what has transped in 2009:
January - The New Year was wonderful. Brian and Alison
made it to midnight while Keith and Kathleen fell asleep shortly
before. Cole was asleep long before that. However, the fun
soon ended when Alison caught a stomach flu, then Cole. Cole
ended up in the hospital, for dehydration, and still fought
off a lot of the bug after coming home. While he was in the
hospital, Brian, Keith and Kathleen ended up sick. Nothing
worse than trying to take care of a sick little one and having
to run into the hospital room bathroom and talk to the porclean
god. The family finally started getting better when Cole caught
a cold, the washer/dryer broke and so many other things decided
to go nuts.
February - The little family went to a friend's house
for the Super Bowl. It was nice, they had not visited in a
while and got to meet some new co-workers of Keith. Everyone
had a wonderful time, and for once, there was another girl
at the house Alison could play with. For Valentine's day,
Keith and Alison went to the local Father/Daughter dance.
They had a wonderful time. Also, Keith received a slight promotion
at work, which made Kathleen that much more proud of him.
March -Spring break came and went without a hitch.
Maybe Kathleen won't want to boycot that vacation anymore.
The family is excited about an up coming trip to California
to celebrate Kathleen's mom turning 70.
April - Plans are in full swing for the party at
the end of the month in California. The kids are estatic.
Kathleen is making plans with her friends from school. Some
she hasn't seen in 20 years. Good thing this is uploaded after
the event, because it was a HUGE party and people from ALL
OVER came to wish Kathleen's Mom a wonderful 70th.
May - Kathleen had a great birthday and mother's
day. The children are excited for the end of the school year
to finally arrive. Both passed their TAKS tests with flying
colors. Brian tried out for the "Athletic's Period"
when he starts Jr. High, but didn't make it. Guess you have
to be an "all around jock" to get into that. so
when the Cross Country practice starts over the summer for
Jr. High, he is going to attend that.
June - School is out and the summer is in full swing.
The children are so excited to have a break, but Alison still
loves to do some sort of "school" work. No huge
plans for the summer, just really enjoying each other. Keith
had a great birthday, Kathleen and the children made a little
"party" for him when he got home from work. Sadly,
another year she didn't get to surprise him at work, like
she usually does, but it's all understandable. He also had
a good Father's day. The end of the month brought 16 years
of wonderful marriage for Keith and Kathleen, and they just
couldn't be happier.
July - We spent the 4th with Keith's brother in Altus,
OK. It was fun. The kids also got the chance to play with
one of our friend's children at Gatti Town (Sort of like Chuckie
Cheese or Peter Piper Pizza). They had a wonderful time. Cross
Country practice started for Brian on the last week of July.
He did great. Alison is running with the group as well. She
is determined to get to a point where running will be a breeze
and when 7th grade comes along for her, she will be a guarantee
for CC then. Kathleen has started running during the practice
as well, Cole in tow. She has been able to get to 1.75 miles
August - August was a pretty nice month. Brian continued
his Cross Country practice with the High School kids. Kathleen
had to stop, she injured her knees somehow. The five of them
attended QuakeCon 09. It is an awesome event, and the venue
was perfect. Kathleen like the drive to Garland much better
than the one to downtown Dallas. Then, it was meet the teacher
night for Alison. It was nice to meet all her 5th grade teachers,
yet she was a little bummed because she didn't get any of
Brian's old teachers. Brian celebrated his 12th birthday,
and it was pretty awesome. The the big day arrived - the first
day of school. Alison went with a neighbor and Kathleen took
Brian. Cole was a little put out by all of the hustle and
bustle of the morning, especially since his favorite toys
left him and he didn't know when they were coming back.
September - Well, as we all know, the H1N1 poked
its head out of the woodwork toward the end of the last school
year. It seems that over the summer, the virus was given the
chance to grow and spread, because Brian ended up getting
the flu, along with Cole (who was doing great with potty training
but that got put on hold), Keith and Kathleen. Alison ended
up with Strep. This caused Brian to miss his first Cross Country
meet, the family to spend a ton on medication and doctor visit,
and even at the end of the month, Kathleen was still not doing
well. During the month, Brian had Cross Country meets. He
did well, but forgot that he had to be drinking water for
one of them. Keith created a water drinking schedule for him
and by the time the next meet came along, he was more than
hydrated. He placed last, only because one of his peers said
that he had promised his dying mother he would not come in
last, so Brian helped him keep that promise. That made Brian
the biggest winner of all. Over all, the Jr. High boys came
in 3rd and the Jr. High girls came in 1st for that event.
October - Kathleen finally started getting better,
which made things a lot better for everyone. It also helped
get Cole back on the potty training path. He got the #1 down,
but refuses to #2 on the toilet. Kathleen makes sure she asks
and goes with him throughout the day, and after Brian and
Alison return from school, Cole loves to make them go with
him. Brian had his first Jr. High band concert. He is in the
Symphony band (2nd highest of the 4 bands). I literally got
chills when I heard his band play. I have NEVER heard Jr.
High children play so well. Halloween was a blast! Brian was
a mummy, Alison was a trendy witch, Cole was a dinosaur rider
(he called it a dragon), and Kathleen was a tavern lady. Keith
walked around a couple streets with everyone, then took Cole
home because his little legs were getting tired. Then, Kathleen
took Brian and Alison a few more streets. There weren't many
people who were handing out candy, probably because of church
festivals and the Little Elm Halloween Festival (first ever).
November - Potty training with Cole is still going
really well. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving at the house.
Alison and Kathleen made decorations. Keith and Kathleen prepared
the dinner. The day was full of thankfulness for family, friends,
food, God, and our way of life. Cole's third birthday was
very nice. He had a Thomas the Train cup cake - cake (which
he picked out all on his own).
December - What an interesting month. The beginning
went rather well, things didn't go haywire until it was time
to travel to Oklahoma for Christmas. The family car decided
to start overheating, and the family had to turn back around
and find a dealer who could fix it. The Service and Parts
managers were amazing, not wanting to hold the family up,
put all five in a loaner, along with all the presents and
luggage, sending the Dugger clan on their way to Oklahoma.
The timing could not have been better, because it was a very
white Christmas across North Texas and Oklahoma. Keith's sister,
Pam, & family, and brother, David, and family could not
make it to the house because of the snow. Aunt Cleo was there,
along with Dusty (nephew), Deneece (neice), Jackie, JC, Riley
(neice, nephew, great niece) and of course, the hosts Vic
and Shannon. It was a great vacation for everyone. The family
back home to Texas, go their car, and then celebrated Alison's
11th birthday on 31 Dec. She had a great birthday.
Updated: 23 Apr 10