Christmas Letter – 2007
Dear Family & Friends,
Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather a skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, wine cooler in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming “WOO HOO what a ride!” Anyone want to join us?
We put our house back on the market on May 3rd and sold it June 29th. We moved out Labor Day weekend and have been living with my mom and dad. We are in the process of building our house, but don’t expect to be in before February. Our house is framed, the windows and fireplace are in, the plumbing and electrical are in and the sheetrock is up. Our front door arrived yesterday. We still need to pick out some of the light fixtures, paint colors, appliances, carpet and tile.
In August we flew to California. We spent a week in Palm Springs with my mom and dad at one of their time-shares. In Palm Springs the temperature was HOT, VERY HOT. We spent a day visiting Joshua Tree National Park. It was beautiful. Rebecca was wondering if it was one of the Seven Wonders of the World. We spent a day at Disney. The girls have been to so many theme/amusement parks that we came to the conclusion that Disney is way overrated. The park itself is beautiful but most of the lines had a two-hour wait. The week ended with us going to my Uncle Chuck and Aunt Kay’s house in Manhatten Beach near LA. We were able to watch the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tournament that was going on. We also attended my cousin, Kristen’s wedding. The wedding was exquisite. Kristen had her own wedding announcer website, 10 attendants, a limo, a man playing the bag pipes serenading them out of church, and the reception at the PortofinoYacht Club. I told the girls that this was not your average wedding. At their wedding they should expect a chicken dinner served buffet style at the local VFW with a polka band.
This year I’ve added a few more gray hairs, a few more wrinkles, a few more pounds, (maybe a few more than a few), and the need for bifocals, (I haven’t been able to bring myself to fill the prescription yet).
Darell has been busy working on the house. He put in the pex tubing for the in-floor heat, the retaining walls and did all the electrical with help from my dad and his dad. He is the treasurer for the Regis Middle School Booster Club and helps coach Sarah’s traveling basketball team.
Rebecca is 15 and a freshman at Regis High School. She is involved in Band, Volleyball, Basketball, Traveling Basketball, Track, Softball, Traveling Softball and Forensics. This year she had to give up dance. She loves the social aspect of school. In Volleyball she made the C Team playing the libero position. In Basketball she made the JV Team. She tried out for the EC Air Traveling Volleyball Team and made the elite 15-1 Team, also playing the libero position.
Rachel is 13 and in the seventh grade at Regis Middle School. She plays the trumpet in the band. She also plays volleyball, basketball, and softball. She was on two traveling softball teams and is on two traveling basketball teams. She also is involved in the cribbage club and builders club.
Sarah is 9 ½ and in the fourth grade. She plays basketball and softball. She is our princess, but also our best worker/helper. She can’t wait for Christmas even though she knows what most of her gifts are going be. With her there are not many surprises.
Let me end our Christmas letter with a list of Christmas gift suggestions (by Oren Arnold).
To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.
Have a Blessed Christmas Season,