After a wonderful Christmas feast with all the extended family gathered around the extended table in the dining room, and a spirited gift exchange, the our household quieted down to unprecedented levels. Everyone went home to their own places including CJ. She spent her first night in her own apartment in Tampa on Christmas night. The two of us were alone again after having children living with us for twenty-eight years and twenty-six days, but who’s counting?
Just hours after CJ finished the last of her Fall Semester finals (four exams in less than thirty-six hours), the three of us headed for Santa Fe. Because of a fluke in our airline reservations Steve was scheduled to arrive in Santa Fe two hours before CJ and Karen. Bad weather intervened though and the two of us were stuck in Houston Bush airport for several more hours. Ultimately we made it to Santa Fe the same evening and commenced on a five day family fun fest. Ate Ellen’s Spice Cookies, checked out local yarn shops, visited, played multi-solitaire, knitted, entertained, and had a wonderful family visit.
Flew into Indianapolis then drove to Cincinnati to stay with Aunt Mary, visit with relatives galore, and research family history. Capped off the experience with a wonderful visit with Cousin Pat in Indianapolis!
Although he officially graduated in May, we wanted to see Greg walk down the aisle in cap and gown. He “walked” in the Summer Commencement ceremony at USF in Tampa. Following a simple party in his apartment he climbed into his Toyota Camry and headed out on a five week odyssey to visit friends, family, and grad schools and to travel as far north and east as Cape Cod and as far west as Tucson.
In a beautiful ceremony at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Essexville, Michigan, our son David Joseph and his chosen, Rhonda Joy were united in marriage. Following the afternoon ceremony, family and friends celebrated at a delightful reception. The Florida contingent tore up the dance floor whenever the DJ played swing music!
Today is Greg’s official graduation date. He would have walked down the aisle in cap & gown to receive his diploma today at the Sundome at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Instead we celebrated at the Cracked Egg Restaurant in downtown Bay City. Later in the day he did walk down the aisle, but it was in a tuxedo as the best man in his brother’s wedding.
Karen & Steve are working on a new idea in passing on all of the genealogy information that has been collected over the years–an audio-visual production put on DVD. David & Rhonda are getting ready for their May 7 wedding. Greg is writing his Honor’s thesis in preparation for graduation May 7th and is working at John Knox Village in Tampa. CJ’s studying Chemistry, Calculus.Drawing II & International Ethics @ USF-St.Pete. this Semester.