Another year has passed and time again for you to read about what’s up with the Hamilton’s.
The year began on a sad note with the passing of Julie’s stepfather in Dallas. Dick passed away quickly of a heart attack in the same week he had played a round of golf. Dick and Evie had been married for 11 years and he was the only grandfather our kids had known. We will miss his stories, our political discussions, his sense of humor, and his passionate love of golf.
We spent a week in the Midwest in January so that the kids could experience what winter is about. A couple of nights were spent in Chicago with a childhood friend of Brian’s. Then up to Julie’s aunt in Michigan for few more days. Christopher’s observation about 17 degree weather, plus wind chill, was “It’s too cold to walk”.
Our summer vacation this year was a unique one. We spent a week on a rented canal boat traveling 90 kilometers up a canal in Burgundy France. We began planning the trip almost 3 years before and it was better than we expected. Evie joined the four of us as we went through 50 locks, explored numerous rural villages, and just had a wonderful family vacation. We finished up with a few days in Paris.
Christopher is now in the first grade at the same school as Patrick. Christopher has made lots of progress in school. He loves geography and knows all of the state’s capitals and most of the world’s. Christopher is following in his brother’s footsteps by joining the Cub Scouts as a Tiger Cub. He won a Visa contest and got to be the honorary batboy for the San Francisco Giants. We all got to go down on the field and the boys met Barry Bonds, Mark McGuire, and several other players.
Patrick is now in the fifth grade. Hard to believe that next year he will be in junior high. France was the highlight of his year. He spent many of hours on top of the boat watching the countryside go by, as well as helping Julie open and close the lock gates. New neighbors moved in on the street with two boys Patrick’s age, so there is now quite a gang of kids always running around. He continues to play on a basketball team and participate in Cub Scouts.
If you’re wondering why Patrick was helping Julie with the locks instead of Brian, it’s because Brian again dislocated his shoulder—two weeks before we left for France. Tired of being referred to as “the one-armed bandit”, he had surgery to fix it at the end of summer. Hopefully we will have no more vacations affected by these unexpected dislocations. While recuperating from his surgery Brian put together a website of our trip to France and a few other things. Take a look at www.the-hamiltons.com.
Julie decided that the time was right to take a class on renaissance history at CSU Hayward purely for the fun of it. Studying and writing book reports were never her strong suit, but she did enjoy the classroom lectures and discussion. Here mother’s group still meets in the park with the kids on a regular basis. She also continues to volunteer at school and drive the kids all over the place.
We wish you all a happy holidays and a wonderful 2001.
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