Monday, December 29, 2003

New Doggy Door

Two weekends ago we had a contractor come out and replace a window, in our kitchen, with a door. This provides us with easier access to our back/side yard and also instead of getting all bundled up to take cooper out we now just open the door and out he goes. We are loving this new exit! Here is a before and after shot of the wall.

Wall Before

Wall After

Thursday, December 25, 2003

Merry Christmas To All


"The shepherds were abiding in the fields and the angel of the Lord appeared to them, announcing: 'Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy. . . . For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord' (Luke 2:10-11).

"The shepherds with haste went to the manger to pay honor to Christ the Lord. Later, wise men journeyed from the East to Jerusalem, saying, 'Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. . . . When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh' (Matt. 2:2, 10-11).

"Since that time, the spirit of giving gifts has been present in the mind of each Christian as he or she commemorates the Christmas season. Our Heavenly Father gave to us His Son, Jesus Christ. That precious Son gave to us His life, the Atonement, and victory over the grave.

"What will you and I give for Christmas this year? Let us in our lives give to our Lord and Savior the gift of gratitude by living His teachings and following in His footsteps. It was said of Him that He 'went about doing good' (Acts 10:38). As we do likewise, the Christmas spirit will be ours."
(Thomas S. Monson, "What Is Christmas?")

Tuesday, December 23, 2003

Twas the Night Before Our Christmas

And all through the house not a creature was stirring, well maybe one little one called Cooper. Since Santa makes his yearly stop a day early at our house (because the girls are so good ;->), we started our Christmas traditions tonight by having the girls open one present. They both received new Strawberry Shortcake pajamas and then we read a great childrens book by Carol Heyer called The Christmas Story.

The stockings were hung on the wall with great care, In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there...

All I Want For Christmas is...

Every body's sick
and that's bothering me
These doctor visits
are costing more than money
I don't know just who
to blame for this catastrophe!
But my one wish on Christmas Eve
is as plain as it can be!

All I want for Christmas is a healthy family,
a healthy family, a healthy family!
Gee, if I could only have a healthy family,
then we could all wish you "Merry Christmas."

It seems so long since I could say,
"Mr. Doctor, we don't need thee!"
Gosh oh gee, how happy I'd be,
if together we could all party.

All I want for Christmas is a healthy family,
a healthy family, a healthy family!
Gee, if I could only have a healthy family,
then we could all wish you "Merry Christmas."

Friday, December 19, 2003

Nice Christmas Story

I've heared this story a couple of times and I wanted to share it with others.

Years ago, Jack Smith told of a poignant story of two young boys at Christmastime.

I didn't question Timmy, age nine, or his seven-year-old brother, Billy, about the brown wrapping paper they passed back and forth between them as we visited each store.

Every year at Christmastime, our Service Club takes the children from poor families in our town on a personally conducted shopping tour. I was assigned Timmy and Billy, whose father was out of work. After giving them the allotted $4.00 each, we began our trip. At different stores I made suggestions, but always their answer was a solemn shake of the head, no. Finally, I asked, "Where would you suggest we look?"

Could we go to a shoe store, Sir?" answered Timmy. "We'd like a pair of shoes for our Daddy so he can go to work."

In the shoe store the clerk asked what the boys wanted. Out came the brown paper. "We want a pair of work shoes to fit this foot," they said. Billy explained that it was a pattern of their Daddy's foot. They had drawn it while he was asleep in a chair.

The clerk held the paper against a measuring stick, then walked away. Soon, he came with an open box. "Will these do?" he asked. Timmy and Billy handled the shoes with great eagerness. "How much do they cost?" asked Billy. Then Timmy saw the price on the box. "They're $16.95," he said in dismay. "We only have $8.00."

I looked at the clerk and he cleared his throat. "That's the regular price," he said, "but they're on sale; $3.98, today only." Then, with shoes happily in hand the boys bought gifts for their mother and two little sisters. Not once did they think of themselves.

