by Denny & Ranasha (Howze) Chittick
Denny and Ranasha year in review 2002!
|2002 Ranasha with Sage, Thaden
& Allie! Denny?
Starting 2002, we all had a sense of renewed idea of what
was important and how we needed to put things in to perspective.
We spent more time with our friends and family, and no time
January was slim with Suns games, we spent a lot of time going
to dinner with friends, having friends visit and got in another
trip up to Idaho. We had great weather and snow; we spent
nearly every day snowmobiling or snowboarding. I kept Nasha
warm enough to enjoy both activities. Sager is becoming more
confident and talented on his snowboard. We played with Ally,
or I should say she played with us!
February, Nasha stayed busy with endless dance practice, Suns
games, dance classes and appearances. I stayed busy my DenSco
company. I continue to grow the size of the company and things
are just humming along like I had hoped. I started spending
a lot more time on Genealogy, more on that later.
In March, with the Suns on a 10-day road trip (I’m getting
pretty tired of scheduling my life around basketball teams),
we went on a trip up to Idaho. What made the trip a bit more
fun was that my long time international travel mates Paul
and Daver, along with their wives, Julie and April, joined
us. We went snowboarding and snowmobiling every day but the
last day we were there. Good snow and weather helped make
the trip as good as we hoped! Ally and Sage were happy to
have a few more play mates! At the end of the month, the Conley’s
(Nasha’s God family) came to visit. Lots of food and
fun, it was like a family reunion.
April brings the end of Suns season! It also brings a Suns
dance team road trip. I met Nasha in California; we spent
a few days visiting Marguerite, Nihad and Lorinda, and Mike
Kelly, his wife and grandson. We packed in a whole lot in
a short amount of time. The more significant event that happened
was that I bought a lot with the intentions of building a
home – more on that later. The high light of the month
was the birth of my newest nephew Thaden Bradley, though he’s
a year away from me getting to play with him!
May was suppose to be our first free month from basketball,
but instead, Nasha once again decided to dance for the Mercury,
back to games, practices, and appearances. I tried to push
myself a bit, and completed a sprint triathlon. It was the
challenge that I wanted with the lesson on how to train is
the biggest thing I took away from it, as well as sense of
satisfaction. We flew up to Idaho for my mothers 60th birthday.
We had a surprise party for her, which was kept a surprise!
To make the trip a little more memorable for Nasha, we had
her wisdom teeth pulled. She didn’t have any complications
and despite a loss of some good food, she came through fine.
This also continues her streak of three years in a row with
some kind of surgery.
June was busy with Nasha’s dance recital. It was quite
a production! After it was all over, Nasha decided it wasn’t
something she wanted to continue in the future. She went on
a trip to Texas with the Mercury Hip-Hop Squad and Suns Danceteam
to visit troops at Fort Hood. They gave several performances,
was given a full tour of the base and treated as royalty.
She came back with a sense of new appreciation for peopled
in the services. Many of the troops she performed for were
being shipped off to Afghanistan. We also had many meetings
with our architect trying to figure out what we wanted in
a house. Being a simple person, and living in a 1000 sq. ft
townhouse for nine years, it’s a bit overwhelming taking
on such a task.
July we flew back east for a great trip. We started in Maine
and visiting Carol and Mr. P. He has had some challenges with
his health, but was feeling good and we had a great time with
them. We then drove over to Concord, NH to meet Yardley Chittick.
Kyle, my cousin and I have been working on a chittick.com
site. He’s spent hundreds of hours displaying stories
and pictures of our family history. I’ve worked equally
hard on genealogy. I stumbled across Yardley on the web. Not
sure how we are related yet, but he’s great person.
He’s celebrating his 102nd birthday this year. He has
had quite a history. He interviewed with Thomas Edison; a
job was offered but not taken, had an altercation with Humphrey
Bogart in college, and in the 1923 Olympic trials in Yankee
stadium. Roy and Muriel Chittick, some more distant relatives
of unknown connection to my line, joined us for the visit.
For a day in a half we listened to stories. We then drove
to Lake George in upstate NY. We met Paul and Julie for the
weekend at their family’s lake house.
We had a great time, didn’t have the best of weather
but enjoyed the trip just the same. WATERSKIING
In August we finalized our plans on our house and submitted
them to the city. Now the waiting game starts. Nasha once
quoted as saying, “I’m done dancing”, once
again made the Suns dance team. We flew up to Idaho for a
nice summer visit. Michelle Heuer, my sister’s mother-in-law,
planned a bike trip for us. We drove over to the ID/MT border
and rode bikes for 23 miles on an abandon railroad called
the Hiawatha Trail. Incredible sights, 12 tunnels, one 1 ½
miles long! We had fun with the kids at the park and beach.
September we flew up to Idaho to celebrate Sage’s birthday,
our 2nd anniversary and get some last ditch fun in the lake.
Nasha also went on a girl’s trip to NY. Dance practice
for Nasha started once again and I just spent time on my business
and waited to hear from the architect.
October brought the beginning of yet another Suns season,
and a unique opportunity. The Harlem Globetrotters asked Nasha
to choreograph a routine for them. She worked on it for many
hours, cut the music and headed to Prescott. After several
hours of teaching the routine and making it easier and easier
they finally had it. If you see them on TV in the coming year,
you might see them do her routine. I flew up to ID to take
the kids trick-o’-treating. It was 22 degrees out, but
that didn’t slow down the kids. Ally “got it”
this year, and Sage was the pro. The adults got cold and called
it quits long before the kids did!
November, we finally got final approval on our house plans.
My parents came down for the holiday and we spent Thanksgiving
with the Howze family. My parents were also hoping to see
at least a hole in the ground and some concrete, but for all
of you that have gone through this experience you know all
to well how slow the process can be. We had a great time with
my parents; we went to several games, a quick trip to Tucson,
and dinners with the in-laws and friends, another busy visit.
December we got to see Adri’s basketball tournament.
She’s improved a lot, and enjoying playing, still takes
losing hard. Her older sister Bri has spent her first semester
in college at the UofA. She’s a typical freshman in
college, which sums it up. Lauren is growing in to a young
woman. I’m doing ok with that. She’s busy playing
sports and trying to become a teenager too soon. For Nasha
and I, the Suns season has been a bit more enjoyable by their
good play and exciting games. For Christmas we flew to ID.
We had everyone home for the holidays. Watching the kids tearing
through gifts and see their joy, makes the whole holiday for
us. We miss not being with Kayla, but that’s the trade
off. We spend as much time as we can with her, watching her
grow and learning is an amazing process.
Our trip to ID was suppose to be full of snowboarding and
snowmobiling, the weather didn’t cooperate. We did have
a white Christmas, living in a desert that’s always
nice. We close the year with excitement of new home on the
horizon, my business growing and keeping up with my wife’s
activity level! We wish you all the best and enjoy hearing
from all of you!
Denny & Ranasha