Merry Christmas, friends and
Well here we are coming up on yet another blessed
year! 2011 has been very good for us indeed...not
that I want to look back on it too much. Some things
are better left forgotton.
This Christmas, we are
spending more time with Danielle, with her finally out of
rehab. After being expelled from middle school, we
didn't know what to expect, but she's back on a great track,
only smoking regular cigarettes, and the occasional dip of
chewing tobacco. With a little more discipline, we're hoping
she can stick with school (5th Grade) and she may end up being
able to make it to High School and graduate after all.
That would be such a treat! It was touch and go there
for a while, as we didn't know how many years her sentence
Colleen and her family
have been doing very well. We don't get to see them
nearly as much since they moved out, but we try to go over to
her trailer a couple times each week and we just adore
babysitting the grandkids when Colleen is at work.
Frankie, being a free spirited young father, has decided to
move out and live back with his parents, so Colleen, being a
single parent, can use all the help she can get. I don't
know how she does it, balancing a part time job, while raising
2 kids, and going to middle school (7th Grade), all at the
same time. Little Billy (4 months) is a very unique and
happy baby, looking a bit like his Grandfather. He
giggles a lot, and sleeps well through the night.
Samantha (13months) is just adorable and loves to hold her
little brother. She sometimes just sits by Billy's crib
and stares at him for hours, with that steady stare as in her
photo below. It's wonderful to have a house full of
kids, and we're so happy we didn't throw out the kids baby
Andrea is still
employed as a glorified electro-shock theapist, placing
needles in every conceivable place on the patients
bodies...nooks, crannies, under rolls, between flabs, and yes,
even in the stinky spots. It can be grueling work
indeed, but it is about to get much better now that they've
voted one of the crew off the island. It's a stressful
job, but she was able to get an employee discount for
Neurological surgeries, so she had an elective labotomy which
has since relieved her stresses almost completely. While
she may not have the passion of her youth any more, she now
has the dedication of a labrador retriever who's stuffed with
|Billy - 11/2011
|Samantha - 12/2011
Tim is continuing his
downhill slide as he works deeper into his golden years.
He continues to drive, even thought it causes his turrets
syndrome to flare up. The winters are especially hard as
he sometimes bruises his left hand on the window glass as he
signals nearby drivers. He spends much of his free time
working as a volunteer, along with the guys from work.
They volunteer and provide support for under privileged
20-something young dancers, teaching them financial management
with their charitable donations. It keeps him busy, and when
he finally comes home he's usually exhausted. At home,
he enjoys playing with Colleen and Danielle, teaching them how
to drive, and enjoys spending lots of time in his throne
room. He's installed wall-mounted iPads next to every
toilet in the house, and with the help of Netflix, that
provides him with hours and hours of uninterrupted
Yes, lest we forget, we still have Charlie, our Golden
Retriever. He continues to be a very happy dog, with
perhaps the cleanest Christmas balls ever.
So that's what's up with our family this wonderful holiday
season! We hope to see you all this coming year,
preferrably early in 2012, because according to the Mayan
calendar we won't be around for next Christmas! Prepare
for December 23, 2012!
Love Tim, Andrea, Danielle, Colleen, and Charlie...and
don't forget little Billy and Samantha.