Sunday, March 22, 2015

Another Spring Day.....

Today was the last day of Spring break for the kids; they’re really not looking forward to an early start tomorrow.

Lots more fun here today, the girls hosted a tea party for their various dolls and plastered their bedroom doors with their week’s coloring efforts.

It was Lynne’s turn to take Connor out for a bike ride, another 3mile. He loves it but we need it otherwise that energy is singularly focused on tormenting his sisters. He tried to be part of the tea party but he single handily upset the entire house. He’s incredible!  

Busy Spring Day

We are welcoming some nice weather finally this weekend. I Spring-cleaned the garage, managed a 6-mile bike ride with Connor in addition to a walk with the dog. Lynne and the girls sowed the first seeds of Spring and the flower beds all cleaned up. Lynne also found time to do some cooking and baking, and we cooked ribs for the first time this year to share with guests for dinner….Isabel was very happy!

Oh, I almost forgot…..I think Ireland retained the Six Nations title……

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Belated St Patrick's Day

I realize it’s late in the day, but better late than never. Happy St Patrick’s Day to all, I trust you all had a great day, some more festive than others I’m sure. It was a rather normal day here with us. Lynne is actually in Belgium at a conference (returns home tomorrow) and I was at work. The kids at least were off with Spring break.

Anne was kind enough to take some pictures of them this morning sporting their outfits for day. Not sure how long they lasted but they at fun I heard for a short while anyhow. The other pictures were from the canal downtown Indianapolis, like all large US cities with a water body, its gets colored for the occasion!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Dare I risk uttering the word......spring?

I arrived home from Germany yesterday evening. I'm a little spaced out but am very excited to be out for some exercise with the kids. They're excited too, let's see how they will fare after a few miles. 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015


One of the small advantages of this trip to Germany is a sampling of spring. It seems like we have been waiting a while for this moment.  It's a beautiful 40° morning for my morning dawn jog along the Rhine. 

Sunday, March 01, 2015

More Snow!

Not much sign of Spring here in West Lafayette. We had another 9-10 inches of snow last night. We’ll likely take advantage with some sledding this afternoon but I’d much rather a stroll through the park on a warm Sunday afternoon.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Weekend in Manchester

I’m sitting at the airport reflecting on a fantastic weekend in Manchester. I was here to celebrate my brother Aiden and Orla’s engagement. There were so many great moments, made only because the entire family traveled to be there. In so many ways, the weekend had all the hallmarks of our reunions, classic moments we’ll not forget, from hugs and kisses to tears and everything in between.

Orla and Aiden, thank you both again for a great event on Saturday and welcoming us like you did. To the rest of you, well thanks for everything, I love you all, miss you already!

As a final update on this, shown below are some of the many photos that were taken.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Circle the State with Song

Our big event of the weekend was a Choir performance yesterday by Anja. She is part of her school Choir and one of the highlights of their year is Circle the State with Song. In this event, the Choir groups from approximately 30 schools in the area come together to perform under the direction of a professional music director. Of course this is done in front of roughly 1000 adoring parents and family. Anja was a little nervous but they all did very well doing a very sophisticated line-up of choral music, which sounded fantastic. We were very proud of her.

She was gone all day which gave Isabel and Connor some time together, they played well (mostly) and painted this bird house in preparation for a Spring that still seems like a long way off!! 

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Last Night Dinner in Japan

We were hosted on our last evening in Japan by a very warm and gracious group of Lilly colleagues. I can't recall how many courses we had, I tried everything and it all tasted absolutely wonderful. All we have to do now is arise for our 5:30am taxi to the airport and hopefully make it home for the weekend.