|I remember how quickly the younger son suddenly became taller than me.|
Life for the Crescent City Goodes this year has been filled with growth and changes and periods of extreme togetherness followed by unwanted separation and then the joy of coming back together as a family. Austin and Emerson have both grown in many ways, half a for in height and miles in independent and responsibility. We've had moments of terror and tears of relief. There has been laughter and hugs and the wonder of realizing that under the surface we are interconnected to so many truly extraordinary, ordinary people that we are never truly alone. What Joy is that? Thank you for filling our lives and hearts with your love and the gift of Knowing you. I know this is a dreaded, "Form Letter" but I only send it to the people we love.
When 2006 began we were just getting home to a flooded Crescent City where the fast food places had to close because the roads were covered in rock slides and no deliveries could get in. Home from a trip to Wyoming during which we saw most of our parents, siblings and nieces and nephews. We haven't however managed to see Greg's nephew Cody or to meet his wife and their year
February 5th the Steeler's won the Superbowl and we got to see it thanks to Sammy Hernandez and family allowing us to invite ourselves over. We haven't had TV since October of 1982 but I would have had to pay for hook up jut so I could sit with all my fingers crossed, my eyes locked, my breath held - until my Dad's team won the one for the thumb.
February was also the month the boys participated in a 30 hour famine, while serving soup to the homeless. They also blew us away at the annual talent show. Those fighting matches with Greg over instrument practice have really paid off. Unfortunately it was also the month my wonderful Mother-In-Law, Mimi, had to have back surgery. She'd already begun losing weight before Christmas and the surgery didn't make it any easier as she began the month's long struggle to regain the health and vigor she's famous for. For a long time, no-one would have bet on her being around for this Christmas and we are so very glad to know that she is once again squabbling with her husband over paying money for her wild feline cat rescue program.
The year started with three of us spending large chunks of time at Pine Grove School, Austin Graduated from there and had moved on
After Cody we spent a day recovering at one of our favorite spots in the universe. Lagoon. We still love the six acre water park and the boys now love the roller coasters and shows and amusement park junk food as much as we do. For my PA, family, just think Kennywood and you know what I'm talking about.
As soon as we got home on August 5th we went to the fair. Then Greg and Austin did a week of Band Camp. Austin started both playing and reefing at soccer games and Greg had to report to his new job on August 18th. It has been the usual madhouse rush ever since then and there isn't a lot of indication that it will ever slow down.
|Greg and April in Salem|
|Star Wars at OMSI|
This year would not be possible if not for the support of many friends. The ones who pitched in and cared for out animals while we were out of town. Carla Bloyd, who has become Emerson's lifeline in nurturing him along with her own two and all the extra children she manages to have trailing her like baby ducks wherever she goes. So much love in our lives even with so much confusion in the world. Pass on a little love! We Love You.
Dixie, Greg, Austin and Emerson
(Then in hand written note)
On the sad side
our 17 year old
blue and gold macaw
was killed by a raccoon - now
we've trapped 7 here at the house
and our 100 year old apple tree
toppled over just after
pressed one last
large batch of cider
from this year's apples.
(Funny but it is now 2014 and that fallen tree still produces!)
|Greg at South Beach|
|Ian and Zach and Austin at Lake Selmac|
|Dinner for Emerson's Birthday|
|Austin, Emerson and the Tall Ship|
|At The Old Mill in Newcastle, WY|
|Paddlewheel ride on Mississippi|
|Priscilla on Brett's Patio|
|Grandma Grace's Place and Grandpa Lawrence's truck|
|Austin playing soccer|
|Redwood Flag Football|
|Austin and Emerson|
|At Beachfront park in Crescent City|
|Emerson, Dixie, Greg and Austin|
|Think it over Baby|
|Two homes for the holidays|
|Aunt Laura and Grandpa Harvey|
|Part of Confirmation Camp|
|6th grade graduation|
|At Mayo Clinic with Mimi|
|Emerson and Sammy|
|Austin and Ransom|
|The fire pole at Uncle Harv's|
|Greg and his dad|
|at Grandpa Harvey's|
|My Nephew and his family|
|Austin, Emerson, Sammy and Greg at home|
|Christmas in Ashland|