Dear Family and Friends:
After nine wonderful years at Crown Harbor in Alameda, CA, Sheryl and I relocated to Cypress, TX (northern part of Houston). We planned to select a lot and have a new home built with an in-law unit so we can live with Sheryl's mom (Jeanene), but we were able to buy a nearly-completed new Lennar home when the deal fell through for the original buyers. This serendipitous find allowed us to move fast. Jeanene can have her own space and hang out with us most of the time. I will continue to work at Autodesk San Francisco about one week per month and work remotely the rest of the time. We are thrilled to be living among family.
There must be something in the air as Blake and Stephanie also became homeowners. They bought a place in a 6-unit condominium building. They are thrilled to have a place they can call their own. The commute is slightly longer but is a more pleasant experience. To date, the only downside is that each of the unit owners takes turns shoveling snow which is not something Stephanie anticipated. Blake continues to work for Constellation Brands, but Stephanie made the switch from Hyatt to Morningstar. Morningstar illuminates financial investing through independent market analysis and research. In addition to learning an all new investment industry, Stephanie found PR growth opportunities she was seeking when Morningstar found itself without a head of communications the Friday before her first day on Monday. It's been trial by fire.
Steven is eager to graduate from college in June. He will receive his bachelors degree in Marketing from Sam Houston State University in June. In his free time, he still enjoys working out, shooting, and hunting. Due to our relocation to Houston, Steven hopes to get a job out here once he graduates. He'd love to find a marketing job that leverages his military experience.
The Bay Farm School faculty and staff threw Sheryl a nice going away party the other night. In addition to the gifts, they said wonderful things about Sheryl's professionalism, positive cut-through-the-bullshit attitude, and endearing smile. They know her so well. Sheryl even got cards from parents of students from years ago. Today at Bay Farm School morning bell ceremonies, the principal asked for any student who has had Mrs. Sheppard as a teacher or substitute to step forward. Almost the entire student body took two steps forward. Sheryl will miss teaching but is thrilled to be able to spend more time with Jeanene. Sheryl really stepped up for our move. She did almost all the packing, and unfortunately has done all (so far) of the unpacking. We've been staying at Extended Stay America in Alameda while in between homes. My first chance to see the new house with furniture will be tomorrow.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,
Scott, Sheryl, Blake, Stephanie, and Steven