The day after Christmas the boys' father stopped me on the street. The new shoes were on his feet, gratitude was in his eyes. "I just thank Jesus for people who care," he said. "And I thank Jesus for your two sons," I replied. "They really taught me more about Christmas in one evening than I had learned in a lifetime"

Tuesday, December 16, 2003

Christmas Shopping Finished

Here we are 9 days prior to Christmas and we are completely finished with our shopping. What a nice feeling to know that we don't have to (although I'm sure we still will) go out into the shopping madness that this last week prior to Christmas will bring. A huge public thank you to Kelly, because she is the one responsible for this huge accomplishment. Come on, you didn't think I was the one who deserved the credit, did you?

How is everyone else doing? For those who are not finished yet, good luck and be safe out there!

Friday, December 12, 2003

Family Movie Night

For family movie night we went to Cinemark Movies 14 to see Disney's Brother Bear. This was a good movie with a great story and an even better ending. Also i couldn't help but think about the similarities between Megan and Koda at many points in the movie. The girls both sat and watched the whole movie and were very good. It was also the first movie that we enjoyed having the whole theater to ourselves. It was like our own personal showing.

Megan's take:
I was proud of when Kenai couldn't kill Koda's mother. I liked the music when they say "Tell everybody I'm on my way".

Tuesday, December 9, 2003

Quick Trip to Chicago

This past week our family spent a few days in Chicago, mostly courtesy of my employer while I attended some Adobe Photoshop training. The training was decent, nothing too spectacular, but that was probably about the best part of the trip.

Trip to Chicago

I ended up being sick almost the whole time, the pool was closed until the last day, and the girls didn't feel like listening to anything that we had to say. We managed to quickly walk through a beautifully decorated Crate and Barrel store, spent some time in a large Disney store (not that we didn't just spend a week at the largest Disney store), window shopped at a few other stores and spent some time in the Water Tower Place. We also saw a very cool Lego Santa, sleigh, and reindeer at the The Shops at North Bridge (Can you believe I didn't have my camera with me?).
Another time, another day this would have been a fun little trip.

Sunday, November 30, 2003

Family Movie Night

Friday night we watched (well I think most of us watched) Disney's The Santa Clause 2. Past experiences are against sequels, but they did a good job and kept the original actors and actress.

Megan's Take
There was that bad Santa and he took the presents and he was not very nice. (Notice not much from our reviewer this time, as she was one that didn't pay much attention to the movie)

Thanksgiving Day Recap

Thanksgiving was a day filled with lots of good food (yeah I ate twice) and fun with family. Here's a great picture that we took at my Grandma and Grandpa's house.

Happy Thanksgiving

By the way we didn't do any shopping on Friday, all we did was go out to eat with my parents and sister. Anybody have any good or bad experiences shopping on "Black Friday"?

Thursday, November 27, 2003

Happy Thanksgiving Day!

I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving Day and let the whole world know how thankful I am to have such a great family. Don't over indulge yourselves in too much of the Thanksgiving feast.

Good luck to all those headed out shopping on "Black Friday"!

Sunday, November 23, 2003

Adding Features

With a few days off of work coming up, I should have some time to make an addition to the family website. I was thinking about adding the ability for everyone to post news, instead of just me.

Any comments/suggestions?

Family Movie Night

After being MIA for a while, Friday night we all finally sat down for a good dose of FMN. The feature film was Disney's The Santa Clause. We just picked it up on DVD, along with The Santa Clause 2. Hmm, wonder what will be the feature film for this coming Friday's FMN? Anyway, it's a fun film to watch.

Megan's Take:
Hmm, good. When the man called Santa up on the roof, he just falled down, then Santa disappeared and the boy heard a strange sound and the reindeer were up on the roof.

Thursday, November 20, 2003

Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!

Today is my parents thirty-second (I think - Correct me if I'm wrong) wedding anniversary and I just wanted to publicly thank them for the effort they have put into their relationship and the example they have set for me.

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary!

Tuesday, November 11, 2003

Happy Veterans Day

Today is a day to honor all who served our country in times of war. This also happens to be the 50th anniversary of Veterans Day. This is a special picture I made of my Grandpa Freimund, who served in WWII. I am very proud of him and grateful for his courage to serve our great country.

Happy Veterans Day

“Let us solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly, on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom, and let us reconsecrate ourselves to
the task of promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain.”

