January 01, 2013

Happy 2013

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Well 2012 has come and gone and we are on to a new year. Time seems to fly so fast now that it is hard to look back and remember what has happened. The most significant memories for us related to travel and weather. In July we spent a week or so up in Baysville relaxing and catching up with family and friends. Lucy, Tim, Isla and Becca were there and we had a great visit doing lots of swimming, boating and enjoying breakfast at Miss Nell's.

For Barb and I, it was a year of milestones in terms of birthdays and our wedding anniversary and to celebrate we went to France for two weeks. We spent the first week wandering around Paris and the second in the Burgundy region. Paris really is a beautiful city and I think that we really did a good job getting to know it and seeing the sights. The highlight of the trip was a stay at the incredible Abbaye De La Bussière, which is a gorgeous Inn built out of thousand year old abbey. The accommodations and food were everything we had hoped for and we never wanted to leave. To finish the trip we returned to Paris for another couple of days and took a day long cooking course at Le Cordon Bleu.

In October we were hit pretty hard by Hurricane Sandy, our third major weather event in 14 months. We were pretty lucky in that the storm did not do any damage for us personally other than being without hydro for 10 days. This time we were on the windy side and while there was no rain, the winds were intense destroying many more of the big trees that make this area so nice to live in. Locally I don't think it was anywhere near as bad as the destruction caused by the snowstorm the previous October but the big problem was that it was so widespread, affecting all of New Jersey and much of New York.
The kids had a very quiet year, but John has discovered the universe and wants to learn more about it. To do so, he is starting college this month in Illinois. Some day he may be the next Steven Hawking. Alec on the other hand is still looking to find his calling.

Well that's about it for this year, we are looking forward to more travel and less weather in the next year. Hopefully we will get the chance to see more or our friends and wish everyone a very happy and healthy 2013!
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