A major event for Jana was the restructuring of Boeing's Executive Flight Operation - the place where Jana had spent over 5 years of her life working as a flight attendant and aircraft dispatcher. The operation, which included included airplanes and helicopters, was consolidated and moved to Chicago. This led to Jana taking the voluntary layoff package that Boeing had offered.
After announcing the restructuring, it was also announced that the helicopters would seize to fly within a week of the announcement. After the last passenger had been flown to his destination, one of the pilots took Jana and Shannon for one last flight around Boeing Helicopter Country.
Photo Gallery from Last Helo Flight
During the Easter weekend in April, our friends Eric and Laurie took us on their boat again to Catalina island. We spent the weekend at Two Harbors. We stayed at the Banning House Lodge and had fun exploring an area of Catalina that we had not seen before. Eric and Laurie invited us to the Easter Egg Hunt at the 4th of July Cove Yacht Club. Eric and Marc went SCUBA diving and saw some huge crabs (at least 2-3 feet leg-span). We took a tour around the interior of the island, and saw Buffalo, deserted beaches, the horse ranch of the Wrigley family and very remote areas of the island.
Photo Gallery from Catalina
At the end of May we traveled to Germany to celebrate the 60th birthday of Frank, Marc's dad. Sylvia had organized a big fest for family and friends. Friends and relatives from all over Germany traveled to Meckenheim to wish the birthday boy all the best.
Unfortunately, our time was cut short by a severe illness that put both of us (and others in our family) to bed for the remainder of the time we had in Germany. One bright spot though was the great care that we received from Marc's parents and that we were able to see Caroline, Martin and their newborn Sebastiaan.
Photo Gallery from Birthday Party
On June 19th, our friends Vicky and James tied the knot. It was a beautiful ceremony in a very elegant setting. We enjoyed being there at their special day
Photo Gallery from Vicky and James' Wedding
For 4th of July we visited Tracy's family in Jacksonville. As soon as we arrived, Dylan was the center of attention. He showed us his jumping and head-butting skills. We took a day to explore St. Augustine, one of the earliest settlements in North America. It was the landing point for Ponce de Leon and many artifacts from those times are still present.
We also spent a lot of time with Dylan playing at home and in the pool.
Photo Gallery from Jacksonville
While working at eBay in San Jose, Jana visited Marc. During the day, she took the opportunity to explore San Jose and its surroundings. She visited the Mystery Spot - a very unusual spot. Take a look at the pictures below. Normal gravitational laws don't seem to apply in this place.
Jana also visited the Winchester Mystery House. It is a very interesting place, built by the heiress to the Winchester fortune. Stairs are leading to nowhere and rooms have no entry doors.
Photo Gallery from San Jose
Photo Gallery from Oklahoma
On September 14 our first wedding anniversary arrived. How quickly the year had flown by. We started the celebration by cutting our cake top (lucky for us it was actually a fresh cake prepared by our bakery ). Then we hopped onto a plane for Seattle.
We spent the weekend in Seattle, exploring the city, including Pike Place Market and the Seattle Aquarium. We met our friends Kathy, Bonnie and Tiffany. At night, we celebrated our anniversary on top of the Space Needle.
On Sunday, we went to the San Juan islands to watch Orca whales. We had a great time. We saw approximately 40 whales, and one even surfaced directly next to our boat. On the way back we saw giant elephant seals and harbor seals.
Photo Gallery from Seattle
In early October, Jana's friend Gail attended a work-related conference in Las Vegas. Jana took the opportunity to visit with her for a few days.
Photo Gallery from Las Vegas
In late October we traveled again to Jacksonville for Dylan's 3rd birthday. Dylan had a birthday party with several other kids. The following day, we went to a "Wiggles" concert. Jana was able to stay a little longer and also got to experience Halloween with her nephew.
Photo Gallery from Jacksonville
At the beginning of November, we got together with some of our friends at the Melting Pot in Irvine. It is a fondue restaurant, and we enjoyed spending time with our friends and also prepared for entering the baby chapter in our lives .
In October, Shannon and KC moved to Glendale into a cute cottage house. To celebrate their first holiday in their new home, Shannon and KC hosted Thanksgiving in their backyard . It was a beautiful day at 75 degrees, and the turkey was served with all the fixings .
To celebrate the holidays the Disneyland park is always specially decorated. We spent the day with Shannon and KC roaming around California Adventure and then watched the holiday parade in Disneyland. In between we hopped onto some of the fairy tale rides, went through the Haunted Mansion and even experienced the very different ride on "It's a Small World".
Photo Gallery from Disneyland