The Reale Report…Then and Now!
December greetings, friends and family! We hope you're enjoying these special days in anticipation of the celebration of the birth of Christ.
As I started my last Reale Report of this century's holidays, I took a look back at the letters I've sent out to friends since 1988, when I decided that group reports would offer the best chance of touching base with folks at this busy time of year. Out of this review is born our '99 Christmas note-- a comparison of ten years ago ('89) and now. I don't need to tell you that some things stay the same, and others change a great deal! Here's a look at the past and a look at the Reale family in '99.
1989 Parent/Kid Report…
1999 Parent/Kid Report…
1989 Job Status…
1999 Job Status…
1989 Family Reunions…
1999 Family Reunions…
1989 "Jay Projects"
1999 "Jay Projects"
Joseph: Kicking mom and moving in utero A LOT!
Jay: Entertaining Jeanna, tearing out walls, drawing up plans, walking with the family, helping run a Broad Ripple and a Carmel household. (Well, the last one was a preoccupation, not necessarily a favorite!)
Deb: Reading to Jeanna, shopping for surprises for
her, decorating my first office, organizing things, family walks, taking
pictures and cataloging them, night meetings for my job (NOT!)
A few of 9 year old, 4th grader Joseph's favorite things: Baseball, Scouts, playing with friends, Play Station, Nintendo, Game Boy, the computer, N.D. games with Dad, going to the library and (sometimes!) reading.
Jay: Enjoys drawing up addition plans for our house when he can find a spare moment. He's a great dad and husband!
Deb: Takes time out for "kid stuff", computer fun,
rubber stamping, singing in a song group at church, writing petitions for
Sunday Masses, creating web pages for the kids' school and maintaining
the web site for St. Monica as well as a family web site (address included
in next column), maintaining parent email lists for both schools and a
couple of email joke lists, and putting together the monthly PTO Press
for the kids' school.
This year's travels took us to Cleveland, Washington
D.C., and North Carolina . Deb also participated in the 2nd annual Sisters'
Reunion in Atlanta. Four word summary: fun and non-stop laughter! Our Washington
D.C. trip was about four days long, and was a wonderful experience
for all of us. This spring we'll be going to Disney World as a family--
our first time with kiddos. Once Jeanna hits high school, there may not
be opportunities, so we're going to brave the crowds over spring break
and make an adventure of it.
This trip down "Memory Lane" was kind of fun for me as the writer of our Christmas chronicle. Hope it inspires you to think back on the past ten years of your own life. Our wish for you as we begin the new century is that you and those you love will enjoy many memory-making times together, and share them with us. We'd love to hear from and about you.
As I have for the past couple of years, I invite you to share your email address with us if you have one. It's such a nice way to stay in touch. Mine has changed to firstname.lastname@example.org, so please add me to your address book if you "do" email, and send me yours. Our family web site address is http://members.xoom.com/Deb5355 .
We hope everyone receiving this letter knows that you're in our thoughts often. Hope this year brings health and happiness your way, and a letter or email from you our way! We look forward to hearing from you!
Merry Christmas! Take care, and God bless us every one.
~ The Reale Family
Posted on the Reale Web Site 12/4/99
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