Tristen joined the Robotics Team last school year. We had not been to one of the competitions until state. With Diana Batson getting sick we told Wade we would help out with the team. State was in Flagstaff and they competed against 31 teams from AZ, NM, and Mexico. This is where I fell in Love with Robotics. They are part of the FIRST program and are part of the FTC(FIRST Tech Challange). I can't thank the Batsons enough for starting the Robotics program and allowing Brandon and I to be a part of it. Our team ended up taking 1st Place and moving on to Super-Regionals in Oakland, CA(post to come).
It was so fun to see Tristen in his element!
Mogollon Rim Jaegers Robotics Team
Tim, Jeremy, and Reed
Our Robot...Gypsy Danger-8995
Getting ready to compete
Tristen was known for ALWAYS getting the dancing started
Our Robot Hanging
The Jaegers with their Alliance Teams
Tristen with the Trophy
The kids made this sign to remind them they were competing for Momma Batson
The Batson Gang...Jeremy, Rachael, Wade, Sierra, and Tim
We had 10 of our High School Choir kids try out for Regionals and 8 of them made it...5 of them placing in the top 5 for their section. A couple of the kids chose to play basketball instead so these 5 participated. We had a TON of fun and learned so much!
Tim, Bridget, Trey, Anya, and Noah
I absolutely love these kids!!
Tristen tried and made Regional Orchestra...He did a great job!!
Some people come into our lives and we are never the same...Jim and Annie Houser are some of those people. We met them the summer of 2012 when they hired Brandon to do some side jobs for them. Brandon knowing my infatuation with little old men, knew that I would fall head over heals for Jim...and he was right. The first time Brandon introduced me to them, Jim and I hit it off. He was grouchy, straight forward, and cussed a lot...just the way I like them. They had asked Brandon to tear out some old barn wood off their walls in their cabin that was built back in the late 60's early 70's. We asked him what they were gonna do with it and he said he was just gonna have us take it to the dump. So we asked if I could have it since I LOVE old barn wood. He then proceeded to tell me that he bought that wood down in Heber at Mr. Tenney's old lumber store. I told him that the Mr. Tenney he spoke of was my Dad. He told me stories how my Dad helped them get electricity to their home and that Mr. Tenney was always good to them. Well...that very night, my Dad asked Brandon to build his casket as he knew his time was running short. Brandon told my dad he had the perfect wood to build it with...the wood we had got from Jim and Annie. After talking to my dad we found that the wood would have been from my Grandpa Porter's sawmill and sold in my Dad's lumberyard. There is no doubt that Jim and Annie were put in our lives for that very reason. Jim and Annie have remained good friends since then so when we got the call from Annie that her dearest Jim had suffered a heart attack and had passed away, it broke my heart. There is no doubt that my Dad and Jim have become good friends on the other side! I will for sure miss Mr. Jim Houser!!
I used this photo of Jim in the military for my patriotic program...wasn't he so very hadnsome?
Every year Jim and Annie would come over for the fireworks.
The 4th grade class put on a fundraiser and had a Daddy/Daughter Dance. These two little girls were in HEAVEN! Their Daddy ordered them wristlet corsages, they got all dressed up, and headed to the school.
Maron just had to have a picture by herself.
My two little Princesses
My favorite picture!
He bought them both a rose when they got there.
Dancing with their Daddy! These two have their Daddy wrapped around their little fingers!