Friday, December 30, 2005

2005 Christmas Letter

Dear Family and Friends,

2005 has been an interesting year for us!

Sharon spent the first three months of the year exploring her creative side by going to floral design school. It was a treat to have fresh arrangements in the house every week.

Jack continued to enjoy sports. In January and February, he played in his first season of Little Dribblers Basketball. April and May were consumed by Little League. Jack played his third season of organized baseball. He moved up from Rookie League last year to Single A. In the fall, Jack played in his second season of soccer. His soccer team had 9 wins and 1 loss and he scored 11 goals in nine games. Jack also ran two 10Ks (Run 4 Independence and Run to Feed the Hungry) with his parents!

Jack finished up this first year in Cub Scouts by earning his Tiger Cub Badge and started on the road toward being a Wolf Cub. Cub Scout trips during the year included a hockey game and tours of a radio station, a fire station and a federal courthouse.

We had some great opportunities to enjoy our friends during the year. In February, we visited the Hoods in what has become an annual trek to Pebble Beach to watch the Pro Am. Mark pulled together a big group of the Davis Mafia to watch the Sacramento Kings play the New York Knicks in one of the suites at Arco Arena. In March, Mark spent a long weekend skiing with Larkin and a group of guys at Mammoth Mountain. In June, Sharon visited Angela in New York City, Liz in upstate New York and then Liz and Sharon toured Boston. Mark and John Wallen visited the Nooters in Virginia. High points of this trip included: Arlington Cemetery, Mount Vernon, the National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Baltimore's Inner Harbor, Bertha's Mussels and a baseball game at Camden Yard. In July, we were privileged to share in the Tomasin's 100th Birthday Celebration.

Both Drew and Morgan continue to be active in the Arts. In March, Mark visited Drew in Irvine and saw him in Bat Boy, the Musical!?! In May, we saw Morgan perform in The Wiz and in June we flew to Irvine and saw Drew in a production of Seussical. Although he has been focusing on his Theater major, Drew has started to turn back to his roots, his music, in the last year. Drew has been playing dates in both Northern and Southern California. His album--& We Hope--can be found at and on iTunes! We continue to be extremely proud and more than a little awed at Drew and Morgan's artistic accomplishments.

In May, Morgan turned 18th and graduated from Union Mine High School.

Mark finished up his seventh year with Sutter Health in July. For the 3rd Year in a row, Sutter Health System Support Information Technology has been rated by Computerworld as one of the top 100 places to work for IT professionals. Out of the top 100, Sutter Health ranked 12th! Additionally, InformationWeek ranked Sutter 98th out of the 500 nation's largest and most innovative companies in its use of technology.

For the eighteenth straight year, we spent the first week of August at Lake Almanor with the Tomasin, Wallen, Hunter, Chabrier, and Snipes families. Afterwards, Mark, Sharon, Morgan and Jack spent some time in Southern California taking in Marina del Rey, Venice Beach, Dodger Stadium, Beverly Hills and the Getty Center.

Drew started his junior year at the University of California at Irvine.

Morgan started her freshman year at Sarah Lawrence College. Sarah Lawrence is located in Yonkers about 30 minutes north of Manhattan. In addition to being able to wander New York City, Morgan has had an opportunity to experience the gorgeous fall colors and a real winter in the northeast.

Jack started second grade at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School.

In November, Drew turned 21 years old.

In the fall, one of Tower's attorneys left and Sharon finished the year working almost full-time for Tower Records!

Wishing you a happy new year,
Mark and Sharon Heringer

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