Merry Christmas Letter

This has been a full year for the Creasy family!  But first, let me begin by saying that we hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Although communication may be slim throughout the year we think of our family and friends often and value these relationships, despite the distance between us. Our hope is that we will see each of you shortly and that our reunion will be a time to celebrate.

2010 started off well with the family together for the holidays; Brian stayed home for a few weeks and there was no rush back work. In general, we are all healthy and happy that life is treating us well.   Early in the year Brian took a 6-week job with a partner company in Wollongong, Australia, just south of Sydney. While there, he saw some old friends and had a great time; it was upon his return that spawned a series of conversations with Janet resulting in significant impact.  Wondering how to spend more time with the family, and be able to travel, we decided that we could travel by RV around North America and Brian could consult from the road, but only if we could sell Coulee Concrete Designs and rent the house. Well, it is amazing what happens when you focus – 5 months later with CCD sold and the house rented we found ourselves living in our rolling house dubbed Jack and buzzing about the country; one lap, one year, counterclockwise. The sprouts are growing quickly, learning so much so fast! The maturation process is simply amazing to watch and more importantly to be apart of as we explore and learn together travelling the country searching for more intimate relationships and 72 degrees and sunshine.

Tess turned 8 this year; she continues with her love for animals, especially horses.  By selling lemonade and saving a portion of her allowance Tess raised $42.93, which she donated to the Portland Humane Society, a goal she set and attained on her own.  Horse vaulting is her sport of choice; she consistently excels and placed very well in competitions.  Also, she finds immense joy as a writer and is looking to have her first chapter book published.  Enthusiastically, she also writes on Facebook, for the school paper and our blog.  Her creativity is surpassed only by her eloquence and insight.

With 10 years of age and experience, Ava Marie developed into a magnificent girl. As long as the lessons arrive through her recently purchased iTouch, she is enthusiastic about learning.  When asked about topics she would like me to write about, Ava said “things stick in my brain better and I’m better at learning”.  At one point she stated that she remembers more of what she learns with us, as opposed to a classroom.  It is wonderful to encounter the world through a child’s eyes and we just suck up our time together. While shedding much of her shyness Ava’s eyes are wide open to world around her; we now have an outgoing young girl who is easily making friends and learning to appreciate how fortunate we are, often through seeing the misfortune of others.

What to say about Janet? Not enough organic food or time for yoga but ample time to reflect upon the things most important to her; learning, food and community. Her gentle demeanor and firm grip on life are punctuated by her desire to be a part of a progressive freethinking community in which she can be a contributor.  Janet is always seeking knowledge for herself and to share with the kids in their learning; she is a great teacher and facilitator in life. She misses our 650 sq. foot garden that we put in our front yard, much to the dismay of some of the neighbors, where she can ensure we have quality, happy veggies  (not the norm here in the south) and enjoy a social scene that took us by surprise.

Brian provides business management and engineering consulting services to manufacturing companies through his recently formed company TinFish Consulting Group Inc., which partners with other service providers.  Brian also enjoys some travel outside of the US teaching engineering courses. He is thankful to have sold CCD, completing the process of going from startup through sale, and for valuable lessons learned through the process.  More so, he is appreciative of the journey we’re on and the time we spend together, learning and experiencing with our family; un-schooling the kids and un-jobbing for him.  While enjoying our journey, returning home will provide a newfound appreciation for our home.

Merry Christmas to each and every one of you.  We hope you have a healthy and prosperous 2011, and that life treats you will all that you and your family deserve.  To track our journey, simply Google the three words ‘Creasy Clan Adventure’ and you will come to our blog where you can track us, or link to our Facebook accounts.


8 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Karl Laufer on December 24, 2010 at 3:16 am

    Hi Creasy Family,

    It was nice to hear from you. I am sure everyone is having a wonderful time. Have a Merry Christmas to you as well. I will be watching you from here out. Watch out for those gators in that cajun country. Karl


  2. Posted by Derek Norcom on December 24, 2010 at 4:31 am

    Thanks for the wonderful Christmas missive!
    Safe journeys and happy new year to the four of you!


  3. Posted by andrea gaspari on December 24, 2010 at 5:36 am

    Hi happy holidays from our family to yours:
    A poem for you from our daughter Chiara 9yrs.

    It’s Christmas Eve I’m so excited
    I hope the tree will be all lighted
    We just finished dinner it was so pleasant
    I looked under the tree, there was only one present
    But that’s ok I’m sure I will get lots
    I want a dress with red polka dots
    I jumped up and down, I hugged mom so tight
    I will get so many presents tonight
    It’s time for bed I did a long sigh
    I jumped onto my bed and I closed one of my eyes
    I kept one open for a minute or two
    But I just had to close it, I’m sure you would too.
    The next morning I jumped out of bed
    I couldn’t stop remembering what I had said
    There were so many presents, white green and red
    Some had bow ties, some had designs
    others had colors, toys and lines
    I opened my first one, oh my yes
    It was my beautiful polka dot dress

    Now actually what chiara asked santa for this year was not a polka dot dress but that all the children of the world get presents this year.
    : )


  4. Posted by kate atchison on December 31, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    I miss Ava so much merry Christmas


  5. Posted by kate atchison on December 31, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Kate here just wanted to say that I miss the Creasys and want to see them.


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