The Darling Girls

The Darling Girls

Friday, December 9, 2016


Jamie is now a senior at San Diego State University.  Wow, that was fast!  

She will graduate this May with a degree in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences with a minor in Child and Family Development. She has worked very hard, both in school and in rowing, and finally this year has had to drop rowing. While I know she was sad to stop rowing and being part of that team, she has taken up Ultimate Frisbee, a club sport at SDSU, and is loving it.  Lots more fun, lots more time spent competing, and lots of new friends. All with the big bonus of less time required: a win-win. Our family has gone to a couple of games and we have all enjoyed watching the good natured, rough and tumble play.  
When she is not in class, playing frisbee or hanging with her boyfriend, her free time is taken up with applying to Grad schools to try to get into a Speech and Language Pathology Masters program.  There are far fewer Masters programs than undergrad programs, and you must have a Masters to get your license.  Hard to do when the schools are so impacted, so she might be taking a gap-year instead and re-apply the next year if she doesn't make it in this first round of applications.  I am guessing that taking a year off might sound a little tempting to her after 4 years of 17-18 units a semester!

Jamie had a great summer.  She spent 2 months in China, the first month in Xian, where she signed up for a volunteer program that places you in China, gives you a place to stay, shows you the place you will be volunteering and that's about figure out the rest!  Anyway, she loved it.  She lived with other young women from all over the world.  Some were there for a week, some for months.  She lived in an apartment building and shared a room with 3 other girls.  In the mornings Jamie took the local bus for a 45 min ride to get to a "school" that cared for severely mentally handicapped children.  There she was an aide in a room of kids about 7-10 years old.  Due to the extreme language barrier, Jamie was pretty much on her own in figuring it out at the school, but at "home" she and her roommates all spent a lot of time together at night exploring the city.  I know she came to love Xian and would really like to go back.
The next month was spent teaching English to school kids in Inner Mongolia, truly in the middle of nowhere!  This program was thru a university, and most of fellow teachers were from China.  Again the language barrier was tough, but she came home knowing some Mandarin, a lot about China and it's culture, and even more about the world in general.  Great experiences and we are proud of her for pursuing this amazing study abroad experience.  She wrote about the trip on this site: 

Here are a few choice photos from her trip and school:
Some of her fellow teachers.

One of her classes in Inner Mongolia

Exploring the Gobi dessert.

The "Gnomes", her Ultimate Frisbee team.

The next few years will be very exciting and full of major changes for our second daughter, and I know she will rise to the challenges with her typical good humor and hard work.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

7 years ago today....

....we met Kelly in China.  
She was a hot, sweaty, snotty, whiney little 21 month old, who was embarking on a life-changing experience with strangers and in a strange environment.  

 This is her today.  
I can't imagine our family without you.   Happy Family Day big girl!!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Finally Posting

   Ok, I am first to admit that I have been terribly remiss in my posts.  
   Life has been very busy and very good, we are so lucky to all be healthy and happy, and enjoying life.  My goal is to post a little about each of my kids, starting with the eldest, who is no longer a "kid", but an adult who is about to turn 24...yikes!!!
   Cory has just finished her 2nd year (of 3) at Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media.  She is studying for her MFA in Film Production with an emphasis in Editing.  The last two years have been very busy for her with projects, classes, internships and T.A.-ing.  She lives at home now, which is great.  We love seeing her (which is seldom due to her schedule) and the Littles love hanging with their oldest sister.  It's been an adventure in compromise for us all, as she lived her first 4 years at Berkeley; away, so moving home as an adult has been challenging. Even so, Ron and I have been so happy to have her around.  One of the perks with her living at home is she came with us on a trip to Taipei, Taiwan for a friend's wedding.  Ron was already out there for work and so Cory, Kelly, Drew and I flew together and had a great time.  She was a huge help to me with the traveling to and from with the Littles, and it was fun having time with her away from her commitments.  The other perk of having her here is she and Jamie watched the Littles for Ron and I while we got away for 11 days for an anniversary trip.  Kelly and Drew never missed us, as hanging with the big sisters is their favorite thing to do.  Knowing the Littles were being watched by their sisters let Ron and I really relax and have fun, and made for some serious bonding time for all four girls.
   Cory has a paid (yay!) internship this summer, with a production company that works in TV.  She is editing for them while juggling editing and producing for summer school, and getting a jump on her thesis.   Her thesis will take up this last year of school, and it will be an interesting year of lots of film work.  We can't wait to see her finished products!
Cory goofing off with the guardian lions in Taipei.