HAPPY 2007!

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

2006 SCRAPBOOK

January 2007

How time rushes just ahead of us and how we run to keep up. How it keeps us moving, and living. Thankfully!
 

Playa Maroma, Mexico
(Mar 2006)
Beach!

Acton, MA
(May 2006)
Celebrating Ben's birthday

Littleton, MA
(Jun 2006)
With Ben at his recital

Dorchester, MA
(Aug 2006)
Toasting the summer at friends' Savin Hill Yacht Club

Acton, MA
(Aug 2006)
Resting after Jordan's birthday party

Lexington, MA
(Sep 2006)
Coming off the Minuteman Bikeway

Quechee, VT
(Oct 2006)
Hiking by the gorge

Bretton Woods, NH
(Oct 2006)
At the Cog Railway

Another year has gone by and with the arrival of 2007 we send warm embraces to all of you. We are indeed warm in Massachusetts, torn between enjoying the spring-like conditions and fretting over its causes (our rating is 30 and declining; what’s yours?). Gratefully, the four of us are well.

Acton, MA
(Apr 2006)
Home boyz illin'

Norwich, NY
(Apr 2006)
Thanks, Easter Bunny!

Acton, MA
(May 2006)
Brothers sharing a birthday moment

Mendon, MA
(Aug 2006)
Feeding fauna at Southwick's Zoo

Quechee, VT
(Oct 2006)
Leading the way
to the gorge

Acton, MA
(Oct 2006)
Trick or Treat!

Ansonia, CT
(Dec 2006)
Enjoying a personal  visit from Santa

Jordan is an inquisitive, high-energy four-year-old who keeps us laughing with his enormous character (“Mom, are you and Dad happy with how I came out?”) and involuntary humor (first school cafeteria experience: “Ms. Long, where are the waiters?”)

Baltimore, MD
(Apr 2006)
Dozing with Mommy

Tyngsboro, MA
(Aug 2006)
Blueberry picking at Parlee Farms

Acton, MA
(Aug 2006)
Getting ready to play in the rain with Eliza

 

Acton, MA
(Jun 2006)
Saying bye to Donny / Mulberry

Littleton, MA
(Jun 2006)
Ben's recital

Acton, MA
(Jul 2006)
Saying goodbye to Mulberry friends

Acton, MA
(Jul 2006)
Pitchin' to Ben

Hoboken, NJ
(Jul 2006)
With Dad at the Pier

This past fall, Jordan started Preschool II at Jacky’s school, Nashoba Brooks, and he has proven to be a focused little learner, showing enthusiasm for drawing and writing. While he is cozy having Mommy close by, we’re delighted to have Jordan attending such a wonderful school. As a way of introduction, Jordan and all his new friends celebrated his birthday in our backyard, and he has quickly developed new connections.

Acton, MA
(Aug 2006)
Having homemade bday cake

Acton, MA
(Aug 2006)
Indulging in birthday fruit

 

Mendon, MA
(Aug 2006)
Heeding the signs at the zoo

 

Acton, MA
(Aug 2006)
At 4th bday party with Ben

Acton, MA
(Aug 2006)
First swim class!

Acton, MA
(Aug 2006)
Big boy on four wheels

Bridgeport, CT
(Sep 2006)
Relaxing with Abuela

Over the summer, Jordan bravely finished his daycare days at a different center with new friends. He also took swim lessons, and a major feat for him was getting comfortable enough in the water to resist screaming bloody murder and to use noodles and such to float around on his own. Jordan ended the year in verse, reciting, performing and dancing to nursery rhymes at his PSII winter show. Check him out singing hello to his neighbor (9.5MB video).

Acton, MA
(Nov 2006)
Reading to the PS II mascot (Cousin Bear)

Acton, MA
(Sep 2006)
Playing chess with Daddy

 

Acton, MA
(Sep 2006)
First day of PS II!

