My annual holiday letter of 2000 did not focus on the millennium as may have been expected! Instead, I revamped a Star Trek-themed letter written by my husband’s cousin to highlight my husband’s aviation accomplishment…his private pilot’s license! It made for selecting paper a breeze!
The annual holiday letter read as such:
An outlook briefing for the family weather indicates clear skies and unlimited visibility. Despite some turbulence encountered in the church front, weather patterns have been relatively stable as the family settled into routines at work and play. The following review of the Graber flight log for 2000 shows the following entries:
Pilot: 35 yrs. life experience. Finished pilot certificate. Met Tim Allen at Goshen airport. Elected to Fairfield school board – first order of business, hiring a new superintendent. Regularly involve in church worship team, fantasy football, softball, and basketball. Completed duties as youth sponsor.
Co-Pilot: 34 yrs. life experience. Family Fun magazine purchased rights to a Christmas craft idea. Regularly involved in reading and scrapbooking. Enjoyed spending time with girlfriends and searching for bargains at Goodwill. Completed duties as youth sponsor. Continues as mentor of a youth at church.
First Officer: 9 yrs. life experience, 3rd grade level. Perfecting cursive handwriting. Survivor of Friedenswald primary camp. Muggle supporter of Harry Potter. Second year pianist. Passed summer swimming. Participant in Fairfield basketball camp. Interested in model rocketry, N64, and Gameboy.
Navigation Officer: 6 yrs. life experience, 1st grade level. New reader. First time flower girl. Regular user of phone system – Time and Temp. First year pianist. Passed summer swimming. Participant in gymnastics camp at the Y. Interested in drawing, cootie catchers, Barbies, and inline skating.
Cross Country trips:
- All officers to St. George Island, Florida for spring break.
- All officers to Valporaiso Easter weekend for wedding celebration.
- Co-pilot, first officer, and navigation officer to Wyoming for family visit.
- Pilot to Indianapolis couple times for school board conferences.
- Pilot to Wyoming for parental move.
- Pilot and co-pilot to Cincinnati for day at Kings Island and a Broncos game.
Flight plan: A cross-country flight from now until next year. Anticipated daily stops at Oaklawn and Benton Elementary with weekend layovers. Regular family involvement with pilot’s parents to be established. Flight expected to last 365 days with enough fuel on board to go the distance. Passengers welcome no ticketing necessary.
Checkpoints: (email addresses)
Fashion your own plane with this sheet of paper and soar the skies with us! Enjoy flight 2001!
This is one letter in which my husband did assist in writing as he had a lot more knowledge about aviation terminology and offered invaluable suggestions!