2008 Christmas Card

2008 was a bit of a roller coaster for the _____ family.

Every time I start to write this year's Christmas letter I think of the movie Parenthood. You know when the grandma talks about her first ride on a roller coaster? "I always wanted to go again. You know, it was just so interesting to me that a ride could make me so frightened, so scared, so sick, so excited, and so thrilled all together! Some didn't like it. They went on the merry-go-round. That just goes around. Nothing. I like the roller coaster. You get more out of it."

There were highs.
Brian and I celebrated a few milestones this year, including my 20th High School Reunion, Brian's 40th Birthday and our 14th Anniversary.

And lows.
Brian was without a job for part of the summer. And we had to say goodbye to our sweet old black lab KBHR in August.

With lots of twists in between.
We bought a new car and took a big road trip to Texas to visit friends and family for Spring Break. And then a vacation on Anna Maria Island for the 4th of July.
On the job front, Brian got a good new job with a subsidiary of Clear Channel and I went back to work part time after 9 years at home with the girls.
Brooke turned 5, and started kindergarten. She spent enough time in the pool this summer to turn into a mermaid. She has also covered our doors and her walls with art she has created. Breanna turned 9 and is in the 4th grade. She read all 7 Harry Potter books in 6 months and was Hermione for Halloween. It feels like it's all Harry all the time.

It was really quite a ride, good thing we _____s enjoy roller coasters. Now we are wondering what the new year has in store for us. And we hope 2009 is just the ride our friends and family are waiting for!

*I wanted to take picture of the card to show the foil accents on the front. Not sure how well that worked, but you can take my word for it, they look awesome in person.


Great job! Nice summary of your year!

I was going to work on our annual letter last night but I got too sleepy to concentrate.

That's been happening a lot lately.

Happy Holidays!

December 24, 2008 at 9:36 AM  

I love it..the picture, the quote, the letter. IT is perfect. I hope 2009 is less topsy turvy for all of us!!
Merry Christmas,

December 24, 2008 at 10:08 AM  

The cards is fantastic and yes, you have all had roller coaster year. I've been wanting to do Christmas cards for years but time always gets away from me.

Merry Christmas Karen. I hope you solved your Santa dilemma.

P.S. Thanks for the idea of the giveaway. I'm approaching my year blogging anniversary and was trying to think of something to do!

December 24, 2008 at 11:51 AM  

It's all gorgeous and I love your quotes--Dr. Seuss and Parenthood--not quite on the beaten track, but perfect nonetheless.

December 24, 2008 at 3:10 PM  

Great card! I love the movie Parenthood and that was a perfect reference. The card is beautiful!

December 25, 2008 at 3:12 AM  

Wonderful card & letter, and great pics, too! Dr. Suess and "Parenthood" continue to resonate with me as I journey through life on my own rollercoaster.
Wishing you a fun-filled ride in 2009!

BTW, what did you decide about your Santa dilemma?

December 25, 2008 at 7:59 PM  

Great card. I keep checking to see how the Santa dilemma finally played out.....

December 25, 2008 at 8:08 PM  

quite a year alright, sounds good in the end!

December 27, 2008 at 2:14 PM  

You are so clever. I like to send a letter too, but I always feel like "we did this and that blah blah blah." I like how you related it to the movie. What did you use to make your card? It's really pretty. Great pictures.

December 28, 2008 at 5:15 PM  

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