Apparently, Robynne sent out a link to the blog in lieu of a Holiday card. Unfortunately, she didn't tell me she was doing that, so most of the "family update" stuff has archived off the front page.
So, welcome to family and friends who don't normally make it over to little Curmudgeon in Training (or CIT, as we like to call it). While you're here, please look around a bit. You'll find a variety of topics; football, baseball, some news and commentary, current events in Southeast Asia (don't ask me why), strange and wonderful new inventions, etc. Please leave a comment, and check back regularly. I am a prolific SOB.
A quick family update, and a few pictures follow:
As many of you know, we moved out of little 3br home in Plano, where we've been since 1992, and took up residence in a rather larger house in Frisco. The move went well, and we had Thanksgiving in the new place, which finally got us to unpack most everything, hang a few pictures, and generally turn the place into a home. We love it and, once the omni-present construction, both of our neighbors' houses and the roads leading out to us, is complete, it's going to be ultra-fantastic.
Sorry, I don't have any pictures of the house..
Aly is in 2nd grade and is doing very well. She was the leading scorer on her soccer team in the fall and is looking forward to the spring season. She's doing great in school and is testing for the Gifted and Talented program in Jan, which she has a legitimate shot of making. She just celebrated her 8th birthday (more here), has grown a bunch, and is the sweetest little girl in the history of ever.
Drew is in pre-school at the same place he's been for a few years. He's doing great, health-wise, and turned 5 back in Sept. He's all boy - his room is full of trains, trucks, cars, and super-hero action figures, all of which he leaves lying around the house for daddy to step on. He's completely on-track in most developmental areas, which was a concern a while ago, but he's caught up nicely in most respects.
Robynne is working part-time at three jobs: Presby Plano (where she's been for years), the new Centennial Hospital in Frisco, and on a contract basis at a pediatrician's office. I am leading the effort, with support from many of you, to get her into private practice, where I think she will clean up. Drop her a note (firstname.lastname@example.org) and tell her that she needs to do this. I'll take reinforcements anywhere I can get them.
Robynne's invention, the RES-Q Infant Wedge (more here) is selling at a brisk pace locally. Look for more news on this front in coming months. We're at a very exciting point with the product - the patent has been issued, it's got great word of mouth, and it's poised for some big stuff.
As for me, I'm still toiling away in the world of technology and project management consulting. Little Immedient, my employer for the past nearly 3 years, was acquired back in March by a larger consulting outfit called International Network Services. So far, this is turning out very well indeed for the survivors at little Immedient. I'm still travelling too much (I'm writing this from Seattle), but, other than that, it's all good.
A little further afield, my grandmother relocated from Florida to Dallas at the end of 2004. We're very happy to have her locally, and she's been able to join us for many significant events during the year. The kids love having their GG so close by. And my parents are in the process of moving out of the house I grew up in - they are building a new house in Frisco, about 10 minutes from us. It looks like it's going to be a beauty, and it makes all kinds of sense for them. We're very excited to have them move closer. In fact, this will be the closest they've been since the kids were born.
All in all, 2005 has been a banner year for Team Elkin - West Frisco Branch. We hope that the Holiday Season finds you all in good health and good situations. Please drop us a note and let us know how you're doing. Robynne can be reached at email@example.com, or you can ping me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy Holiday Season to all!