Merry Christmas 2017

December 24, 2017

Dear friends and family,

2017 has brought lots of big changes for our family. The biggest is Boyd’s retirement! Yes, he finally did it and is looking forward to cooking me breakfast, cleaning and organizing the garage, painting our house, gun shows, visiting gun shops, and in general anything he pleases. He is so excited and although it’s just happened, he’s already slipping right in to his new chapter very nicely. We also have a new addition to our family. We added a new Pomeranian this month. His name is Scout and we are already in love with him. After losing our 16-year-old Pom several years ago we didn’t think we could ever go through that again, but now with Boyd retiring and my business travel coming to an end it seemed like the perfect time to get a puppy.

My year began recovering from a knee replacement in November of 2016. I’m happy to report that after about 8 months I finally got to a point that I didn’t even notice my knee. It began to feel just like mine and it has been the biggest relief to me. I’m back to walking without pain. I traveled to Spain and France with Hillary in February and I’m convinced walking 8-10 miles a day did the trick in breaking in my new knee. I came home, and all my swelling was gone. Highly recommend a trip to Europe to recover from surgery. It was the perfect rehab.

We moved Hillary from Austin, TX to Birmingham, AL in the fall. She kept her job at IBM and continues to work from home in her tiny apartment in downtown Birmingham. Aside from that tiny apartment she seems very happy being closer to family and visits frequently. She pet sits our cat Lucy and now will be taking care of Scout when we travel. Hillary and I hope to do some traveling together this coming year as well.

Thanksgiving we drove to Wyoming to take the last of Eric & Casey’s Alabama stuff from their move two years ago. Both of us made trips out to visit them together and separately. I took my 80-year-old mom with me in October to celebrate Maggie’s 5th birthday. We had a wonderful time and mom enjoyed getting to see where they live now. Caleb started 3rd grade and every time I see him he continues to turn into Eric. Every stage he is more and more like him. Eric is the best dad to his kids. But it’s Casey that makes their home a home and she’s an awesome mom. She does an excellent job of raising our grandchildren and we couldn’t be prouder of both of them. We love visiting them and Boyd plans to spend several weeks out there this coming year to help them remodel the bathrooms and kitchen in their home among other things like hunting.

I’ve just finished my year as president of the Montgomery Area Association of REALTORS®. I visited D.C. and Chicago this year. After several years of volunteering in leadership with our Association, I’m both sad and happy to see it end. I’ve made great relationships with several agents both here in Montgomery and around the country. I’ll continue to be involved in both the local and state association, but a far smaller role. My traveling will now be concentrated with Boyd and leisure. Our company, House & Home Real Estate, continues to do well. I’ll continue with that until I retire. Our partners and agents are the best and we have been truly blessed in our success since opening 3.5 years ago.

2018…. Bring it on. Boyd and I are looking forward to this new chapter of our life. Perhaps some of you may see us this coming year. We plan to do some visiting and traveling to see some of you!

Merry Christmas!

Boyd and Carol

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