|We left on
vacation on October 15th, on a trip to the east coast and for cousin
Sara Luksiewicz's Bat Mitvah. Click here
returned just in time for Halloween. Katelyn was a pink princess.
Cousin Andrea dressed up like a witch and took her door-to-door
in the neighborhood, with the rest of us (including Sidney) tagging
along behind. Click here
for Halloween pictures.
things we've been doing:
the big move to a big-girl bed on
November 5, complete with pink comforter, pillows, sheets, and a
matching lamp. Grandma Adrien, in one day, made beautiful pink curtains
with white ruffles. Katelyn loved it!
judged the Columbus Day Parade in San Francisco on October 10.
and Lauren came over for BBQ and a visit on the November 6.
judged the Veteran's Day parade in San Francisco on November 7.
Pam move from San Francisco to San Jose on November 13.
visited Grandma Frances (Mission Viejo) on November 16, then worked at
the Oracle Openworld Conference at the L.A. Convention Center on the 17th
thereafter, on the 14th, Katelyn got up in the morning by herself, without
calling for someone to come get her like she used to in her crib. She's
also checked on getting laser vision correction surgery. Looks like she's
a good candidate, but it'll probably wait a while because...we're right
in the middle of a cycle of IVF, in-vitro fertilization. It's a long process
of precisely timed medications and procedures. Hopefully we'll know if
we're successful by Christmas!
had a bunch of family over for Thanksgiving - we have a lot to be thankful
for, that we have family close by and we can all share happy times together.
spent Labor Day weekend visiting Gail and Wally (childhood friends of Kathie)
at their place outside of Grass Valley. It was nice and relaxing, spending
time on their boat and just hanging out. Well, except for the boat breaking
down and needing to be towed in to the dock!
Adrien got everything together and moved on September 9. Kathie, Marilyn,
Glynis, and Tim flew down there, packed the truck with some help from Jim
(the new owner of the house) and two hired laborers, then drove back partly
that day and partly the next. Then we unloaded some at the house and some
at the storage unit, returned the truck, and collapsed. Adrien has spent
the last few weeks unpacking, arranging, organizing, and generally putting
the things in her life back together and settling in. Katelyn loves having
her Grandma around again, and Marilyn and Kathie don't mind either!
same weekend Christopher went off to Cal Poly. He spent the first week
partying (they called it "orientation") and is now settling into school.
seemed to have been the month of dental problems. Marilyn had a root canal,
then Adrien had one. Hopefully that's enough...!
Marilyn, along with friends Glynis and Judy, golfed in the Gyrl's
Golf tournament on 9/18, as a benefit for the Bay
Area Breast Cancer Network.
birthday was fun - after a long day of work, a bunch of us went out to
dinner, then back to the house for cake and presents.
we're getting ready for vacation. Off to New York on October 14th, then
a driving trip around New England until the 30th.
we're having a party celebrating Christopher
going off to college.
leaves in two weeks. We're all REALLY excited.
has been overwhelmed with the amount of things to deal with
John's death. Susan went down there for a few days to organize,
spent a week, and Kathie spent a few days, helping to sort and pack.
sold her place and has spent the last month sorting through
years of acumulated stuff. We'll be headed down there on the 9th
move her back up here. Glynis and Tim will be helping out.
latest words are "absolutely" and "gorgeous". As in "No, mommy,
new pink shoes aren't cool, they're gorgeous!" She hasn't been in
for one small incident a month ago, for at least 6 weeks. YIPPEE! She's
loving her new group in the pre-school class at Hoover.
got a new job assignment at work. She's now responsible for all of
SamTrans bus stops in San Mateo county. What a job!! It wouldn't be so
exept the District just changed ALL of the routes in the county!! Needless
say Kathie has been a bit stressed lately. She worked 31 hours of overtime
the last two weeks.
got a really nice bonus at work, following the large stock option grant
got a couple of months ago. Oracle is really treating her well!
working on the house some. We're getting some new futrniture, moving
around after a bunch of stuff left when Glynis and Susan moved out. We're
planning on fixing up the upstairs bathroom, and maybe some work downstairs
They say you're never done with your house -- and we're proof of it!
news - John Drew passed away this morning. He died in his sleep
his children there. Adrien is coping, but it's hard. I'm sure she would
to hear from any of you who know her.
news - Katelyn is almost potty trained!
you can see I've been working on updating the web site. Hope you like it!
was really busy with Kathie's family. First, Christopher,
her youngest nephew, graduated high school. He's now off to Cal
Poly San Luis Obispo, to study Urban Planning. Her other nephew,
Mikie, got married
to long-time girlfriend Andrea,
on June 19. Katelyn was a flower girl. Click here
for wedding pictures.
is getting ready to move out of the toddler room at daycare. She's moving
into the preschool "transition" group. This is for kids who are developmentally
ready for preschool but who aren't potty trained yet. She's getting there
- loves being in her "big girl underwear" during the day.
is getting ready to bid for her work shift for the next year. She's still
not sure if she wants the new bus stop sign job.
is going nuts trying to get one product released while planning for the
next release. Her company must like her performance, though - she just
got a 13,000-share stock option grant from Oracle. Whee!!
biggest news is that long-time friends and roommates Glynis
and Susan bought a house of their own in Pacifica, and they're
moving out around the beginning of August. Click here
to see pictures of their new house.We'll miss them!
