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Frank & Betsy Christmas Letter 1998

 

Another year has come and gone and it's time to write to our distant family & friends.  1998 was a year of growth and change for Frank & me.  The months flew by quickly as we seemed to go from one new experience to another.

 In February, we took the longest trip that I had ever taken.  Frank's grandmother invited us to join her in Myrtle Beach, SC.  I had always wanted to see the ocean and this was the perfect opportunity.  It took us a day and half to get there and I was exhausted.  But it was worth it.  Grandma was staying at a condo which was located right on the beach.  Our bedroom looked out over the ocean and it was wonderful listening to the waves at night.  The weather was great and it only rained one day out of the eight days we were there.  Frank took me out on the beach every day so I could look for shells and feed the seagulls.  Everyday was filled with things to do and places to go.  We went to the Aquarium, Planet Hollywood, IMAX theater and many boardwalk shops and restaurants.  It was a great vacation.  We hated to leave and we both cried as we drove home.  We had such a good time that we are planning to join Grandma again this February.  We are already counting the days until we leave.

 The spring was filled with the craziness of work schedules.  Frank was kept busy at the bank while I was home making phone calls for the schools.  In mid-June, we went on another whirlwind trip south, destination-Fairfax, VA.  There, we attended the largest MUD party that was ever held.  3 Kingdoms is a MUD (Multi User Domain) game that I play with my Internet friends.  They held a 3 day event at a hotel for over 150 people from all over the world.  There were people there that came from all over the United States, Sweden, Russia, England, etc.  We had a great time.  The party was such a hit that they are planning to make it an annual event.

 The month of July was the most chaotic and stressful for us.  Frank & I each had our own separate projects that took up all of our free time.  Frank helped with a Rotary Club production of the play "Hello Dolly".  For 3 weeks, we went to rehearsals.  Frank was part of the backstage crew, helping to move around props and scenery.  I sat and watched the actors practice their lines and dance routines.  By the time Opening Night came, I knew almost every line & song by heart.  The play lasted 3 nights and was a huge success.  We went to several cast parties.  We made some great new friends. 

 In the flurry of rehearsals and parties, I was in charge of organizing my 20th year class reunion.  It was a 2 day event.  I was busy organizing meetings, planning menus, printing invitations, creating class directories, etc.  It was a lot of work and it was a tremendous growing and learning experience for me.  Everything went so smoothly and I was very proud of being able to manage that big of a project.  Everyone had a lot of fun seeing classmates who we hadn't seen since graduation.  We saw old friends and even made some new ones.  I formed friendships with the other reunion committee members that I hope will last a long time.

 The rest of the summer slipped by.  On weekdays while Frank was at work, I filled my days learning about meditation, relaxation and spiritual & personal growth.  I enjoyed weekends laying on my patio swing, while Frank worked in his vegetable garden.  His tomato plants grew to be 7' tall and he harvested over a dozen squash to enjoy this winter.  At the end of the summer, friends invited Frank to join them in a golf tournament.  He was very nervous because he had never even held a golf club let alone swing one.  He had enough time before the day of the tournament to go once to a driving range.  He seemed to have a natural ability.  He had a lot of fun and is thinking of taking up golfing as a sport next summer.

 Fall came and along with it, school.  I started my second year as the school's substitute caller for which I received a small raise.  Frank has been very busy at the bank training a new person in his department, getting ready for the bank's new building to open in June and preparing for the year 2000.

 Now the holidays are here.  It is hard to believe it is Christmas time since we have had no snow and temperatures as high as 75.  We are hoping for a white Christmas, but it is looking doubtful now. 

 I hope this letter finds you and your family as happy, healthy and blessed as ours.  Take care and keep in touch.

 Love,

Betsy & Frank