Holiday Letter 2003
by Denny & Ranasha (Howze) Chittick
Greetings from Denny & Ranasha
The year started off with a 10-day visit from my nephew –
Sage. While his parents were enjoying a cruise in the Caribbean,
I learned what it was like to be a parent! I also kept our
niece Kayla for a few days. I say “I’ because
Nasha was – as per normal, extremely busy with her activities.
The first week of Sage’s visit was the most unproductive,
disorganized and tiring week of my life. By the second week
I was getting things down to a bit of a system. After the
visit was over, I had a true appreciation for why my sisters
are constantly late, disorganized, tired and short-tempered.
I don’t know what my mother was thinking to have four
of us! But I loved the time I had with the kids and wouldn’t
trade it for anything!
With the Suns season in full swing through the spring, Nasha
kept busy with games, practices, appearances, choreography,
mixing music, judging, doing competition routines for schools
and fitness competitors. Since there was still time left,
she started working full time at a friends Real Estate services
company. She soon took over as office manager and completely
reorganized their office, much to the delight of my friend.
After spending time creating routines for fitness competitors
who couldn’t perform them as well as Nasha, she decided
to enter some competitions herself! We went to two, one in
Laughlin and one in Vegas. It was a great experience; Nasha
did great, top 25 in the country! She also realized that it
would be a bigger time and diet commitment than she was willing
to give at that point.
If you remember from last year letter, we started building
a house in December of 2002. The first few months went slow,
and then as spring became summer it started consuming any
spare time we had. All of you that have built a house know
the experience well. I heard 100 times, “if your marriage
can survive building a house, you can survive anything!”
Nasha and I never had a problem or even an argument. If I
were married to the builder, I would be on death row right
Most of you know I’m a bit challenged with colors and
admittedly have little skill in décor. We split up
the responsibilities along our strengths. I designed the house
(with some help from Nasha), the pool and the landscaping.
Nasha did everything else! She made all the decisions on the
endless list of colors, woods, fixtures…etc.
After much delay, we finally moved in October. It echo’s
like the Grand Canyon! The only furniture we have is what
I brought from my townhouse. Buying furniture is a long –term
project, one that will be slowed by my desire not to spend
money! We are enjoying our new home, bouncing ideas off the
empty walls on how we want it to be filled.
We made several trips to Idaho to see my family. We spent
nearly all the time with my niece and two nephews. They luckily
don’t forget us between visits! Now that we have the
house project behind us we hope to visit more often and maybe
take another international trip!
We hope the New Year brings to you everything that you desire!
We loved all your cards and letters.
Denny & Nasha