2017 Christmas Newsletter
2016 Christmas Newsletter
Written by Sir David the Cat.
Erika and Stewart were so busy this year that they left me in Visalia and Tahoe. So while I was out eating mice and fighting off bears, here is what they were up to for 2016. Be sure to check out their website to stay up to date with their wild adventures!
At the beginning of the year, Erika decided to set a goal of completing a mile a day; which meant that Stewart would also be joining for many of those miles throughout the year. On Valentines Day, they continued their tradition with Stew riding to Santa Cruz while Erika ran a 10K along the Ocean. Followed by some yummy Mexican food and relaxing by the beach, a weekend favorite! Later in the month they enjoyed a nice camping trip to Montana de Oro State Park! It didn’t even rain that much this time!
Erika joined the Cycle Sport – Specialized Muscle Milk race team as Stewart took another business trip off to Taiwan; quite the world traveler. In April, Erika ran the Annadel Trail Half Marathon, placing 3rd in her age group, along side her awesome Mother-in-Law. Stewart landed from Taiwan just in time to see them both cross the finish line. Despite some leg injuries, Erika continued racing, completing her second triathlon and successfully not drowning. Stewart used his genius skills to build a tent out of wheels, tarps, and towels. I, David, was very impressed.
June means one thing, summer! School’s out! Erika had a very successful second year teaching 13 unique special education students, 1st through 3rd grade. It was a very emotional last day. The next day they quickly head off to Tahoe, to see me! And their road trip began. They spent 2 weeks traveling from Tahoe to Hood River. Hitting the mountain bike trails and camping along the way. They also celebrated their second year wedding anniversary. At the end of the trip, in Hood River, they watched two very special friends tie the knot before bee-lining it back to Bend for one more day of riding and the long drive home.
In early July, Stewart headed off to Europe for the Tour de France, no not to race, but rather to help teams with the new bikes. Erika missed me so much she came back up to Tahoe, this time bringing her parents to hang out with Stew’s parents. It was a great family vacation. Once Stewart came back from Europe they headed back up to Tahoe. I see a trend….
Erika headed back to teaching in early August, finding out they changed her grade levels and was now going to be teaching Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten, First, and Second grade all in one self-contained Special Education class…..a new challenge, oh and with limited support. Things took a bit of a rocky start. Stewart did what he could to make it better, including tickets to a 49ers game and being an awesome support.
Stewart headed off to Europe again for a quick trip. Erika took the opportunity to visit her sister at Penn State. And after another trip to Tahoe, Erika made the extremely difficult decision to quit teaching….Stewart was beyond excited. However, a few emotional weeks went by as she packed up her classroom and tried to make the transition as smooth as possible. It was difficult to say goodbye to so many amazing co-workers. But now she had lunch rides with Specialized to look forward to and getting to support Stewart more from home.
Erika accepted a new job at Strava in early October and started just two weeks later. They head to Sacramento to visit their brother for his birthday before Stewart flew out to Germany. Stewart made it back again just in time to cheer on Erika in her second Morgan Hill Half Marathon, beating her PR by 20 minutes.
They spent Thanksgiving with me in Sacramento, showing them that I’ve become more cat like…they enjoyed family time and a quick trip to Apple Hill. They had missed the running and riding opportunities Sacramento has to offer. After Thanksgiving, they took a trip to the snow and enjoy the great outdoors of South Lake Tahoe.
That brings us to December. The house is decorated, the lights are up, the temperature has started to drop. Luckily they have a heater this year….it is beginning to feel like the Holidays.
Thank you to everyone who has continued to touch our hearts and lives. You are all such an important part of our lives. Here is to 2017!!
TL;DR A Year in Review
Still working at Specialized on the Road Bike development team as a Product Manager. Travels a lot to Europe & Taiwan. Has a difficult time deciding which bike to ride, it is a close tie between his Diverge and Venge. Makes the most amazing food, loves playing on his phone and working in the garage. Is looking at getting a van to build up as their next adventure vehicle.
Quit teaching and is now working for Strava on the Technical Support team. Is loving getting to work from home (and go into the city) and join the Specialized guys on lunch rides. Will have ran over 800 miles this year, but does not think she will continue with mile-a-day challenge next year. Enjoys coding and designing along with going on trips with Stewart. Wants to buy a house to call their own and so she can get a puppy (David is not very happy about this plan).
Spent the year with Stewart’s parents in Visalia and Tahoe. Went on a week long over-night adventure in Tahoe and still found his way home. Loves soaking up the sun and being lazy. Has found that cuddles are the best thing ever. Found that sleeping on the bed is the best thing ever. Found that food is the best thing ever. Looks forward to visits from Erika and Stewart. Hopes they don’t get a dog if they buy a house….but rather kidnap me back.