...And welcome to my Christmas web page.
Our Christmas card is digital this year. Maybe it'll help save a tree. As you can see, it is attached to my art website, but I think it can only be seen by the friends and family who get the link. And yes, I confess, I'm also using this greeting as an opportunity to improve my website skills.
For Steve and I, one of the highlights of 2016 is the time we spent with our grandson, Kasper. He is one and a half years old. He walks, runs, climbs, and falls. And he wants so much to talk to us. He's doing very well with "hot tea". He's having a harder time with "blueberries". He did not like the mall Santa Claus (who I must say, was very good). But, when Steve put on a Santa hat, he was happy to sit on Opa's lap and try to figure the whole thing out.
Steve is still working for Zeiss. He went to Germany twice.
We traveled north to Yachats Oregon for a few days. I traveled to Santa Fe NM with a group of girlfriends.
I'm still painting and showing my artwork at the Riverfront Art Gallery in Petaluma. Heidi has been working hard getting me on Etsy. You can find me at KSprattArt.
Another big highlight of 2016 was the wedding of Ryan and Heidi. In early September they were married at City Hall in San Francisco. It's a beautiful building and getting married there is all the rage.
Kyle is still living in Austin, Texas doing post doc work. As far as I can tell, he does research and writes papers. He made a few trips to California in 2016. He was here at Thanksgiving and then flew to Hawaii for a conference.
Ryan and Heidi did go on a honeymoon to Italy after their wedding which meant that we had Kasper for 10 days. During that time I learned what it truly means to be a grandparent. The day after he went back to his parents I missed him so much...his cute voice, his cuddles. At the same time I was so happy to be on my own to do as I pleased. In spite of this dichotomy of feelings, or maybe because of it, it turns out grandparenting is the greatest thing! Kind of like having your cake and eating it too.
Worldwide, 2016 brought us some interesting surprises. I'm grateful that I continue to live such a happy, priviledged life in a beautiful place. I hope that all of you who read this letter are also living joyful lives.