Holiday Letter – 12/11/10

2010 was overall a good year for the Wellers. Let’s go through the calendar and identify the highlights.

Jane and Wendy Show Off Their Prize

Jane and Dave began the year with a trip to Pasadena, CA to visit our good friends the Mansons. We were able to see quite a few Rose Parade floats and hung out at the Rose Bowl pre-game party. During January and February we rented a condo in Frisco, CO and discovered we had quite a few skiing friends on the weekends. Amy visited in February, and we enjoyed sharing the condo with her. Jane and Dave accumulated 18 days of skiing during the 2010 ski season.

That's Our Girl

In March, Dave and Jane returned the favor and flew to Oregon along with Dan to visit with Amy. The entire family drove to Bend, OR where we experienced some great weather and fine skiing at Mt. Bachelor. In May the entire family traveled to Houston, TX to attend nephew/cousin Chris Vogel’s wedding. While there Dave visited the Houston space center with his Bucknell friend Allan Smith. Everyone enjoyed the wedding weekend and seeing the Montgomery relatives. A bit later in May, Jane underwent hip replacement surgery on her right hip. It was a difficult experience, but we are happy to say that she was a model patient and recovered in record time. Jane was able to resume walking without assistance within six weeks, returned to work at the beginning of July and resumed bicycle commuting three months after surgery.

Amy and Dan at Top of Volcanic Crater

The Wellers at Houston Wedding

 

In early June Dave’s good friend from Boyertown, Allen Gilbert, visited Colorado and spent a week with the Wellers. This gave Dave an excuse to make daily trips to his favorite spots for hiking and biking. Late June introduced additional change to Jane and Dave’s lives. The doctors prescribed long walks to encourage Jane’s recovery, and on one of her rambles in Central Park, she identified an ideal lot for a new home. There’s a long story associated with this discovery, but suffice it to say that we moved into a new home in Stapleton in August and are now the proud owners of two homes. Actually we are trying to sell our old address if you know of any interested buyers.  Much of July and August was consumed with negotiating, buying, moving, and preparing the old home for sale. While Jane and Dave were undertaking this change, Amy and Dan with some mutual friends traveled to China and spent three weeks exploring that fascinating country. The stories and photos upon their return were impressive.

9026 E 35th Avenue - New Home

The house move could not keep Dave from pursuing his passion of fly fishing, and he enjoyed many days of success in 2010. Dave added a fishing blog to his hobbies and now posts his fishing log and photos to dgweller.wordpress.com. Jane and Dave managed to incorporate a few fun camping trips into their summer as well.

Dan Shows His Catch

Fall has been relatively tame compared to the upheaval of moving; however, we’ve been busy putting finishing touches on our home and landscaping. Amy visited us again in September, and our family enjoyed a lot of time together again over the Thanksgiving holiday. Jane is making a pre-holiday trip to New Jersey to visit with her parents in December.

Dan continues to enjoy his employment at American Energy Assets. His job requires a bit of travel and takes him to Ohio and Baltimore, MD several times a year. He has managed to extend several trips to see east coast friends. Amy is currently employed for an ad agency in Portland, OR creating puppets to be used in online video ads. She continues to seek more permanent employment with benefits, so any contacts in Portland, OR are very welcome. Jane and Dave continue in their roles for Bank of Oklahoma and Saddleback Design.

We all feel fortunate to have the family and friends that support us in these challenging times. We hope that your family enjoys a festive and healthy holiday. May 2011 bring you much joy.

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