Concord, MA
(Oct 2006)
The Big Napper and his dog Brownie at school

 

East Northport, NY
(Oct 2006)
Dining with Jeffrey

Concord, MA
(Dec 2006)
Getting ready to perform Little Miss Muffett

Ben is an eight-year-old Trot Nixon aficionado who has become rather handy around the house and who also amuses us, but with quite intentional humor. He loves to compare The Little Rascals Alfalfa and Spanky to himself and Jordan, respectively, occasionally dressing the part and laughing hysterically at Jordan’s Spanky-like pranks. Check him out mimicking the comedian from his first comedy show experience (7.1MB video).

Waltham, MA
(Mar 2006)
Planning next move at Gus Gosselin Chess Tournament

Acton, MA
(Apr 2006)
Warming up for baseball

Acton, MA
(Apr 2006)
Here come the Minute Men!

Acton, MA
(Apr 2006)
Our street namesake examines Ben's ear

 

Baltimore, MA
(Apr 2006)
Rootin' for Red Sox at Camden Yards

Acton, MA
(May 2006)
Preparing birthday cupcakes for school

Ben is having a rich third-grade experience, with lots of field trips (so far to Plimoth Plantation and Wolf Hollow), an operetta, and preparations for MCAS. In the spring, he participated in his first chess tournament and thoroughly enjoyed himself. In the summer, he did a number of mini-camps to gratify his various interests (chess, hip hop dance, Latin dance, sports, Spanish), and he put in a good effort for Level IV swimming.

Acton, MA
(May 2006)
Homemade birthday flan!

Acton, MA
(May 2006)
Birthday present!

Acton, MA
(May 2006)
Eighth birthday hug from Amy

Littleton, MA
(Jun 2006)
Getting ready to play at his piano recital

Acton, MA
(Jul 2006)
Playing ball with Grandpa Harry & Jord

Acton, MA
(Jul 2006)
Mexican dance performance

Hoboken, NJ
(Jul 2006)
With Benny Tudino

Ben also played in three piano recitals this year, showing poise and confidence in his little suit and bowtie. And lately he has been sporting overnight tiger-stripe and mountain violet retainers to tackle dental crowding. But mostly, Ben wouldn’t be Ben without his baseball. This year he was in the Giants and the Nationals (see filmstrip), and he loved pitching and fielding (leaping like his Dad to snag balls in the outfield).

Acton, MA
(Aug 2006)
Diving at swim class

Acton, MA
(Aug 2006)
Performing at the Hip Hop dance recital

East Northport, NY
(Oct 2006)
With Uncle Martin at his 70th

Acton, MA
(Sep 2006)
First day of third grade

Acton, MA
(Aug 2006)
Pretending to be Alfalfa

Tyngsboro, MA
(Aug 2006)
Blueberry picking at Parlee Farms

Acton, MA
(Dec 2006)
With his low-maintenance "ice" pets

Acton, MA
(Dec 2006)
Sportin' retainers

 

Speaking of leaping to catch balls, a few months ago Rich hurt his back while playing wiffle ball in the backyard with the boys, proving that 40 is in fact on the other side of the hill. He was immobile for a bit but luckily sprang fully upright and productive again in, well, some time.

Acton, MA
(Jan 2006)
Getting ready to cover the house in dust

Acton, MA
(Jan 2006)
Getting ready to diamond saw

Acton, MA
(Jan 2006)
Sliding the new 400lb. boiler down the basement stairs

Acton, MA
(Feb 2006)
Tearing the kitchen radiator apart

Acton, MA
(Feb 2006)
Holding the post that held up the house

 

Acton, MA
(Apr 2006)
Rich pulls on ropes to down the Pine

In the beginning of the year, Rich embarked on finishing the basement. While it was a shaky start (we spent a night at a local hotel after some jackhammer refooting work resulted in ¼” of dust over everything in the house), it’s starting to look like a real entertainment megaroom down there, with walls, doors, lights, large new windows, and the disappearance of a couple of unsightly and intrusive posts (so far the house is still standing). Rich also worked with a buddy from work to take down a humungous pine tree crowded between our house and the neighbor’s, enhancing the view out the new windows. Currently, he’s finishing up the electrical and lighting work and planning the custom bookshelves.

