Transitions, Music, Wheels, and Mothers

Dan obtained an excellent degree in Computer Science from the University of Texas in San Antonio and immediately started work as a software developer with Southwest Research Institute, also in San Antonio. He has rented an apartment and so is truly out on his own in the world.

Dan graduation  Dan graduation with family

Dan may have graduated, but his presence lives on at UTSA. His photograph has been used in several college publications, such as this planner (bottom left image)…

UTSA planner

…and the UTSA LinkedIn page.

UTSA LinkedIn

Jason is progressing towards two degrees in Mathematics & Economics at the University of Texas in Austin. He’s also working his way through the professional exams needed to be certified as an actuary. He has found a church home in Austin (Hill Country Bible Church UT), where they are making good use of his drumming skills. Here he is in front of the UT Tower, giving his girlfriend a tour of the campus.

Jason at UT

Belinda continues with Houston Choral Showcase (singer and Executive Director) and Houston Symphony Chorus (singer and Soprano 2 Section Leader), which provides many musical opportunities. At the Houston Choral Showcase Holiday Show, she even got a chance to play cello for one song. (The cello’s name is Cuthbert, by the way, and originally belonged to Belinda’s mother.) The other photograph here is backstage before a big public holiday event.

Belinda with cello  Belinda backstage

Another exciting project was the acceptance of a home-recorded video to be included in Disney’s World of Color Honor Choir, which was shown nightly at Disneyland for several weeks. Belinda appeared as a tiny snowflake for 6 seconds!

Belinda in Disney video

 Alan took a break from his regular consulting work during the summer to visit China as an English language teacher. The trip turned out to be more interesting and rewarding than he had expected, and also provided an opportunity for Dan to try some computing tricks to keep Alan’s email secure.

Pearl Tower  West Lake

Alan once again participated in a couple of long (2-day) bike rides and enjoys the camaraderie of weekly training rides. This picture is at a rest stop during the Bike Around the Bay ride in October.

Alan in bike gear

Belinda prefers her two wheels with an engine attached.

Belinda with motorcycle

And speaking of vehicles, when we finally replaced our somewhat elderly minivan with a smaller car, the dealership had a bizarre custom of sounding a gong when the sale was made.

Alan and Belinda buy a car

Belinda’s mother (Elizabeth) died in March after battling Alzheimer’s for several years. Belinda was able to get to England in time to share her passing, which was a peaceful end to what had been a rough journey. This picture was taken in 2010.

Belinda and mother

Alan’s mother (Marion) stayed with us for the Christmas holidays. It has been many years since she visited and her first chance to meet the boys as men. We enjoyed showing her around our regular “stomping grounds” and she dutifully agreed to be dragged to Belinda’s holiday performances. Tex was thrilled to have another human to snuggle with, and we enjoyed her company, too.

Rossiter family

And because Tex needs a picture of his own, here he is.

Tex