While I get ready for the Holiday Homes Tour tomorrow, I'll leave you with this year's Christmas letter. Get some coffee or cocoa and enjoy the read.
The London Olympics inspired and amazed us. Everything remarkable about the human race was represented in those events—our struggles, our achievements, our passion and our heroism. Maybe we didn’t earn official spots on Team USA, but we each had our own gold medal victories and record-breaking moments in 2012. Let’s see how Team Green Girl performed this year:
Mr. D went for the Gold medal in Events, a team event involving grand-scale planning and execution, he successfully hosted an enormous party for 175 of his employees on the Back Forty. Logistics included parking cars along the entire length of the quarter-mile driveway, coordinating food and drinks, and digging a fire pit that measured 10 X 10 X 2. Mr. D used a chainsaw to fell an enormous tree that fueled the bonfire providing ambiance for the party. He got silver in Baseball, coaching the Happyland High's Varsity team in a historic season record for most wins. This feat involved hours spent inside batting cages, gyms, dugouts and the pages of The Mental Game of Baseball. Finally, Mr. D earned bronze medal in Construction. His company’s latest expansion is complete.
The Gold medal in Construction went to Green Girl. She got most of the first floor of the house repainted; oversaw the emergency installation of a new boiler system; and she keeps appliances, drains and the pool running. Green Girl was runner-up in Events for planning Mr. B’s 10th birthday party (huge points for difficulty as it was a surprise and style points since he cut his cake with a samurai sword). Following her record-breaking Publishing debut (Whipped, Not Beaten received rave reviews), Green Girl made an attempt at setting a Political record by running for school board. She lost the election, but she gained an unquestionably more fulfilling spot on the Kornerstone Charter School’s board of directors. Green Girl had a personal best this year in Gardening, earning Gold with a huge harvest despite the drought.
Mr. B’s Academic Achievement award last spring is the story of sweat and tears since he fights against procrastination and perfectionism in his quest for academic glory and a gold medal. Mr. B’s also an emerging superstar in Lego Construction (his patience is amazing), Awana Verse Memorization and Flag Football—winning silver medals in all three categories. He took Bronze in Baseball and Basketball.
Team Testosterone collectively dominates Karate, with Mr. G getting the Gold and Mr B getting the Silver this year. Mr. B’s 2nd degree Black Belt and Mr. G’s 1st degree Black Belt were impressive accomplishments. As part of their qualification testing, the boys ran 3 miles each week, improving their time with every run. Mr. G’s final run time was 23:47 and Mr. B’s was 24:14. In related news, Mr. G taught himself how to execute a kip-up.
Not one to fall behind his brothers’ success, Mr. T participated in various individual and team events. He broke his own records in Cross Country, earned a Rock Climbing merit badge at Boy Scout camp this summer, was named MVP of his team’s Softball tournament (they took 1st place) and played Basketball for his school (Go Rockets!). Judges agreed that Mr. T was the hands-down gold medalist in Texting and Minecraft, employing his remarkable dexterity and technical aptitude.
As a team we enjoyed lots of training in the pool, and an abundance of wasps and bees due to a dry spring and summer. Mr. G holds the household record for Most Stings. He also took Gold in Baseball (the kid can hit), Silver in Basketball (the kid can hustle) and Bronze in Lego Construction and Awana Verse Memorization.
As we close out a BIG year, we recognize the friends and family who support us and love us. We’re thankful for the faith, humour and goodness in our lives that make our gold medal moments possible.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Love, Green Girl & Team Testosterone
Love, Green Girl & Team Testosterone