Monday, December 24, 2007

Christmas Letter 2007

I have had 2 cards returned so far so here is our Christmas letter and picture. We hope that everyone has a great Christmas and a wonderful 2008.

Dear Friends, Family, and people we feel obligated to send this to…

It's that time of year again – when most of you consider welding your mailboxes shut to avoid the delivery of yet another Brough Christmas newsletter.

I'll go out on a limb and assume that since you are reading this, you either couldn't find your welding torch or you are a procrastinator like me.

Here's the run down on what we've been doing this past year…

Eli is now 4 years old. While I have previously touted his amazing intelligence and superhuman strength, these years are critical for him as he is in the process of determining whether he will use his abilities for the forces of good or evil. The fact that he likes to hide from us whenever possible, with the intent of scaring us leaves little doubt that our boy is well on his way to becoming a super villain. Becca and I would be happier if he were on his way to becoming a super hero instead, but the important thing is that we encourage him to excel in the area he has chosen. As soon as he starts school, I plan on building him a "secret lair".

Anyone who has seen The Princess Bride, will remember the scene in which Fezzick and Inigo practice rhyming after they've kidnapped Princess Buttercup. In preschool, Eli has also learned to rhyme, although I'm not sure you'll find many of the words he uses in the dictionary… His favorite rhyme is "Stirry, HURRY!" My new year's resolution is to teach him to respond to my saying, "No more rhyming, and I mean it!" with "Anybody want a peanut?"

Eli has also taken up the shooting sports – he loves to pull the trigger on my 10/22. I emphasize that he "loves to pull the trigger" because we're still working on the concepts of holding the rifle, looking through the sight, and aiming at an actual target. His grandpa Sorensen actually helped him out with this quite a bit the last time we went – with Grandpa's help, Eli put 25 rounds through a cardboard box in about 3 seconds – I still don't know how he pulls the trigger so fast… Maybe he was trying to keep the box pinned down with suppressive fire while I flanked it.

Becca is responsible for most of Eli's development, and I couldn't have asked for a better mother for our son. Becca continues to amaze me with her range of skills and talents. In this past year she's been working as the apartment manager where we live – a job that has been a financial Godsend which also allows her to be at home with Eli still.

During this past year she's tackled a number of projects including refinishing furniture, sewing curtains, throwing birthday parties, and resisting the urge to punch me in the back of the head when I don't comply with her demands.

Becca also has been keeping friends and family up to date with her blog – which is probably the only think making her more of a nerd than I am.

As for me… well… I'm finally going to be graduating from college this spring, "and just a shade under a decade too, all right…" I have 3 classes left and maybe I'll commission into the Army at the same time I graduate – it all depends on whether or not the Army decides they want a 2nd Lieutenant that's missing a few body parts already. In the mean time I'll be finishing my last ROTC class, traveling up to Logan once a week, in the hopes that it won't be for nothing.

During the past year I've been working at ADP Lightspeed with my brother in law Danny, moderating the stress of the work place with frequent trips to the deserts of Tooele to put holes in jack rabbits.

Well, we hope you've all had a good year!

The Broughs