|2015 was filled with rough times at our house. I actually thought about skipping my "update" page thinking it would be depressing trying to share our year. But as I made my initial list of facts, stories and updates, I realized that the rough patches, while very rough in some instances shared a year with some amazingly good times.|
Our Hearts Were Broken
|And There Were Miracles|
|We Laughed and Smiled|
|After two years and a whole lot of money (as in a butt load), Luchi has her work card. I will say DHS/DOI goes in the same pile as worker's comp - Government function at it's worst.|
|In October my dad (J.L.) relocated to College Station. He lived about 6 blocks from us - so we could even walk over when the weather was nice. We were proud that he helped us out by making it easier to check on him and spend time with him. Except for his time in the Army he had never lived more than 15 miles from where he was born. He enjoyed for the first time central Air/Heat, cable TV and life in the city. He was quite impressed with Little Caesar's $5 pizzas, Sonic half price burgers and Fazzolli's $2.99 Tuesday dinners.|
|And We Traveled|
|In February we went skiing at Park City, Utah. The snow and facilities are amazing. My ski talent was next to nil a few years ago and has now officially been downgraded to zero. I enjoyed people watching with a cold adult beverage while sitting in the lodge. After a long cold day on the slopes Micky ate fried mac and cheese with jalapenos. He was thrilled with the skiing and the food.|
|March found us back in Vegas for the NCAA tournament. Marvin, Linda and Colby joined us and we had a great time. Everyone should spend some time in downtown Vegas - probably the only place where duct tape pasties don't even get a second look - except for a certain group of rednecks who were pointing and laughing and yes, sad to say, snapping pictures. Micky continues to validate the growth of his annual "token investment".|
|In October my dad, accompanied by Marvin (my brother), participated in the South Plains Honor Flight for Veterans. They flew to Washington and spent 3 days touring war memorials, museums, Arlington Cemetery and meeting congressmen at the Capitol. It rained almost the entire trip, but both of them said it was still an amazing time. They were greeted by a cheering crowd on their return to Lubbock.|
|Speaking of Micky and his travels, he was one lucky man in 2015. He made it to Minnesota, Denver, Waco, Amarillo and Austin on business travel. In the future he would like to pick his meeting places and Amarillo in December is definitely not going to be one of them . . . Geez! However there is not a lot of years left if he sticks to his plan.|
|One last trip of the year, we are headed to Houston to watch the Red Raiders take on the Tigers in the bowl game. Guns Up!!!|
|In 2016 we (of course)
will head to Vegas in March. We have stopped making excuses
about why we go. We enjoy the heck out of it and we want to
go, so we go. Over 80 college games for more than 10 years and
I still lose more than I win. Guess that is why it is called
In May we are going back to Mexico to celebrate another milestone - mine - but hey if you are gonna get old - do it on the beach :-) Micky is close enough to retirement and it is a big birthday for me, so we decided to get our money's worth out of the airfare and stay a few extra days.
In November we have booked what I am calling a "Protest Cruise." A group of folks that are already disgusted with the election BS are heading out on November 5th and will spend election day on the beach in Jamaica. We will spend the next day avoiding the media's rehash of the election in the Cayman Islands then on to Cozumel where we will once again avoid the continual commentary they call reporting. Everyone is invited, the only requirement is no politics! Here is a link to the information.
We plan to combine a trip to Vegas and Palm Springs in December. Micky will check NFR (Naional Finals Rodeo) off his bucket list with this trip and we will get to meet the Bulek's new puppy, Harry. We will also see how George's newly replaced hip functions on the dance floor.
|In Our Hearts and Prayers|
|Our grandkids are
growing fast. Natalie is almost 9, Katy is almost 8 and Martin
celebrated 6 this December. By this time next year Gatlin
will be a year old, walking and dismantling the Christmas tree.
For 2016 we pledge to spend more time patio sitting and less time "connected". We will make more phone calls and send less texts. We will stand in the shade and talk to our neighbors instead of liking their status on Facebook. And of course we are going to eat healthier, exercise more and finish every project we start. Now stop laughing and know that up until I got ridiculous - - - it is an honest plan.
|One thing we learned
from 2015 is "don't take anyone or anything for granted." Make the effort to spend time with the
little folks, they grow so fast. Make an effort to spend time
with the older folks, they go too soon. Tell your family and
friends you love them and that you appreciate them. Travel, learn,
experience - and most of all do it while you have the health
to enjoy it.
We leave you with this thought: "The best things in life are not things!"
We wish each of you a Merry Christmas
and a safe and Happy New Year.