The final day of 2012 is upon us and the year is ending with a beautiful snowfall coming down. I’m staring out the window at the snow and I start thinking about all that has happened with our family over this past year. There have been some sad and scary times, but overall has been a great year. Sally writes our annual Christmas letter, but I thought I’d take some time to write down my thoughts about the last year.
We started out the year by experiencing a heartbreaking loss at the Cotton Bowl; Kansas State lost to Arkansas 29-16 and we had to wait 6 more months for the excitement that was Kansas State Football 2012. More on that later…
We go to see Yo-Yo Ma perform with the Kansas City Symphony – one of the highlights of our musical escapades.
My grandmother died on March 6, but we were able to remember her in such a wonderful and loving memorial service. People were so happy knowing that she was finally with my grandfather and in heaven, it almost didn’t hurt to have her gone.
Anna was confirmed into the Catholic Church (along with 68 other young men and women). We are so proud of her faith development. Emily is currently going through the confirmation process.
We spent a wonderful week in Cozumel – a place we hope to return to soon. The beautiful waters, endless drinks, and warm sun are just too hard to stay away from.
Linda finally got the Prius that she’s been wanting for so many years. We are no longer a minivan family. This has actually been a big adjustment, because it means the girls can only each invite one friend to go somewhere (and that’s if I don’t go along). We’ve had to take 2 vehicles sometimes, when previously we’ve been able to pile into the minivan. However, Linda loves her car and the 43.5mpg is hard to complain about!
Anna and Emily stayed very busy with piano, flute, violin, and dance. They have each begun really spreading their musical wings and becoming individual unique musicians. The next 3 year years will be exciting to see them in all of the high school activities to which I’m sure they will be attracted.
Linda and I did a lot of biking – but not as much as we wanted. My bike crash in June with the resulting fractured pelvis really put a damper on things. However, Linda was able to bike across Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, and Mississippi with friends while I drove the support vehicle. This was a really fun adventure (but I would’ve been much happier riding instead of driving).
Speaking of driving, Anna received her restricted drivers license and is looking forward to driving any opportunity she can. Emily will be starting in just a few months….
Also, speaking of Tennessee, the four of us visited Memphis and Nashville for our summer vacation. We were immersed in American musical history. What a great vacation. We also extended our presidential library visits this summer (Dwight D Eisenhower, Abraham Lincoln, and Andrew Johnson).
Further family vacationing saw us spending a long weekend with Linda’s family at a 4H family camp. Archery, horseback, rifle range, crafts, bunk beds, nature hikes, and cafeteria dining brought back a lot of memories of camps as a kid. We had a lot of fun.
I moved to a new job this year, joining an old friend from med school and residency. I’m enjoying my new group of partners and look forward to continued professional satisfaction taking care of patients in the emergency department.
I started singing with the Kansas City Symphony Chorus as a bass. What a challenging, yet incredibly rewarding adventure. We performed Carmina Burana, Handel’s Messiah, and a marathon Christmas Festival. This next spring we will be performing Rachmaninoff’s The Bells.
Finally, the Kansas State Wildcats football team gave us quite a thrill this year with a 10-1 season. We were number 1 for one week (if not for that nasty loss at Baylor). Collin Klein flirted with the Heisman trophy. After all these years of being considered an afterthought in any football conversation, we seemed relevant. We will be playing in the Fiesta Bowl in just 3 days (in fact, many family and friends have already started heading towards Arizona). We will be watching the game with friends here at home – hoping for a big win over Oregon. I hope I don’t have to start next years look back with a loss at another bowl game.
Happy New Year everyone!