she proved to us that dreams DO really come true, as she decided to quit competitive dance! She gave soccer a try this fall, but after 3 games was diagnosed with mono and had to sit out the rest of the season, but she is signed up for indoor and is excited to play. She does continue to dance at Foster Powell which is only 2 nights a week instead of the 6 or 7 that she was doing. She did her first solo last year for Foster Powell, which went well, so she decided to enter into the Bill Riley Talent Search at the Iowa State Fair. She ended up advancing to the semifinal round, where she was beat out by some dork dressed up as a horrible Peter Pan, singing “I Don’t Want To Grow Up.” It was probably the worst act in the semifinal round, but I guess that is what the judges were looking for. As you can tell, I am not bitter at all…..Peter effing Pan! This school year, Addison moved on to the 6th grade center, which means out from the protective clutches of mom, and due to her bout with mono, she is working on 50% attendance.
Kim is in her twelfth year of teaching 5th grade at Four Mile Elementary, which has required her to start an extensive collection of cardigan sweaters and high waisted jeans. This summer she was able to take her drinking game to the next level, by convincing the local Ultra distributor to make deliveries directly to the house. So in turn, she has cut out the middle man and continued to stay hydrated all summer long. She also retired as the reigning champion dance mom(belt included) and happily returned to her role as dance taxi driver, since Addison quit competition dance. Also, she planned a week long trip to Clearwater, FL for the family in June and then booked my ticket home 3 days into the trip, so she could enjoy herself for the remaining 4 days. She could also be found at the Fair for the majority of the days it was open this year and most of the beer vendors knew her by name….weird.
This January I will be starting my fifth year at Titan Tire and I am now on day shift, which Kim said was life changing. I can only assume she is referring to the amount of beer she can consume and not feel guilty now that I am home in the evenings. I have also taken a position in the Product Engineering department, which means I can now go OUT to lunch on Friday’s! This past spring and fall soccer seasons I coached Ellie and Emmy’s soccer teams, and thank god both teams were blessed with talent. Ellie’s tournament trip to Kansas City was the first time that I have not coached her soccer team and her first playing a new position. With being the goalie comes a lot of responsibility, and I have never been so nervous for that kid in my life, but of course, she handled it like a champ and I was fine after a few beers and a throat lozenge. I have also been in the crossfit cult for about a year now, and I have never enjoyed getting my ass kicked so much on a regular basis….except for that time Kim brought handcuffs home.
We hope this letter finds you and yours doing well this Christmas season. We wish you all the best in 2016 and we hope to see you soon.
KC, Kim, Addison, Ellie, Emmerson, Schumi and Roxy IncrediPowell.