Coats vs. Jackets: What's the difference? 6 years now in Colorado and I still can't figure it out. Zipper vs. Button? Warm vs. Cold? A little help here...
Kathy & I went to our first movie of the year together. It was last week. The movie was "Love, Actually" and actually, it was strange. I assumed it was a feelgood chick flick. And it was, if "feelgood" means one of the couples made it through the holidays without getting divorced. Whooosh...
2003 has been a pretty incredible year, all around. We certainly can't complain, although I might whine a bit. Who else could know what it's like to spend the year watching Max grow into this interactive little guy. Well, anyone who's had kids, I guess... :-)
Yet, it's still incredible, unique, special and wonderful. Having children delivers some of the highest highs (and some of the harshest lows).
Clearly a year focused on family highlights, there was more than the simple pleasure of realizing Max would stop spitting up and pooping down. Here are some of the more notable activities...
- After deciding that we'll probably be in our house for a while, it was time to redecorate a few rooms and make the place more, well, us. See the finished product here.
- Sports that begin with the letter "S" - Bill continued his weekly soccer games (indoor throughout the year and outdoor in Spring & Fall). Kathy started a Spinning class and no, Mom, it has nothing to do with knitting. It's basically a stationary exercise bike with a cool name. Both of us did some snowboarding, and while Bill got in a few more days, neither of us hit the numbers we used to (I had a 35 day season a few years back).
- Actually, Bill saw two movies. I snuck off one night, telling Kathy I was going drinking with the guys. Shhh.
- Bill's sister, Susie, longtime high-tech Internet sales person, completed paramedic school and Fire College this month and took a position as a Firefighter in Florida starting in the new year. We're very pleased if a bit stunned that Queen Latina chose the career path of strongman, errr, woman. Congrats! See the movie (warning, 130MB, very big...) edited by BilFish for Susie's graduating class.
- Kathy's father, Daniel O'Neill passed away this summer. It was hard on us all, but brought together her entire family, from Alaska and Colorado, Arizona and Illinois, which was wonderful to be a part of. Kathy's Mom is doing okay, and has plans to move to Colorado! Kathy's brother, Mike and his family also are moving out here from Illinois, and we're really excited to have them join us out West!
- Friends' weddings continued, this time in Southern France (poor us). It was a relaxing vacation in a part of France we had never considered visiting, Dordogne and the Lot. It was a bit hot for the three of us (okay, really hot) but a good laugh and we got to see some friends and Kathy got to meet a few more compatriots from my days working in Connecticut. Turns out the key to warming French hearts -- cute babies. Bring one next time you visit!
- And, unforgettable for us, Max was the Kawasaki Kid in September. He came down with an extremely rare illness called Kawasaki Syndrome. They don't know what causes it, but Max was admitted to the hospital with a 106.5 degree fever and all-over body rash that ultimately covered 95% of his body. After spending several painful, feverish days in the hospital, he was finally diagnosed and treated, and recovered quickly, for which we are thankful. Going through this was a real trial, and helped us realize just how much we love our little guy, and each other. We also came to hear many stories from parents of older kids, and learned that parenting is getting through these difficulties, and remembering the good times.
Finally, Bill wants to ask that everyone consider buying vegetarian-fed, free-range eggs and organic chicken. Not only is it more humane, it's quite a bit healthier and safer for you to eat. Less Salmonella, healthier eggs, less chance of disease. I am also inviting everyone to think about adding environmental charities to your giving this next year. With the economic downturn, and the government's repeal of environmental protections, there's more work to be done for our kids' futures, and less money to do it with.
Peace out from Golden, Colorado!
Love, KatFish, MaxFish & BilFish (and BaileyDoggyFish)
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