by Eldon & Carlene Chittick
Merry Christmast and Happy New Millenium!
With our first retirement year under our belts, we're happy
to report that we've thrived, as well as survived. Like so
many new retirees, we've discovered, our year has been so
busy that we wonder how we had time to work before.
clan from 25 yrs ago.
Our year started off with mom Chittick falling and breaking
her hip the night before she was to fly to pennsylvania for
Christmas with Arden, Nina and family. She recovered fairly
well and was finally able to make it to PA this spring for
We spent time in Arizona and Texas in April, renewing relationships
from college that we haven't seen for 35 years, and visiting
Carlene's cousins in Dallas and San Antonio. Then our #2 grandchild/first
granddaughter, Alicia Quilene Heuer, was born on may 19th
to Shawna and Brad. We call her Ally, or "the gerber
baby", because she looks just like the baby on the old
Gerber baby food jars.
Our summer was busy with visitors from Germany, Texas, and
New Mexico, then Eldon's 60th birthday party in July, which
was topped off by our son, Denny, shockng everyone by presenting
Eldon with a new Dodge Ram 350 pickup truck. Now Eldon has
a new toy and possibly a future towing device for a trailer
or 5th wheel if we decide to do the snowbird/retirement thing.
We spent 2 weeks in Colorado Springs again in September to
help out during hte busy season at Galapagos, a T-shirt company
that Denny is part owner of. Then shortly thereafter, we spent
two weeks traveling in North and South Carolina and Savanna,
Georgia for the first time along with Eldon's partner and
wife, Milt & Maxine Klein.
Denny continues to enjoy semi-retirement, with lots of travel
and recreation time here and elsewhere. Sharla is still marketing
her computer programs, but has recently been teaching part-time
locally at North Idaho College and will be full time beginning
in January. Sage, Sharla's son, is a very active 4-year old
and can hardly wait to snowmobile with Papa, Uncle Denny and
Uncle Brad. Shawna is busy but happy being a working mother
while Brad continues hustling for UPS. This spring Quilene
spent 7 fabulous weeks touring South Africa with two other
girlfriends from Coeur D'Alene. She is still in Corvallis
working and enjoying life. We went to see her and Egan twice
Snowmobiling has started again and all the kids will be here
Love to you all,
Eldon & Carlene