Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Merry Christmas 2010

Merry Christmas everyone!!! We decided to do our Christmas letter a little differently this year and send it out electronically instead of on paper.
I hope this letter finds everyone healthy and enjoying the holidays. It’s been another very busy year (aren’t they all). In addition to all the kid’s games, programs, and activities, this was a big transition year for us with Caleb starting high school, Sarah starting middle school and Marisa in elementary school with no siblings for the first time.

In June we flew to Orlando and spent a week at Disney World with Mandi’s dad and stepmom. We ate at a lot of great restaurants, rode a lot of great rides, and had a wonderful time. I think everyone’s favorite was dinner at the California Grill on top of the Contemporary Resort overlooking the Magic Kingdom and watching the evening fireworks over the castle from the roof of the resort.

Marisa started 3rd grade this year and continues to be involved in Girl Scouts and Kid’s Club at church. She started playing the violin in the orchestra this year and was invited to be in the math club at school. She also played volleyball for the first time this fall and really enjoyed it. She was getting pretty good by the end of the season and is excited to play again next year.

Sarah started middle school this year and is in 6th grade. She’s adjusting very well to middle school life and likes changing classes every hour and participating in after school activities. And of course loves hanging out with her friends and going to Crash (church youth group). She plays softball from March to October and her team (the Purple Sox) did very well this year. She loves to pitch and play third base and ended the season with a .667 batting average. She also plays basketball from October to March and is always a tough competitor. She currently leads the team in fouls.

Caleb started high school this year and is adjusting well to high school life. He really likes the block schedule and is doing very well in all of his classes. If you know Caleb, you know football is his life. He had a good season playing at cornerback and receiver with the freshman team. They had a strong season going 6-3 this year. When not playing football he spends a lot of time in the gym getting ready for next season and watching sports on TV. He’s also playing basketball this winter in a church league and enjoys going to Krew (church youth group).

Mandi stays very busy running the kids around everywhere and trying to keep track of everyone’s schedule (not an easy task). She also started a new job in November with the Liebe Company in the accounts payable department. So far she’s enjoying the change of pace. Mandi also keeps all the stats for Sarah’s softball and basketball teams so she’s busy at games.

My (Dave) schedule just seems to get busier and busier, but that’s the way I like it. I’m still working for Aon Risk Services in St. Louis as a senior account manager. I’m coaching Sarah’s basketball team this year, which is a lot of fun, and also assistant coached her fall softball team. Caleb and I enjoy going to the gym together a few times a week to lift and play a little basketball and I’m Sarah’s designated catcher when she goes to her pitching instructor (I have the bruises to prove it).

I hope everyone is able to spend some time with family over the holidays and take time to reflect on how God has blessed you over the last year. Even in the midst of difficult circumstances God provides hope and comfort. He sent His Son into this world as a baby to provide a means of salvation to all of us. This was truly the greatest gift ever given. May you and your family experience God’s blessing this Christmas.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

The McKay’s (Dave, Mandi, Caleb, Sarah, and Marisa)