Happy holidays! Here’s our version of a holiday “card” – a quick recap of our 2015. Some of the main highlights: Lisa-Anne finished her MBA and Jeff got “hooded” at his Ph.D. graduation ceremony. We took a few small trips and even a business trip together to Argentina. And we’re wrapping up the year with a trip to New Zealand!
As always, we want to thank all of you for your love and support – it’s a blessing to have so many wonderful people in our lives.
We kicked off the year in Tahoe with a family of amazing friends.
In May, Lisa-Anne took her last ever MBA class (also the best class of them all – Pricing with Tech Ho)celebrated by going to Fort Funston,
graduated a couple weeks later,
and celebrated by going to Sequoia National Park & King’s Canyon.
Jeff had finished his Ph.D. in 2014, but got “hooded” in 2015.
Between the ceremonies, we took some silly family photos :).
And had our “annual” Yosemite trip with some awesome friends :).
LA took two trips with Jenny this year. First, to Sonora, where they went on a hike along the bottom of an unfortunately dry lake bed
and dressed up as old-timey folks,
and a second trip to New Mexico.
Lisa-Anne joined the Next Gen Board of IVSN (a non profit “dedicated to helping homeless families and individuals across Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Peninsula return to permanent housing and self-sufficiency”) and also volunteers with groups of friends to serve food to their family shelter in Palo Alto.
We celebrated our 2 year anniversary in San Diego, where Jeff went paragliding for the first time,
went jet skiing (a tradition for our anniversary trips), visit the “Fallen Star” (a mind-bending house on top of one of UCSD’s engineering buildings – thanks Anne!) and hiked Potato Chip Rock.
We tried our hand at paint night and decided we should keep our day jobs.
We also went to Grand Canyon, Bryce, and Zion with the Quad (Bhargav, Sammy, LA, Jeff),
Big Sur & Point Lobos with Jeff’s family
and we were able to coordinate a trip to Argentina together for work, where we were able to spend the weekend together in Iguazu Falls!
And like the last 7 years, we celebrated LA’s birthday by playing silly games & filling shoe boxes of toiletries and necessities for Operation Christmas Child.
And we spent the actual birthday with our friends wandering the city.
And most importantly, LA has also been working on a skill to pick up paper bags off the floor, with her mouth, while standing only on one foot.
Jeff has become an expert at throwing pens in the air (off the back of his hand) and catching them (max 23),
And finally, Dexter and Zoey have been expanding their horizons by befriending other species like bunnies.
Thank you all, we love you, and we’re looking forward to 2016.
And here’s a sneak peek from New Zealand!