This is a video I put together of pictures from our entire year (don't worry, I crammed everything into 5 minutes). The pictures go fast, but there aren't any subliminal messages in there (just don't play it backwards). The song is “Time Stand Still” by Rush. For those of you who don’t know, Anthony is a huge Rush fan, however I am an anti-fan. But I grew to like this song--it's the only Rush song in which Getty Lee (the leader singer) doesn't sound like an evil-witch. Edit: Anthony was annoyed when he saw what I wrote and asked me to add that Neil Peart (drummer for Rush) is the greatest drummer that ever lived, according to somethin'-er-other, and a bunch of more stuff, can't remember, blah blah blah...
(pause the music on the side bar before playing the video)
While putting this video together, I realized what a great year we had. I kept thinking, “Wow, we did all this in one year?” Here are some highlights:
Cord turned nine and started the 4th grade. He was accepted into the GATE program (gifted and talented education) and he got a part in the school play.
Gus turned six and started 1st grade. He started Cub Scouts and loves wearing his cool uniform.
Homer (aka Arch) turned two. He’s a handful, but we have a lot of fun with him. He loves to watch scary movies.
Anthony and I turned that age that makes people not want to tell their age anymore. I finished my second year of school, and Anthony finished another year of work.
We took family vacations to Southern California, Northern California,
We gained a new nephew, when my brother and his wife had a baby, and we gained a new sister-in-law/aunt, when Anthony's brother, Brett, got married.
All that excitement, and the best part about this past year was getting together with our families--Anthony's family at Brett's wedding, and my family at my parent's surprise, 40th anniversary party. We hadn’t seen some of Anthony's family in a long time—too long—and we had such a good time visiting with everyone. I had the best time planning my parents' surprise, 40th anniversary party with my brother and sisters (thanks to my sisters, Amy & Sara, for orchestrating it all). Collecting, organizing, and copying old family photos and video occupied a good portion of my summer, but it was so worth it. I will never forget the look on my mom's face when she walked through the door and saw all these people gathered together, who had come from near and far, all to celebrate them. I’m so proud of my parents. It will always be one of the best moments of my life. When I think of 2007, I won't think about the amazing trips we took and the things we did, I’ll remember my mom, walking through the door with her mouth hanging open in shock, and tears in her eyes.
How are we ever going to top this year?
We wish all of you well, and hope you have a great 2008,
The Esplin Family