I have written and mailed a Christmas greeting every year since 1996. Some years this greeting consisted of a few lines on a post card and some years an elaborate picture card and letter.
This year, I decided to 'KISS' (Keep It Simple Stupid (don't tell Kyle I just used this word or I will be in big trouble with him)) the holiday season and along the way save some postage, paper and time.
As always, it has been a crazy and busy year for us and this once cozy little community that we are privileged to call home. Cattle prices have been strong. Flourishing economies in Japan and other places abroad have made the high quality genetics of the high plains much more valuable than they once were. The Bakken is crazy right now and is good for Main Street, but at the same time hard on infrastructure and stress levels.
Business is good and the family is doing well also! Pete's mom and dad moved into their new house (on the ranch) in late August. Kyle loves have them close and so do we. My mom and dad are enjoying retirement. Did I mention that Pete quit his 'town' career in February 2012? He doesn't get off the place much now. Lucky duck! I past four months I worked for the new veterinarians in town helping them with the things that small start up businesses need help with. December 21st was my last day there.
Kyle has a new cousin, Jaden a new sister and Kim and Lee a new daughter. Morgan Rita Murphy was born on November 30th.
WE HAVE NOT MOVED BUT HAVE A NEW ADDRESS (compliments of the dysfunction that comes with having a mega influx of people moving into a sleepy little community in a very short period of time). PLEASE UPDATE OUR ADDRESS TO:
Pete, Vawnita and Kyle Best
1930 118th Ave NW
Watford City ND 58854
(If our 911 address is 19030, the little post office in the middle of the Bakken will happily send your mail back to you and not deliver it to us. They take great pride in following ALL the rules.)
|Our dining room Christmas tree! Merry Christmas from the ranch!|
|Our basement Christmas tree, a badlands cedar. Yes, the lights are GREEN and GOLD. Yes. As a matter of fact they are BISON green and gold. Why, yes! They are playing for the NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP on January 5th!|
We are thankful for friends and family as we look back at 2012! We understand that our fortunes and freedoms are those very few ever experience! We know that we live in a special place and we are thankful for being able to live, work and play here close to the things that we cherish, value and love!
|From our back deck on Christmas Day morning 2012!|
BEST WISHES FOR A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Pete, Vawnita, Kyle, Tyra and the rest of the crew (three cats, sixteen horses and two hundred and forty cows)