Seasons’ Greetings from Augusta Georgia,
As another year draws to an end (unbelievable) we are thankful for the many blessings we have received from our families, friends, and colleagues. Kevin and I are still working at Georgia Health Sciences University, formerly the Medical College of Georgia and soon to be Georgia Regents University. Two name changes in 2 years wreak havoc with e-mail addresses. This past April, I completed my work at The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry after serving as Editor for 10 years and as Associate Editor for 4 years. While I miss the interaction with authors, reviewers, and the Editorial Council, especially my fellow officers, I am ready for new challenges. They arrived quickly when I was appointed as Vice Dean in July. Kevin continues in his position as a Pharmacy Manager and oversees the in-patient, out-patient, cancer center, and GA War nursing home pharmacies. Many days he needs roller skates to keep up with everything.
Patrick is in 8th grade and preparing to start high school next year (unbelievable). He recently advanced to the Boy Scout rank of Life, the rank just before Eagle and is busy working towards Eagle. Honestly, they should make Eagle badges for moms and dads! He enjoys the monthly camp outs and is looking forward to participating in the National Boy Scout Jamboree this coming summer.
Caitlin is in the 5th grade. We switched her to a new school this year where the class size is much smaller than the public school she attended. She is thriving in the new environment. I have continued as a Girl Scout leader – this is our 4th year and we are gearing up to start selling cookies. We took the girls to the Great Wolf Lodge water park in Charlotte, NC this fall with the cookie money they earned last year – a great time was had by all.
In May Kevin and I took an adult vacation to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It was Kevin’ first trip to Yellowstone. He spent a good part of the time photographing the wildlife. We hope to return soon with the kids. The big family vacation was going on an Alaskan cruise in June. We spent three days in Victoria, BC and then ferried over to Vancouver to board the ship. The kids enjoyed visiting the Mendenhall Glacier, College Fiord, and of course, the wild life. In addition, we enjoyed beating the heat in Augusta. We squeezed in a family trip to Chicago shortly before the kids started