Friday, December 31, 2010
Hans, Natalie, Eunice, Delia
Sooner or later I look back on a year, and it evokes particular sentiments, and conjures events that tie themselves to that year. Sometimes one wedding, or one birth, is forever associated with its year. It's not always obvious what feelings or ideas, what activities will forever more be connected with a year, but it seems like eventually it happens, like 1977 will always be the year Star Wars premiered. Did anything else happen in 1977? Oh, yes: We moved to Guatemala, and could not see Star Wars in any theater, and had to content ourselves with humming John William's musical score.
I haven't figured out 2010. It's too soon. It's too soon for it to be passing, and too soon to be defining it. But I did find some unique moments from this almost gone year. In chronological order, I have posted some memorable glimpses of the very end of 2009, through 2010.
Max, happy at the beach.
Taking over the side yard, for chicas, and gardening!
New Year... New Bots!
2010 is definitely the year Alex settles in to high school.
Sky Consortium members, Alex and Isaac.
And it's been a year of changes, and growing, for William.
I cannot deny that we became an even more devoted FIRST family in 2010.
This smile... I love this smile. It reminds me that we were feeling at home in the Bird House. It's wonderful.
Happy at home, and in Atlanta! The year 2010 may belong to 2102 Team Paradox!
A year filled with play, is a very good year.
Definitely. Love. Play!
Rich, pushing Izzy and Maria around their backyard construction site. I think Holly and Rich will find this a memorable year for the amazing work accomplished in their backyard.
Joe loved sitting beneath the roses.
Michael and CC and Maria, and field of wild flowers. We love our neighbors.
More signs of growth... this is the first year our children make adventures on their own. Alex in Oregon, and Max at sixth grade camp. (It was harder on their mother.)
How about first time meeting Austin and Katalina? First time in a wet suit? Dude, 2010 was awesome!
Awesome because of cousins Dominic and Marissa! And family visits to the Bird House.
Will Max grow taller than Alex in 2011? They're close!
Lucas, Max, William, and ol' blue
Could Max get as tall as William? I'm going to need an actual limo to drive my tall family around town.
Funny, how after a little time passes the worries and stresses can fade, and the happy endings find their way to the top of my memories.
Even canceled plans, postponements, and deflated aspirations, can spring back bigger and better than hoped for!
It has been a good year... I mean, here we are, ready to move forward, so that is good in itself, right?
Never give up. Never surrender!
And dress pretty. Sparkle!
Maria taught me this... it helps.
Yes. All ready.
Welcome New Year