My little red tether is my anchor in running with my friends. A beautiful guide dog has been my tether/anchor in mobility and independence for 17 years: 1. Pantera 2. Cricket, and now my beautiful 3. Georgina (Georgie). A life of family and friends is my joy and anchor in life.

The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it. CC Scott

Monday, December 27, 2010

Joy

Steve, Kendall, Cricket and I took a road trip to spend Christmas with Adam, Natalie and Dahlia . We stopped in Vegas for the boys to go to the Maaco Bowl and then on to San Diego for the Poinsettia Bowl with Adam. While the boys enjoyed the football, I simply loved being with Natalie.

This picture just spills joy to me.  After a yummy Christmas Eve brunch in San Diego we walked over to Balboa Park.  The first picture that we asked a passerby to take didn't include Cricket. So, we took a timed one on Cricket's level. How many times have Cricket and I posed on her level? Apparently we struggle to keep our balance and look at the camera unless someone is telling us, 1,2,3!  I was hoping for a picture for our Happy New Year Card (isn't that what you do when you missed the mark on sending out Christmas cards?).
So many highlights: going to the grocery store with Natalie, just hanging out, running at Lake Murray, movie night, Christmas Eve with the traditional Hawaiian Haystacks and knowing that the rest of our family was also enjoying them in Logan, making Gingerbread Houses, movie night - boys to one and girls to another,  playing with the puppy - Dahlia,  mani/pedis for the girls, opening gifts and reading the special message my parents had put together.

Natalie fixed an amazing Christmas brunch and dinner. I learn something new about cooking each time I visit! Around the Christmas dinner we each shared a highlight of the year. My first thought was this very moment of being together - sitting around the table with these four wonderful people that mean the world to me, all healthy and surrounded by plenty of food and shelter and celebrating the beautiful message of Christmas.  Pure Joy.

My camera, after frequently being dropped, has died. I love taking my camera everywhere so a new one is top on the list for my birthday wishes. (I love having a birthday a few weeks after Christmas.)

13 comments:

3 labs 4 me said...

Steve surprised me with a new camera that is supposed to capture action shots without blur. It's the newest point & shoot. The crazy Culver trick will be the true test.

3 labs 4 me said...

It's me again........glad you had a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones. Sounds like you did it all. Yippee!

MAXMOM IN SA said...

Hey there Becky...
What I love about you is that you too 'Live life to the Max'! Your joy is contageous. I'm so glad you had a happy time.
Sending lotsaluv
MAXMOM IN SOUTH AFRICA

MAXMOM IN SA said...

Hey there Becky...
What I love about you is that you too 'Live life to the Max'! Your joy is contageous. I'm so glad you had a happy time.
Sending lotsaluv
MAXMOM IN SOUTH AFRICA

Beth Finke said...

...and I'm all for Happy new Year's cards -- seems we have more time to devote to them *after* Christmas. And happy birthday in January --

Retired Duo said...

Bob just got a Canon PowerShot SX30IS (don't you love the way they name cars, cameras, and other things with a string of letters and numbers?). He's still learning about it, but really likes the image stabilizer and the massive zoom capabilities.
Thanks for all your posts. I love your blog. Happy New Year.

s day @ sdayrunning.blogspot.com said...

Had a blast catching up on our run today. Looks like Christmas was awesome in Cali.
And excuse me... when exactly is this birthday of yours?

Fran said...

We LOVE Hawaiian Haystacks!!! I grew up in San Diego and I know Balboa Park very well. I love it there. Sounds like you had a splendid time. Family is everything. New camera? You can never go wrong with a Canon PowerShot. Always a winner! Happy 2011 to you, my friend! I gain so much from your positive attitude. Thanks for being you!

Myrna R. said...

So glad you had a good time. Hope you get your birthday wish.

Becky said...

Wow. Two recommendations for the Canon Power Shot. I'll pass this on to Steve, hint, hint :).
What kind is yours Debi? Awesome to be able to capture the Crazy Culver Trick!

wendy said...

Sounds like PURE JOY for sure.
Sometime those "highlights" are right before us aren't they

Mimi and CC Cabana said...

Kinda fun getting a new camera! Hope you don't drop the new one, though! Love the family photo and your joy in celebrating with your loved ones.

jennohara said...

I'm so glad you had such a nice visit with Natalie. I hope you all had a very merry Christmas!
I think your idea for New Years cards is a great one!