Back from traveling. First Marilyn went to the CHI (that's Computer-Human
Interaction) conference in
and brough the family along. We had a few days of fun time and days when
Marilyn went to the
and met up with Kathie and Katelyn on breaks and in the evening. We toured
a coal mine, Harley shops, and the "incline" rides up the local hills.
biggest problem on the trip is that Marilyn made a MAJOR mistake. She thought
the conference was in
So we arrived in Philadelphia at 6pm on Friday the 14th only to realize
we were supposed to be in
300 miles away. So we drove half way there that night and the other half
the next day. unfortunately
couldn't just fly out of Pittsburgh after the conference, though, because
the return tickets were from Neward
because the plan was to go see Marilyn's family in New York after the conference!
So we had to do lots
driving, and Marilyn is really embarrassed about the mistake. Kathie keeps
hoping for an apology in the form of
Harley or something equally as extravagant.
visit with the family was fun.
for pictures of the trip.
were home for a few days and left on the 27th for a trip down to southern
CA. We arrived 4 hours late due
a flight cancellation and an additional hour delay. Never again will we
fly Reno Air! We saw mom and John,
Dad and Reggie, then Grandma Frances. A whirlwind trip through Mission
Viejo, Temecule, Aguange, Palm
and back to Orange County Airport. We're home now and very very
tired. Click here for those photos.
not planning on traveling again anytime soon. After all, Katelyn is beginning
to wonder which bed is really
(she slept in 7 beds other than her own in the last 2 weeks) and is starting
to ask which hotel we're staying in
night. i guessw we've dragged her around a lot lately!!
progress on baby-making yet, but we're still hopeful.
can now type about 2/3 of the alphabet on the computer. She loves to sing,
especially at the piano. We're working hard on doing the potty thing -
she keeps asking for big-girl underwear! She's also now sleeping through
the night with much more regularity, about 90% of the time. We're THRILLED!
work: Kathie's new project is being responsible for all of the bus stops
in the county. Not an easy task since they're doing several major modification.
First, because of ADA (Americans with Diabilities) requirements, all of
the signs have been in the process of being replaced. Now the District
is changing all of the routes, so the numbering has to be changed. Kathie
is learning all about the computer program used to deal with all of this.
is getting to hire some people so she won't be as crazed at work, trying
to work with all sorts of development teams to design new products. She'll
have a couple of new assistants now. She just got a very nice bonus (one
of the two she gets each year) so they must think she's doing a good job!
been continually doing things to the house. The last of the windows are
on order - we will have replaced all of them by the time we're finished
with this set. We just got new carpet for the front room, a new futon chair,
and a new cover for the futon couch, and rearranged the furniture (again).
Adrien is still down south with John. The bad news is that John's cancer
is pretty bad, but the good news is that the tumor shrunk 25% in the last
settling into the new year after doing lots of traveling last year. In
the last two months of the year we went to New York (counsin Mark's wedding
to Dawnne), Atlantic City, Orange County (to visit step-brother Jeff and
family - Rosemary and Hannah, and Grandma Frances), Palm Springs (to visit
Dad and Reggie), and to Yosemite over New Year's with Susan, Glynis, and
year was good and bad for us. The good is that we're strong as a family,
Katelyn is doing great, and Marilyn and Kathie are both doing well in their
jobs. The bad is that we lost two friends to cancer. Marilyn's friend Lynn
Yaeger, who she ran the Palo Alto Lesbian Rap Group with for years, died
of kidney cancer. Then Kathie's good friend Carla silva died of lung cancer
in September. Kathie has had a hard time, having to deal with the memorial
arrangements in two cities, cleaning out Carla's things at work, and just
driving by her house every day.
also found out Marilyn's stepfather John has terminal lung cancer. So Marilyn's
mom Adrien went back to live with him for the duration. We all miss her!
year was also difficult as we tried to add child#2 to our family. Unfortunately
Marilyn doesn't seem to be as fertile as with the first try, so no luck
after trying all year on and off. Now Marilyn is on fertility drugs. So
far things look promising, but no luck as of yet. But we're being careful
- no septuplets for us!!!
is in the Toddler room at Hoover Children's Center in San Bruno, where
she's been since she was 8 weeks old. She seems to genuinely like it there,
and is thriving. Hoover is great - they have fun activities, the caregivers
are sweet and reallly care about the kids, and Katelyn has learned a LOT
of Katelyn's favorites include: teletubbies, Barney, her new slide, legos,
her doll house, Pooh and friends (especially Piglet and christopher Robin),
trains, and Sidney!
can say her ABCs, count to 12, knows virtually every nursery rhyme, knows
lots of Christmas songs, and is starting to identify and type letters on
the computer keyboard. She talks ALL THE TIME, and in complete sentences
usually. Her latest fun accomplishment is singing the theme music from
the Addams Family, and "We will, we will, ROCK YOU". She's our little miracle!
work: Kathie is still at SamTrans, since July of 1976!! She just got her
yearly review - all OUTSTANDING. She's looking forward to a new and challenging
assignment being responsible for all of the bus stops, starting later this
is still leading the effort to make Oracle's products more usable. She's
been there just over 5 years, doing this job for the last two. She continues
to get good reviews, good salary increases, great bonuses, and stock options.
And the work environment is a country club, so who wouldn't be happy?
are the things we've been doing lately (most recent first)...
4/27 - 5/13
DC for the Millenium March for Lesbian/Gay Rights 4/30/00
for cousin Jenny's Bat Mitzvah and also attended cousin Elyssa's First
OR and Longview, WA to visit cousins Louise and Monica and others
finally got her HARLEY
our second IVF cycle. Transferred 2 embryos on 1/29/00, and
the family over for Easter dinner and a surprise birthday party for Carol
here for Easter pictures of Katelyn
family and friends over for Passover.
here for a copy of the Seder (Haggadah)
here for a copy of the Havdalah service
here for passover pictures