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Saturday, November 8, 2003

Total Lunar Eclipse

We took the girls outside to watch some of the lunar eclipse. We stood in the middle of the street, in 29 degree temperature, with our neighbors. In case you missed it here's an amateurs photo and guide of the event.

Lunar Eclipse

Megan said:
We saw the moon and it was not full.

Friday, October 31, 2003

Halloween Fun

I took Megan Trick-or-Treating in our neighborhood while Mattey slept and Kelly gave out candy to all of twelve kids. We came back and picked up Mattey and Kelly and went out to a few more houses before going out to eat at KFC. After a stop to see Nana and Papa, we headed home for some family fun. We had some Snazaroo face paint at home and Megan wanted to be the HULK. Then Mattey wanted something, and it just became a face painting night. Fun stuff!

Eeyore Mattey


Family Fun

Happy Halloween!

Wishing everyone a Happy and safe Halloween! Here is an interesting article on the origins and customs of All Hallows Eve. Don't eat too much candy.

Thursday, October 30, 2003

Happy Couple?

My parents dressed up as Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf for a recent youth dance at church. And I always thought Little Red Riding Hood was trying to get away from the Wolf.

"But Grandmother! What big ears you have," said Little Red Riding Hood as she edged closer to the bed.

"The better to hear you with, my dear," replied the wolf.

"But Grandmother! What big eyes you have," said Little Red Riding Hood.

"The better to see you with, my dear," replied the wolf.

"But Grandmother! What big teeth you have," said Little Red Riding Hood her voice quivering slightly.

"The better to eat you with, my dear," roared the wolf and he lept out of the bed and began to chase the little girl.

Wednesday, October 29, 2003

Pumpkin Carving

Last night we carved the pumpkins that the girls picked at the pumpkin patch. Mattey and Megan helped by cleaning out the inside of the pumpkins. Here are a few pictures of the fun we had.

Kelly Carving

Mattey Pumpkin Head


Tuesday, October 28, 2003

Sunday's Party

After church, we went to the Hancz's house to celebrate Corey and Brendan's birthday. Corey turned 3 on the 25th and Brendan will be turning 9 on Halloween. We stayed, for a while, after everyone had left and let the kids play. They had a lot of fun.

Corey's Birthday

Brendan's Birthday

Sunday, October 26, 2003

Saturday's Fun

Megan scored a goal at her last soccer game, of the Fall season. It was a very cold day, but Megan enjoyed it. Her coach gave her a patch and a medal for participating. Megan was very excited about her "gold medal".

Megan's Gold Medal

Kelly made Lasagna and rolls and we took dinner to Grandpa and Grandma Freimund. We ate and then Grandma and Kelly beat Grandpa and me in Pinochle, three games to one. It was never even close. We had a great time!

Saturday, October 25, 2003

Friday's Adventure

Yesterday, after work, we took a small road trip to Michigan City. The initial reason was to pick up a few games from Toys R Us, that our local store didn't have in stock. Then we headed for the Outlet Mall. We had a great time walking around and looking at all the different stores. It seemed rather empty, for a Friday night, maybe the result of the off and on little bits of rain. We found many bargains, especially in the OshKosh store, where we saved 70% on almost everything we bought. We found Christmas dresses for the girls, a couple shirts for Mattey, and then Megan cleaned up with a couple of different outfits. Kelly found most of her bargains in the Eddie Bauer store and a couple at the GAP.

After a long night of shopping, we stopped to eat at a place called Shoops. It looked like a 50's style diner that sold hamburgers. As we walked into the place all you could smell was smoke, so we promptly turned around and headed back up the road to Applebee's. We were seated immediately, great for a Friday night, but then had to wait quite a while to get our food. Luckily the wait was worth it and the girls behaved very well. I never knew that Applebee's made such a good burger and shake.

The drive home was just as nice as the rest of the night. Both girls fell asleep allowing Kelly and I to talk with each other without constant interruptions.

Monday, October 20, 2003

Unrealistic Goals

I took the day off from work today to try and finish a couple of home projects. One was to finish the new floor I was installing in the bathroom. That project is still about two full tiles away from being finished, and one of them will take a lot of trial and error to get right (It goes around the toilet). The other project I just started this morning, and that was to put new gutters on our house. It has been about 5 or 6 years since we have had downspouts, so it was long over due. I bought vinyl gutters, at Home Depot, and they are very nice to work with. I was able to finish almost the entire front of the house, except for one of the downspouts. I still have the back and its 60 feet of gutter to go. Hopefully we'll get a couple more days of decent weather!

