The summer was a whirlwind, and I have not enough space to bore everyone with our activities. Highlights include the following:
A joint birthday celebration at the Inn at Little Washington
Jade’s master’s degree (in theoretical computer science) graduation ceremony at Stanford. She is now at Georgia Tech getting her PhD in combinatorics (or theoretical computer science for those of us who don’t understand what combinatorics is).
Jim’s mom’s 90th birthday celebration in Chehalis, Washington. (Shhh, her age is a secret, as she doesn’t want people to think she’s old.) 🙂 There were over 100 people who attended, including family and friends from all over. It was a tremendously festive occasion.
Jim and I rented a house and spent 3 weeks in Hawaii. I am not sure how to start since I have run out of words to describe Hawaii (“earthly paradise” does not seem to do the place justice). The only cloud was that Jade was unable to join us (curse graduate school and its class schedule!). However, Marcus and Yinan were both able to join us for a week. It worked out well as Jim and Yinan played tennis while Marcus and I took surfing lessons.
We also had some guests join us for various weeks. I think (hope!) that a good time was had by all.
Highlights (in addition to the company of our guests) include:
Beautiful sunrises and sunsets
A visit to the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor
A visit to the Punchbowl (aka National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific)
Scenic vistas at Pali Lookout
Delicious meals, including at tbd…, The Pig and the Lady, and Piggy Smalls
and, of course, surfing lessons. Marcus (and Jade) are quite good–I have finished lesson #9 and am a work in progress… 🙂 (the video is from lesson #5)
Hawaii is definitely our zen place. We miss it already!