2007 Christmas Letter

Friday, December 21, 2007

Sorry I've been so bad about posting pics. I'll try and get some up soon. In the meantime here's out 2007 Christmas Letter:

Dear Family & Friends –

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! RJ and I were blessed with another fabulous year. We’re still living in Ventura, which we’ve dubbed as “seedy but sweet”, and the little beach town continues to grow on us. This year was different from years past as we didn’t have any huge life changes, but instead it was filled with simple, yet wonderful, moments.

I’ve included some of the year’s highlights below, but if you want to stay in touch with us continually check out our blogs at www.annahosking.blogspot.com and www.2wildtrout.blogspot.com.

DEC 06/JAN 07 – We wrapped up 2006 with a five day trip to Camp Curry in Yosemite were we enjoyed snowshoeing, snowboarding, and lots of hot cocoa.

FEBRUARY – Itching to go fishing RJ talked me into a winter camping trip to Salmon Creek near Big Sur. We had a good time despite not catching anything over 3 inches!

MARCH – The warmer weather called for a few “man” trip through the area for fishing with good buddies. Meanwhile, I participated in a Tall Tales speech contest with Toastmaster’s and had the opportunity to compete in Las Vegas.

APRIL – April, my sister, turned 21; which warranted a trip to San Luis Obispo to celebrate.

MAY –Taking advantage of the long Memorial weekend we went backpacking in Big Sur with friends. As usual, the scenery was gorgeous, the conversations stimulating, and the poison oak rampant!

JUNE – RJ went fishing in the big waters! Meeting up with his parent, Richard and Kristie, in British Columbia, RJ spent a week ocean fishing, and brought back 100 pounds of fresh salmon, cod, and halibut.

JULY –Jessica, RJ’s sister, married Matthew Roy on the 14th. These newlyweds live in Santa Barbara so it has been a blessing being able to spend time with them. This month also marks the kick-off of RJ’s modeling career with Patagonia (as they asked him to pose in waders for a fishing promotion)!

AUGUST –We celebrated our 3rd anniversary and RJ’s 26th birthday with a romantic trip to San Fran.

SEPTEMBER - We flew to Oregon to say good-bye to my dear uncle Otto who fought cancer for more than two decades. The trip was bittersweet as it was wonderful to reconnect with all my t’Hooft relatives.

OCTOBER – Another family wedding! Congratulations to my cousin Sallie and her new husband David.

NOVEMBER – We celebrated my 25th birthday with a Crazy Hat & Sock dance party. The evening was a fabulous success filled with friends, good food, and lots of great dance moves.

DECEMBER – It was been a busy month preparing to spend Christmas in northern California with our families. Winter highlights include a huge surf swell, festive parties, and visits from out of town friends.

And we’re looking forward to ringing in the New Year with our good friends in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico!

All our Love – RJ & Anna

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