CCC – Clay’s Canucks Commentary for December 24, 2010: The 12 Days of Christmas…Canucks Style

For this Christmas CCC, I put together (with a little help from my family and friends) a Canuck rendition of The 12 Days of Christmas, outlining 12 things that we hope GM Mike Gillis will give to us Canucks fans.

Special guests include Joseph San Jose, Jason McBurney, my sons Sean and Jacob, and Kevin Tazumi the foreign exchange student.

Here’s the complete list of our wishes:

-12 scoring forwards
-11 starts for Schneider
-10 dollar parking
-9 Hamhuis hip checks
-8 chirps from Burrows
-7 Louie shutouts
-6 healthy d-men
-5 clipped Red Wings
-4 playoff rounds
-3 months from Salo
-2 healthy twins

Imoo Family Christmas Letter for 2010

Hello and Merry Christmas! This is our 9th annual Christmas letter, and this year we’re changing things up a bit. We’re not mailing out any hard copies, rather we’re emailing everyone along with a pictorial “Year at a Glance” that Gail prepared. As well, similar to last year, each family member has prepared his or her own paragraph. Thus, what you will read is unedited and un-censored!

2010 was another busy year for our family, full of firsts: Kayla started pre-school, Jake made his First Confession, and Sean became an “intermediate” student. We were able to make the most of the 2010 Winter Olympics as we were blessed to attend a few events and ceremonies. As well, we returned to California for the 3rd time in 4 years, this time driving (as we did in 2007). It was there that Gail and I celebrated our 10-year wedding anniversary… by going to watch Toy Story 3 with the kids!

It wasn’t all rosy however. Jacob received 5 stitches in his forehead after an intense game of “Hide and Go Tag” at school, and Kayla fractured her elbow after falling off a kitchen stool. Thankfully, Sean, Gail and I remained relatively unscathed.

Kayla: I liked Mickey Mouse because he’s my friend. I also liked It’s a Small Word because it’s my favourite and it makes me so happy. I love my brothers because they are my friends. I also love Mommy and Daddy and I love Kayla. I like my pre-school because I get to see my cousin Joshua and all my friends.

Jacob: My favourite time of the year was Valentine’s Day because I got to make cards for my friends. I loved our family trip to California because we got to sleep in hotels and go to Disneyland. I liked seeing Mickey Mouse and my favourite ride was Space Mountain. I also made my First Confession: I went face-to-face with Father Luterbach and I felt like angels were running around my body! Next year I’ll be receiving my First Communion and I can’t wait. This year my mom is my teacher and it’s weird: sometimes in the classroom I call her Mrs. Imoo and other times I call her Mom.

Sean: I have a bunch of highlights from 2010. I started grade 4 and now I’m upstairs in the school. I’m doing well in school and I’m one of the leaders in my class. I played organized floor hockey for the first time and my team The Raiders only lost one game in the regular season. We made it to the Provincials representing Richmond and South Delta and finished fourth in the entire province! I played forward: it was really fun to play and I made a lot of new friends. I admit that I’m obsessed with Disneyland and I can’t wait to go back. I even looked up rides on YouTube and read blogs to prepare for the trip. I can’t even pick a favourite thing about Disneyland as I loved everything!

Gail: I went to LA twice this year…once in March for the Religious Educators’ Congress and again in July with the family. I also went to New York in June with Kayla to visit family. I did Zumba for the first time: it was quite funny because I did it with my mom and sister. We couldn’t stand next to each other or else we’d start laughing uncontrollably. I’m teaching grade 2 at St. Paul School once again, and this year Jacob is in my class. He tries to get away with stuff and with being the class clown. Then at home I have 3 other clowns to take care of, the biggest being Clay.

Clay: Thanks for that wonderful segue. I love you too. It was an extremely busy year for me at work, as our office (formerly the Youth Ministry Office) expanded to become the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry in June. Prior to that, we moved our office from the 2nd floor to the ground floor of the building, just in time for the Winter Olympics: we helped staff our Olympic Hospitality Centre at the building. I traveled to PEI and New Orleans for work, and I spoke at a youth ministry conferences in Toronto and Halifax. I’ve been blogging and video-blogging regularly, including doing regular Olympics and Canucks blogs on my website

Thanks for taking the time to read this Christmas letter. We’re looking forward to another great year in 2011. We want to wish you a Merry Christmas and Blessed New Year! We hope that the New Year brings you joy, happiness and good health! Our family will be praying for you!

