Happy New Year and welcome to our Christmas web page 2018!
Another busy year with lots of good things and at least one interesting change. In October Steve started working for Zeiss half time. It was perfect timing because on Nov. 6 I had knee replacement surgery and Steve has had plenty of time to take care of me, getting ice, driving me to appointments and cheering me on. I’m slowly making friends with my new knee and hope to get back to painting and the rest of my life in January (or maybe February).
Our kids all arrived in Petaluma on Dec. 15. They stayed for several days and we did all of the usual family Christmas festivities (mostly eating). Ryan, Heidi, and Kasper are settling into their life in southern California. Kasper is 3 and a half and adorable and mischievous. He goes to a co-op preschool located across the street from the beach. Ryan is still working for Whole Foods. He and Heidi are both building their resumes and client lists with independent work. Ryan in sound design. Heidi in graphic design.
Kyle is still living in Austin and working for the University on research he was doing as a grad student. He is currently making frequent trips to a lake in Idaho where they are testing something in very cold water.
Besides our usual trips to Long Beach and Oregon, in March Steve made what will likely be his last business trip to Australia. I joined him in Adelaide. On the way home we stopped in French Polynesia where we stayed in resorts on the islands of Bora Bora and Moorea. We also spent a few days in Auckland New Zealand. Our wedding anniversary isn’t until June, but we still called it the celebration of our 45th.
In late September we traveled to Long Beach, Las Vegas and then went on to Utah to visit Bryce Canyon and Zion national Park. In the future we plan to make a lot more use of our senior National Park passes.
Between trips we had visitors who came to see the beautiful Sonoma County. We enjoyed time with friends from England and some of Steve’s German co-workers. We have 2 guest rooms just waiting for friends and family to come visit.
Wishing you peace and health.
A few more pictures for your perusal….