Frances and I celebrated
New Year’s at the Central Coast this year as she was recovering from
surgery. We stayed in Sydney during the holidays. At the end of
January, Frances’ parents celebrated their 60th anniversary.
Dominic and Timothy were not able to attend as they were participating
in a 3-day competition to design and program a computer game, which
Timothy’s team won most
In Feb – March, Timothy
and Jacqui went to San Francisco and Las Vegas for a week to attend a
convention. They enjoyed the sights of San Francisco and Surrounds
while they were there.
In March, Dominic
graduated from the University of New South Wales with honours and a
Bachelor of Software Engineering Degree. Dominic was asked to present a
paper he co-wrote in Bordeaux, France at the end of June. He spent 4
days in Bordeaux and another 16 days touring other parts of Europe. When
he returned, he began his new job, writing software for a game company,
which he really enjoys.
In May, Frances and her friends spent a few
days in a serviced apartment at the Gold Coast. It was a good
weekend for relaxing and unwinding.
Frances, Lyn, Mary and Ann at the Gold Coast
In June, Frances left her
job in the city. She has been spending time visiting her parents, and
doing many of the things her job has restricted over the years.
In July, I took a trip to
the US to attend 2 reunions. The first was the 30 year
anniversary of the Sea Turtle Tappers Clogging Club. What a great time
seeing all those people again who were, and remain, such a major part of
my life. Belinda and I surprised others (and ourselves) with our
reprise of the Auctioneer routine.
After a week in Florida, I
went to Ohio for the 40th Gurto Family Reunion. I love to
return to my home town and visit with my family and friends. It would
be nice if we could always be in two places at once.
major milestone in a year full of them was when Jeremy celebrated his
21st birthday in July this year. It's a wonderful event to watch your
son come of age but accompanied by melancholy of a time long gone, when
the children were little, irretrievable but for memories. Time
goes on . . .
21st Birthday, Jeremy
August we sold our Camry and bought a new Rav 4. Much roomier and
a nicer drive. We tested it out with a weekend trip to Newcastle.
In September, Frances and
I celebrated our 25th Anniversary with a four-day trip to
New York City, where we saw all the tourist sights, followed by 3 days
in Washington DC, a weekend visit to my mother and family in Conneaut
and 3 days in San Francisco.
Happy 25th Anniversary, Joe and Frances
Statue of Liberty - New York
Little Italy - New York
White House - Washington DC
Blue House (My Mom's) - Conneaut, Ohio
Golden Gate Bridge - San Francisco
39 - San Francisco
Timothy, Jeremy and
Dominic entered a competition at a local
Mexican fast food restaurant which Timothy won. It was a 7-night, all
expenses paid trip to a resort in los Cabos, Mexico. They enjoyed
themselves and indulged in the complimentary hospitality,
returned refreshed, and invigorated.
Timothy completed his
Thesis for which he received a high distinction and will graduate in
March with honours and a Bachelor of Software Engineering Degree.
completed his Arts Degree with many distinctions as well and will also
graduate next year.
The boys took a road trip
to visit the theme parks of Queensland with 3 of their friends. All
went well until they were on their way home and ran over a piece of
metal in the road. Fortunately, no one was hurt but the van needed some
repairs which won’t be fixed until after the New Year. The travellers
had to catch a bus for a 9 hour ride back to Sydney. Dominic will have
to travel back to retrieve the van when it is repaired.
During the year I lost 2
Uncles, Uncle Christy who was my Godfather and my Uncle Jerry. I miss
them both and they were both in my thoughts during the day.
We had a lovely Christmas
day with Frances’ parents and nephew joining us for lunch and after
God Bless you all. Merry
Christmas! Happy 2012 to everyone!
With Love From,
Joe, Frances, Dominic,
Timothy and Jeremy.