Sunday, January 29, 2017

Reflections of 2016

Gavin and Santa at our Polar Express/Mom's Birthday Get Together

2016 was a year of chocolates. As Forrest Gump said, "life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you will get." We bit into a few delicious chocolates and choked down a few bitter ones but at the end of the year realized our family is really fortunate. We have a roof over our heads, food in our stomachs, enough work and money and a healthy kid. Many of the families we met this year lacked all or most of these blessings so we are hesitant to complain about any trivialities our own little bubble may have experienced! Life is filled with surprises!
All spiffed up for his Arrow of Light Ceremony

Boy Scouts of America Crossing Over Cake 
My business is growing and Eric's family business seems to plow ahead regardless of the local economy. Gavin Crossed-Over into the Boy Scout Troop and earned his Arrow of Light (fewer than 10% of Cubs receive this award), earned First Place in his schools Speech/Oratorical Contest and turned 11, all in the space of a few weeks. Somewhere in there, we delivered Christmas to more than 300 families, held our own, celebrated my 47th and traveled to Texas to see my Nephew tie the KNOT. December, was indeed a blur!

Rough picture of a very happy KID with his Speech Award!

I am striving to work only part-time so I can still get Gavin to all his activities but February brings his first season of basketball so Eric will become the human Taxi. I am teaching Group Personal Training classes three evenings per week and LOVING IT. In the slices of time between Gavin's band, Scouts and basketball schedule we are still managing to enjoy our own hobbies, eat most of our meals at home and soak in our hot tub under a million stars.

Homes in our subdivision are finally selling, 19 of 25 in 2016. We are hopeful ours will be next when the spring thaw arrives. The weather has been extremely warm and snow has been minimal but oil in Texas is booming so money is flowing into this little tourist town like water. We need more snow to support the community resources but Eric and I have decided, we are no longer fans of winter, as it seems to interfere with our primary hobbies, trail running and golf!

Ness