Sunday, December 19, 2004

The Bedner Family Posted by Hello

Happy Holidays!

The Bedner Year in Review

Happy holidays everyone! We hope everyone has a wonderful and safe holiday season. This year has brought many new things our way! We are so thankful for our friends and our family - we love you all so very much!

David made TSgt this year and we couldn't be prouder. He took a new position at the Pentagon that brought him longer hours and more time away from the family. We made do though, and can't wait until we are out of the D.C. area. He continues to work on his college courses, works part time at the Department of the Interior, and did get to play a little football this year. His shoulder surgery earlier this year didn't sideline him very long.

Elena continued work on this year, growing and expanding her business. Scrapbooking is still a big hobby for her. She continues to sell on Ebay and is starting to get paid to scrapbook for others. She plan on expanding her horizons by offering her web design services for hire in the coming year. She also continues work on her college classes, and was asked to be a spokesperson for a Military Spouse Scholarship program that the school is offering. She visited Capitol Hill this year to speak on the subject, and plans to be more active in the coming year for this cause. She is very lucky to have the scholarship herself as the school is not offering it to any new spouses due to lack of funding. Between the kids, her business, and school this year was super busy!

Jimmy continues to excel at school. We are so proud of his achievements. He made Student of the Day 9 times this year - the most out of anyone in his class. He also earned Attendance, Citizenship, and Honor Roll Awards this year. He continues to show a love for Math, PE (his favorite subject he says), and the NY Giants! His last report card was all A's and one B. He has a new teacher that recently took over the class and he is doing great. We are still waiting to see if he is going to be moved up to 4th grade math. Jimmy's teachers continue to tell us that he is a delight to have in the classroom...

Derek is growing like a weed! He is so big and talkative. It is so funny to hear the things that come out of his mouth... He has memorized a whole scene of the movie "Rudy" - amazing for a 2 year old!! He says he wants to grow up big and strong and play football like Rudy. We had a scare with him about a month back. Dave had to go to the emergency room with him, because of a terrible cough. We feared that it was pneumonia all over again. It turned out to be the Croup. It wasn't serious though and went away after a couple of days. Derek is a funny little fellow... He is a challenge (his terrible two's are here), but a joy to be around.

That pretty much sums up our year in review. I hope this finds you all doing well, and enjoying your Christmas.

Our Best to You in 2005,
The Bedners

Thursday, December 02, 2004

"Tacking on" Daddy's Rank Posted by Hello

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Dave's Promotion

Dave pinned on Technical Sergeant today. Elena and the kids went to the Pentagon to pin on his new stripe. The ceremony was hosted by one of Dave's bosses (Colonel Caniano). He's an Army Colonel and a Yankees guy :) Dave acknowledged Elena and the boys as his inspiration and main reason for this stripe. Elena thinks it was because of his smarts but Dave credits her optimism and support. Master Segeant is his next goal although he won't be eligible to test for that stripe until February 2006...plenty of time to study :)

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