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Holiday Recap

Before it gets too stale, well it may already be stale, let me post a recap of our Holiday season. I thoroughly enjoyed the holidays because we hosted nothing!!!! It was kind of nice for a change and less work! For Thanksgiving, we were invited up to our friends Larry & Lynette for the turkey feast. It was wonderful as Lynette is a great cook. The only other family member that was there was Ryan. Mo and Alex went to her parents for Thanksgiving. This is what happens when the kids get married off. Time has to be shared with the in-laws!  Then came Christmas and again it seemed to come way too fast! Alex and Mo hosted their first Christmas in their new house in Gig Harbor. Larry, Lynette, Mariam (Lynette’s Mom), Ryan, Mo’s parents and brother and sister joined in the festivities. We had a fantastic dinner and opened gifts! By the end of the evening, Alex knew what it was like to host a family gathering….. allot of work! This year, our gift giving was toned down a bit! We exchanged small gifts between ourselves because we got big gifts earlier on! I had California Closets installed in her closet in our bedroom! That was her big gift! We also had bought a 52″ TV for our downstairs family room and called that a gift to ourselves. Between the two, that was plenty! Since Gig Harbor is quite a drive from our home in Snoqualmie, we had reserved a room in a nearby hotel for the night! It was convenient also because the following day we met up with Deb’s sisters and their better halves for brunch at the Hob Nob Restaurant in Tacoma! This is an old Tacoma establishment and looks to be an annual thing for Deb and her sisters to do at Christmas time! New Year’s Eve was fun especially since I got the day off unexpectedly!!! We went to a bash at the Queen City Yacht Club where Larry & Lynette are members! We also stayed at a hotel in the  University District so we wouldn’t be on the road afterward!! It was a fun time and we hung out with some boating people we had met on one of our voyages! So that was the holiday recap!! Look to the right under our Flickr photos for links to the pictures!!

The new year will be an exciting one and hopefully without the disasters that befell us in 2009! We have some awesome vacations planned for this coming year! We plan on returning to Best Friends Animal Society for our third visit in April!! We are looking forward to seeing our animal and human friends again there! In September we have booked a two week cruise to Alaska and I am busting with anticipation for this one!!! I can hardly wait! We have also possibly planned to rent a boat in July and cruising with Larry & Lynette up to Canada, but that one is still tentative! I am a little anxious about getting on a boat of that size again and cruising around on it, but I will have to get over the hump and just do it!!! Well, that’s it for now will be back soon!

Much News – Good and Bad

 

I guess I’ll start with the bad news first. We finally had to put our last cat Simon to sleep August 27th! He was a real trooper though and lived longer than our vet said he would. He went through two thyroid surgeries and had progressive liver disease, but was a real good guy right to the end. It is very sad not having him around and I still catch myself looking for his little “accidents” when I come home and then realizing I won’t find any! Now we are pet less for the first time since almost the beginning of our marriage, which is over fifteen years. The house is very empty and quiet now without them around. Even so, I think for the time being, we will take a break from having a pet. We will still miss our kitties!! We also said our goodbye’s to our good friends the Hillstrom’s as they left Snoqualmie for San Juan Island. We have known them for many years, enjoying Packer games, dinners, holidays, and many good times. Although we won’t get to see them as often as in the past, they are still close enough to keep in touch and visit. They are definitely living the good life at the Island!!!

 

Now with better news, Alex and Mo are now hitched!!! They got married August 16th at a beautiful location called The Olsen Mansion. It was a beautiful ceremony and Mo was a gorgeous bride. Many people showed up from all over the place. Cousin Nick came in from Texas, Donna and Chris came from La Center, even our old friends the McEvoy’sdrove in from Roslyn even while they had visitors at their house. The only down side to the day, it was hotter than the surface of Venus that day. We were all dressed to the nines in 90  plus degree heat and it was miserable. But bride and groom made it through and are now beginning their new lives together! They honeymooned in San Diego and are now back with Mo ready to begin her new career as a teacher! I set up a photo album at our Flickr page and you can check it out here. We have been pretty busy and I have been putting some long hours behind the wheel of the bus, so I’ll leave it here and bring more news shortly!

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