Saturday, December 26, 2009
This Christmas was a special one by far. Pretty much my whole family came together to celebrate at my aunt Debi's house. Cousins flew in from out of state, and ones I haven't seen in a while were even present. I think we had nearly 40 family members in one place at the same time. Super rare for our large family, but my grandmother is getting up there in age, and well - we want to cherish the time together while we still have it. The best part of the evening was when we all gathered in the front yard around the Christmas tree and took a family picture....we haven't done that since I was a kid! I can't wait to get my copy. When we get older we value our families even more than we did when we were young. Don't you think? Anyway- these are just a few pictures I took while visiting. All the cousins are growing up so fast! My litle cousin, Stacy (the other red head in green shirt) just got engaged on Christmas Eve so we were all celebrating that as well.....
My family is large, quirky and loud. But they are special and very loving. I brought my computer so everybody could meet Erik on Skype. It was so cute - one by one people came to sit in the chair and talk with Erik....his head was definitely spinning and there's no way he'll remember everybody's name - but they all got to meet him and that was awesome.
Monday, December 21, 2009
Last Thursday evening I threw a party for my awesome clients. I rented out Aldos restaurant on the harbor and had the chef prepare delicious Paleo cuisine - salmon, roasted chicken, steamed veggies and tons of various salads. My goal was to spoil each and every client of mine. I was hoping all of them would be able to come, but as hard as I tried, I was still missing 13 clients :( --
I had a lengthy speech I was going to say, but looking over everybody enjoying the food and the conversation - remembering where each of them were when they first came to me - replaying various moments in each of their lives that I became a part of them I was deeply moved. I literally held back some tears for quite a while before I just let em go! I told my best friend and my sweetie that if for some reason God took me home after the party I would be a peace because I just spent a few hours with the super important people in my life. I feel accomplished - like I am leaving a legacy behind. Like I made a difference in every persons life that was in that room. I am not saying that because Im trying to toot my own horn - believe me - but I just felt like I had a purpose. In that moment, in that room, I had a purpose......everybody was laughing, healthy, happy.....and I had a little to do with that.
Maybe my life hasn't been a waste afterall? I look forward to taking my amazing athletes on many adventures of me spoiling them in the future....paintball fights, bbqs on the beach, camping.....whatever. These people add meaning to my life and I could never repay them enough for that.....
I love all of you!
What made it even more special is that Erik was here:)