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Fireworks, A Bit Tardy

On the evening of Independence Day, my adventurous father-in-law and I rode our bikes to a nearby fireworks display, just the two of us.  Oh, how he impressed me!  His bicycling prowess was spectacular!  Weaving in and out of the mighty throngs of at least a ba-jillion people all there to watch the magic.  After the show, we rode back to his house in complete and utter darkness, save for a couple of teensy-tiny, itty-bitty clip-on lights (one for him, one for me).  It was a great experience, especially when, at a particularly dark point in the excursion, John said to me, “This is the exact spot last time that I saw a real, live coyote and I heard his pack in the bushes”.  You’ll be glad to know I did not scream.  Possibly because I had already passed out.  Anyway, on to the pictures…
Exhibit A (not the actual light, I stole this image from someone’s webpage and if I remembered where I got it from, I would duly note it here.  Actual size, approximately 3 inches tall):


Exhibit B–Grandpop.  (This is the actual photo of him taken by me at the actual fireworks display.):


Exhibit C, D, and E (actual fireworks):


(I like this particular shot above because it looks like something underwater…jellyfish, maybe?)


Grand Finale #1



Grand Finale #2.  (Truly, there are at least 45 fireworks pictures alone that did not “make” this posting.)
Not bad, eh?  Camera knowledge, like most things, is a process.  I’m learning!


Luke’s birthday is today. He celebrated by shouting at everyone he came into contact with, “I’m turning FOUR today!” and shoving FOUR! little stubby fingers at the newly-notified.

Party on, folks! Luke turns! Four! Today!


Happy Birthday!!

Eight years ago today, I was sitting in a Columbus, Ohio hospital waiting to meet my firstborn child (who was to be a son, but that’s another story). Anyway, the end of that day brought us to meet and know and love our dear Susanna.


And she is not a son. Definitely not.

Happy Birthday, Susie!!

PS-This is one of my favorite pictures of her. Don’t mess with Susie.

This is Texas

And this is your brain on Texas, specifically in the springtime. And only for about 2 weeks. And then they all die (and, of course, I’m speaking about the flowers themselves. Not necessarily your brain).


So, to all you Texans out there, do your civic duty and snap those purty pictures while you can!

Sorry, but I couldn’t stand to see poor Callie in “her lifejacket” on the top of this page any longer.

Happy Birthday, Mark! And Happy (albeit late!) Birthday, Elizabeth!

Today is the first day of the rest of Mark’s life. He has now officially reached his mid-30s (as he once told me when I reached the same number). It’s all downhill from here, toots!

As for Elizabeth, well, it’s another one of those late birthday things. Her birthday was last Saturday, the 9th. Ugh. Sorry, Elizabeth! I hope it was a good day for you!
Here, Elizabeth looks on as Leif plays the spoons and Mark offers you some Mexican oregano:


Happy Birthday to you both! We love you!

Happy (late) Birthday!

Yes, I’m sure it’s no surprise to our wonderful readers….we missed another birthday. This time it was only by 2 days. That’s got to count for something, right?

On Saturday, Lydia officially started using two hands to show her age. Six years ago, she came into this world a little earlier than we expected, but she has blessed us with her sweet spirit and ability to take charge. Ahem.

Happy Birthday, “Lyds”! (As Susanna calls her)


My apologies to the readers via Internet Explorer….I’ve messed around with the picture size and it just doesn’t look right no matter what I do. By shrinking the picture, I lose resolution and the picture looks blurry. Ugh. I think I’ll put Photoshop on my Christmas list.

Happy (late) Birthday!

Whoops! And a big whoops at that….

I (We/Any possible blogger-type at forgot to post anything about David’s birthday last week! I claim that my travel/car saga left me short a few brain cells. Sorry, Dave! His birthday was the 19th.

(He’s the one on the left…)


Happy Birthday!!

Yes, Dishfans, it’s that time again….

Happy Birthday to our own dear brother, Peter. His birthday is today.


He certainly must be having a feliz cumpleaños, see how he smiles?

Happy Birthday, Pedro!

“Laughter” is Born

Rejoice with us as our (extended) family grew by one last night. Isaac Davis Brunone was born to Andrew and Jamison at 7:44pm weighing 7 pounds and 12 oz. For more details and to congratulate this sweetly growing family, see their webpage.
He’s so cute, even when he looks angry!