Christmas with the Boys

Christmas Eve the church sidewalks had an inch of snow left on them so Kelly and the boys shoveled the whole thing.

Zane, being 11, couldn't stay upright and ended up in the snowbank. He surprised me a few weeks ago in the Christmas program at church when I realized his voice had changed. I had missed it happening, but there it was, a bass amidst all the altos of his classmates.

Theo and Kelly on Christmas Day. Theo considers a day when he doesn't have to put proper clothes on a good day, so we're a few days running now in his pajamas.

On top of the pajamas today he is wearing his new Mario suit. This might give you an idea of the sort of things he got for Christmas this year.

Mom's Retirement Party

After 47 years of working in the lab at the hospital in Albert Lea, my mother retired.

Besides people from the hospital, family and friends came on a very snowy night to help her celebrate.

This poster was to emulate the many science projects Mom had helped students work on over the years.

Dad was quiet most of the night, but added at the end that "she never missed a day of work due to the weather" because he always got her there, no matter what (except for the day after the 1967 tornados, when the sheriff's office had to give her a ride.)

Mom even made a speech. Besides the amazing scope of change she had witnessed during her tenure at the hospital (she recalled the days when cigarette machines were in the lobby and the break rooms were full of ash trays) I was interested to hear her talk about the compromises she made to work full time, continue her education and raise three kids. My sister Vickie and I both reflected on what it was like to have a happily working mom for a role model, and how much we learned from her.

And now she is sewing like crazy, and visiting grandsons. Welcome to retirement, Mom!

New Mexico in Black and White

Getting Theo Out of the Bathtub: Santa Fe Sunsets

Someone suggested to me that Theo had been in the bathtub too long (see previous post.) So here are some sunsets from Santa Fe, December 2010.

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