Top of Utahns excited to turn 12 on 12/12/12

Dec 12 2012 - 7:22am

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Averyn Wintle reads “Les Miserables” at her Roy home Monday. She is celebrating her 12th birthday today, 12/12/12. (JaNAE FRANCIS/Standard-Examiner)
Avery Wintle, of Roy, illustrates her passion for Star Wars characters in this wintery art scene. She is also celebrating her 12th birthday today, 12/12/12. (JaNAE FRANCIS/Standard-Examiner)
Abe Harris, of Pleasant View, is turning 12 today, Dec. 12, 2012. He says he has been looking forward to this birthday ever since he realized how the numbers and his age would align on this day. (Courtesy photo)
Abe Harris, of Pleasant View, is turning 12 today, Dec. 12, 2012. He says he has been looking forward to this birthday ever since he realized how the numbers and his age would align on this day. (Courtesy photo)
Averyn Wintle reads “Les Miserables” at her Roy home Monday. She is celebrating her 12th birthday today, 12/12/12. (JaNAE FRANCIS/Standard-Examiner)
Avery Wintle, of Roy, illustrates her passion for Star Wars characters in this wintery art scene. She is also celebrating her 12th birthday today, 12/12/12. (JaNAE FRANCIS/Standard-Examiner)
Abe Harris, of Pleasant View, is turning 12 today, Dec. 12, 2012. He says he has been looking forward to this birthday ever since he realized how the numbers and his age would align on this day. (Courtesy photo)
Abe Harris, of Pleasant View, is turning 12 today, Dec. 12, 2012. He says he has been looking forward to this birthday ever since he realized how the numbers and his age would align on this day. (Courtesy photo)

Two Top of Utah kids are super-excited about today being Dec. 12, 2012.

Both are turning 12 years old on this date: 12/12/12.

Avery Wintle, of Roy, said she has been looking forward to this day her entire life.

"It seemed like a long time away, and then all of a sudden, it came really fast," Avery said.

But Abe Harris, of Pleasant View, said he figured out he'd be turning 12 on 12/12/12 about 16 months ago.

"I've been looking forward to it ever since," he said.

Both kids said they have planned something fun to celebrate.

Avery will be taking a float in the iFly at the Junction.

"I wanted to go skydiving," she said.

"She is fearless," said her mother, Kerri Wintle. "The parents are not real onboard with skydiving."

So Avery's chance to mark off something on her bucket list will be the indoor version of her dream.

Abe said he believes he'll be snowboarding with his dad. He'll be leaving classes at Lomond View Elementary early for the occasion.

And his mother, Nancy Harris, said the short day of studies probably won't affect Abe's grades.

"He's super-responsible, a good kid. There's no telling him to do his homework."

She said while most sixth-grade parents figure they'll have to do most of the required science fair project with their children, Abe and a friend worked out their project on their own.

Kerri Wintle said Avery also is a girl who studies independently.

"She always knows what's due at school. She's always ahead of the game."

She said her daughter tries to get perfect grades and perfect attendance.

And to prove how studious she is, Avery recently picked out a book to read from her dad's library.

It was "Les Miserables," by Victor Hugo.

"I haven't even read that," said her mother.

Avery is an artist who likes indoor soccer and is a peer leader at West Haven Elementary School.

Abe also likes drawing.

He's the oldest in the family of six children and the only one to come early, said his mother.

"He decided he was going to sneak out for this 12th birthday thing to happen," Nancy Harris said.

Abe and his mother both pointed out that, being born at 12:21 p.m. Dec. 12, 2001, Abe missed being born at 12:12 p.m. by nine minutes.

And this week, he has been having a lot of fun teasing his younger siblings about the whole abundance of 12s in his life.

"He was making all kinds of things up," said his mother. "He said he was 12 inches long and 12 pounds. That would be a really square baby."

And when he's not making jokes with his immediate family, Abe said, he's usually playing sports or hanging out with extended family.

He said he has almost 100 cousins.

"My grandma had 11 kids, and my other grandma had eight," he said.

But the number to remember in this story is 12.

It's a lucky number both mothers said as they each described their children as ideal to raise.

"I always tell Avery she's like Mary Poppins. She's perfect in every way," said Kerri Wintle, who has three other children.

"He kind of senses when people are stressed and need extra help," Nancy Harris said about Abe. "The teachers always say he's just wonderful."

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