Went to visit Alex & Ian in Ripley.  Taylor met us there from Cincinnati.  We went to a farm to get pumpkins, go on a hay ride, and explore a massive cornfield maze.




At the Brookfield Zoo with Lions and Tigers and Bear, oh my! Oh, Alex, Taylor, and Alyssa were with us as well.


TDF2015BrookfieldZoo2Alyssa, Taylor, and Alex being good sports for the camera




TDF2015BrookfieldZoo6Alex’s arm span does not quite measure up to the Andean Condor’s wing span.

TDF2015BrookfieldZoo7Tanya caught this leopard as it yawned giving us a great view of those teeth.

TDF2015BrookfieldZoo8Alex’s favorite animal. Of course she loves ’em all, but this is her fav.

TDF2015BrookfieldZoo9Taylor’s favorite animal.  She really wants a live miniature one. Can someone get on that?

TDF2015BrookfieldZoo10 This was totally cool.  Dolphin would blow air rings and play with them as the floated to the surface.

TDF2015BrookfieldZoo11This young ape was pretty engaging while we were there.


We took our visitors into the city.  A beautiful day to visit Millennium Park and get some shots with iconic Bean.

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Alyssa (Taylor’s roommate), Taylor, and Alex

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TDF2015AlexTayTanya TheBeanImageThe family image in The Bean


We had some visitors over the Thanksgiving holiday.  It was great having Mom, Dad, Dillon, Alex, Taylor, and Ian visiting.


Ian, Alex, Martin, Tanya, Taylor — outside Shedd Aquarium with Chicago skyline in background.

TDF2014ThanksgivingChicagoMomDadDillonMom, Dillon, Dad


The baby bunnies eyes are open now, but still pretty tiny.

They all have the same white spot on top of their heads.

There are 7 or 8 babies.  Hard to tell with them all squeezed in on top of each other like they are.


Ready for her date and the dance.

Taylor with Alex waiting for Brandon to arrive.

Taylor with the love of her life.

She’s a pro at the boutineer.


Taylor received her official acceptance to University of Cincinnati.  This was her number one choice, so she is totally stoked.  We have a future Bearcat in the house.


Taylor, Class of 2013, will graduate this spring.  Here are her senior pictures.




Taylor and Brandon before the dance.

Taylor and Sara before the homecoming festivities (parade, powderpuff football, bonfire, etc.)

Senior Powderpuff Football Team escorted by Matt Baker

Senior pre-game ritual.

Taylor blocking down field.

Taylor making the block (or tackle, your call) for the game winning touchdown scored by Natalie Baker.


Here’s a full length shot

Taylor with her date Adam.

The group photo.

Taylor with Alex

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