|New Year’s Eve in Cabo!|
After a wonderful week in Cabo San Lucas with Caitlin’s adorable family, we celebrated the beginning of 2018 at the New Year’s Eve celebration hosted by the Hotel El Ganzo. We really need to go back there – a great place to relax and enjoy some terrific music.
In February, I attended my first RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. Other than blowing out my knee while seating myself in the airplane (in Hartford, before we even left town!) it was an amazing experience! Happily, I get to experience it again this year with my “partner-in-genealogical crime”, Cheryl. (Thanks again to Jenny Hawran of Like Herding Cats for the Ambassador Pass!)
Our fourth grandchild, Logan, was born on April 20. Yup – 420 made another appearance in our family. In 2014, grandson, Jack was born at 4:20 pm! That was even funnier because he was born in Boulder, Colorado – where 4/20 is celebrated at CU (University of Colorado at Boulder) like it’s a national holiday.
|Floor seats are great. Unless you’re 4’9!|
Later that month, Scott and I embarked on our first ever trip to Europe. It truly was a heritage trip for me, as well as my sister Jeanne, who joined us on the adventure along with her partner, Suzi. The most poignant (okay, maybe funniest) part of the trip was the sudden thunderstorm that flared up immediately following the sprinkling of my mother’s ashes in the bushes of her childhood home in Vienna, Austria.
|Plaque on the side of Mom’s childhood home.
I wonder if it was there when she lived in the
apartment house in 1938
|Mom, hope it was okay to bring you “home.”|
In September, I took on another “job.” For the past few years, I have been teaching classes on career exploration at Hamden Adult Education. This year, the role expanded to “Career Navigator,” working with students individually to help them develop a career path. I may need to rethink this so-called “retirement” job! I also continued to offer a course on beginning genealogy and one on Jewish genealogy through the Hamden Adult Ed Enrichment program.
|Dean and Shellye’s wedding. Almost everyone on my side of the family was there!!! 3 generations – so amazing!!|
|Fantastic seats for Elton John’s “Goodbye” Tour|
|“Almost” like seeing them live!|
More concert fun for me! On Nov. 15 we attended the “Simon and Garfunkel Story.” It wasn’t Paul and Art but pretty darn close. And thanks to a freak snowstorm, there wasn’t anyone sitting in front of me, blocking my view! Just a few days later, On Nov. 25, Scott crossed off another bucket list item – attending a Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert. Amazing show!!!
|Available on lulu.com|
My biggest genealogical event for 2018 was, without a doubt, the completion of the book about Scott’s great-grandmother, Catherine C. FitzAllen. Opulent in Aliases is the result of over three years of research and writing. Not a perfect volume, I’m sure, but it was an amazing process to experience.
|Oy! That haircut! 1966 – I was 11 years old. Gave up quickly
on the guitar, by the way. Moved on to the banjo. That didn’t
work out so well either.
|1969. Whassup, Kathy? Didn’t like your gift?|
|This is my ALL TIME favorite Christmas picture.
Probably 1967. Just so you know, Dean dressed like that every day!