FROM THE G-O-T-T-E-S-M-A-N-S
With the passing of another year, we send you all of our love and hope that you and your loved ones are well. Thankfully, we are doing fine and keeping warm here in Massachusetts, with lots going on, as usual.
Jordan is now a diaper-free, tonsil-free, and adenoid-free three-year-old who keeps the three of us jumping with his energy. He gets a real thrill out of modeling his big-boy undies in the comfort of any home and, if he really likes you, he’ll show you more (or less, depending on how you see things).
Jordan was a brave boy when his tonsils came out in the summer, although he did request that the doctors not “do it again”. Swim lessons were a hoot, with Mom, Dad, and the swim instructors chasing Jordan around with kickboards and noodles, trying in vain to get him to participate. He spent weeks before his Thanksgiving concert singing his songs all over the house but come show day, he didn’t open his mouth once (although he did entertain by rolling all over the rug with his buddy instead).
Big achievements for Jordan this year are not screaming through his haircuts, and learning how to say, “Mom, I love you” at just the right times. His latest new phrase is “I’m not high maintenance.”
Ben is a busy little second-grader who is quickly becoming an aficionado of sports, known at school for his classmate surveys of who will win what. To date there has been no money involved, so we’re thankful for that. He's also into making up his own jokes: "Where did the king put his army? In his sleevy;" and "Why did the chicken cross the playground? To get to the other slide." We keep him going with piano lessons, Spanish, and, just recently, Chess Club.
But perhaps Ben's most gratifying extracurricular activity has been playing baseball in the spring and moving to Little League in the fall. He also enjoyed a trip to Baltimore with Dad to see the Red Sox play the Orioles, as well as a family visit to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Big achievements for Ben this year are learning how to ride without training wheels, how to jog for up to 1.5 miles with Dad, and how to bathe on his own.
Rich is boppin’ around, juggling his same regular job and the off-setting moonlighting work and home improvements. Home projects this year included arranging for the installation of a “very necessary” new hot water heater, painting the kitchen and tiling the counter area, and installing a “very necessary” Air Bear air flow and filtration system. The next "very necessary" item on his plate is the massive undertaking of finishing the basement, which he started planning in November. Thank goodness for second mortgages.
For Valentine’s Day, Jacky treated Rich to four family-free days in Vegas, and he not only had a blast but he finagled free hotel for him and his buddies. He also made a trip to San Jose, CA, to help run a booth at the annual eBay conference...and to St. Petersburg, FL with his mom to accept an award for his design and her publishing of Tables magazine.
Big events in Rich’s family included his brother Dennis’s wedding in June in Harrisburg, PA...and the biannual family reunion, “CohenFest”, in Stow, VT for which he served as dealer and even designed custom playing cards.
Jacky kicked off her big FOUR OH this year with a bang, although it’s oh, four months later and she is still recovering. The highlight of her birthday was a big ‘ole surprise bash, thrown by Rich, for both her and her twin sister Liz, and Jacky was delighted to see family and friends she hadn’t seen in a long time.
Also in the fall, Jacky moved from teaching middle school kids in public school (45 minutes away) to teaching elementary school kids in a private school (10 minutes away). To prepare for her new job, Jacky spent two weeks at Concordia Language Villages in Bemidji, MN to focus on teaching Spanish immersion. Jacky loves the new gig and is especially drawn to the school’s altruistic mission and high standards, as well as the creative freedom she is given. The schedule is also a bit more manageable, giving Jacky more time to work on her little artistic endeavors.
In the summer, Jacky flew to Orlando, FL with Liz to take cousin Iris to Disney World. Big events in Jacky’s family included the arrival of a niece, Faith Emma, in March and the graduation of niece Melissa from high school.
Family trips this year included visiting with Rich’s mom in Baltimore over Memorial Day weekend, spending Thanksgiving in Little Rock, AR with Rich’s oldest brother, Mark, going to Puerto Rico for the annual Tables awards, and hopping up to Montreal after the family reunion in July.
And, of course, there were all the tri-state visits to family and friends, who we just love to see when we can.
And speaking of friends and family...we wish you the best in 2006 and, as always, you’re welcome to stay with us in MA any time. We love you and your company.
Hugs and Kisses,
Jacky, Rich, Ben & Jordan
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