2006 In Review
was a very special year for us. More blessings than we can count:
Mom and Dad celebrated
15 years of marriage at the Del Coronado Hotel in San Diego.
Dad continues to lead the IT business unit at Austin Energy. His
speaking requests continued to exceed all our expectations. And he was an honoree for the "Best in Class of
Premier 100" by Computerworld and "CIO100 Award" by CIO Magazine. He also completed his three year term on the board of
directors of the neighborhood and passed on the presidency
successfully. On the Spiritual front, Dad finished his chair term
leading the CRHP ministry at St. John Neumann and took his second SJN
CRHP team as Spiritual Director through formation (a five year
commitment that changed Dad forever). Dad started as head coach for AJ's
basketball team for the fourth time, assistant coach for AJís first
tackle football season, and an assistant coach for AJís 3rd
Mom did a great job her third year co-leading the neighborhood social
committee and also passed her responsibility successfully. She kept the
kids humming and led them to a great year in school. AJ was selected
for the honor math program and Alexandra was awarded the whoís who among
middle school students nationwide with A grade point average. And Mom
managed to take a trip in to Ventura and Catalina Island with her friend
Josie. Mom also did a great job with Halloween. And she also
coordinated our annual neighborhood hay ride and hit a home run with the
x-mas decorations (the tree, the lights around the house, the details).
She even got new furniture and the house looks great.
from 6th and AJ from 3rd. Alexandra was selected to her school's
cheerleading team, and she is so grown up and gorgeous, it just plain
amazing to see her become a young lady. She also got to dance on TV
with the Rockettes in the fall. AJ played baseball again at Lake Travis
and loved it. He played fairly well on third base, second base,
outfield, pitched on a couple of games, and had a great batting season.
He was 2nd on slugging, 2nd on walks, 3rd on batting average, and 6th on
extra base hits in his team. The highlight vacation was again our
annual trip to
in Orlando. We stayed at the Grand Floridian and did all the rides at
Disney and Universal. Fire & Ice or The Hulk -- It is a toss up. Our
summer was Texas
filled this year. The kids went multiple times to Sea World and
attended basketball, volleyball, football, soccer and cheerleading
We continue to pray
every day for Grandma Sonia and her tough times. We hope for the very
best for her.
As soon as we looked
around, it was time for the kids to start a new school year. Alexandra
started her second year in middle school (7th grade). AJ started 4th
grade. And Austin Theodore started kindergarten. He is doing great at
school and loves it.
Austin played his first baseball season and wants to do it again.
AJ played his first tackle football season as quarterback and corner
back. He is a totally new person, due to his success with football.
All these took place, as the kids got back in the groove with school and
Angela had to focus more and more on working with them.
We celebrated Thanksgiving with Grandma Laura and Dave, who moved down
from Chicago to
Port A and now live in an awesome 50 foot sail boat named Laura Lynn.
The kids will enjoy learning to sail next year. We also had a nice
holiday party and gathering to celebrate Dadís work colleagues and the
annual visit from Grandpa Steve and Helen. X-mas was a blast with
Grandma Laura and Dave. We enjoyed much needed R&R, Golf, presents,
drinking, eating and a nice gathering. Santa, the Godparents, and the
Grandparents showered the kids with lots of gifts and they were
extremely happy and thankful. We are so blessed with great family and
friends. To close the year, we went to Angel Fire to ski and had a
blast. Austin Theodore looked so cute going so fast with no poles. AJ
and Alexandra raced each other on the snow boards all the time and had
too much fun. They really loved it. Our new year's
celebration was filled with fireworks and lots of snow. We
spent lots of time with friends, family, and neighbors in 2006 building
community and enjoyed every minute of it.
In closing, we wish you all the best
and pray for peace, health, and love.
The Carvallo family