|2008 Christmas Card|
|Emerson Graduating from 8th grade|
The most fun that we had this year was around the 4th of July when a lot of the Goode Clan came to visit. We went to the beach and the river, went to rent Quads at the sand dunes, checked out the local Yurok plank houses and had a firework blow out. The city fireworks at the beach were fogged out, but I might have been the only one who noticed that due to so many family ones to set off. Our house only has one bathroom so we rolled out the redneck hospitality and rented a deluxe Port-a-potty and borrowed a friend's fifth-wheel, set up some tents and lit the back yard fire pit. We didn't get to see my mom and brothers, or Greg's parents and his brother Matt's family at all this year so that is starting to feel like an urgent goal for 2009.
|The Classy goode resort|
|part of me has never let go the idea that this solar flare is really my Sister-in-law|
at the first family reunion since her funeral
|4th of July at the Beach|
|hospitality on Wonderstump road|
|My in-laws enjoying the waves|
|Emerson, Aunt Laura and Greg|
|Yurok plank House|
|sweatlodge and house|
|Colton and laura|
|Sad Dunes at Florence Oregon|
|Austin and Ben (a friend)|
first Duck hunt
|Del Norte Warriors, Austin was #63|
|In and Out|
on San Fran trip
|Greg leading trip|
|Me loving the Art museum|
|Austin on cable Car|
|Escaped from Cable car via construction scaffolding|
|China Town in SF|
|SF Pier 39|
|Emerson and a good Friend, Miss Willie Mae|
|Austin on Quad|
|Emerson at Sand Dunes|
|Greg teaching his class|
|Del Norte Warrior football|
|Emerson at his brother's game|
|Austin going through|
Emerson has joined a community orchestra and plays the violin with them. He also did horse riding again for much of the year, but his real passion is World of Warcraft on the computer. He has a group of friends who play it with him, and we have to limit his on-line time or he'd never get off the computer.
|Emerson's home at Home|
O signed up for National Novel Writing Month and finally finished the first draft of my second novel. My writing instructor thought this one would be easier to market because it is about the Oregon Trail and Schools teach that a lot. So once I edit it, maybe I'll find a publisher? Now that I'm making myself write seriously I have to focus on the business end and how to present the manuscripts to editors. Yikes!
Looking back through the photos of the year, I see that the boys involvement with the Methodist Church Youth group was a big part of what we did this year. We went on a snowboarding trip at Mt. Ashland, and another to the water parks in Redding, CA. Emerson did a week long outdoor a venture camp in the hills outside Medford and Austin went up to Reedsport to an Aquatic Sports Camp. They did several fund raising pancake lunches and adopted a family to give Christmas too.
We're going up to Portland to have Thanksgiving with Vince, and his new Lady, Marcy, and her family and see his New House. Then we are hoping to make it back to Wyoming for Christmas with both sets of our relatives.
Hope your New Year is Wonderful!
Dixie, Greg, Austin and Emerson
|Good-by to the Christmas tree|
|Snowy trip with Emerson and Sammy|
|Youth Group in the Snow|
|Austin caught the fish in the Smith river|
|40 hour famine|
|at Jed Smith|
|Colton and Vince|
|At the Dunes|
|The Love Sack makes you sleep|
|Wild Ping Pong with Marcy's family|