November 28, 2020: Whoa! Over a year since my last update -- sorry dear reader! A lot has happened this past year!
Early on in 2020 we went to Legoland, and the kids were super lucky to be picked to open the park gates one morning! This time we stayed at the new "castle hotel" which was cool, and we also got to meet up with friends who were there at the same time.
Of course, there is a global pandemic! Luckily we're all able to work/school from home (albeit with some adjustment as we're all at home at the same time), and have been mostly staying at home and staying safe. We even bought a giant castle to keep the kids occupied. At first I was a little skeptical, but it turned out to be a huge success. Grocery delivery is something I may consider doing more of even after this is all over. Pretty convenient, even if some of the substitutions the shoppers choose are unusual... at least then it forces me to try new things!
At work we successfully launched (and landed) Bob and Doug to the International Space Station. Since then we've started the "operational" mission, and have launched four more astronauts on the Crew-1 mission. The entire family eager watched the launches/landing together, and it was very exciting to be part of it.
Politics has been a much bigger part of our lives these past few years, and the recent presidential election was no exception. I'm glad of the (eventual) outcome, but still concerned about many things (reconciling the people in this country, averting climate change, equality for all, etc). At least it's now moving in the right direction.
(American) Thanksgiving was a couple days ago. While different, and smaller, than previous years we still managed to have a delicious, fancy dinner.
I hope everyone is able to stay safe and healthy!
October 15, 2019: Sorry for the enormous delay! I've been to update for months now... but you know how it is!
Anywho... had a fun 40th birthday! I'm so old now... almost forgot what I even did -- had a nice dinner with friends and went to do a cool escape room. And got a Nintendo Switch! Been meaning to show it to the kids and play Mario Kart with them... but instead I've been hogging it all to myself. Don't want them to get hooked too early!
Everyone else had fun birthdays as well: Marshall's was Octonaut themed, Ryan's was Dragons Love Tacos themed, and Char had some crafty days with friends.
We did a bunch of traveling so far this too: LA for work and Legoland, Portland for fun (I worked double-remote), and even Paris for 10 action-packed days! The kids did super well in Paris! Handled the jetlag, long days, and even longer museums with hardly any complaints. They even tried new foods like escargot! Disneyland Paris was a lot of fun, but so were the simple things like sailing little boats in Luxemburg Gardens. Found a bunch of carousels to ride, and some even had the rings to catch on the way around (I'd only ever heard of that before but hadn't actually seen it).
March 17, 2019: DEMO-1 WAS A HUGE SUCCESS! I went down for my longest trip away yet (5.5 days) to help support the Demo-1 mission. We successfully launched, docked, undocked, and landed all within 8 days! It was super exciting being down there, and even got to spend some time in mission control helping out with things. I've been working on it for almost my entire 4 years at SpaceX, and it was great to see everyone's hard work pay off and the vehicle execute so smoothly!
Back in January we went over to Toronto for a family visit (sorry to all the friends we didn't get a chance to see). It was fun, and with just a short cold spell to give that taste of winter.
In other news Ryan has started taekwando classes with a preschool friend. I love living vicariously through him! :P
December 26, 2018: Merry (Belated) Christmas!
Happy Boxing Day!
Had a fun holiday with the family -- kids are old enough now to get excited and leave out cookies for Santa (yum!). Spent some time with the in-laws, and we are headed up to Canada in the new year. We got our first cut tree this year (the last two years we tried the "live tree in a pot" thing, but they don't seem to quite make it to the year after), and I'm unexpectedly excited about it. Especially now that I also got a wifi plug and can ask Alexa to turn the Christmas tree lights on and off for me.
Preemptively wishing everyone a Happy New Year!
November 3, 2018: Had a couple fun birthdays recently! Ryan had a very busy popcorn/carnival themed birthday party (complete with carnival games and prizes)... and Charlene had a confetti themed party!
In not as great news, both Ryan and I visited the ER rooms last month! I dislocated my shoulder while climbing in LA (an interesting time comparing the shoulder resetting experience to what I'd learned in my WFR course). Then the week after Ryan fell down the stairs ("I was having fun until the end") and broke his clavicle. We were sling buddies for a bit, but now he's already all done with it -- tomorrow will be a sling-free day!
Busy with work as usual, heading back to Houston next week for more NASA testing!