Christmas 2011 is upon us… where has the time gone? Life here is hectic as usual. Christopher is still working as a Patrol Officer at North Station. Nicholas graduated college (with honors) as well as Officer Candidate School. Valerie, the girls, and I traveled up to Rhode Island for the graduation ceremony and had a great time. Nicholas got to come back to Houston for a bit – he leaves in January for Nuclear Power School …. This may be the last Christmas we are all together for a while…. Nicco will be off to the submarines before we know it!
Emily went to Field Training this summer and is on track with her Air Force Scholarship – she has been getting steadily more responsibility within the Cadet Corps out in San Angelo. She brought home her pet rats for us all to play with (even Lumpy and the cats!!!) Katherine just got her acceptance letter from U of H for the Math program. We are still waiting to hear about the Honors College and any Scholarship possibilities, so still have fingers crossed.
Katherine has slowed down on jumping Diva and we are transitioning into riding more for fun. Valerie is usually riding once a week. I may start after the first of the year, just to make sure the horse gets constant work. Horses, Boats, and Swimming Pools… nuff said!!! 🙂
Christopher’s divorce, sadly, is not concluded – hopefully in March. Prayers for wise decisions from Judge and Jury would be greatly appreciated. The twins, Michael and Alexander are growing into sweet, highly intelligent hellions!!! As usual, I have more pictures than anyone could ever hope for!! 🙂
Work-wise, Valerie is still teaching at St. Thomas and I am now working as Lieutenant over the Northeast Tactical Unit and having a grand time. I am actually back on day shift for the first time in three years. I don’t notice the difference but everyone else tells me I am much more genial… hmmph.
This was a good year for seeing old friends that time, work, and interests have taken other places. One thing that I have realized is that true friendship occurs irrespective of time or distance. You just… pick back up. That has been a great comfort for me (no name calling – you know who you are!)
Last – for those of you who know Grandma Sandi… She is doing okay and staying with Grandpa Larry for the time being. I know she would appreciate your good thoughts and prayers.
Merry Christmas from our family to yours!!
—————-Ten Wisdom Nuggets from Mark Twain————————–
1. A recipe for contentment- “Good friends, good books and a sleepy
conscience: this is the ideal life.”
2. True wisdom- “It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid
than to open it and remove all doubt.”
3. Reading habits- “The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.”
4. Success- “To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and
5. Bravery- “It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the
world and moral courage so rare.”
6. Procrastination- “Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day
7. Progress- “Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at
the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen.”
8. Risk-taking- “Twenty years for now you will be more disappointed by the
things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from your safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
9. Good editing- “A successful book is not made of what is in it, but what
is left out of it.”
10.Life- “Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the
undertaker will be sorry.”