Happy New Year ~ 2010
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With the end of 2009 behind us, here we are again to update you on how we've been. A lot of things happened in 2009. Sasha spent a semester studying in Madrid and began her senior year at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Alec started college at the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Lucia's sisters Ana Lucia and Vera Lucia got married to Paulo Roberto and Hécio, respectively, as did Mauricio's brother Marcio to Luciene, Lucia was promoted to a supervisory position at work, and Mauricio traveled to a bunch of places. We enjoyed having many visitors in 2009.
|Snowy morning in Holmdel
||View of backyard in springtime
|Lucia and Mauricio still enjoy living in Holmdel, New Jersey. Even though Sasha and Alec no longer go to school here, Lucia and Mauricio still intend on staying in Holmdel for a few more years. [ click here to read more ]|
|Walkway to our home in the springtime||Dogwood tree|
|Snowfall in December||A planet (Venus or Saturn?) viewed from our backyard on July 20th||Fall colors|
|Alec wins medal wit Torpedoes||Alec in 2009||Alec at pre-prom party in May|
|2009 was a big year for Alec.
In March he was accepted by The School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) to enroll as a freshman in the fall. He accepted CMU's offer on May 1st.
He graduated from Holmdel High School in June.
Alec played his last soccer game with the Torpedoes in June.
He started his freshman year at CMU in August and came home in October for a weekend, in November for Thanksgiving, and in December for winter break. [ click here to read more ]
|Alec and Adam graduate from Holmdel High School||Alec studying for last SAT exam|
|Alec with Lucia at Carnegie Mellon University||Alec prepares his "Culinary Arts" final class project (penne with vodka sauce)||Alec plays the guitar in his dorm room at CMU|
|Sasha with friend in Barcelona||Sasha in Prague||Sasha with Mauricio in Madrid|
|2009 was also a big year for Sasha.
In January she moved to Madrid where she spent a semester studying at U. Complutense. While in Europe, she travel to a bunch of interesting places, including Morocco, Dublin, Paris, Prague, Amsterdam, and all over Spain.
She interned at People Magazine in the summer.
In September, Sasha started her senior (last) year at The University of Michigan. [ click here to read more ]
|Sasha on a camel in Morocco||Sasha in front of Time and Life building where was a summer intern|
|Sasha with housemates in Ann Arbor||Sasha in Fall 2009||Sasha with Jason at Marina's apartment in New York City|
|Valentine's Day roses||Lucia congratulates Mauricio for blowing out candles|
|Mauricio and Lucia celebrated their 28th wedding aniversary on August 16th. [ click here to read more ]|
|Lucia and Mauricio at home||Lucia and Mauricio at home in July|
|Lucia and Mauricio with Ricardo Silva at Lincoln Center in New York|
|Lucia at home in November||Lucia at home in November||Lucia at home in November|
traveled twice to Brazil this year to attend the weddings of her sisters Ana Lucia and Vera
In April Lucia traveled with Alec to Pittsburgh to visit Carnegie Mellon. In August Lucia and Mauricio (each driving a different car) took Alec (and his stuff) to Pittsburgh for start of classes. A week later, she drove with Mauricio to Ann Arbor to help Sasha move into her new house.
Lucia returned to her ballroom dancing this year. Mauricio still hasn't started dancing but feels the pressure to start learning soon.
Lucia continues to work at AT&T in Middletown, New Jersey. [ click here to read more ]
|Lucia in Holmdel park in May||Lucia plays guitar|
|Lucia with Alec on his 18th birthday||Lucia in springtime at home||Lucia with Sasha at home in June|
|Mauricio in Gaia, Portugal with view of Porto behind||Mauricio at the Economics Department at Unversidade do Porto||Mauricio at the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art in Porto|
still works at AT&T Labs Research in Florham Park, New Jersey. His
job involves a lot of traveling, mainly for conferences or for research
Mauricio's work related travel included Porto (Portugal), Madrid (Spain), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Barcelona (Spain), Hamburg (Germany), Lima (Peru), Belo Horizonte (Brazil), and San Diego (California).
He traveled to Pittsburgh four times and to Ann Arbor once to help Alec and Sasha move into their college living quarters.
After so much traveling, Mauricio was glad to spend the last seven weeks of the year in New Jersey. [ click here to read more ]
|Mauricio blows out 54 candles in July||Mauricio with Patricia and Jayme in Itaipava in May|
|Mauricio with Éric Taillard and Adriana Alvim in Hamburg during MIC 2009||Mauricio with Sasha in Madrid in March||Mauricio with friends and family in Itaipava in November|
|Mauricio with Ricardo Silva, Rafael Martí, and Abraham Duarte in Holmdel in September||Alec with Marcio (Mauricio's brother) at soccer tournament in Fort Dix, NJ||Sasha with Geraldo at home in June|
had many visitors this year, including Lucia's sister, Ana Lucia, and
her then fiancee Paulo Roberto, from Curitiba (Brazil), Ricardo
Silva, from Lavras, Brazil, Celso Ribeiro, from Rio de Janeiro,
Geraldo Veiga, from Rio de Janeiro, Mauricio's
brother, Marcio, from Fortaleza, Brazil, Luciana
Carone, Mauricio's niece, from Curituba, Brazil, Mila and Rafael
Martí, from Valencia,
Duarte, from Madrid, José Gonçalves, from Porto,
Portugal, Lélio Facó, from Rio de Janeiro, Beth and Bernardo
Phillips, from Rio de Janeiro, and Sônia Borba, Lucia's cousin from Rio
de Janeiro. [ click here to read more ]
|Flavia and Ricardo||Lucia and Mauricio wth Mila and Rafael in September|
|Mauricio with José Gonçalves in October||Lucia and Alec with Beth and Bernardo eating Mauricio's heuvos rancheros in October||Lélio Facó with José Gonçalves visit in October|
|We look forward to a great 2010. Sasha will graduate from college, the 2010 FIFA World Cup will take place in June-July, Mauricio's mom will come visit us in New Jersey, Mauricio and Lucia plan to travel to Spain in September, ... We hope to see you in 2010, too.|
|We wish you all a very happy and healthy 2010.|
Hugs, kisses, love, and peace,