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This past year has been a crazy and exciting time for the Clark Clan. This is the first post in a series recapping some of the more noteworthy and significant events of 2010

Family Update

This December, Melanie and I celebrated 17 years of marriage. Honestly, it doesn’t feel like it has been that long. Looking back, it is crazy to think about all that we have experience and been through together. Crazier still is the fact that our relationship is stronger than ever. Looking back now, the last 17 years has exceeded my wildest expectations!

Melanie’s hard work and commitment to her Arbonne business has paid off in the form of significant growth this year. Her network of contacts continues to expand and she is finding new opportunities on a weekly basis. This year she is working on earning a family trip to the Atlantis resort in August of 2011 (I certainly hope she makes it!) Best of all, the entire family benefits from flexibility that she has in terms or work/life balance.

Nathan turned 8 this year and started second grade. He is reading at a fourth grade level which I attribute to his strong interest in dinosaurs. Have you ever read a dinosaur encyclopedia cover to cover? This year he had a significant growth spurt and is now a full head taller than anyone in his class. As a result, we upgraded his ATV to a 110cc shifter model this summer. It won’t be long before he is riding his own machine on our all-day trail rides!

Zack is in all-day kindergarten and is big into arts and crafts. My corkboard is loaded with colored cutouts of 4 legged At-At walkers (from Star Wars) that he makes from scratch. He has shot up in size as well but is still skinny as a rail. He inherited Nathan’s “old” ATV this summer and has finally gained enough confidence to keep up with his older brother while riding. They are both going to be hell on wheels very soon!

The Clark Clan grew by last December when we welcomed an 8 month-old Rottweiler puppy into our lives. Now a year old and 80 pounds, Zeus is maturing to be an exceptional dog. He is gentle and protective over the boys and exceptionally smart. He still has another 8 months or so to grow so I expect he’ll reach 100 to 120 pounds total. The perfect size for fending off mountain lions and bears when we are out camping!

As for me, I recently received promotion at Agilent and I am now managing pricing for half of the company. It is a challenging role that will expand my skills in the finance arena and give me great exposure into other areas of the company. In my “spare” time, I am running two separate businesses; Kegerator Kustoms, and Shawn Clark Consulting my web design and hosting company.

Kegerator Kustoms is a partnership with my buddy Jay. We founded the company in January of this year and have been churning out “custom” kegerators on a regular basis. Right now it is basically running itself but I would like to step up our marketing efforts and take it to the next level. If only I had the time!

Shawn Clark Consulting, my web design and consulting business, has grown considerably this year. I received two huge contracts and a number of new clients. Jobs and client request have been steady throughout the year and look to continue in 2011. It is great to see things finally take off, and even better to reap the rewards!

Tune in here again next week for the next installment in the 2010 Recap series.

We don’t tend to return to the same place very often. There are too many new places out there that we haven’t seen or experienced. Lake City is one exception.

We returned to the high country in Southwest Colorado for our fourth consecutive year to experience all there is to see and do on the Alpine Loop. This area truly has it all; Lakes, rivers, altitude, 12,000′ plus passes, sweeping views, and quaint historic towns. This year, we brought a number of friends with us who have heard us gush over the Alpine Loop but had not experienced it themselves.

In total, 23 people made the trip. Some stayed a few days and others (like us) stayed the full 10 day period. There were community meals, coordinated rides and a number of side excursions to the nearby shooting range, lake, and a number of scenic waterfalls. At one point, there was also a dire emergency.

My friends wife who suffers from Diabetes blacked out while riding her ATV near the top of Engineer Pass (elevation 12,805). As a result, her ATV went off the trail and about 100 yards down a very steep rocky embankment. A member of our party who was riding behind her managed to jump off his ATV and stop her from rolling further down the mountain. Two of us then rode different directions to alert Search and Rescue and it took a number of hours to get her transported off the side of the mountain to the hospital. She was very lucky and had relatively minor injuries ( likely due to the fact that she was unconscious wen she was rolling). The hospital released her after one day of observation and she managed to join the rest of the group the next day.

I have posted a number of pictures on Flickr from this trip as well as the aftermath of the accident. You can also find photos from trips we have take in years past. Just click the Flickr icon at the top of the page to view the albums. Even after all the excitement this year we plan on returning again to Lake City next year. In fact, the planning has already begun!

Christmas Puppy

on December 24, 2009 in Family | No Comments »

After months of looking I finally found the perfect puppy-addition to the Clark Clan.

Zeus, a full-blooded Rottweiler, was born on 10/20/2009 and joined the family on 12/15 at exactly 8 weeks old. I quickly realized that I had forgotten how difficult the puppy stage can be; the first three nights were brutal, but Zeus finally got over the separation anxiety and was sleeping through the night by day 4. Since then, life has consisted of potty runs every hour and basic training on name recognition and simple commands like “no”  and “come”.

Overall he is a great dog; Super smart and learning quickly which is a good thing since I expect him to be huge. His father is a big-boned monster at 165 pounds but had one of the sweetest temperament that I have seen in a Rotty of that size. Zeus has been great with the boys and with the other dogs and cats that he has been introduced to. The boys are stoked and frankly, so am I.

It is going to be great to watch him grow up with Nathan and Zack.