Family17 Dec 2009 08:28 pm
Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Last year we received a Christmas letter with something like this. I enjoyed it and decided to do one for our family. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Airports – With a few trips this year, the kids got to spend some time hanging out at various airports. Much like Aaron, they enjoy seeing the different airplanes that are waiting around or taking off. Bode has a number of toy airplanes that he flies around.

Bikes – Bode learned to ride his bike this summer without training wheels. He navigated up and down the hills around our neighborhood. Courtney got her first bike and rode around like crazy with her training wheels.

Camperland – We spent a lot of time escaping to our property near Moose Lake. We love spending time outside walking in the woods, driving 4-wheeler, fishing, and playing with dirt. Aaron likes to mow the lawn and organize his shed.  The kids call the place camperland since we stay in our camper trailer on our land. Makes sense to me.

Duluth – We took several planned and impromptu trips to Duluth this year. The whole family enjoys it. We rode the Northshore Scenic Railroad, hung out in Canal Park, played at the Park Point beach, hiked at Chester Bowl, inline skated, walked around, rode bike by the Aeriel Lift Bridge, watched ships go in and out, and visited the water park. Can’t wait for the next trip.

Eggs – The kids love to eat eggs, especially hard-boiled.

Flowers – The kids love finding wildflowers in the woods. Bode also did a good job growing marigolds and sunflowers from seeds this summer. He was responsible for making sure we kept them watered.

Green Day – The kids love music in the car, particularly the Green Day song Misery. It’s a little quirky but has been good for settling Courtney down in the car since she was a baby. They request it nearly every morning. They love the “city by the bay” reference.

Hockey – Bode has started with the mite hockey this year. He is learning to skate and improves every week. Courtney has been learning to skate too and looks forward to playing hockey next year. Going ice skating is a great family activity for us.

IBM– Yep. We still work there. Aaron is a project manager and I lead a development support team.

Jumping – Skydiving took a back seat this year in favor of other weekend activities. Aaron managed to get a few jumps in and do a couple 4-way competitions. I didn’t make any this year but did take the kids out to the drop zone to watch Aaron jump one day. They loved watching it.

Kindergarten – Bode started kindergarten this year.  He is doing a great job and having fun.

Leaping Leprechauns – I don’t know what to put for L!  Courtney knows all of her uppercase letters now, including L.

Mayo Civic Center – We enjoyed a number of concerts with friends at the Mayo Civic Center this year and plan to see more next year. Some of the bands we saw were Shinedown, Halestorm, Staind, Chevelle, Hinder, Theory of a Deadman, Black Stone Cherry, Mudvayne, Saliva, Nonpoint and In this Moment.

New Horizon Academy – The kids started going to the New Horizon Academy daycare this fall. They’ve made new friends and adjusted well. It helps that some of their friends from their old daycare also go here. I love that they take care of getting Bode to and from school.

Outside – The kids love outdoor activities. We fit in a camping trip with friends and enjoyed Forestville/Mystery Cave state park. They also loved going out on the boat to ride around, swim, and go tubing. We also spent a lot of time riding bikes and walking the dogs.

Pugsley – After 9 1/2 years, Pugsley is no longer with us. We miss him.

Quiet – Not a lot of that around here.

Reading – Bode learned to read this year. He amazes us with everything he reads around us. Don’t even try to spell something thinking he won’t know what you’re saying! It’s fun. I read a number of books this year and love how Courtney wants me to read out loud to her no matter what book it is. She listened to quite a bit of The Edge of Never.

Skiing – Ski patrol on Saturday nights at Welch Village keeps us busy and having fun. Both kids enjoy skiing. They did a great job on the hill already this year. We look forward to skiing with them for years to come. Let us know if you want to come out and ski with us.

Trains – The kids loved riding the pizza train in Duluth. They also spend countless hours setting up tracks in the house.

Utah – We enjoyed a good winter vacation again in Utah. We got lots of skiing and the kids got a week of grandparent adventures. I’m pretty sure the grandparents needed a vacation after that!

Venison – Aaron replenished the dwindling supply of venison in the freezer this year. It wasn’t a trophy deer (thankfully or we’d have another wall mount), but it fills our bellies.

Wedding – My sister Carole got married in California in November. We took the opportunity to turn it into a family trip and took in some sights. The Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge, Alcatraz, and the Santa Cruz Boardwalk left impressions with the kids.  However, Bode was not a fan of walking on the Golden Gate Bridge.  It was noisy and he proceeded to stop part way, pout, and say “I hate this bridge!”

X-ray – We had a healthy year without any broken bones or x-rays.

Yellow – This has been Bode’s favorite color for a long time.

Zoo – Aunt Margaret entertained Bode and Courtney at the Minnesota Zoo in September. Aaron and I met up with them and enjoyed the animals too.

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