We have had a jolly holiday filled with congraduations. Ali walked in the PhD ceremony on her birthday and was officially hooded. Her parents came into town and took us and her two advisers up to the Flagstaff House for a wonderful celebratory dinner. Then, a few days later, we watched Matt's brother, Nathan, get his MS degree from Wisconsin. (Everybody so grown up!) Ali feels a little odd to not be a student for the first time she can remember, and is looking forward to starting her engineering consulting job part time in February before moving home to MN to start full time in August.
In other news, Ali is taking a four week trip to Europe and Africa for the next month, so come back for travel updates. Happy New Year to you all!