Tuesday, June 29, 2010

We "Heart" K.I.

We've just returned from two and a half days on Kelley's Island. We stayed at Annalee's cottage on the southwest side of the Island. We had a bit of a storm the first night, but it turned out perfectly anyhow. Our cottage was right on the beach, and the sunsets were amazing. The beach was completely covered in shells. In fact, the 'sand' was not sand at all, it was crushed shells.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Top 5 Reasons My Dad is #1

5. Knows how to fix anything
4. World's best listener, with a heart of pure gold
3. For helping me to build a computer in the 6th grade
2. Loves on his grandkids!
1. Gave me + siblings the legacy of a loving home

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Memorable Day / Weekend

For Memorial Day weekend, we went to see cousin Marg at her grad party. But first we did pancakes and chorizo con huevos at Linda's tia's house. Grandpa Santos did the cooking on the grill. Joe and Izak got some quality time together, and we got to see GG Tompkins too!

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Mystery, Peach, Sostenes, Quiz

We have cats! Momma cat is named Mystery. She's a stray that the kids adopted last year. This spring she got prego, and now we have 3 baby kittens: Peach, Sostenes, and Quiz. Quiz is the black cat. Peach and Sosti look like their mama.

Sunday, April 11, 2010


Linda and I went to see Wicked, the musical, on Friday. The show is on tour and is now in Toledo. Linda read the book and has been wanting to see it for awhile now. I like musicals as a general rule, so we decided to splurge on good seats, and make it a big night out. Wow! We had a great time.

Wicked is the story of the Wicked Witch of the West (Elphaba), and of Glinda the Good, and it starts in pre-Dorothy Oz. It tells the story of a friendship between Elphaba and Glinda the Good. Elphaba has raw and unique ability, is a misfit on account of her Green skin, and feels a strong sense of calling to protect the weakest citizens of Oz. Glinda is beautiful and popular. They meet as roommates and despite its unlikliness, they become best friends. I won't spoil the whole story by revealing much more of the plot. Along the way you learn how the Lion, the Tin Man, and the Scarecrow came to their places in the original Oz story.

The music and effects were best-in-class. They have flying monkeys and a giant mechanical Wizard of Oz. My favorite songs were "Popular" and "Defying Gravity".

I can say that this was absolutely the best live show I've ever seen.

Sunday, April 04, 2010


A few photos from our weekend. That's Dad with the camera, capturing some of the grandkids and friends on an Easter egg hunt and Dan's new place. After the eggs were found, Grandma gave out prizes. And Anna is driving now, on her temps. The weather here was unseasonably warm this weekend, except for about three hours where we had a storm blow through. Kids are on spring break now. So Thursday we went down to a water park. Friday we met up with some of our cousins in Columbus and had a picnic in the park. Saturday we dropped in on Mom and Dad and Dan and Les for the egg hunt. Then back home for sunday. I sing in the choir at church, so had to be ready for a 7:30 rehearsal.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Disrupting the peace

I can't believe I haven't posted since January. I do track stats on site visitors, and am glad to know that many of you all are still reading despite our slow delivery of new material. The stats show that I have regular readers in New York City and in Germany! I don't know who you are, but I know you keep coming back.

Here are some recent pix:
- Our elementary kids all dressed up for spirit day. LB's girl's basketball team was heading to the state game. We learned today that we won! (Anna and Linda were there, since Anna is in Pep band).
- Joe dressing up for geek day. He didn't have to look far to find garb. He just raided my wardrobe.
- Princess Lydi with Grandpa.

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Don't try this at home...

A few years ago we visited a local pioneer graveyard. We came to the headstone of Charles McKinnis, and one of the kids asked "Dad, are ghosts real?" I was agnostic at the time, and answered like a good scientist, "I don't know, let's do an experiment." So (gulp), I invited Mr. McKinnis to haunt us if he was real.

He has haunted us ever since. Now, whenever we hear strange noises in our home, we know who it is. Check out the graffiti I found on our kitchen wall.