Monday, December 24, 2018

Merry Christmas!

It was so wonderful to have all the kids home for Christmas again this year!  Just when we start to get used to someone being gone, they come back.  Then they leave again, and the house once again feels lonely.

Gabe and Sam are both living at home now, but Carly has been having a blast at college and we loved having the Martinez clan again together.

     Happy Holidays 2018! 
     Daniel continues his work at the VA Hospital, and recently accepted a position as King of the Universe (whoops – he just wants to be called that at home.  At work he will be “Chief of Sleep Medicine”).  He’ll work at both the Seattle and American Lake’s campuses, which will provide a shorter commute for most of his workdays.  His previous position included multiple departments, so he looks forward to being able to focus on a single department and devote more time to it.  He serves at church as the Executive Secretary to our Bishop, and enjoys working in this capacity.
     Jennie works as an Office Coordinator at University Place School District, and enjoys the multi-faceted aspects of working with the Maintenance/Grounds staff, and the facilities projects at our schools.  She is the Ward organist as well as the Primary pianist and secretary, and enjoys serving the children of the church. 
     Gabe turns 23 this month, and is living back in Washington with us as he hones his 3-D Textural Artist skills in preparation for his job hunt!  He’s currently working for Office Depot, and paying down his student loans.  Or, he’s a child-sponge living as long as he can with his parents because it’s free room and board!  We’re happy to have him here for as long as we can afford to feed him!
     Sam turned 21 this year, and is enrolled at our local Community College.  He’s taking it slow, as it can be challenging for him to adjust to the socialization and processes of college.  He’s been really helpful to our household and we often rely on him to cook dinner and take care of some of the household chores.  He’s as witty (and sometimes snarky) as ever, and can bring a lot of mirth to our lives.
     Carly graduated from Curtis High School this summer and jumped right into college, starting in Summer Term at BYU.  She really enjoys being a student there, and has been pushing herself academically (just like she did in high school).  She also enjoys all the social aspects of college, and especially loves rooming with her best friend from her home town. She plans to serve a mission for our church, and will focus on that after this school year.
Sending love to you --    Daniel, Jennie, Gabriel, Samuel, Carly

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Dropping Her Off At College

Not much time between high school graduation and starting college, but she was raring to go!
Dan, Carly, Jennie

Gabe, Carly, Sam

It was very bitter sweet dropping off our daughter at college!  She was so excited to be out on her own at Brigham Young University, getting to know her new dorm-mate, living in a new state, and starting the next phase of her life!

Monday, June 11, 2018

Yep, it happened again!

Yep, another one of our children graduated from high school!  Carly is such a dedicated student, and really loved going to school every day.  She loves to learn, and enjoyed learning French and Spanish in addition to her other academic pursuits.

The Webb and Martinez families hosted a graduation BBQ at Fircrest Park, and invited friends and family to help the graduates celebrate.

One of the things she enjoyed doing during her Junior and Senior year was Science Olympiad.  She and her best friend, Erica, worked hard to prepare for competitions.
Carly will attend BYU for Summer semester (no summer break for her!), and hope to major in Linguistics or International relations.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Merry and Bright!

 Luke 2:11 “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”

L     Daniel and I continue to work at the VA Hospital and University Place School District, and love the opportunities we have to spend time with our little family.  Daniel is an 11-yr-old Scout leader at church, and I serve as the Primary pianist and secretary.  Our dog, Rainbow, died earlier this year, but she had a pampered 13-year lift with us.  However, she left a hole in our family and we recently decided to adopt a cat.  His name is Tomyn.

I      Gabe turned 22 this month, and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Utah this spring.  Along with some of his graduated college peers, he has formed a video game company “Designated Play Space” and is working on a new game project.  They will eventually release the game and (hopefully) make some money!  Until then, it’s a labor of love, and he’s working at Office Max to pay the bills.

G     Sam turned 20 this summer, and has taken a few art classes at Tacoma Community College.  He’s not sure yet what area of study he wants to pursue, and is looking for a job to help save for school.  We enjoy having him at home for now!

H     Carly is almost 18 years old, and will graduate from Curtis Sr High School in 5 months!  She’s in the midst of college applications, and is very busy with high school classwork, church activities, and socializing with friends.  She and Tomyn are inseparable – Daniel keeps saying she needs to find a way to take him to college, too.

T     Wishing all our family and friends a wonderful season!

Daniel, Jennie, Gabriel, Samuel, Carly

Monday, May 8, 2017

College Graduate!

Another milestone for Gabe!  He's now a college graduate, with a Bachelor's Degree of Fine Arts in Entertainment Arts & Entertainment!

Daniel and I were able to go to Utah to attend the graduation ceremony.  

We also helped him move out of Grandma and Grandpa's house and into his own little rented room -- a bedroom in a house full of students.  He was able to bring the bed and desk from Grandma & Grandpa's house, so we just had to buy supplies and a few kitchen gadgets.  

I guess he's an adult now... maybe.  We are very proud of him for accomplishing this goal! 

He and some of his friends from his graduating class have formed a video gaming company, "Designated Play Space".  They released a VR game on Steam right before graduation -- their senior project, called "Trapped with the Dolls".  Here's a photo of the DPS group:
Now he's working as a 3-D Textural Artist on their next game, and looking for a job to pay the bills.  

Eventually their new game will be ready for sale, and all this (free) labor will pay off, but for now he's putting in the time (a lot of time) and work to help create their new game.