2002 New Year Holiday

We returned home to Aruba for the 2002 New Year celebration.  As usual, there were lots of spectacular fireworks
(they are legal for the general population to purchase at this time of year), and plenty of dinners and parties.

Ed and Agnes' Moms were both very pleased to have extra company of their children
and grandchildren for the holidays.

The cousins assembled for the holiday.  They sure are growing fast!

The cousins holding a baby lizard that they caught and they freed.

We saw again our friend Jan Poets, who was in charge of the shooting of the documentary on
Ed's work at NASA last March (2001).  The documentary was well received on the island,
with repeat showings requested numerous times.

On New Year's day we went to Dim Sum as a large group.

One of the parties we attended was held by the Governor of Aruba.
On 1/5/02, he invited us along with many other guests to join in his New Year celebration.

Two of the guests we met at the Governor's party were Eugene Kingsale (left, Seattle Mariners),
and Calvin Maduro (right, Baltimore Orioles).  These gentlemen were born and raised in Aruba.
The three of us were introduced as young Arubans with special careers.

After our suggestions, my daughter decided to cut her hair shorter.  Here we see the full lenghth and
the shorter version.  The shorter length allows her to take care of it herself, and she looks much
better with it now.

The big moment.  Her first haircut since she was a baby.  The original length was 31 inches.
The hair was cut as a braid so that it could be donated to make a wig for cancer victims.

We spent one week of the two week vacation at the Aruba Marriott Hotel.  It was a
great way to finish the vacation.  We had a lot of fun, swimming and sunning
every day.  The two pools were huge, and Stephanie learned to swim this

There were many nights out including this one at a local ice cream shop.

There were many beautiful sunsets from the beach.  This one was shot from the
fishing pier near our hotel.

On our last night there, we took the kids fishing on the fishing pier.  Stephanie caught a 3 inch fish, and
it wiggled off the hook back into the ocean.  So unfortunately, no picture of said fish.  Needless
to say, they enjoyed the fishing tremendously.

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