I can't believe it's been six months since you've been gone. We miss you something fierce. I hope you are content. I bid you peace.
There is so much to fill you in on, so much you have missed. We have to catch up. First, you'll be happy to know that Obama won the election. I think I would have heard you yell from way over here if you had seen that election night. It was pretty cool.
You'll also be happy to know that Avalon survived Hurricane Sandy. It was a really bad storm in October that knocked out much of New Jersey and some of New York. I'm sorry to say that Breezy did not do so well. Lots of damage. Remember when we drove up there to pick up Walt? That was a great trip. Didn't we go on to New England? We drove all day and night it seems. Is that when you bought that Yale sweatshirt that I "stole" from you? I can't find it now, but I'm still looking. I know you ripped the collar when it didn't fit you anymore, but you kept it, right?
Speaking of trips we went on our own cross country trip this summer just like we did when we were little. It was amazing. There were so many things we saw. The kids were great and had a blast. My favorite is still Jackson Hole. I remember when you went fishing there and I love looking at the picture mom has of you fly fishing. I hope you can do that again.
The kids are growing up so fast. Can you believe JJ and Dory are looking at high schools? I remember when you used to come over to First Avenue to walk and see JJ and we would sit and talk on the front porch. I miss those days, but hey, we all move on.
We had a great time down the shore for your birthday. We took some great pictures of the kids on the beach together. Don't worry, we didn't torment them like for our old Christmas pictures. It was really fun and they did a terrific job. I think Walt and Jay and I took about 200 pictures in the blink of about 5 minutes, maybe a little longer. We are giving one to Mom and Dad for Christmas.
What else? You know so many people miss you. There were so many at your funeral and we all love you so!
I'll never forget you sitting on the hearth here at the house last year at Christmas. I think this year I'll save that spot for you so I can feel your presence. I can hear the kids shouting "Uncle Austin, Uncle Austin!" Annie is planning the annual family Christmas concert and is also concerned that we don't have enough decorations up yet, so I'm getting to work on that.
I know I'm forgetting a lot of things, but I wanted to let you know that we love you.