Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Holiday Wishes 2009

Happy Holidays!

As 2009 comes to a close, we thought we’d take a quick look back on some of the highlights. We had great year full of new challenges, laughter, accomplishments, and a few setbacks. We have nothing but incredible optimism for 2010 and the years to come. Here are a few highlights from this year.

The first five months of the year Gabriel was helping Papa train for the PCT 50 mile train run. The two trained all over San Diego County as Zac was staying home with Gabriel. The two had a blast together and Zac managed to finish his first 50 mile race in one piece and with a big smile. Gabriel and Tracy were a big component to his success. Next on the list is the Lake Sonoma 50 mile race and in June he will step up and do the San Diego 100 mile trail race.

In June, we went down to our place in Bahia Asuncion for three weeks. We installed a new patio, tile, and planted a number of shade and fruit trees. We also enjoyed plenty of beach time with Gabriel. He is a natural in the water and at the beach. During our trip, we learned that Tracy had been accepted into an all-expenses/tuition program at Pt. Loma Nazarene University that would transition her to become a credentialed Special Education teacher. With the return to school, also came a job transfer to Bell Middle School where she is teaching Special Education. She has not been this happy in a long time.

Zac also started working at a new school. Actually, he started his student teaching at Eastlake Middle School in late July and finished this week. He taught 7th grade math and 8th grade Algebra. His next step is to get a full time teaching job in spring while he finishes up his Masters in Multicultural Education.

With Zac back at work, Gabriel started school as well. We found a wonderful in-home day care center nearby. Gabriel is thriving there and we are so relieved that he is in good hands. He continues to amaze us and challenge us. As most of you already know, Gabriel is going to be a big brother come June. Yes, we are pregnant. We will find out whether we are having a boy or girl in early January.

We will be spending Christmas and New Years at our place in Bahia Asuncion, Baja California Sur. We look forward to eating lots of lobster and fish, laughing with friends and family, and taking some quality naps. Hope you have something fun planned as well.

With our sincere thoughts, we wish each of you a happy and safe holiday season.

Until the next adventure!

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