If the Koppelbergers wrote a Christmas Letter: 2015

Well 2015 was certainly a year of highs and lows for us.

In January of 2015 Field Local Schools chose to end their sponsorship agreement with the Falcon Academy of Creative Arts which caused the school to  close at the end of the school year which meant Katelyn lost her dream job. It was a rough battle and things got really ugly but in the end the school went out on a high note. All five…yes FIVE Destination Imagination teams Katelyn coached did really well at the regional tournament in March with 4 out of the 5 placing in the top 3 in their categories and one of her 8th graders taking home the prestigious DaVinci Award. In May Katelyn and her friend Laura teamed up again to direct the final FACA musical, Willy Wonka, Junior. The show was absolutely perfect with an amazing cast and crew of young people and an absurd amount of sets, props, and effects for a production done in a cafegymatorium….just the way Kate and Laura like it!

Katelyn was able to take a voluntary transfer within the Field Local School District so that she was able to stay employed but losing her dream job was a really rough blow and she has been struggling a lot ever since but some good things are on the horizon so we are hoping 2016 will see her career back where she wants it.

Both of us earned diplomas from the University of Akron in May of 2015. Katelyn finished her masters in Instructional Technology and Jordan earned his bachelors in computer engineering. Jordan graduated summa cum laude and earned the Outstanding Undergraduate Engineer Award, The Milton L. Kult Award, and the Trajectory Award. In June he started at Keithley Instruments full time as a software design engineer working with existing products…which he absolutely loves!

We said goodbye to the beloved Mini Cooper this year but Jordan bought a new Subaru Outback and now that we have the bigger car we aren’t sure how we ever lived without it. Katelyn insists on driving the VW until it dies…despite the face that it has a busted headlight cage, the radio doesn’t work and the windshield wipers are “spotty”.

2015 saw not one but TWO trips to Hocking Hills. The second trip was a Koppelberger/Macaulay/Bement/Biemborn Family Adventure…trails were hiked, caves were explored, and MANY pancakes were eaten! We made friends with a stray cat and weird looking duck. We are hoping to make some sort of small trip an annual event.

We welcomed two new family members this year….just not in the way we were expecting…in June an injured kitten showed up on our doorstep (literally on the step and he bled all over it). We took him to the vet the next morning and was told the prognosis was grim because he was underweight, in shock and fighting off infection. After 72 hours with us he had gained three pounds and his temperature was back to normal. A former student of Katelyn’s suggested we name him Spock because she has pointy ears and with our help he will “live long and prosper.” We walks with a limp and has a messed up eye but otherwise he is happy and healthy. About a month later Jordan’s side of the family found another stray kitten..Katelyn said no but one day she came home and there was the kitten…we named her Madame Purrie. She is on the small side from being a stray but she is the most beautiful color. The vet office is having a debate over what to call her color…we visit the vet a lot.

Schrodinger is still studying physics and has gotten some help for his anxiety and has been much easier to live with. Siggy’s #1 hobby is still eating. Lovie who we often refer to as our “Boston Terrible” has completed obedience school and level one agility. She is starting level 2 this week.

We house news we got the exterior painted and bought a new storm door so we are no longer the ugly house. We also got a lot of dead trees taken down but it still looks like Jurassic Park around here.

Katelyn got a legitimate medical diagnosis of “bad luck” and wishes she would have gotten that in writing…because those were the doctor’s exact works.  She volunteered at Camp Quality again this year and had a blast as usual.

We have had to cut back on trivia and karaoke this year but try to go when we can.

2016 will hopefully bring some good changes and we have a lot to look forward to.




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