Dear Friends and Family,
Thanks so much for your thoughts, greetings, facebook posts, and photos through the year.
Our year has been filled with new adventures and some of our familiar pass times. The big new adventures were for Grace and Tim. Grace picked her college, Seattle U, went off, finished her first quarter successfully and is now back home for the holidays. It is so great she can come home to Portland in a few hours on the train or by car (she doesn’t have a car on campus, so that is us going to get her). She had a bit of roommate drama but with a triple room there is at least twice the chance of that. She is in a double now and only has one roommate’s quirks to contend with. She is in the nursing program and is happy with her choice of majors so far!
Tim’s adventure is starting high school at Jesuit High School Portland. His social life is off to a great start. He was elected Homecoming Prince for the freshman class. His academics and learning just need to mostly keep up with his social life and he will do great.
Missey started a new adventure with a start up consulting company. It is familiar work because she is working with a colleague from Viewpoint Construction Software where she used to work handling reports for that product. She is working from home and enjoys a lot of flexibility but misses some of the social contact and teamwork you get working at an office. There are always tradeoffs, but she is happy with these.
I celebrated 9 years at DAT Solutions as product manager for RateView. I have a great team there and we have had a lot of success giving an up-to-date look at freight rates.
Kristin is living nearby in Hillsboro and she has been by visits and holiday celebrations with the family.
We did more family travel than usual this year but there wasn’t a big family trip. I went with Grace to Omaha to check out Creighton, it obviously got the thumbs down compared to Seattle U. Missey and I tacked a theme park vacation on to a business trip to Orlando in the Spring. My conference hotel was the Hard Rock at Universal Studios and after the conference we relocated to a Disney Hotel for the total theme park experience. Tim and I had his big 8th grade class trip to Washington D.C. I volunteered to lead the trip and, while it was a lot of work, it gave me the opportunity to get to know a lot of the kids and parents at Our Lady of the Lake much better. I safely brought back all the kids I left with, so it was a great trip. We also had a quick trip to Southern California for my sister Carolyn’s birthday. It was great to have some time with family there. Of course we took trips to Seattle to get Grace situated and even one just to visit. There was also some misc. business travel in there. Reading through the list I see why I was a bit burned out on travel for a while.
We are wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.