HAPPY 2006!

FROM THE G-O-T-T-E-S-M-A-N-S

2005 SCRAPBOOK

 

 

January 2006

Dear Everyone:

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.

Acton, MA
(Mar 2005)
One of many blizzards early in the year.

Acton, MA
(Apr 2005)
Fan allegiance trickles down to the offspring.

Acton, MA
(Apr 2005)
Ben shows Jordan his first-grade Desert project during Parent's Night.

 

Acton, MA
(Aug 2005)
Our new big-ass tent for backyard camping and  guest spillover accommodations.

 

Acton, MA
(Aug 2005)
After a warm AASL softball game at Elm Street.

Stow, MA
(Oct 2005)
Apple picking at Shelburne Farm.

 

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).

Acton, MA
(Feb 2005)
Jordan hanging out at
the High School swimming pool.

 

Dorado, PR
(Apr 2005)
With Mom at the Cerromar river pool in Puerto Rico.

 

Acton, MA
(May 2005)
Jordan refusing
to grow up.

 

Sterling, MA
(Jul 2005)
At Davis Farmland
cooling off in the
hot July sun.

 

Acton, MA
(Jul 2005)
Jordan paying attention during his summer swim lesson.

 

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).

Cambridge, VT
(Jul 2005)
Canoeing the Lamoille River at the family reunion.

 

Montreal
(Jul 2005)
On the carousel at La Ronde amusement park!

 

Boston, MA
(Aug 2005)
Jordan before and after his surgery.

 

Acton, MA
(Aug 2005)
Jordan at his third birthday party.

 

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.”

Mendon, MA
(Aug 2005)
Enjoying his birthday at Southwick's Zoo.

 

Cooperstown, NY
(Oct 2005)
Babe Jordan and Babe Ruth.

Acton, MA
(Nov 2005)
Jord resting his
vocal cords throughout his Thanksgiving
choral concert.

 

Newton, MA
(Dec 2005)
First cry-free session with Santa.

Stamford, CT
(Dec 2005)
Smiling at a fun Xmas toy!

 

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. 

Westford, MA
(Jan 2005)
Ben skiing with Mom
at Nashoba Valley.

 

Littleton, MA
(Jan 2005)
Ben's first piano recital at Indian Hill.

Acton, MA
(Jan 2005)
"Snow up to my
elbows!"

Acton, MA
(Feb 2005)
Doing Coquí project facilitated by Mom
at school.

 

Acton, MA
(May 2005)
Ben enjoying his backyard seventh-birthday bash!

 

Acton, MA
(Jun 2005)
Rockies, Little League  See films...

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.

Acton, MA
(Jul 2005)
Ben's toothy cuteness (before they all fall out).

 

Acton, MA
(Aug 2005)
Ben's first day of second grade!

 

Acton, MA
(Sep 2005)
Minor B Fall Little League with the Pirates.
See Films...

Baltimore, MD
(Sep 2005)
With Amy before the
Sox vs. Orioles game.

 

Baltimore, MD
(Sep 2005)
With photographer and author Walter Wick at the Baltimore Book Fair.

 

Stamford, CT
(Sep 2005)
Ben with his new Cousin Faith.

 

Cooperstown, NY
(Oct 2005)
Ben gawking at baseball Greats.

 

Acton, MA
(Dec 2005)
Ben reenacts Acton long ago day at school.

 

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.

Acton, MA
(Jan 2005)
Teaching the snow a thing or two with my
40-pound killer shovel.

 

Acton, MA
(Feb 2005)
Tiling the backsplash.

 

Las Vegas, NV
(Feb 2005)
Admiring the Vegas shopping circuit.

Acton, MA
(Mar 2005)
Rich cooking homemade delicacies with his Italian accent.

 

Acton, MA
(May 2005)
Time for a new hot water heater.

 

Harrisburg, PA
(Jun 2005)
At Dennis and Renee's wedding, with Amy.

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.

Stamford, CT
(Jun 2005)
With Liz, after the Stamford 5K cancer run.

 

San Jose, CA
(Jun 2005)
With the JDT booth at the 10th Anniversary eBayLive2005!

 

San Jose, CA
(Jun 2005)

I couldn't resist. With
an eBay conference attendee.

Smugglers Notch, VT
(Jul 2005)
Dealing the BJ tourney at Cohenfest 2006 using custom cards!

Acton, MA
(Aug 2005)
Rich's  installation and sheet metal work for the new Air Bear.

 

Acton, MA
(Aug 2005)
"My wife Jacky gets a very necessary haircut."

 

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.

Baltimore, MD
(Sep 2005)
Selling kettle corn at Camden Yards.

