what has transped in 2007:
January - The Duggers had a wonderful New Year. They
spent it at home and just enjoyed being with on another. Keith
went back to work on the 2nd and the children returned to
school on the 8th, only to have another day off on the 15th
and the 29th. The children had an awards assembly on the 19th,
Alison made the "A" honor roll and had perfect attendance
while Brian made the "A/B" honor roll and had perfect
attendance. They were extremely proud of themselves (as were
Keith and Katie). Katie and Cole decided to keep the house
in one piece. It took a bit for both to get used to a new
routine, but they did with no problem. Winter hit with a vengance
this year. The children had a snow day on the 17th. That is
when Cole saw his first snow.
February - Valentine's Day was fun. Kathleen was able
to visit the children's school and their parties. It was a
lot of fun. Unfortunately the children didn't have President's
day off with Keith. They had the Monday prior. All in all,
it was a good month.
March - YAY! Spring is here. This month was okay.
Spring Break -- well, it was memorable. Kathleen is boycotting
it next year, in hopes that nothing bad will happen again.
For more information on what happened, check out Brian's tale
on the kids page.
April - Easter was fun, even if it was too cold for
the Easter Bunny to hide eggs in the front yard. Kathleen
found a pastel sheet to use as "grass" and laid
it on the floor. She set the colored eggs on it and put the
stuffed ones the Easter Bunny left in a bag. Keith's idea
was to have a "grab bag". The children loved it.
Cole was pretty amazed by the eggs and Alison and Brian were
all giddy. The Easter Bunny also did a good job with their
baskets. You can see pictures from Easter here.
Kathleen and Cole traveled to California from 20-22 for a
surprise party for her mom and sister. Everyone had a blast
loving on Cole.
May - Kathleen's birthday was wonderful, as was Mother's
day. It was the first time in 6 years that Keith actually
did not have the pager or have to work on Kathleen's birthday!
The little family enjoyed beith with each other. For memorial
day, they went to a friend's house and had a BBQ. It was fun
because a friend who moved away came back into town for graduation,
and the family got to spend some time with her. Then, school
got out and vacation started.
June - Kathleen, Brian, Alison and Cole surprised Keith
on the Friday before his birthday with a cake and a little
birthday bear at his office. The little family did what they
always do for the birthday/father's day combo - enjoyed being
together. For the first time since Keith and Kathleen moved
to Texas, Keith was on vacation for their first of two anniversaries.
This has turned out to be a good year for special days.
July - The little family decided at the last minute
to head to Oklahoma (near Altus) for the Fourth of July celebration.
It was fun. Brian and Alison got to see fireworks (the kind
you buy and do yourself) for the first time. Before this year,
they'd only seen what cities put on for the holiday. It was
an exciting time.
August - Keith attended QuakeCon from August 2-5. It
was awesome. The family went up on one of the days and looked
around at all the computers and vender displays. Cole helped
Keith play games, as well as Mr. Kevin (friend). The week
following, Kathleen registered Brian for Fifth Grade and Alison
for Third Grade. Then, on the weekend of August 11 and 12,
Cole decided to crawl up the stairs with Keith and Kathleen
in tow. School started on the 27th and Briand could not have
been happier, because that meant he didn't celebrate his birthday
on the first day of school. Brian also got his front teeth
fixed and could not stop smiling.
September - September was fun. The little family
went to Oklahoma to visit family for labor day then everything
was back to the grindstone.
October - October was good. Keith had Columbus day
off, as did the children. They just kind of lazed around having
fun with each other. The week of Halloween, Keith took vacation
(use or lose) so Kathleen was more than happy, as were the
children. It was a nice change to have him home and see him
more often. Keith and Kathleen (with the help of Brian and
Alison) made Halloween decorations. Maybe next year, Kathleen
will figure out how to get them to stand in the yard. Halloween
was so much fun! Alison was the Queen of Bling, Kathleen a
vampire (Alison's evil side), Brian was Ghost Rider and Cole
was a Little Pumpkin. Keith was himself and handed out candy
to the visitors while Kathleen took the three children around
November - The first of November began a contest Keith
is entering, National Novel Writing Month. He has a goal,
and has begun the trek to a novel. The first week of November
also held sadness, as Kathleen's father passed away from cancer.
She was able to attend the funeral thanks to her step-mother.
Keith's progress on the book is moving along nicely. Kathleen
wonders where the ideas come from, and is so amazed at the
ease he seems to have at writing. Cole turned 1 this year!
It is amazing how time flew. The family celebrated together
at home. Two days later, they celebrated Thanksgiving at home
with a dinner of turkey, ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry
sauce and rolls. They have a "Thankful Tree" that
Kathleen created. Pictures will be up soon. National Novel
Writing Month has ended. Keith completed his goal and then
some. His novel is 51,695 words total. He needed 50,000.
December - December was fun and exciting. The family
spent the weekend prior to Christmas and part of Christmas
day in Oklahoma with Keith's brother's family and Aunt Cleo.
The children had a blast helping with the animals again, and
it seems Santa was very good to them in their stockings. Santa
also visited at the house and the children said it was the
best Christmas ever. Alison's birthday (aka New Year's Eve)
was celebrated at home and alison had a great time. Katie
made the cake and decorated. Everyone fell asleep early, but
it was from having so much fun!
Updated: January 12, 2008