Archive for January, 2008

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, January 1st, 2008

Family Portrait December 2007

2007 in review: Here’s our holiday letter along with new December pictures!

Allyndreth is 4 1/2 going on 30. She was definitely born with an old soul, but her maturity, mental acumen and physical abilities continue to awe and amaze us. Plus, she is absolutely statuesque — many mistake her for a first grader. She goes to preschool three days a week and spends the rest of her time indulging her passion for movement. She goes to dance and gymnastics once a week, and Tae Kwon Do three times a week. She loves the grace and beauty of dance, the tricks and tumbling of gymnastics and the combination of strength and agility in Tae Kwon Do. Getting the opportunity to beat up boys in the dojang isn’t so bad either. In her “free time” Allyndreth has chosen to join two children’s choirs at Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church (LOPC), Sunbeams (pre-K/Kindergarten choir) and Psalmsters (1st-3rd grade choir). She is angling to join the church’s Gospel Choir as well.

Tyrian just turned 7 and continues to be a perpetual motion machine. His formal sport is Tae Kwon Do, which suits him well with his natural abilities in grace, strength and physicality. He’s always ready for a pick-up game of soccer, basketball, football, capture the flag or anything that involves running, running and more running. First grade has been a boon to him and his knowledge is exploding in the three Rs. His favorite subject is science and his school has a great science program to accommodate this interest. His teacher, Mrs. Blair, is one of our greatest blessings of 2007. Tyrian can build anything out of anything and is always involved in an engineering project of some sort. He is infinitely creative and we marvel at what his brain comes up with. He is also a gifted vocalist and sings in the Psalmsters choir at LOPC.

2007 brought Matt a new job. In the spring, he began BARTing to San Francisco to fulfill his new role as SWAT Team Manager at StubHub. Although he relishes the levels of responsibility and technical challenges at StubHub, the greatest fringe benefit has been the chance to bury his banker’s clothes deep in the closet and don jeans and a T-shirt again as God intended a dotcom guy to wear. On the side, Matt still does some consulting work for his own company, WebPlumbers, has myriad irons in the fire on personal projects and sings with the Chamber Singers at LOPC.

In the summer of 2007, Christina made a career shift from freelance writer to children’s choir director at LOPC. Through the fall she taught two classes for the Sunbeams choir and led one rehearsal a week for Psalmsters. Both programs are new to the church and have proven very successful in the first three months. Sunbeams is even launching a third weekly class starting in January to meet demand. Christina is continuing her writing by posting weekly columns on Art And About, the Web version of the entertaining soapbox column she used to write for Contra Costa Newspapers about the vital role the arts play in our daily lives. And she satisfies her love of singing as a member of the LOPC Chamber Singers. She continues to work her way through the house redecorating room by room. With only the laundry room left to transform, she is turning her design energy toward the backyard in early 2008. Poor Matt keeps thinking he gets to put his tools away…

May the New Year bring you peace of heart and joy of spirit!