Chapelle Family Photos 2009

2009 In Review

The Chapelles have been so blessed and our year has been super.  Here are some highlights from our year 2009.

Jan: Several snowboarding trips as Eric gets better and better and Lucas changed over from skiing to boarding.  Eric entered his first scooter competition at the local YMCA skate park.  Sonja continued to play oboe with her music student Kendal.

Feb: Our family trip was to Florida’s DisneyWorld to visit with our Maine friends, Claudia and Rene. It was Lucas and Eric’s first visit to the “happiest place on earth” and they thoroughly enjoyed all the attractions. Sonja loved staying at Claudia and Rene’s beautiful and spacious house that includes a swimming pool and all the amenities.  Greg finally had his chance to ride a Segway!  Eric celebrated his 13th birthday.

Mar: Lucas achieved the Arrow of Light, Cub Scouting’s highest rank, then bridged into Boy Scouts just in time to participate in a shotgun shooting weekend at Camp Pendleton with his new troop.  Eric and Lucas began a new season of Lacrosse – a running game that is a cross between soccer, basketball, football, and gladiators!

Apr:  Lucas & Greg set out to ride their bicycles across California (from the Arizona border to the ocean). On the 4th day, after a successful 50 mile day of riding in the desert, Lucas came down with a terrible stomach flu with high fever and had to “ride” back to San Diego in an ambulance. Then Lucas celebrated his 11th birthday but was still too sick to eat any b-day cake—what a trooper. 

May: Sonja traveled with mother- and sisters-in-law Glenda, Claire and Suzanne to Sedona Arizona for a girls-only spa vacation. The views were spectacular, the activities numerous, and the company delightful.  Mother’s day was spent with a picnic on the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean on the campus of Pt. Loma Nazarene University.

Jun: Eric & Lucas travelled alone to Alaska to stay with Aunt Suzanne, Uncle Dick and Cousins Wendell, William and Russell. They had a marvelous visit that included hiking, kayaking, swimming in lakes, biking and camping. Now we can’t wait to have the Harren Family visit us over Christmas break.  Oh, and while the kids were gone, Greg and Sonja enjoyed the empty nest, too!

Jul: We had a “stay-cation” at the Loews Coronado Hotel with the Reynolds family, another two Engineer/two boy family, whose company we enjoy.  Lucas, Eric, and the oldest Reynold’s son Michael took surfing lessons. Evenings after fun dinners in town were spent in the awesome pools. Cinder was even allowed on that vacation and came with us to the hotel.   We celebrated Nana Glenda’s birthday with some of her grandchildren.

Aug:  Eric, Lucas, and Greg went to Boy Scout summer camp at Lake Arrowhead.  Eric participated in the School of Rock at our church.  Lucas played his first football game of the season and scored a touchdown after breaking three tackles! By the end of the season Lucas was part of the “winningest” team of his Rancho Penasquitos Pop Warner football league.

We joined Glenda & Claire and the Padgetts in Los Angeles to celebrate Aunt Toni’s mother, Velma DelliQuadri’s, 100th birthday.

Sonja & Greg celebrated their 23rd wedding anniversary.

Sep: Eric and Greg began taking Karate lessons, Tang Su Do, with our Church’s defense ministry.  Greg took over as Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 667 in Rancho Penasquitos.

Oct:  Lucas, Eric and Sonja joined Sonja’s mother, Lia, for a trip to Germany (Munich, Bavaria,  the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart & Freiburg in the Black Forest) and France (Annecy that is close to Geneva}, Chamonix to see Mont Blanc and Paris). At 80 yrs of age Lia is doing fabulous! We visited family and friends along the way including Sonja’s Uncle Hans and her cousins Ute and Heike; Greg’s Aunt Francine (also 80 yrs young); and friends Marty and Carmela. We saw many impressive sights including the castles Linderhof, Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein of Mad King Ludwig II; climbed up halfway and slid down the 90m ski jump in Garmisch-Partenkirchen; lunch in the Italian Alps; the impressive Porsche Museum; the Eiffel Tower; the Orsay and Louvre musems; and the Arc de Triomphe. Wow! We discovered some of our favorite foods in Europe—Lucas ate chocolate in every city and also loved the bacon-wrapped salmon kabob; Eric loved the foie gras and the very raw steak tartar; and Sonja finally ate and adored authentic cheese fondue.

Eric became a Life Scout in Boy Scouts and is now working on the requirements for Eagle Scout. Boy, did he have a busy October!

Nov: Eric and Lucas went rock climbing with the Boy Scouts.  All four of us flew into San Antonio for a day on the very fun Riverwalk, visited the Alamo, and then drove to The Woodlands (near Houston) to spend Thanksgiving with Grandpa Rene and Grandma Clairice.  We thoroughly enjoyed the personal time with our family that is so far away, and shared a wonderful Thanksgiving with them.

Dec: The Alaskan cousins visited from the cold north, and Nolan returned from his first semester in College.  We celebrated by enjoying the San Diego Belmont park Giant Dipper roller coaster and doing some skiing with all the cousins at Mountain high.  The entire family received new airsoft guns for Christmas and we tried them out at the airsoft pistol park on Camp Pendleton Marine Base, which was tons  of fun!

We wish you and yours a blessed New Year of health and prosperity for 2010.

Sonja, Greg, Eric, and Lucas