MERRY CHRISTMAS

December 1994

This has really been a dull year. Besides becoming engaged, buying a house, tying the knot, perusing the Caribbean, and having two children (kittens), nothing much has happened. Kind of makes you wonder whatís left to do next year!?!?

In the beginning, a long long time ago, right after midnight January 1, 1994, to be exact, there was a proposal on a pier during a party. We did not know how much havoc, confusion, happiness, and aggravation one simple question and answer could create.

Since our company (which was sold from IBM to Loral this year) is in the process of slowly relocating, we visited Colorado Springs (during the coldest week of the year) to determine if we should relocate with them this year. After our trip we decided to evaluate the possibility of finding a comfortable castle in warm, sunny, California. Thus we began our new weekly ritual: house hunting. After seeing houses of many shapes and sizes, we found our perfect humble abode. On July 18, we completed the escrow process and became the proud owners of a 37 year old, one-story, 4 bedroom, 2 bath home (accessorized with a 30 year roof and mortgage). This hobby sure made wedding planning easy!

On October 1, after perusing churches and reception halls, trying on billions and billions and billions (you get the idea) of wedding gowns, a couple dozen tuxes, and sifting through a multitude of invitation catalogs, we were (finally) hitched. It was a joyous occasion that we were sorry it couldnít last any longer. After much eating, drinking, and dancing, Mike carried Lori over the threshold of their new house.

Following three hours of frantic packing and one entire day in airplanes and airports, we began our two week Caribbean honeymoon. We stayed at a Sandals Resort in St. Lucia for one week and took full advantage of the free Scuba diving. After St. Lucia, we cruised to Barbados, Martinique, St. Maarten, Antigua, and St. Thomas. Each island was extremely beautiful, yet completely different. We thought Martinique was the prettiest and St. Maarten provided us the best shopping bargains. After two long weeks, we were ready to return home (but definitely not to work).

Upon arriving home, we decorated our house with the two cutest kittens in the world: Cleo and Magic. Magic is entirely black and has loads of energy. Cleo is a gray tabby and is 4-5 weeks younger than Magic. Cleo doesnít let Magicís age (and size) deter her from rough-housing with her for hours on end.

We are anxiously expecting what the new year has in store for us, and wish you all of the happiness in the world. Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year.