Happy New Year! It's been a terrific year. 2010 saw the Alberts with 2 kids in high school again, one in college and another in 8th grade. I took classes at MSU Northern in Havre this summer to earn my driver's education endorsement. Later that summer I taught my first 15 students..one of which was Easton! I survived, enjoyed it and am looking forward to this summer's class. Though I am not looking forward to all of the sitting! Carla is still working at Catalyst Physical Therapy here in Hamilton. She loves her work and only gets frustarted when her patients don't show up:) She got some extra work this June when her dad was bucked off his new horse and broke his pelvis. She drove to Seattle to transport him home...I know Don was very appreciative. He is doing well but it was a very difficult injury and it hampered his efforts to win a state house seat in the last election. He ran as a republican, which if you know anything about Missoula politics and especially the lower Rattlesnake area, the task was Herculian! (He only lost by 80 votes). We are very proud of "Grandpa Harby" and how he cares about the future of your kids and mine. Last winter was my last as the varsity girls coach. I resigned to have the freedom to watch my kids this winter. For example, the last few months of 2010 has been filled with basketball! I am coaching Jaylee's AAU team again, Easton has started freshmen basketball and Kaurie is a senior on her team. It has been quite eventful thus far. My team is 10-3 so far...beating several AA all star teams along the way. Easton is 3-1 and starting at the point guard and loving it! Kaurie's team is 3-2...a season highlighted so far by a win against Columbia Falls and 33 points by Kaurie! (I am also back reffing when it doesn't conflict with kids' games.)
Last season was Ashley's first as a member of the Montana State Women's basketball team. It was very successful for both her and her team. She played about 15 minutes per game. It was a season in which they beat the Lady Griz in Missoula for the first time since 1976 and also saw the Cats play in the tournament championship game. (They lost by 4 to Portland State). Of course we are very dissappointed that we don't get watch Ashley play this year. She started at the point guard position for two exhibition games and then tore her ACL at practice the following Monday. She will redshirt this season and have 3 remaining years of eligibility...it could always be worse. She had surgery and is doing quite well. She is traveling with the team and acting as a student coach:)
It was a special fall as I got to coach Easton for the first time as a member of our vasity cross country team. He was our number one runner all season and ran a personal best 16:39 for 3 miles. He also placed 11th at state...not bad for a little freshman:) See the previous blog for more information.
We all wish you a blessed 2011. Remember how good God is and we wish you His best! Hope to see you soon.
Mark, Carla and the kids