Saturday, April 23, 2005

George with his little princess Posted by Hello

George's Lil George with Mom Posted by Hello

"Meaghan" Mom's Day Weekend U of I Posted by Hello

Monday, April 18, 2005

Science Olympiad and Mom's Day at U of I

Well it's been a hectic two weekends. The weekend of April 8th I traveled down to Urbana to watch Patrick and his team at the Science Olympiad State Tournament. What a team! They placed 27th out of 40 teams in the state. Not a bad accomplishment for being their first time to get to State!

Pat was in Crime Busters, Can't Judge a Powder and Write It Do It. I think he's going to be a scientist of some sort. We were able to watch these teams work but we were there to cheer them on when they went into the event and when they came out. Pat was a little nervous and excited at the same time. I think he had a good time and can't wait til next year. He's going to try Robo Billiards which is a robot built to push billiard balls into specific cans off a table. With his robot building ability he should easily win this one hands down!!

Last weekend I went down to Urbana again to celebrate Mom's Day weekend at the U of I. It was another beautiful weekend hitting around 80 degrees in the afternoon. Meaghan and I were pro's this time. We hit the campus bookstores first scoping out the merchandise. We picked up the new Illini Basketball March to the Arch book. Can't wait to put this on my coffee table, it's one of a kind! Even though we didn't make number 1 they still had a hell of a season. We both saved all the articles on the season and plan to make a collage of sort in the basement. You'll all have to come over and see it. Next on to the craft fair!! We stopped at each booth and picked up some really cool merchandise. I left with a U of I afghan that is going to be hung up rather than hanging on the couch. There was so much fun stuff to buy. We left some behind for next year!! Meaghan and I then went and hung out in her dorm room. I was fortunate enough to meet some of the floor guys. They are really nice individuals and had really cool rooms to boot. I saw Amanda's parents and grandmother again, met Danielle mom and had a personal viewing of Meaghan and Amanda's prize winning room video. Nice award acceptance girls! They won third place for room decorating out of all the dorms. It was first place in my mind but I'm biased. We then went over to Bob's new apartment (Forest's place). I met Bob's mom for the first time. Nice lady. Too bad she's moving to Arizona in a few short weeks but we'll hang out at Mom's day next year I'm sure. On to Monical's for a late night dinner and then bedtime. We got up in the morning and had a huge breakfast at Aunt Sonya's. Later we went to the Floral show and then I had to leave. Sure was a short weekend but was a lot of fun. Can't beat spending time with your daughter!!

Well this is a little long winded but had a lot to talk about. Enjoy the pics!

Three very smart people! Pat, Meaghan and Raj Posted by Hello

Science Olympiad's fro all over the state! Posted by Hello

Meaghan at U of I during Mom's Day weekend. Can't believe she's going to be a Junior in a couple of weeks! Posted by Hello

Pat and Raj Posted by Hello

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Spring has come to Carol Stream !!! Finally Posted by Hello

Da Tree Sista's-Mary, Sandy and Beckie Posted by Hello

Pape, need I say more Posted by Hello

Mary, Jessie and Mema at Jessie's Graduation from ISU. Congrats Jess! Posted by Hello

Sandy and Tom at the base of the dam Posted by Hello

The familia in Tennessee no doubt Posted by Hello

Meaghan and Pat in the Smokeys Day after Turkey Day 2004 Posted by Hello

Dave wants some of the action (actually I think he wants the wing Tom just cut off !) Posted by Hello

Tom and Susie -What a pair! Tommy is carrying on the tradition of carving the turkey and eating a little bit along the way! Posted by Hello

Meaghan and the "Boys" Posted by Hello

Jake and Joey at Thanksgiving 2004 Posted by Hello

What a day to reflect on!

We just came back from Uncle Bill's funeral. It gave all of us something to think about being he was 95 and the third to pass within the past year and a half. There aren't many of the old folk left so the young people were left looking at each other and wondering what happens when they are all gone!

We agreed to begin having dinners together at least every two months. It's ridiculous to live in the same metro area and not see each other except for wakes and funerals. We need to begin a new tradition and keep the family together.

Well enough pontificating as they say. On with the pictures!