send you our wishes for a wonderful holiday with friends and family and
some well-earned days of vacation. Greg and I get 9 precious vacation
days and of course there are five of them in November and December, so
we really do earn our time off by year end.
and Lucas are keeping busy with school. Eric is living in North
Hollywood (near Universal Studios and "beautiful downtown Burbank") and
attending a 1-year music production program at Icon Collective. He
finishes in June. It's an exciting challenge Eric has set for himself
and we're excited to see what the future will bring. Housing is
expensive in LA, so he is sharing a studio apartment. And what do you
get with engineers for parents? A dividing wall for privacy that is
neither nailed to the ceiling nor the floor that we built from two
doors and telescoping table legs! His full size, loft bed is 6' in the
air, freeing up considerable space underneath for his music equipment.
is attending community college that allows him to live at home. His
goal is to transfer to a UC school in the future and possibly study
Engineering. Living at home works just fine since Lucas bought himself
a beautiful pure bred Corgi puppy a year ago and there is no dorm that
would let him have a dog. Her name is Suki.
reached his 12th year of volunteering with a local Boy Scout troop and
still enjoys the frequent camping and hiking that entails. Mid-year he
was recruited to a different division in his company is very happy to
be actively using his particular skills of both electronics and
software engineering in his new position.
continues to demonstrate her organizational skills as a product line
manager; balancing the priorities of what needs to be done today with
what needs planning for future manufacturing activities. Since her work
can sometimes be stressful she’s taken up crafting jewelry to
distract her and give her a creative outlet. This year Sonja and Greg
celebrated 30 years of marriage!
the later part of the year we opened our home to Darryl, who is
attending the San Diego Fire Academy, and his wife Sarah. It’s
been a pleasure to have them in our home as we observe firsthand the
ups and downs of the rigorous firefighter training challenges that must
be conquered. They brought their two dogs with them, so now our home
accommodates a pack of five dogs that enjoy chasing each other around
and maneuvering themselves to sit on their favorite laps.