Acton, MA
(Jun 2006)
Father's Day breakfast in bed!

Springdale, UT
(Jun 2006)
Zion Nat'l Pk

Las Vegas, NV
(Jun 2006)
Working the booth at eBayLive2006
(see more)

Acton, MA
(Jul 2006)
Working with Mom

 

Acton, MA
(Aug 2006)
Running the Acton 5K

Acton, MA
(Aug 2006)
Celebrating w/ the boys at the 5K

Acton, MA
(Aug 2006)
With softball team (AASL), The Swarm

Work. Let’s just say that Rich does not love it nearly as much as his home projects. However, he liked being a presenter at his company’s user conference in Florida, especially enjoying the ensuing three-hour jet skiing tour around the inter-coastal. He does enjoy his commute with books on tape (check out Rich's 2006 book list and ratings). Rich continued his side work, doing graphic layout and design and again working eBayLive2006, this time in Vegas. In the spring, Rich joined CBC Fitness here in town but he hasn’t made it there as much as he needs to. For Rich’s big Four-Oh (during Thanksgiving), Jacky planned a family trip to the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas, with a half dozen family and friends (Amy, Martin, Elaine, Jeff, Lisa, and Bob) surprising him down there for a grand ole time (see filmstrip).  Sadly, Rich’s Aunt Irene, the vivacious matriarch at the biennial family reunions, passed away in August.

Reading, MA
(Oct 2006)
Making signs for highway blogging

Quechee, VT
(Oct 2006)
Done ballooning!

Farmingdale, NY
(Oct 2006)
With Uncle Martin at Jeff/Lisa's wedding

Acton, MA
(Nov 2006)
Crushing big brother Robert at chess

Paradise Island, Bahamas
(Nov 2006)
With Bobbow

Paradise Island, Bahamas
(Nov 2006)
Celebrating the big 4-0 at Bimini Road

Jacky continues to love her work at Nashoba Brooks, expanding Spanish influences around the school, strengthening her passion for diversity and S.E.E.D., initiating service learning projects with her students to benefit those in need, and finding ever new ways of incorporating technology into her teaching (SMART Boards rock). Over the summer, Jacky created and taught two Spanish immersion camps (at school and through the Acton Latino Family Network), and she was thrilled to have Ben as a student in both. She also ran her first 5K race, coming in next to last place at 34:01 minutes (the woman in front of her wore a t-shirt labeled “TORTOISE”) but vowing to run more races in the future with less fit people.

Riviera Maya, Mexico
(Mar 2006)
With boys, waiting for tasty teppanyaki

Acton, MA
(Mar 2006)
With State Rep.
Jamie Eldridge

Acton, MA
(Apr 2006)
At Hosmer House, Patriot's Day, with Ben behind the camera

Waltham, MA
(Apr 2006)
Spanish class field trip to Margarita's

Concord, MA
(May 2006)
Raising $ to sponsor a child from Mexico

Acton, MA
(May 2006)
Making a vejigante mask

 

The spring saw Jacky having minor hand surgery and, like Rich, joining CBC. When Jacky isn’t sick or bombarded with work, she enjoys getting up every weekday at 5am for a mental workout at home, followed by a physical one at the gym before waking up the household.

Acton, MA
(Jun 2006)
Sky paintings by Jacky

Hoboken, NJ
(Jul 2006)
Indeed.

 

Hoboken, NJ
(Jul 2006)
With Noni/Bill/ Mudra

Acton, NJ
(Jul 2006)
Posing with suegro Harry

Ponce, PR
(Jul 2006)
Sightseeing with Mami

Acton, MA
(Aug 2006)
Crossing the 5K finish line

Hingham, MA
(Aug 2006)
Whipping through the Boston Harbor

One of the highlights this year for Jacky was going with Mami to Puerto Rico to spend 10 days at her subtropical hometown of Adjuntas (see photo diary). For her 41st birthday, Jacky was thrilled to go hot-air ballooning up to 2,500 feet in Quechee, Vermont. And a couple of months ago, Jacky got her first (and hopefully last) ambulance ride after complications from giving blood (for the first and last time). Check out Jacky's 2006 book list and ratings.