God Bless and Be God’s,
Clay, Gail, Sean, Jacob and Kayla

Happy Birthday Kayla: 3 Blogs and 3 Videos of Our Little Princess

To celebrate Kayla’s 3rd birthday today (December 21), enjoy 3 of my favourite blogs and videos featuring our little princess:

November 25, 2010:  Following in her Brother’s Footsteps: Kayla’s Fractured ElbowKayla does her best Jacob impression and busts up her arm.

September 18, 2010:  Miss Independent.  Chronicling Kayla’s first 2 weeks at pre-school.

December 30, 2007:  The Best Christmas Blessing Ever.  Detailing Kayla’s brith and Gail’s tough labour.

June 25, 2010:  Kayla Singing Jesus Loves Me.  A great example of child-like faith.

April 3, 2010:  Kayla Knows Her Kitchen.  As a 2 year-old, Kayla knows her way around the kitchen better than I do.

December 29, 2007:  Kayla Marie…The Ultimate Canucks Newborn.  This video helped us win Ultimate Canucks Family for the 2nd consecutive year.

Committed to The Sing-Off: Observations of the Season Finale

The Sing-Off just wrapped up its second season, with Alabama gospel-group “Committed” edging out Nashville’s “Street Corner Symphony” to take the title.  Many of my friends know that The Sing-Off is my favourite TV show (edging out Glee and Canucks games), despite its “season” being only 5 episodes long.  These same people also know that Committed was my favourite from the very start as they remind me of my 2 favourite groups:  Take 6 and Naturally 7.  The fact that they are portrayed as devout Christians likely helps as well.  :p

Here are some relatively random thoughts from tonight’s season finale:

-It’s clear to me that being a male sextet gives you the best chance to win this competition.  Both finalists this year, and last year’s winner “Nota” are male sextets.  If you’re a college group…you’ll make it to the final three (Backbeats this year, Voices of Lee last year) and if you crack the top 2 as an all-male college group, you can sing on Glee (Beelzebubs last year).

-That Boyz II Men and Committed performance literally gave me chills:  they blended so well together and sounded like they’ve been singing together for years.  I was loving every second as Motownphilly has always been one of my favourite “old-school” songs.  I just wish the song was longer.

-Is it a rule that Nick Lachey must sing a Christmas song with the contestants…complete with fake snow falling from the rafters?  Last year it was “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” and this year it was “That’s What Christmas Means to Me.”  Fun enough, a tad cheesy, but it’s what we’ve come to expect!

-Speaking of Christmas…the “What Christmas Means to Me” montage was a nice thought, but I wish there were a couple of more references to Jesus and the spiritual meaning of the holy-day.  Only judge Nicole Scherzinger answered with “Baby Jesus’ birthday woohoo!” but even that response came across a bit contrived.  And of course, the big graphic that splashed across our screen read the safe “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas.”  Just sayin.

-I can’t complain too much though, as God’s presence and influence was evident in both the video montage for Committed, as well as in Jerry Lawson & Talk of the Town’s swan song, as Jerry proclaimed “God Bless” as he was exiting the studio.  And in a nice way to end the show, Terry of Committed gave praise to God in his acceptance speech, saying they owed the win all to Him.

-Nick Lachey’s constant litany of puns.  ‘Nuff said.

-I found the positioning on stage (when they were about to cut down from 4 groups to 2) quite interesting, as Street Corner Symphony and Committed (the 2 finalists) were on the left and right-most sides of the stage respectively.  Perhaps it was a fluke or coincidence.  But I firmly believe they were placed there signalling they were the final 2 groups, while the others remained closer to the centre of the stage to prep for their final interview and swan songs (to minimize the movement on stage).

-Also, did anyone else notice the stage-hand running onto the stage immediately after Jerry Lawson & Talk of the Town finished their swan song?  The camera cut to a shot of the entire stage, and you saw this poor guy running off the stage as fast as he possibly could…likely receiving an earful in his earpiece!

-As well, did you notice that Nick Lachey was dressed EXACTLY like Street Corner Symphony during the closing segment:  black suit with purple shirt.  No conspiracy theory here…I just found it quite amusing.

-Lastly, I would love to see either Take 6 or Naturally 7 as special guests on a future episode.  While neither of them have the “star power” of tonight’s special guests, I think they would easily win over both the studio audience and audience at home with their talent, blend, and style.  And if they ever combined into one mega-group:  Naturally Take 13…I would be in a cappella heaven. 

Thank you NBC for a great, albeit short, season.  I can’t wait until next year…although it saddens me that I have to wait a full 12 months for Nick Lachey’s next Christmas number.  I guess that’s what a PVR is for!