Thursday, December 9, 2010

Day 255: The Madson Family Christmas letter

I'm sorry we went overboard this year.  There are too many photographs in this collage and too many items in our calendar of events.  I get tired just looking at it.  But now that I've made it I have to do something with it.  So, I'll post it here as another item from ordinary life. Lots of ordinary life.  Lots.
And here is the list of what we did in 2010.  Phew . . .
The Madsons were on the road over a dozen times in 2010. Good health for both Patricia and Ron signaled a GO to a number of trips both in the US and abroad. Here is where we went:
February – Doe Bay on Orcas Island, WA - attending a 10 day Improv Retreat with Rebecca Stockley and Matt Smith. Also visited with Gary and Cheryl Madson in Bothell,WA
March – Road trip to LA for NCAA women’s basketball playoffs. Stanford women were victorious, winning PAC 10 tourney!
March – Vancouver trip to attend wedding of Carol Anne Bickerstaff. Patricia was the mistress of ceremonies.
April-May – Sedona AZ roadtrip to attend watercolor workshop with Jeanne Carbonetti. Ron takes lots of photos.
June – Tassajara in the Carmel Valley. Ron attends a weeklong workshop with master photographer, Peter Cunningham. Patricia relaxes in the mineral baths and paints.
July – Virginia Beach, VA – first ever RYAN family reunion at Virginia Beach. Amazing house on the backbay. Ryans, Dunlavey’s, Gaddis, Offenbachers, and Madsons all converge on the beach. Also a visit in Richmond with Kathleen and a jaunt to see Peggy Ryan and Mary Frances and Buddy Wood.
August – Ireland adventure – three weeks. A week in Tipperary to watch Hurling finals and hunt down Ryan ancestors. A week in Dingle listening to great music and a week in County Cork (Schull), painting landscapes with Judy Whitton and group. Perfect weather!
September – Ron on a road trip to Death Valley with son Jason to photograph the desert. Great reunion!
October – Richmond, VA for Patricia’s 50th high school reunion. October – Halloween weekend: Racine, WI to stay with son, Jason and his wife Karen and attend photography show of Jason’s work.
December – Gananoque, ONTARIO spend Christmas with best friends, Dalla and Jeremy Brown at their home.

Family was all important in 2010.  Reunion was our theme: The Ryan family reunion at Virginia Beach, Ron’s reunion with his son first at Death Valley and then in Racine, WI, and Patricia’s high school class reunion in Richmond, VA. 

Ron’s genealogy chart is bursting at the seams.  Lots of friends on Facebook this year have made it full of happy news and surprises. 

We are wishing all of our friends and family the best of holidays.  May we all recognize our many blessings and the miracle of ordinary life.  And we wish all good things  to each of you in the coming new year.

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