 

Acton, MA
(Oct 2005)
With State Rep.
Jamie Eldridge,
in our backyard.

 

Acton, MA
(Oct 2005)
Tainting Ben and his neighborhood friends with a little hit, double, double, split action.

St. Petersburg, FL
(Dec 2005)
With mom, receiving Cordon d'or magazine award.

 

Ft. Lauderdale, FL
(Dec 2005)
Visiting with Cousin Elaine and Aunt Irene.

 

Ft. Lauderdale, FL
(Dec 2005)
Waterskiing fun.

 

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.    

Stamford, CT
(Apr 2005)
Jacky, Mom and siblings at Dad's Novena.

 

Bridgeport, CT
(May 2005)
At niece Faith's Baptism.

Bedford, MA
(May 2005)
Jacky posing with Robert Pinsky and her Writer's Group.

Stamford, CT
(Jun 2005)
The CT gang at the Walk for Cancer.

 

Acton, MA
(Jun 2005)
Baseball Ben with big fans Jordan and Mom.

 

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.

Orlando, FL
(Jun 2005)
Arriving in Orlando with Liz and Iris.

 

Orlando, FL
(Jun 2005)
At Disney with Liz...dressed like twins again after many years.

 

Bemidji, MN
(Jul 2005)
Jacky about to cross the Mississippi.

Acton, MA
(Aug 2005)
Hanging out for
Jordan's birthday weekend..

 

Framingham, MA
(Aug 2005)
Reading poetry at the Amazing Things Arts Center.

 

New York, NY
(Sep 2005)
Rich's "diversionary" Broadway birthday present to Jacky.

 

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.

Stamford, CT
(Sep 2005)
Jacky and Liz celebrating at their surprise 40th
(dance videos)

 

Acton, MA
(Oct 2005)
At the Latin Family Network party in our backyard.

 

Acton, MA
(Oct 2005)
Shark boy and Elmo in their Mommy-made costumes.

 

Acton, MA
(Jan 2006)
Pluckin' some Rog
for Richie.

Concord, MA
(Jan 2006)
Jacky's Spanish classroom at Nashoba Brooks 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.

Over the Atlantic
(Apr 2005)
Jacky, Jordan, Ben and cousin Tim en route to la isla.

 

Baltimore, MD
(Jun 2005)
Mom on her 70th birthday.

 

Norwich, NY
(Oct 2005)
Visiting BAM.

Old San Juan, PR
(Apr 2005)
At El Morro fort in Puerto Rico.

 

Montreal, Canada
(Jul 2005)
Walking the old quarter in Montreal.

 

Little Rock, AR
(Nov 2005)
At the Clinton Library, dreaming of better years.

 

White Hall, AR
(Nov 2005)
Thanksgiving gang

at Mark and
Mary Jo's pad.

 

And, of course, there were all the tri-state visits to family and friends, who we just love to see when we can.

Acton, MA
(Feb 2005)
Arctic Weekend 2.0

(Bob, Rich, Ben, Chris, Tricia, Noni, Jacky, Jamila, Jordan).

 

Stamford, CT
(Feb 2005)
The boys with friends Chaz and Travis.

 

Brookline, MA
(Mar 2005)
The boys with friends Miguel and Gaby.

Neshanic Station, NJ
(Mar 2005)
The boys with friends Cayla and Marissa.

 

Río Grande, PR
(Apr 2005)
The boys with friends Ashley, Meghan, and Brendan.

 

Boston, MA
(Aug 2005)
On the Boston Harbor with swimming buddy Amelia.

 

 

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

 


Movies and Rentals of  2005
- Not necessarily a complete list
- Not necessarily movies released in 2005
- Listed in no order we saw them, for the most part.

 

Rich Rating
(4 circles is best)

(red is noteworthy)

 

Jacky Rating
(4 circles is best)

(red is noteworthy)

Open Water

Sex, Shame & Tears
Garden State
The Village
The Forgotten
I, Robot
The Notebook
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring
Friday Night Lights
P.S.
Da Ali G Show (season 1)
Return to Paradise
Incredibles
Sideways
Ray
Bad Education
Batman Returns
Spanglish
National Treasure
Finder's Fee

Million Dollar Baby
The Upside of Anger
What the Bleep do we Know
Hitch
Crash

Curse of the Were Rabbit
Girl in the Café
Hotel Rwanda
Admissions
Bill Maher - Be More Cynical
The Terminal
Being Julia
The Ballad of Jack and Rose
Hide and Seek
Riding the Bullet
Mad Hot Ballroom
Robots
Brokeback Mountain
40 Year Old Virgin
Narnia: Lion, Witch, Wardrobe
Wedding Crashers