Happy Holidays 2009

Happy Holidays
Ray, Laura, Kelly & Brett

2009 was the second year in our new house. It is starting to feel more like home! After putting the airplane hanger on the property last year, Ray set about filling it up with his toys. Under one roof he is able to store the motorhome, ski boat, catamaran, motorcycle trailer and his truck. One of the benefits of living in the county is that you can have all your “stuff” on your property and no one gets annoyed.  The house projects continued this year at a much slower pace, added a drainage system and drought resistant plants. Now that the rain has softened up the earth we’ve embarked on the last two landscaping projects, a waterscape and wood burning fire ring. We also added a pet and she has helped us settle in a little more, too! See pictures below.

It has been a big year for Kelly, job promotion, post grad classes, three weeks travel in Europe and two years with her boyfriend.  She is liking her new position working on the unmanned drones. A bit closer to the engineering side of things!  She is getting more involved in the Society of Women Engineers and now maintains both the San Diego and Southwestern Region web pages.  She has embarked on a series of classes in Digital Avionics, sponsored by her employer ($9,000!).  Her ambition of becoming a motivational speaker became a reality by presenting “What Does it Mean to be Green, At Home, In Your Office and for the Holidays” to 62 attendees at Mom’s insurance associations Holiday Luncheon.  In her spare time she has been gardening, rock climbing, and enjoying all San Diego has to offer!

Brett has completed yet another year of college courses, just three more semesters to graduation! After completing five finals, he is very happy that he has made it successfully to the five week semester break! He has continued his student intern position at Northrop Grumman, Information Systems working in the Network Communications Division. He has been assigned some substantial duties that are essential for his work group. Those duties have led to some serious hours this past summer which of course cut into his surfing and travel time.  His computer repair business continues to grow with referrals coming in from his existing clients.  He also manages both of his parents’ business websites. His newest toy is a new dirt bike, YZ250 replacing the YZ125 he has had since the 8th grade. And it is desert season in Southern California!

Dad is slowly phasing into retirement mode.  He is only working four 12 hour days and even cutting two of those to 8 hours!  Good progress. He searched and searched for just the right motorhome, it was time to move on from the bunk bed style that had been our family home away from home for the last 15 years. He loves his new mountain bike and rides religiously every Saturday with his bike group. For sure in 2010 Mom is going to get a life!  Other than work her biggest adventure is helping the kids with laundry, cleaning and projects.  We are signed up to start a yoga class at the senior center in January and for a series of eight ice skating lessons!

Kelly’s boyfriend invited us to climb Mt. Saint Helen’s this summer.  Mom, Dad and Brett combined that with an 18-day road trip / adventure starting the 3rd of July.  We spent 4th of July with Laura’s sister Lucy and her family, then continued north touring the Oregon coast and on into Washington to meet up with Kelly, Jeremiah, and his family. You can see the pictures of this high adventure mountain climb and road trip on the family website at www.seilerfam.com

The bikes have been prepped and we are ready to spend New Year’s in the desert!

From our house to yours Happy Holidays!

 

2 thoughts on “Happy Holidays 2009

  1. Very nice letter! Hope we can fit in some hiking or lunching around SD next year. Have a great New Year in the desert. H.

  2. Nice letter. It sounds like everyone had a very successful year.
    Cant wait to see you in the Desert on Thursday.

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