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Xmas Letter 2001

As I sit here typing this Christmas letter, I realize how far behind I am in my life. I have known for quite some time that I am losing my mind but this morning was the final straw. I was at my shrinks (a weekly standing appointment that I have had for about 15 years) and he said to me, “I guess I neglected to write down that you were not going to be here last week. You must have gone out of town.” I said, “I was here last week”. He tells me I was not and did I go out of town. I told him I didn’t remember going out of town and that I was positive that I was there last week. He said no so I went to my spinning class afterwards and asked them I if I had been in the previous Thursday. They said yes. I couldn’t believe it. Not only did I forget my appointment but I hadn’t even noticed that I hadn’t been there and on top of that, I argued with the guy that I had been there. I am going from bad to worse. But … I get ahead of myself.

The year started out, as usual, with a “break” instead of a bang. That’s right. In January Daniel managed to shatter his elbow and was in a full arm cast for 8 weeks. This was his first major break (he had managed only to pull his elbow out of his socket 3 times when young – so we don’t count that stuff) and it was a doozy. Of course, he broke it after hours as my kids always seem to do, but since we keep and orthopedic guy on retainer, we still got in fast. They seemed to be surprised to see someone other than Keely because she’s the one who is our regular “broken” child. Well, within two weeks I guess Keely couldn’t handle the lack of attention because she managed to run over her own arm in gym and ended up in a cast as well. Fortunately, I was not arrested for child abuse.

During this entire time, Andie had been falling apart and was down seeing guys from Duke with chronic fatigue, migraines, muscle pains and cramping, and low blood sugar problems. Seems like we were all falling apart. However Keely and Daniel healed and it was time to get on with life.

I was all excited to attend my 20th reunion for Johns Hopkins in April. I had paid the money and made the reservations. Kevin had even taken time off work so we could drive up to Baltimore. Just to double-check, the Thursday before we left I decided to call a friend of mine and confirm our plans. She answered the phone and said, “Lynn, where the hell were you?” I said I was on my way and she informed me that I was a jerk; the reunion had been the previous weekend. (Now you see what I mean by scatter brained). Everyone I know has gotten a big laugh out of this story but I was bummed. Since we already had a sitter, we went down to the beach. Anyway, I’m losing my mind as you can see and everybody just sits around and waits to see what boneheaded thing I’ll do next.

This Labor day we decided to get a dog. Now I have never in my whole life had a dog before and I really didn’t know what we were getting into. The dog is adorable but socially maladjusted. He’s scared of everything, especially my cat. Finally, after about 3 weeks he seems to be coming out of his shell and adjusting and WHAM! He breaks his leg. Not only did he break it but also he needed surgery and had to have two pins put in. Everybody informed me that he truly was a MacDonald. Now two months later, he is ready to have the pins out but what a nightmare.

So, here’s the people recap. Kevin is still working hard, working out and playing ball. He still thinks he’s young so he got into a competitive basketball tournament from which he is still recovering. Turns out he can’t take quite the physical abuse he used to be able to.

Keely is in 6th grade and knows all. She is finally starting to grow and is officially 5 feet tall. I believe she’ll be about 5’9” or 5’10” so we’re just beginning. Middle school was a challenge at first but it’s getting better. She still swimming and bossing her brother and sister around. I’ve informed her that they have a mom and dad but apparently, she thinks she knows more than we do. Anyway, she’s a big pain in the ass and does not ever shut up.

Andie, as I said before, had a pretty tough year. Although, she is feeling somewhat better now, she has seen just about every specialist and Duke. They aren’t sure what the problem was (or is) but are guessing it could be a metabolic disorder and we might not know for sometime. Meantime, we’ve cut down on swimming because she couldn’t handle it physically and she played Little League Baseball. Now she’s into basketball as well as taking Art lessons. We take it day by day and hope for the best. We think it might be related to the fact that she hasn’t brushed her hair in about a year. Maybe next year she will when she is in 6th grade.

Daniel is doing super. He is 8 and in 2nd grade. Things are going fine there and his favorite sport is soccer although he says he wants to play football next year. He is into Gameboy, computers and other assorted games and if he didn’t have two sisters constantly picking on him, he’d probably be pretty well adjusted.

All in all, we’re ok. We have a lot of laughs and a lot of fun. We are considering building a new house this year so we should all have some adventures with that. So, did I forget anything? Just kidding. Have a great year in 2002.

Bye, Bye
Kevin, Lynn, Keely, Andie, & Daniel plus Midnight and Tucker

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