25 December 2001
Well, folks, it's been an exciting year, but a quiet and peaceful year at the same time! Let me apologize for getting the Christmas cards out so late, but we have been very busy! I hope this Christmas finds everyone healthy, happy, and full of joy for the coming New Year. We have really immersed ourselves in the Christmas Spirit this year, since this will be our first Christmas together in our new home. Sean went crazy with the decorations, and of course, we have pictures! Check out the photos of our decorations on the "Our Home" page. He really did a great job!
As many of you know, this year started with Sean and Andi separated, Sean in Albuquerque and Andi in Dayton. However, the Air Force obligingly moved Andi out to Albuquerque in February, and we've been very happy ever since!
The next major event in our lives was the visit of Sean's parents in June. Sean and his dad (and his mom helped, too) got a lot of repairs done on the house while they were here, including rewiring the kitchen, painting the decks, and digging a huge drainage ditch through the property. They had a good time sightseeing in Albuquerque, and riding the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad.
Andi had a great birthday surprise waiting for her when she returned from a business trip this summer...Sean had sneaked off and bought her a new motorcycle! And as I type this, Sean is on his way home from Dallas, where he went to pick up the new racing motorcycle he bought for next season.
Speaking of racing, Sean did very well in the inaugural season of the Sandia Motorcycle Roadracing Association, finishing 1st in two classes, and 5th in the premier class of the series. He's looking forward to next season, and with a new, more powerful bike and a season under his belt, he hopes to give the big boys a run for their money!
At the end of August, Sean and Andi were finally matched with their Big Brothers/Big Sisters Little Brother, Nicholas. What a great kid! We went to the New Mexico State Fair for our first outing together, and since then we've gone hiking, to the zoo, made a Pinewood Derby car (he finished 2nd!) and a lot of other fun stuff.
Before we met Nick, we spent Labor Day Weekend hiking and camping in Carlsbad Caverns National Park. It was a great trip, even though we got a little wet when we were up in the high country.
The next weekend, Sean's brother, Scott, came out to Albuquerque to visit, and we rode our motorcycles up to Chama, NM to ride the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. Now, Sean and Scott are "train people". Andi isn't. But we all had fun, nonetheless, and it was a beautiful, albeit chilly, weekend.
After the tragic events of September 11th, we didn't travel much for the rest of the month. Then Andi got the opportunity to take a road trip down to Marana, AZ for a weekend of skydiving. She decided to ride her motorcycle, which took some convincing by a couple of "old fogies" who were riding down there as well.
In September, Sean and Andi started leading the Disciple Bible Study at St. Paul's UMC. We had enough people sign up to lead two separate classes, so our previously-free Sunday and Monday nights are now spent at church. That leaves Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday nights free. If anyone has any suggestions on how to fill up these nights, please let us know.
Well, come Thanksgiving, our travel bug started biting us again, so we decided to spend the long 4-day weekend hiking down into the Grand Canyon and back! The weather was great until the last day, and we ended up hiking out in the snow! What better way to give thanks than to be outside and in the full glory of God's wonderful creation!
Since Thanksgiving, we've been staying close to home, decorating and getting ready for Christmas. We had a small party a week ago, but other than that, we've been wrapping presents, decorating the tree, and stuffing ourselves at too many office Christmas parties!
We've had a wonderful year, and we hope you all have, too. We'd love to hear from you! If you have the time, please drop us an email!
God bless you all, and don't forget the true reason for the season, the celebration of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ!
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