Dear Friends and
We wish you a
very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
You are in our thoughts throughout the year, and this is our
share our yearly blessings with you.
pursued his passion of music production and graduated
from Icon Collective (Burbank, California) in June. He quickly moved
his beloved Flagstaff, Arizona; a sharp contrast to the fast paced,
environment of Los Angeles. In the spring, “ECHAP”
was invited to DJ at the
Orpheum in Flagstaff for an EDM music concert, along with several other
The whole family decided to tag along for the concert. Eric has set
challenge to produce an EP (basically an album) in the next few months,
we’ll understand if the release is delayed. It’s
hard to get time to work on
the music while also pursuing ones other passion of outdoor sports. Eric is currently a
snowboard instructor at
Snowbowl near Flagstaff. Skiing in Arizona, you ask? It turns out there
12,000 ft volcanic mountain, Mount Humphreys, and Flagstaff is nestled
the mountain at 6900 ft within a 30-minute drive. The highest lift goes
11,500 ft which is higher than most ski areas in Colorado.
is in the middle of his
second year at community college, hammering out those electives and
division requirements. He has his sights set on some type of
is still exploring which type of engineering he is interested in
etc.). As an avid computer gamer he certainly knows his way around the
computer. He has been teaching himself different programming languages
for fun”! Dad gets to jump in and help problem solve from
time to time, which
gives them a chance to learn new things together. I think I heard that
was in the early phases of planning for his own video application, but
concrete just yet.
We’ve had the pleasure of
hosting Darryl Harris and his wife Sarah while he was in firefighting
and his probationary year with the San Diego Fire Department. As he
end of this first year, they found an apartment in San Diego where they
their two dogs, Lilly and Penny, and are expecting their first child in
We are so proud of Darryl who will surely serve our city with
of Sarah to have put up with his crazy schedule while working and going
school full time. We
nest feelings after they left, since they injected activity into our
brightened our home. But we are happy they are now moving forward to
down and make their future as a family in San Diego.
wet winter rains combined with a beautiful spring
resulted in a “super bloom” of wildflowers in our
local desert. Sonja and Greg
journeyed to the fields of flowers to enjoy their splendor. The hillsides were
awash with a blaze of
blooming flowers that we greatly enjoyed.
Greg has also been doing a lot of hiking
with the Boy Scouts and the San
Diego Natural History Museum’s Canyoneers. He’s
learned where to find some
beautiful slot canyons and mountain meadows. Eric and Greg hiked the
Mt. Whitney, the highest mountain in the lower 48 states, with hopes of
summiting, but the July weather included strong thunderstorms that
back to base camp.
continues to work on the software for a new aircraft
arrestment system for US Navy aircraft carriers that demonstrated its
aircraft landing this year. A huge achievement!
the spring, Sonja purchased a new car. Our first new
car in 20 years! She
used it to take
several trips to Colorado to visit her Mother Lia who turns 89 in
and her sister Heidi. The first one she drove solo (2500 miles round
trip). The most
recent trip was a week in November with
Greg and Suki, where we not only visited Lia & Heidi, but
managed to be at
Eric’s home in Flagstaff where he hosted his first
discovered a new passion of teaching Sunday school children
(1st - 5th grade) with
Greg and our friend Jennifer. It
was a chance for Sonja to be creative in order to engage the kids with
games, and Bible lessons. Sonja
surprised at how much she liked teaching the children.
August, Sonja and Greg set out on an epic road trip to
Idaho to see the total solar Eclipse. We camped at a small family owned
vacation hotel where the owners opened up some of their property for
camp on and were amazed by the event.
see the sun completely blotted out by the moon was a once in a lifetime
experience and one we will never forget. The two minutes of darkness
too quickly and we were so glad we made the extra effort see it!
coming year all 4 of us are planning to visit our
European family and see the sights. We are very excited and are still
planning stages. Our
plans include visits
to France, Belgium, and Great Britain, but it may change.
you all the best this year,
Eric, Lucas and Sonja Chapelle