Christmas, life

HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2006 Christmas letter & picture

This is cut and pasted from our actual letter. Hope you all had a good holiday – I didn’t have time to do an actual web site this year, but wanted to send you this letter, in my new journal (posts from 2003-2006 are added from a former journal). Happy New Year 2007! Only change in letter is that I’m now working at home again, just a little. And we got a new hamster! Pictures are on the right at Flickr, taken by us, Brad & John.


HOUSEHOLD In case anyone missed our news, we moved last fall! Our moving story is here files/movingday.html (2020 – site is there but has some dead links….) and last year’s Christmas newsletter, which never made it to print, is here files/Christmas05letter.html (2020 – same as above!) . Every day we thank God for this lovely house we have been given. It truly is a gift. One of our biggest goals of 2006 was getting a fence for our yard. It was a long wait (end of October until approximately June 24), but with lots of help from family and friends we are the proud owners of this fence.

We also obtained a safety lock for our front door, and sleep easier at night knowing the boys cannot as easily escape the house. We had some close calls early in the year with adventurous boys being beckoned by the lovely schoolyard across the street!

The Lake County flood of July of 06 was pretty astonishing. You can see a picture blog our county made, Continue reading “HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2006 Christmas letter & picture”

transcription, work at home


I’m WORKING! I had decided to go back to one company, and to start next week, just like one day a week. So that is in the works and I’m updating my files for them to get ready. But in the meantime, that local man that I had worked for last summer called me out of the blue with a large typing project. I’m actually already working on it and will be working for him clear through the week until I start the other place next weekend. Strange how things work — I don’t know now if I’ll ever get my happy new year greetings out like I usually do, but you know I mean well — SO HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!!!!


Christmas, hamsters, life

Chestnut, the Christmas Hamster


Originally uploaded by criscollrj.

We are introducing Chestnut, who joined our family 12-26-06. He looks like Spice in a way, yet different. This was Spice who passed away in February. Chestnut has more white on him. Right now we’re just trying to distract Ryan from the cage….

More Christmas posting soon – have to clean up right now! Look at Flickr pics though – Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Christmas Dinner at Gayle & Chuck’s (including pics by John and Brad), and the fuzzy ones are from my cell phone…..

Happy Christmas Week!


interests, life, surveys


do, doing, done

What have you done?  (Bold are things done….)

01. Bought everyone in the bar a drink
02. Swam with wild dolphins
03. Climbed a mountain
04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
05. Been inside/outside the Great Pyramid
06. Held a tarantula
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
08. Said “I love you” and meant it
09. Hugged a tree
10. Bungee jumped
11. Visited Paris
12. Watched a lightning storm at sea
13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise
14. Seen the Northern Lights
15. Gone to a huge sports game (and survived the crush afterwards)
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