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Monday, December 21, 2009
Christmas Letter
Hello All,

The 2009, year started with Marissa in Middle School and Logan and Reagan in Elementary School. The year ended with Marissa in High School, Logan in Middle School and Reagan still in Elementary. That has been a very big change indeed!

In the world of soccer, there was an equal amount of change. Marissa (14), started the year playing select soccer with Sting 95 White. She and Fran had become increasingly frustrated with some aspects of that team. Starting in June, when select players become “free agents”, (select players sign a 1 year contract to play with a club), Marissa tried out with a Dallas Texans Team, and also with TFC (Texas Football Club) 95 Blue. She really liked the TFC team, and when they committed a spot to her, she took it. She has been a starter for TFC and more often than not, is playing 100% of the game (usually 80 min).

As I mentioned, Miss Marissa is now attending Williams High School. This fall she tried out for the Plano East Sr. High Soccer team. She is bussed from her High school to the Sr. High School at the end of each day for soccer practice. She had a bit of a setback when she was diagnosed with a stress fracture in her foot. The stress fracture kept her out of action for about three weeks. She was able to battle back and in December she was notified that she had won a spot on the JV roster!

Logan (11), also started the year with the Sting 99 Blue team. July 1, 2009, marked the date that the players Logan's age (the so-called 99s), join their first select teams. Logan had been with Sting for a year and a half, but in May she started to play some games and do training with the Solar 99 Gold team, which is the team that she eventually signed for the select year. After committing to Solar, Logan was named a captain on her team as well. Logan has really enjoyed playing with Solar, and in early December they fought their way to the finals in the TFC Blue Cup tournament. Logan has also been in the process of trying out for the Olympic Development Team for the N. Texas Soccer Association.

Reagan, (9), started the year playing soccer at Sting, just like her sisters. Last spring she decided to put more focus on Gymnastics. But during the summer, she hooked up with some of her Gymnastics buddies to play indoor Rec soccer. That group continued to play together this fall, and went on to win the PSA 4th grade league! That was the second PSA league win for Reagan, as she won the 3rd grade league two years ago with her Plano United team!

More important for Reagan is her Gymnastics. She started the year with the University of Gymnastics Competitive team where she had been enrolled since she was three years old. During the last year, they went through three coaches, and when the last one left - that was it for the team. Reagan then joined up with several of her Gym buddies over at a brand new gym called Elite Champion Gymnastics. And that was an amazing move folks, because those girls have either won or have been runners up in every meet that they competed. Reagan won the All Around Championship at the Infinite Bounds meet. And then she went on to win the State Championship in Bars (with a 9.925) and won Bronze on the Beam and Bronze All Around at the Texas State meet. Reagan works out about 15 hours per week at the gym, and it’s a non- stop workout from beginning to the end.

Chris has been doing his usual Triathlon, Track and Road Racing Routine. Chris won First Overall Masters Finisher in two triathlons (Prairieman, and Stonebridge Ranch – (which was also a State Championship), a Duathlon, and Two Road Races. Chris won his age group in the other two races that he ran with the exception of the McKinney Triathlon where Chris got a flat tire!

Chris has had a crazy year at work as well. In July Chris' boss left the company and Chris was appointed Acting Director for the team (45 staff members) on a "temporary" basis. As the year is closing, Chris is still the Acting Director for the foreseeable future! In October the Company acquired one of our competitors. Chris worked on the acquisition team, which required three trips to London and one trip to India. Exhausting.

Fran is the backbone of operation, shuttling the kids to and from school and then taking Marissa to TFC practice, Logan to Solar practice and Reagan to ECG practice. It’s tiring just thinking about it. Fran's Dad has had three surgeries in November which resulted in Fran leaving town to take care of him for a few days. And that put Chris in charge of the bus schedule, (with a detailed itinerary), which may or may not have run smoothly in her absence.

Happy Holidays

Chris Fran Marissa Logan & Reagan

Hughes Christmas Card 2009


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Great family pic! Happy New Year.
Thanks Mike! My bride did the collage!
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