The following is our holiday card and letter (that Jim writes) for this year. For those that aren’t on our list now you can enjoy Jim’s famous letter and our beautiful Tiny Prints cards and for those that have already received them you can appreciate them again.
Ho Ho Ho and Yo Ho Ho. We kicked off the holiday season this year with a recent trip to Disneyland with Sarah’s sister’s family and Sarah’s parents. Lines were Fantasmic so we were able to Star Tour both parks and frequent all of the rides with ease. We even ran into Jack’s kindergarten teacher at California Adventure – it really is a Small World after all. Even though It’s Tough To Be a Bug, Stefani and Paul’s two month-old, Finley, was with us all the way. So read on for more about our magical ride through 2011 or use your Fast Pass to bypass this letter and head straight to our card.
Jungle Cruise (Wait Time to End of Letter From Here: 5 mins) – Hawaii Trip
In March, Sarah and I returned to the location of the last leg of our honeymoon years ago — the Big Island. With kids in tow this time, we spent a week at the Waikoloa Resort. We toured the volcanoes (including a day hike at 10,000 feet), played golf and got our money’s worth at all of the resort’s pools.
Indiana Jones Adventure – Camping
Camping this year included three trips with our dear friends, the Yocums, to Grand Coulee, the Cowlitz Valley and Hood Canal (six families, 13 kids in total, including a Cyclops sighting). We also finally made it to Rainier National Park and camped in the shadow of Mt. Rainier. We enjoyed a day hike on the mountain (including snow) and surreal views with our friends, the Faleys.
Alice in Wonderland – Sarah’s Blog
Sarah continues to pursue her passion as a “Mompreneur” and launched her rebranded blog about life with two boys, www.thewilltosee.com. She has built a following online and through various social media outlets that will serve as a platform when she finishes writing books about pediatric gastrointestinal and vision issues.
Dumbo the Flying Elephant – Mulligan’s Surgery
In an effort to one-up her ACL tear in 2010, The World’s Greatest Dog decided to eat a corn cob this summer resulting in emergency stomach surgery and a huge scar. If she keeps this up, her reign as WGD could be in jeopardy.
Monsters Inc. (Wait Time to End of Letter From Here: 2 mins) – Jack and Will
Captain Jack (6) is now a 1st grader and dying to lose a tooth. He continues to excel in baseball and swimming, is honing his skills as a soccer defender (not so prolific at scoring), and is following in his Mom and Dad’s footsteps with his aptitude for golf. Jack loves to ride his new mountain bike in any/all weather conditions.
Goofy Will (2) found his voice this year and hasn’t stopped talking since. It’s like having the radio on in the background 24 hours a day. He even narrates movies for you. Will has quickly mastered his balance bike – a skill we hope will translate to the slopes when we throw him on skis for the first time this winter. We continue to test his vision twice a year and, to-date, he is testing in the normal range. While his vision impairment is evident and will be a lifelong challenge, we remain hopeful it will be mild.
Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride – Husky Football
Our beloved Huskies got off to an amazing start this year before crashing back down to earth. Their 7-5 record earned them a bid to the Alamo bowl against Baylor and their Heisman candidate QB. This year we also said goodbye to our beloved Husky Stadium and look forward to her much-deserved update in 2013.
Matterhorn (dubbed “Snow Monster Mountain” by Will) – Whistler Ski Trip
In January, we stayed in a slope-side condo on the Blackcomb side of Whistler, BC. We’ve had amazing luck with weather and conditions at Whistler…until this year. You roll the dice with this resort and this year we drew rain and clouds. However the weather didn’t hold Jack back from ski school or Will from playing in the snow with the nanny while Sarah and I hit the slopes.
Haunted Mansion – Halloween
We agreed again this year to chair the haunted maze at Jack’s school Halloween fundraiser and our “spirits” were buoyed by the long lines and post-event praise. We have qualified for free agency next year but I think we have a few more of these in us before we fade back into anonymity (check out Sarah’s blog for photos). Sarah once again made costumes for both boys with Jack as Tron and Will as a skeleton (“skelskin” in Will language) and both were amazing.
May you have many stars upon which to wish, and may all your dreams come true in 2012. Now sit back, and enjoy the ride.
Jim, Sarah, Jack, Will, and Mulligan