Christmas 2013

Merry Christmas to you!

Our 2013 Christmas card

So, I guess this is like those Christmas letters people send out summarizing their year. But the format is a web page with lots of pictures. If I were you, I'd skip all the Bill-blather and just look at the pics.

Below... click on the tiny pic for a BIG one. Go!



My favorite thing about 2013? That's easy. Dr. Holly!

Holly got her PhD in Math in June. Holly's Mom and I attended her thesis defense. It was amazing and something that I'll never forget. I can't tell you how proud I am of Hol. Dr. Holly is now teaching and doing research at MIT in Boston. Woot!
Holly's thesis defense Holly at MIT Holly's office at MIT

Ty was a 2013 graduate, too. He graduated Jr. High. Ty's last performance in junior high marching band was the Memorial Day parade in Naperville.
Ty graduation Ty graduation Ty graduation Ty Memorial day parade Ty Memorial day parade Ty Memorial day parade Ty Memorial day parade

So, in the summer we had a fun Dr. Holly/Ty graduation party. Brad n Bobbie (and Annabelle) flew in from NYNY. We had cajun catering. We got Dr. Holly an HUGE graduation card. He he.
Graduation party Graduation party Graduation party Graduation party

Ty's 14th birthday party was a nerdy Nerf war. I mean, if something seems nerdy to me, that's saying something. Ty played basketball and baseball. He usually played pretty well, but usually for a losing team. Dop.
Ty birthday party Ty birthday party Ty basketball - Naperville Wildebeest Ty baseball

I ran the Naperville Marathon in November. My bogey was 4 hours, so I was very happy to finish in 3 hours and 54 minutes. And I'd like to announce here that I officially retire from the marathon game. Ha! I also ran a 10K in Plainfield with one of my many ex-wives. Ed and I ran the Chicago 10K.
Naperville Marathon Naperville Marathon Naperville Marathon Naperville Marathon Plainfield 10K with Amy Chicago 10K with Ed

Ty is now a freshman at Naperville Central High. His killer classes are math and Chinese. Ty's favorite thing is marching band. He won Best Freshman horn player in the band!
Ty first day of high school Ty Labor Day parade Ty Labor Day parade Ty marching band Ty marching band Ty marching band

I had three boffo vacations this year. Our Ty-Da baseball trip was a Spring visit to Florida: the Tampa Ray and Miami Marlin. We partied with Aunt Jan and Dick Jones. In July, Ty and I went white water rafting in Cataract Canyon in Utah. Yow! I spent Thanksgiving week in Boston visiting Dr. Holly and Ed. Our Thanksgiving day included an afternoon of Death Scrabble and then dinner at The Beehive.
FL baseball trip Party with Aunt Jan White water rafting vacay White water rafting vacay White water rafting vacay Holly and Ed at the Boston Bruins game Me and Holly at the Boston Bruins game Thanksgiving dinner at The Beehive in Boston

Potpourri... Bill's Birthday Book Report Island at St. Ethelreda. A new orange Sooby. (Ty QOTD - "It's not really that orange.") Me and the Stanley Cup. Me and the LetsPlay3 trophy... Naperville Critter, back-to-back fantasy baseball titles! Jack n Shell's 50th Anniversary. 50 years... jeez! Father's Day photo booth fun. Freezing at the Patriots game. Ty is 14 with the Krieger boys.
Book Report Island at St Ethelreda Orange Sooby Bill and Lord Stanley's Cup Fantasy Baseball Jack n Shell 50th Anniversary Father's Day fun Freezing at the Patriot's game Ty is 14 with the Krieger boys

It's a wonderful life.
Green birthday

Jeez, you made it all the way here. Hmm. I don't think anyone has ever made it all the way through this page.

Well, I wish you and your family a truly happy holiday season. And Viva 2014!

peace... yow, bill

PS - Here's our Christmas 2013 photo set on flickr (under construction):

2013 Flickr Christmas photo set