The 2016 Joshby Awards: Family & Friends nominations

I love this time of the year. Well, I love most everything of this time of the year — I love the time spent with family and friends along with the holidays. The whole Christmas thing is my favorite. Just don’t ask me to like the snow or The Christmas Shoes. Otherwise we won’t be friends.

One thing that I love about December is The Joshby Awards. This is something I’ve been doing for over a decade now. I started way back in 2005 as a way to just celebrate my family. Mainly as a way to let my siblings know who was my favorite of the bunch.

Then over the years it grew to a acknowledging friends as well. Then when I got into running some five years ago I started a running category to the awards. Then I have a “Miscellaneous Category” that is exactly what it is — miscellaneous. Everything from “Best Nachos” to “Ginger of the Year” to “Squad for the Apocalypse.” Just a lot of nonsensical fun.

So when people ask me what exactly The Joshbys Awards are — I’m not sure how to exactly answer it?! They are what they are. And, it’s just something fun I’ve been doing for a while and nobody has told me to stop. Oh, there’s even a Facebook page for them. So, yeah … there you go.

Anyways — the Joshbys are spread over a two week period, with nominations and voting this week and winners announced next week. The schedule this year is as follows …

December 1st — Family & Friends nominations unveiled.
December 2nd — Running Category nominations accepted.
December 5th — Running Category voting begins.
December 6th — Family & Friends winners announced.
December 7th — Race medals of 2016 winners announced.
December 8th — Races of 2016 winners announced.
December 9th — Running Category winners announced.
December 5th – 9th — Awards announced.

And, since today is December 1st I’ll be going over the family and friend nominations. These winners will be announced on the 6th — so next Tuesday. Remember, these awards are not all family and friends can win, there’s the “Miscellaneous Category” which will be announced throughout all next week.

And, without any further adieu, here are the nominations for the Friend Category …

Friend Category 2016

Friend of the Year
1) Jill Gabica
2) Jorge Garcia
3) Timothy Gill
4) David Stuart
5) Tricia Wilkins

New Friend of the Year
1) JessicaSue Hicks
2) Jed Jensen
3) David McCord
4) Blu Robinson
5) Spencer Schwendiman

Inspiring Friend of the Year
1) Lorie Christopherson
2) Meridith Ethington
3) JessicaSue Hicks
4) Maureen McGuire
5) Jorge Garcia

Cyber Friend of the Year
1) Ron Abramson
2) Judith Murrin
3) Brian Rayburn
4) Brandon Savage
5) Brad Wind

Running Friend of the Year
1) Jill Gabica
2) Timothy Gill
3) Maya Hansen
4) Jordan Jay Thomas
5) Blu Robinson

New Running Friend of the Year
1) Maureen McGuire
2) Jed Jensen
3) Terri Sawyer
4) Jarom Thurston
5) Blu Robinson

Out of State Friend
1) Ron Abramson
2) Jessica Dupaix
3) Denese McDonald
4) David McCord
5) Angie Smith

Friend Mom of the Year
1) Ramie Best
2) Lola Copeland
3) Ashley Horrocks
4) Jill Gabica
5) Tricia Wilkins

Friend Dad of the Year
1) Jorge Garcia
2) Jordan Jay Thomas
3) Jesse Holt
4) Jon McNaughtan
5) Blu Robinson

Friend Kid of the Year
1) Ethan Copeland
2) Ella Freimuth
3) Addison Gabica
4) Jackson Garcia
5) Grace Warnock

Friend Couple of the Year
1) Stephen Hendrickson & David McCord
2) Mark & Jill Gabica
3) Jorge & Holly Garcia
4) Jon & Liz McNaughtan
5) Blu & Marissa Robinson

And, here is the family category …

Family Category 2016

Family Member of the Year
1) V. Nannette Hansen
2) M. David Hansen
3) Luke Freedom Hansen
4) Tatum Rex Snow Minson
5) Maya Faith Hansen

New Member of the Year
1) Julie Hansen
2) Tatum Rex Snow Minson
3) Thalia Grace Hansen

Family Baby of the Year
1) Thalia Grace Hansen
2) Tatum Rex Snow Minson
3) Celeste Pederson

Family Kid of the Year
1) Callie Minson
2) Maya Faith Hansen
3) Elijah David Snow Hansen
4) Brooklyn Pederson
5) Ella Diane Martushev

Cousin of the Year
1) Justin Pederson
2) Patrice Pederson
3) David Pederson
4) Heather Benson
5) Chris Pope

Family Mother of the Year
1) V. Nannette Hansen
2) Jenny Minson
3) Veronica Hansen
4) Charity Martushev
5) Sandy Pederson

Family Father of the Year
1) M. David Hansen
2) Matthew David Hansen
3) Justin Pederson
4) Joshua Rex Minson
5) Ryan Pederson

Sibling of the Year
1) Matthew David Hansen
2) Ben Hansen
3) Jessica Diane Stallings
4) Jenny Minson
5) Luke Freedom Hansen

Sibling In-Law of the Year
1) Veronica Hansen
2) Kelli Hansen
3) Scott Stallings
4) Joshua Rex Minson
5) Julie Hansen

So, there you go. The 2016 Joshby nominations. Again, I will announce the winners on the 6th. Which is next Tuesday. That should give you all enough time to bribe me, especially my siblings.

I kid, I kid. Sorta.

This is all just a fun way to acknowledge and honor the people in my life. I feel extremely lucky and blessed to consider so many friends. And, I hope that I never take those friendships for granted.

Anyways — may the odds ever be in your favor.