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.




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Alex and Ian graduated from Marshall Univwersity.  Both graduated with honors.  Ian – Summa Cum Laude.  Alex – Magna Cum Laude.  We are very proud of them as they complete one phase of their life and move on to the next.

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Alex and Ian and the memorial fountain.  This is a center piece of the campus as it memorializes the loss of Marshall students and staff in a plane crash.   The movie “We are Marshall” tells this story.  Twice a year there is a ceremony at the fountain.  A ceremony when the fountain is started in the spring and another when it is shut down in the fall.

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Alex’s maid of honor joined us for the graduation as well.  It was great that she was able to make it to Huntington for the graduation.


The entire family made it for the graduation.

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Willow2015SleepingMeet Alex’s dog — Willow.  She is a 7 week old Blue Heeler (aka Australian Cattle Dog)


Willow2015PeekabooWillow was playing peekaboo from under the blanket.

Link to short video of Willow: 2015-03-20 18.25.17


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


Alex2014Ian Chicago-NavyPierAlex and Ian at the Navy Pier

Alex2014Ian ChicagoRiverAlex and Ian at the Chicago River fountain.

Alex2014Ian ChicagoSkylineAlex and Ian with the Chicago skyline and Millennium Park in the background,


Martin before the start of the Freestore Foodbank 5k with Alex.

Martin at the start of the race with the hordes chasing.

Alex and Roxanne waiting for Martin at the end of the Purpose People Bridge.

Martin coming off the Purple People Bridge near the 2 mile mark.   Finished in 23:51 (7:41/mi pace), 86th of 2,946 participants.


Alex has been happy with much time spent with Pete.  She has been learning to ride with nearly weekly trips to ride.


Merry Christmas to all our friends and family.

Taylor and Alex opening the Christmas Eve present… jammies.  Tradition is new jammies on Christmas Eve then stockings and presents on Christmas day.

Sammy staying up to wait for Santa on Christmas Eve.

Sammy got tuckered out and fell asleep before Santa came.


Christmas morning. Stockings stuffed. Fire lit. Waiting for the family to wake.

Sammy finally gets her present.


The ole dog, Brandy, gets a present, too.

Lest anyone think otherwise, Tanya was present, too. Showing Sammy one of her stocking stuffers.

Taylor the camera shy girl.


Alex with her gift from Ian.



Alex and Ian before he left to be with his family for Christmas.

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