Montoya, 2017 - Year in Bullet Points
Jan: • Becky, Sam & Ria went to Taos for Cousin Ellena’s 1st, Grandma Loyola’s 90th & to Ski Taos with El Padre (Thomas has been living in NM for the last year-and-a-half). • Sariah participated in a Robotics Competition & the school Spelling Bee. • Attempted shift from “Getting It All Done” to “Trying To Be nice”—To-Do lists are easier than manners.
Feb: • Becky took Sam, Ria & BRJH StuCo to Phoenix Suns Game & Leadership Conference. • Sariah ran in the annual 5K Aunt Kim hosts. • Virtual Reality fun at the Gwynn’s VR Arcade on Mill Avenue—like the cool kids. • Skied lots at Sunrise. • Having big kids is the best—prefer a challenging teen over a crying baby any day.
March: • Aunt Kathy passed away unexpectedly. Becky & Sariah attended the funeral in Idaho—stirred lots of reflection. • Spring Break fun in Phoenix with cousins, aunts & uncles. • Montezuma’s Castle. • Sariah progressed in Taekwondo. • Emotional hiccups don’t mean life sucks, but they are annoying & holding your breath isn’t a cure.
April: • Hiked Sedona—agree with the spiritual weirdies, there is healing power in those red rocks. • Easter traditions with Sam, Ria, Joslin & Larry. • Sam gave Track a-go & competed in long distance events. • Becky chaperoned Sam’s Spanish Club Field Trip to Tucson & Phoenix—thought the Holy Water at San Xavier Mission was a water bottle refill (oops, wondered why it was so slow…drip, drip). • Feed my Starving Children (my children aren’t starving, but we volunteered with this organization & it’s a cool set-up making service easy-breezy).
May: • Joslin & Larry’s Wedding—Amazing Family used their expertness to create an Amazing Day! • Tommy, Jill, Bradley, Caleb & Naomi came to town. • Hiked local trails. • Sam had Cowboy Practice. He loves this kind of work & after having instructions loudly given to him by a for-real Rancher when branding and castrating (yikes), Sam reported, “I’ve always wanted to be yelled at by a cowboy!” • Baseball Season for Sam as Catcher. • Andrew returns to Delaware from Afghanistan deployment. It’s been almost two years since we have seen him and his family.
June: • Moved Campus’ for Blue Ridge JH—Love the new location. • Cousin Swap of Sariah & Izzo. • Ria attended Virtual Reality Camp. • Faces in the woods—Becky’s attempt to avoid people’s emotions by hiding in the wilderness got botched, as her ability to see expressions on inanimate objects became overwhelming (coo-coo). • Federal Jury Duty was the best & now Becky wants to be a judge. • Scout Camp for Sam. • Water Park with Seguritan’s—Aunt Katie’s got skills when racing on the twisty slides. • Home Repairs by Becky—need to start posting my tips on Pinterest: “How to Hold your House Together with Duct Tape.”
July: • Goodbye Van—240K-mile-member of our family. Eyes were wet as Kars for Kids towed her away. • Zipline at Sunrise & a day of adventure for Becky & Sariah. • Goodbye to Grandpa’s Leg—in true Cox Fashion, a party and life-size leg poster for all to sign was part of the farewell. • Ria met Uncle John in Holbrook for the Midnight Express to Taos for a week of fun. Becky picked her up & enjoyed a bit of Fiestas de Taos—Que Viva!
August: • Awesome start to the School Year in the new building—In love with the Junior High gig, but always looking at & willing to consider other opportunities. • Solar Eclipse blew our minds! • Sariah’s Soccer Season.
Sept: • Sam’s undefeated 8th Grade Football Season. • Waffle Parties started up again at the new school. A favorite activity Becky does with varying groups of BRJH students—Changing the World…, one Waffle at a Time.
Oct: • Becky took the train to Cali with a group of her favorite friends. • The Montoya Walls Came Tumbling Down—when they will go back up is yet to be determined. • Pumpkin Patch at Willis Farms. • Sam turned 14! –Yard Party. • Baldy with Sam, Becky & Ria on the best day of the year to see the Aspens in full color. • Backhoe Practice for Sam—loves to drive anything. • Sariah wowed us with her Edward Scissor Hands Costume Creation.
Nov: • Veteran & First Responder Assembly—Brought 400 Junior Highers and 60+ guests to tears. • Andrew & Christina announced baby sister coming in May. • Wrestling for Sam = Neck out for Becky. • Utah for Thanksgiving with Troy & Tommy’s families—always fun being with & doing our Provo/Orem favs.
Dec: • Return of The Montoya Company Christmas Party. • Ria’s Orchestra Concert & part as Mary in the Church Nativity. • Ria turned 11! –Karaoke, Piñata & Pie Face Party. • Gramps & Gran took 2-Yee Haws & a City Boy to MoTab Christmas Concert in SLC. An all-you-can-eat Meat Buffet made the trip a dream come true for all. • #LightTheFreakingWorld Meltdown by Becky—she recovered, but the memory will live on J.
Hope to offer & receive support as we keep working at this
Human Experience & our attempts at Being Nice.
Love, The Montoya’s - Becky, Sam, Ria, Ohio, Delaware & Germany