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Holiday Greetings from our family

Post by Shelby » December 19th, 2005, 10:51 pm

This was SUPPOSED to be our Christmas card picture this year. Kevin is very particular about his photographs, as he's an amateur photographer (has done a few professional gigs, etc.), so this is the product of not one, not two, but FOUR photo sessions--both on our front porch and, like this one, in the living room. Anyway, we took probably 35 pictures and finally found one we like. Scout is the dog not looking at the camera while Digory is the guy looking straight at it. We simply could not get a picture of both dogs looking at the camera at the same time :lol:. So then we send this picture off to Costco and order our 60 copies. Then I hear this "Oh [expletive]!" come from Kevin's office. I went in to find him looking at the blank Christmas card with an expression of utter disbelief. The card takes a horizontal picture. Our picture is vertical. All 60 of them. Oops. :lol: So tonight we're back to the porch for YET ANOTHER photo session! Ah well, looks like our Christmas cards are going to be New Year's cards this year :lol:. Anyway, here's the masterpiece:

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Post by Shelby » December 20th, 2005, 12:25 am

~guin has asked me to share her own family letter, so I'm changing this thread into the Holiday Greetings thread. Anyone who wants to share a card, letter, or picture, just email me at shelbyscout@gmail.com or Don at dep9@sbcglobal.net and we'll get it up here!
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Post by Shelby » December 20th, 2005, 12:38 am

Here's ~guin's Christmas letter. The pictures didn't come through with the text so they're added below :).
Happy Holidays 2005!
Well the Van Dyke family has had a roller coaster of events this
year. They started the year off with an extended weekend to
Disneyland -- with the girls driving -- Yikes! Yes, someone told
Guin that it is better to live with the inconvenience than the fear,
and she has to agree. During spring vacation the family took their
new F150 four door (dragging a rented travel trailer) to Death
Valley to enjoy a wonderful event of beautiful spring flowers. It
was fun with the travel trailer and good experience for pulling the
new horse trailer, although “not the same as pulling the horses you
love”.
In July, Sarae and Mom headed to Kentucky for the National
Acrobatic Gymnastics competition. Sarae put all her troubles
behind her and competed like an Olympic athlete. Her trio brought home a beautiful purple 6th
place ribbon. Not like the gold they had won
for State and Regionals, but all were very proud just the same. Unfortunately, two of Sarae's horses and her rabbit died within nine days of
each other around the time of the competition. Then on the 10th
day the ranch was threatened by an arson fire! Thankfully the fire was
stopped at the edge of the property, but not before burning more than 400 acres to the southwest. Sarae purchased another horse, "Lollipop"
(a four year old Mustang), put her in training, and now they're doing great. Sarae also found out that the ranch miniature horse, "CC", is
pregnant and will foal in April - can you imagine a 16" foal!? The family can’t wait! Sarae came home from the State Gymkhana show with
her first puppy, "Annie", much to the dismay of her father. Annie is thought to be very cute by at least some family members and is claimed
to be growing on all of them -- pun intended. So you see the family can smile again! Sarae is a junior this year and is driving - that helps
with all the Gymnastic classes and team meets. She also works at Gymboree and was able to fit in a role in one play this year.
Katie is loving High School as a Junior and is also a licensed driver. She is really excelling in American Sign Language, while finding
Chemistry and Algebra II a delightful challenge. Katie is also involved in Youth & Government at School and Women In Science. She
(mostly, except for some intermittent flare-ups) enjoyed working as a counselor for Sixth Grade Science Camp in late October and early
November. She is working at In & Out Burger and saving her money for a new saddle. She purchased a new horse in May, "Gibson", and is
turning him into a great Gymkhana horse. He is a love, but a challenge when it comes to trailering. In June she sold her previous horse Jack.
What a learning experience! The family celebrated two years with Katie this year and can't imagine life or family without her.
In August the girls and Mom journeyed to Hollister for the State Gymkhana show. They and their horses did great. Katie and Sarae are still
loving 4-H; Katie as Historian and Sarae as Treasurer. They are both still with the sheep project and Katie with the horse group. Four of the
six ranch ewes were bred this year and are due to lamb in January and February – need any wool?
Treg had his first car accident in June (minor with no injuries), and he realized that he does not want to be a courier driver for the remainder
of eternity. He spent the summer working temp jobs (be sure to ask him about “copying and filing”) and looking for a full time bank teller
position. Well he found a fulltime job with Lexus of Pleasanton. He is one of the shuttle drivers – zipping around in a dealership van and
acting as a valet for sales and customer cars. It is a great corporation to work for with benefits: company parties, health insurance, a
retirement plan, and paid vacations! He is still working about 20 hours per week at Pizza Hut to help get ahead financially. He celebrated
#21 this year with his family and a shot of tequila (no worms) at a favorite Mexican restaurant.
Korbin and Guin took the 16-year old girls to Kauai for Thanksgiving and had a blast. Treg stayed home taking care of the animals and
working. He had a nice Thanksgiving with Grandma in Petaluma, celebrating his 21st
Birthday and her 71st. Grandma was home literally
recovering from a Mexican cruise. She fell and shattered her elbow, and had to be airlifted to San Diego where she underwent surgery and
flew home. Then she had to have the surgery redone in Sonoma! All of this after her back surgery in August and a two week hospital stay.
Guin’s life is always interesting. She is now paying Grandma’s bills - yes she is her right arm!
Guin also remains active in the girls’ High School and continues as School Board President for the
local K-8 school and President of the Board for the Tri Valley ROP.
In contrast, Korbin’s life remains dull as usual, with the highlight of the year being the editing of
the annual Xmas News Letter (i.e. what you are reading). PatentVentures has an abundance of work
opportunities, and Korbin has availed himself of the opportunities with near-reckless abandon.
Sometimes he is allowed to visit with other family members (when he has demonstrated good
behavior) and is occasionally allowed to eat in the house while enjoying a beautiful sunrise or
sunset.
Van Dyke Ranch wishes you a wonderful 2006 - the five residents are looking
forward to Europe in August!
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Post by Shelby » December 20th, 2005, 2:26 pm

More Holiday Greetings! This one's from Momwith2heartkids and Katie&hearts:

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Post by Shelby » December 20th, 2005, 2:28 pm

From April, Michael, and Lucas

"Sending you hugs and kisses and happy holiday Wishes!"

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Post by Shelby » December 23rd, 2005, 4:16 pm

We wish you a Happy, Healthy Wonderful
Merry Christmas
Love, Helen
& her boyfriend R.J.Clancy

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Post by Shelby » December 23rd, 2005, 4:18 pm

Dear Shelby,

You might wish to print this photo in the Christmas Greetings. It is of Ross & Gaylynn - with me in the centre. Taken in Melbourne. Ross used to post on the Zapper Board when Gaylynn, his wife was so very ill. Now however she is approaching her fourth year with a new heart. She looks well, doesn't she? I think Allen remembers them.

Meanwhile I wish you and all the members a peaceful, healthy and joyful Christmas and all good wishes for the New Year.

Love,
Eve & Blabbermouth 111

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Post by Helen » December 24th, 2005, 4:40 pm

Sure are some beautiful kids in here... both human and animal kingdom beauties.

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