Friday, January 1, 2016

2015 Christmas Letter


The Musselmans L to R: Jen, Bobby, Julie, Bob, Kate, Mary, John. Back Row: Will, Joey
On December 19, 2015  Bobby married Jennifer Rose Palacios at St. Martha Catholic Church in Sarasota. A reception followed with family and friends feasting at the Powell Crosley Mansion overlooking Sarasota Bay.  We are so happy to have Jen as a part of the family.  She and Bobby will live nearby in Riverview, FL.  Jen will commute to work as a civil engineer in downtown Tampa, while Bobby will drive south to finish his second year of dental school at LECOM in Bradenton.  

John, 21, a senior at FSU, was the best man.  He will graduate in the spring with a degree in biochemistry and hopes to attend medical next fall.  In Tallahassee he is also working at Proof Brewing Co., bartending in the tasting room and learning a bit about the chemistry and manufacture of his favorite beverage.

Fellow groomsman Joey, 18, ran off to join the circus.  Sort of.  He attends FSU with John and he parlayed his juggling skills into a position in the famous FSU Flying High Circus.  He will be begin performing in the spring.  Joey is majoring in computer science.

Will, 16, was the tallest groomsman at nearly 6’4”, which also precipitated his movement in the fall from marching band to football tight end (probably the first time that happened at St. Pete High).  Will is doing well in the International Baccalaureate program and loves to shoot skeet. He will get his driver’s license in January.

Mary, 14, unfortunately for dad, got a lot of good ideas from Bobby and Jen’s wedding (apparently food by Chick Fil A and the reception at parish center is now off the table for her wedding day.)  Mary will graduate 8th grade in May and will follow her brothers into the IB program at St. Pete High next fall.  She loves to read and if playing basketball and volleyball.

Kate, 11, is in fifth grade at St. Raphael.  She continues to be her mother’s best buddy but is also an excellent sous chef in the kitchen for her dad.  She is happy to have Jen as another big sister. 

September 1, Julie transitioned from regional manager for Lighthouse Catholic Media to Program Coordinator for Fr. Michael Gaitley’s Hearts Afire Parish-based Programs (HAPP).  Then November 19, Lighthouse merged with the Augustine Institute in Denver.  So Julie will be travelling a bit to Denver and the HAPP home base of Stockbridge, Mass., spreading the Gospel and doing what she loves.  

Our propeller business, thanks to low gas prices and low tides, did well in 2015. 
We wish all our friends and family a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.


Bob Musselman                                                      
St. Petersburg, FL                                                            
December 2015     

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