Thursday, December 22, 2011

Merry Christmas 2011

Merry Christmas everyone!!! We decided to send out our Christmas letter electronically again this year via email, posted on my blog at http://davesthoughtsblog.blogspot.com and on Facebook.


I hope this letter finds you healthy and enjoying the holidays. It’s hard to believe that another year is almost over. It’s been a typically crazy year in the McKay house. In March, the five of us went on a cruise to the western Caribbean. We flew down to Florida a day early to hang out on the beach before boarding our ship. We then spent the next week on the ship visiting several countries, including Guatemala, Mexico, and Belize. It was the first time the kids had been out of the country and we all really enjoyed the uniqueness of each country’s culture. I think Guatemala was probably our favorite as we had a great guide that took us out of the tourist areas so we could experience more of the culture. Everyone’s other favorite thing, especially Caleb, was the food on the ship. The rest of the year was busy with school, church, sports, and other activities.



Marisa started 4th grade this year and remains very busy at school and church. She continues to be involved in Girl Scouts and playing the violin in the school orchestra. She played volleyball again this fall where her team took first place in their division. She also started Crossfire at church, which is our youth group for 4th and 5th graders, and really enjoyed the Crossfire lock-in this fall. She was also very excited that we got to celebrate her 9th birthday on the beach in Mexico.


Sarah started 7th grade this year and seems to get busier and busier all the time. She loves middle school and is very involved in Crash, our middle school youth group at church, and likes to stay for after school activities. She played on 2 softball teams this year from March to October. One of her teams finished first in their division and the other finished second. She also plays basketball from October to March. The basketball team hasn’t fared as well, but she still has a lot of fun playing. Sarah also loves to babysit every chance she gets.

Caleb started his sophomore year in high school this year and is really enjoying high school life. He’s still very involved in Krew, our church high school youth group and hanging out with his friends. Caleb had surgery on his left knee in October to correct some joint pain he has had for some time. We are very thankful to have found a good doctor that has been able to identify the problem and correct it. Fortunately, he is recovering very quickly from the surgery. Over the summer he got his driver’s learning permit and has been driving quite a bit. He’s really looking forward to getting his license early next year after he turns 16.


Mandi, besides going crazy sometimes trying to manage the insanity that is our household, started back with the Pampered Chef this year as a consultant. So far she has done very well and her business is really starting to take off. She’s glad to be back doing something that she really enjoys. She recently started going to boot camp a couple of days a week and is really enjoying the tough workouts.

Besides still being a little freaked out by turning 40 this year, I (Dave) have had a great year. I continue to work at Aon Risk Services as an Associate Account Executive and stay very busy coaching basketball and softball. I love to spend time at the gym and try to get there as much as possible. I continue to serve as a deacon at church and enjoy the opportunity to serve those in our church family.

I hope that this Christmas is a time of renewed hope for you as you reflect on all that God has blessed you with over the last year. May we especially remember the amazing gift of His son, Jesus, whom He sent into the world to redeem all of creation.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

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