what had transpired in 2005:
January - We had a wonderful New Year. After arriving
home from our Friend's house in Plano, Katie went across the
street to celebrate with "The Hood", while Keith
and the kids went home and watched a movie. They were up until
2:00 AM and Katie got in at 3:00 AM. The New Year brought
about a nasty cold for Katie (cough to boot). Keith went back
to work on the 3rd and the children returned to school on
the 5th, only to have another day off on the 18th. Keith did
get a nasty cold, but knocked it out quite fast. The family
went to Oklahoma City to visit with Aunt Cleo and Keith's
brother and wife, Vic & Shannon. It was a wonderful visit.
Much of the month has been spent with the family enjoying
each other's company and playing. The end of the month brought
about a sad event. Tom Lindley, a man that was like Keith's
2nd father, passed away of cancer. Keith and Katie went to
Savanna, OK to attend the funeral and pay respects to the
family. Brian ended the month with a biography presentation
at school on Neil Armstrong. He was quite pleased with the
result. Katie didn't attend because she thought she would
make Brian nervous.
February - This month is started out cold. Just like
every other year. Brian went on a fieldtrip with his class.
He enjoyed it, a lot. Valentine's Day was fun. The children
completed all their cards and even made some for friends in
March - Ah, Spring fever is beginning to kick in. The
children are doing wonderful in school. Spring break was relaxing.
April - Easter was fun! The children received baskets
with toys and some candy. Katie took a basket of candy to
Keith's work. The children hunted for eggs in the house (it
rained). The Easter Bunny was busy - he hid eggs EVERYWHERE.
Katie began the plans for a summer trip to California and
the children started counting down until the departure date.
May - Katie's birthday and Mother's day were wonderful.
She relaxed and enjoyed her little family. The children made
cards for her and Katie's chiropractor called to wish her
a happy birthday. On Memorial Day, the family talked about
the meaning, like they do every year, and enjoyed a quiet
June - Ah, school is out! Alison completed Kindergarten
and received a certificate for being a computer whiz! (go
figure). Brian received many awards, as well. He likes the
one that says he was on the A/B honor roll all year. The children
spent time preparing for California. Their backpacks changed
contents daily (if not hourly). They played World of Warcraft
with Katie, cleaned house with her and played outside. Keith's
birthday and father's day were wonderful. Katie had the children
write "What makes my dad special" sentences. They
presented them to Keith when he woke up on his birthday. They
never let you forget :). Keith and Katie had a wonderful 12th
anniversary, even though Keith had the pager (which is standard
since they've been in Texas).
July - The 4th was a spectacular event. The Town of
Little Elm had a fireworks show which the family watched from
the front yard. The children absolutely loved it. Then, the
Dugger family boarded a plane on the 6th to head to California.
Brian and Alison did wonderful - it was their first time flying.
They arrived in California and were picked up by Katie's sister,
Teri. Most of the time there was spent with Katie's mom. Brian
and Alison spent a lot of time in the pool at Katie's other
sister's (Kelly) house. Brian knows how to swim underwater
and Alison can swim with floaties on her arms. Brian was attached
to his cousin Jeremy and Alison to her cousin Ryan Caroline.
Bob and Keith had a blast! Katie enjoyed visiting everyone.
The family went to Santa Cruz because the children had never
been to a beach (and Katie - who spent 11 years in California
- had never been to Santa Cruz). They had a wonderful time.
Alison didn't like the seaweed "attacking" her feet
when the waves crashed on the shore. On the 9th, the families
gathered at the park in Newman so visiting would be easier.
It was wonderful. Katie saw so many people she hadn't seen
in years and was able to introduce Keith to them (they didn't
see each other last visit). All in all, it was a wonderful
vacation. The Dugger family was glad to be able to travel
there. Katie wasn't able to see her friends, one of those
things, but was able to chat with them on the phone. The trip
back to Texas was good. Alison cried a lot because she wanted
Ryan, but felt better once she talked to her on the phone.
August - Keith and Katie spent the first part of the
month getting ready for school to start. Brian and Alison
spent most of that time pinging off the walls wanting school
to start the next day. The children registered for school
on the 17th and met their teachers on the 18th. Keith and
Katie celebrated 12 years of marriage on the 21st. Brian entered
3rd grade and Alison entered 1st on Brian's 8th birthday and
could not have been more excited. Alison got into the car
saying, "I have homework!" Within a week of starting
school, Alison taught herself how to ride a two-wheel bike.
September - Keith and Katie began thinking of their
own business after Keith returned from a conference in California.
A website dealing with computer and gaming reviews and news.
The first event will be in October - at Blizzard's first convention.
October - All month long, Brian and Alison could not
think of anything else except Halloween and what they wanted
to be. At first Brian wanted to be a soldier then Popeye.
He finally settled for Harry Potter. Alison decided to be
a cheerleader for the third year in a row. Katie spent most
of the month preparing for the convention in California. She
left on the 27th and returned on the 30th, just in time for
November - The website went live on the 1st with a
hardware review and a week later the coverage of convention.
Thanksgiving was spent at home, just the little Dugger family.
They were not able to go out of town because of Keith's work.
It was a "just in case" situation that became a
non situation. Thanksgiving dinner was turkey, dressing, potato
salad, rolls, and cranberry sauce. It was wonderful.
December - Once December came into view, Alison could
do nothing but count down the days until her 7th birthday.
Brian of course was counting down until Christmas. On the
second Saturday of December, Brian, Alison, Keith and Katie
put up the Christmas tree in the front room. Brian sat on
Katie's shoulders so he could put the star on the top of the
tree. Now, the count down was really on, with lists being
created by the tens, not just for Christmas but for Alison's
birthday. Keith was able to get a day off, and the little
family went to Toys-R-Us and looked around. Of course, Santa
was taking notes. Christmas was spent with Vic, Shannon, Deneece,
Dusty, Jackie, JC and Aunt Cleo at Vic's house in Oklahoma.
Santa surprised the children in Oklahoma, and on Christmas
Eve, he filled up the spots under the Texas Christmas tree
for the children. He did a great job taking notes at Toys-R-Us.
Then, to celebrate Alison's birthday, we went back to The
Oklahoma Dugger family house. She was extremely excited as
was Brian. Well, so were Vic, Shannon and Deneece.
Updated: February 2, 2006