Fast Times in the Nap Household

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By: John P. Napolitano, CFP®, CPA, PFS, MST

The past few months has moved at warp speed for the Nap family. It all started last May with the birth of Grandchild #1, Ellie Rose. Since then, we moved into a new house, had one wedding, an engagement and another wedding coming on 2/22. The hardest part is staying in the moment for each without letting either the memories of recent events or the anticipation of future events blurring the moment.

In the blink of an eye, our immediate family has doubled. I never realized just how much fun that would be. 

On New Year’s Eve, eldest son Rob married Jenna at the Fairmont Copley Hotel in Boston. It is probably the best wedding that I’ve ever attended. The attention to detail was fantastic, the neighborhood was electric on such a festive night and the family and guests in attendance were all in the mood to live it up! So live it up we did, including funny hats and noise makers to ring in 2019.

A short week before that, our daughter Laura got engaged to Craig – affectionately known as dude-in-law until the wedding. A romantic proposal on the footbridge in the Boston Public Garden with a crowd of onlookers followed by their private engagement dinner at Grill 23. All four of the parents then gathered for an after dinner glass of champagne to celebrate with the newly engaged couple.

The last leg of this whirlwind expansion of the family occurs in a few short days. Our Son Tom will be marrying Samantha in a Southern California style wedding at the Pasea Hotel in Huntington Beach, CA. I just couldn’t resist the fact that this warm weather destination is calling my name, so we are planning an extended stay in SoCal while the new house sits gathering snow and frost. What a great way to cap off the burst of family activity we have been able to enjoy.

And last but not least, our youngest child Julia has just completed a 6 month data coding boot camp at UC Berkeley. All the time that we’ve spent in pre-planning, showers, and fun times unfortunately didn’t include Julia. She was found nerding it out in the UC library trying to advance her career as a data analyst. Stay tuned here, there will certainly be some good stories to share about this bright, energetic girl who wants to change the way the world distributes and utilizes energy and electricity. Way above my pay grade.

I ask one favor from everyone that reads this. Please clear out winter so when I return on 2/26 it can be just like So Cal. Wishful thinking, I know.