Acton, MA
(Sep 2006)
Feasting on a double birthday kiss!

 

Waterloo, NJ
(Sep 2006)
At poetry festival with Lisa and Chris

Quechee, VT
(Oct 2006)
Ballooning!

Concord, MA
(Nov 2006)
Modeling student-made necklaces for jaguar fundraiser

Paradise Island, Bahamas
(Nov 2006) Leap of Faith!

Ansonia, CT
(Dec 2006)
Sisterly love at XMas

As a family, we made a trip down to Mexico in March, giving us a chance to bond in a lovely new setting and allowing Rich and Jacky to re-live their adventurous times with rappelling, zip-lining, and parasailing (see photo diary).

Littleton, MA
(Jun 2006)
Love n' hugs

Hingham, MA
(Aug 2006)
Floating along the Boston Harbor

Mtn. Lakes, NJ
(Sep 2006)
What a hunk!

Bretton Woods, NH
(Oct 2006)
Standing in the steep railway car

Bretton Woods, MA
(Oct 2006)
Lunch @ Mt. Washington

Quechee, VT
(Oct 2006)
About to cram into the basket

Ansonia, CT
(Dec 2006)
With onions at Xmas

Ansonia, CT
(Dec 2006)
Santa, true to the rivalry!

Along with our tri-state visits to see family and friends, we also enjoyed visits from many of you to our place here in Acton.

Burlington, MA
(Feb 2006)
Dinner with Neelan

 

Concord, MA
(May 2006)
At the North Bridge with Mami, Bean, Amy, Dana, 'n kids

Acton, MA
(Jul 2006)
Barbara and Harry heading back to Baltimore

 

Hoboken, NJ
(Jul 2006)
Celebrating Bill's birthday at the park (Ben, Jeff and Bill)

Norwich, NY
(Aug 2006)
Boys with BAM at her house

Mtn. Lakes, NJ
(Sep 2006)
With Kathy, Mudra and Bill at Christiana's wedding

 

And that reminds us, please come visit or stay with us anytime! We love you and your company.

 

Bridgeport, CT
(Jul 2006)
All 12 grandchildren at Abuela's 65th

Bridgeport, CT
(Jul 2006)
Siblings at

Mami's 65th

Mtn. Lakes, NJ
(Sep 2006)
With Noni at her daughter's wedding

East Northport, NY
(Oct 2006)
With Mom and Harry at Martin's 70th

Uncasville, CT
(Nov 2006)
Siblings at Mohegan Sun

Acton, MA
(Nov 2006)
Pre-Thanksgiving celebration with Amy

We wish you health, peace, and ¡mucho amor¡ for you and your loved ones in this New Year.

Bridgeport, CT
(Jul 2006)
With Mami at her 65th

Dorchester, MA
(Aug 2006)
Boating with Amelia

Mtn. Lakes, NJ
(Sep 2006)
Having fun at Christiana's wedding

Farmingdale, NY
(Oct 2006)
Jeff and Lisa get married!

Paradise Island, Bahamas
(Nov 2006)
Atlantis!

Maynard, MA
(Dec 2006)
Cuddling with Réka

 

Ansonia, CT
(Dec 2006)
With Nelson at his 40th

Boston, MA
(Dec 2006)
In Boston for First Night

 

Hugs and Kisses,

Jacky, Rich, Ben & Jordan

 


Movies and Rentals of  2006
- Not necessarily a complete list
- Not necessarily movies released in 2006
- 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)

Constant Gardner
Flight Plan
Havoc
Unfinished Life
World Traveler
Derailed
The Holy Girl
Match Point
War of the Worlds
Cars
V is for Vendetta
The Lost City
Inside Man
A History of Violence
Everyone's Hero
Hard Candy
Down in the Valley
Borat
Da Vinci Code
The Butterfly Effect 2
Casino Royale
Shadow Boxer
Sand Lot
Little Man
The Sand Lot 2
Fearless
Happy Feet
Charlotte's Web
Little Miss Sunshine