It would be easy to lament what a terrible year this was, from the war and slaughter in Iraq and elsewhere to the reelection of the grand perpetrator to the tsunami that just a week ago wiped out so much of south Asia. It would be so easy that I think I just did it in one sentence (although I somehow omitted the Giants not making the playoffs).
Personally, I had some major high points, starting with the wedding in January and ending with the best Christmas ever a week ago. Smack dab in the middle, on the first day of June, we welcomed Aiden Michael into the world and into the family, and our lives changed forever. Aiden has been the light thatís kept us on track at times.
The family had another new addition when John launched his new houseboat, the one he built with his bare hands (and a little help). I was lucky enough to get a few days on the lake in the houseboat in July, and again over Thanksgiving weekend. And we added one more new member when Titus joined the family last month.
Also, Iíve been on a kind of roller coaster ride, starting with the news in the spring that I would be given part ownership in a new business, which I for some reason (explained in the linked entry) decided to call The Kennel. There were times when the whole deal seemed about to fall apart, and there was a lot of extra work, but in the end I am a partner and the business is making money, even after just two months under our control.
Although I stay pretty close to home most of the time, I did get to San Francisco to see The Lion King last spring, and I went to a baseball game with Eric in June. We all went to the zoo in October, and in March, as part of D.J.ís birthday celebration, we brought in our own wild animals.