Sunday, October 19, 2003

Cheap Dog Toy

The other day we emptied, or almost emptied, a jar of JIF peanut butter. Kelly gave the jar to Cooper and he worked on it for about an hour trying to get all the peanut butter out.

Cooper Loves Peanut Butter

Friday, October 10, 2003

Filler Item

I can't allow this to go on any longer. I haven't posted a news item in almost two weeks.

We had a new furnace and air conditioner installed this week. The company who did the work was Gnoth and Naragon Heating & Air Conditioning. They did an exceptional job and the fact that they were able to do our installation only five days after giving us an estimate, was amazing.

Mattey and Megan both had dental appointments this week, and both successfully had all their dental work completed. This has been a long road for Megan but she is finally done. Mattey was a little apprehensive but she came through with flying colors.

Wednesday, September 24, 2003

Irish Faithful

One of the perks (we'll maybe not so much this year) available to Amanda this year, for being a student at Saint Mary's, is the discount Notre Dame football tickets. She purchased season tickets and has really been enjoying her time in the student section. Here she is seated in section 34, row 50 with some her friends.


Tuesday, September 23, 2003

New Menu Option

As you may have noticed, there is a new menu option at the top of the page. This menu item will take you to Megan's soccer team page, which has a picture of Megan's team along with their game schedule.

Megan played in her second game and is really enjoying it.

New Photo Albums

I think I have finally finished sorting through all of the photos we took while we were on vacation. There was only about four hundred photos to go through and I'm pretty impressed that I am done in less than a week. There are four different albums from our trip, that have been added to the Photo Gallery, they are:

  • Disney Vacation: The Beginning (11 pictures)
  • Disney Vacation: The Characters (28 pictures)
  • Disney Vacation: The Rides (33 pictures)
  • Disney Vacation: The Rest (43 pictures)

Enjoy the pictures, we did taking them!

Saturday, September 20, 2003

Happy Birthday Dad!

We all celebrated Dad's birthday by having supper together. Hope you enjoyed your day, Dad.

I'm sure he enjoyed the day after his birthday, he and Mom were headed to Great America with some friends. He was very excited about going roller coaster riding.

Dad's Birthday

Thursday, September 18, 2003

Happy Belated Birthday Megan!

On Monday Megan celebrated her 5th birthday in style. We were in Disney World and the day was full of action. First we went to Blizard Beach (water park), had lunch with Pooh characters, and then we spent the evening playing at Disney Quest (arcade and other games) and shopping at Downtown Disney.

Megan's 5th Birthday

Monday, September 8, 2003

Megan's First Day of Preschool

Today Megan had her first day of her second year of preschool at Woodard. This year her teacher's name is Mrs. Wright. She will be joined by a few of her old friends, particularly Jack and Conrad, and will also be meeting some few new friends. Megan loves school and was very sad that she only got to stay for an hour today.

Megan's First Day of Preschool

Sunday, September 7, 2003

New Photo Albums

Three new photo albums have been added to the Photo Gallery.

  • Amanda's Dorm
  • Kids Kingdom
  • Megan's 1st Soccer Game


Megan's First Soccer Game

Saturday morning, Megan had her first soccer game at Tarkington School. Her team, made up of four other girls, choose the name PowerPuff Girls. They had had only one practice before this game, but they looked very good. Megan looked like she knew exactly what to do, most of the time, and even scored a goal for her team. She looked like she had a lot of fun.

Megan's First Soccer Game

Megan's Report:
Hot. I scored a goal. I ran a lot and I was thirsty and hungry. After the game I had cookies, fruit roll-ups, and a drink for my treat.

Family Movie Night

Friday night we watched The Evens Stevens movie on the Disney Channel. The Disney Channel offers a movie every night at 7:00pm. We had rented Inspector Gadget for FMN, but we opted to watch this Disney movie. The movie was about a family who was tricked into being on a reality TV show.

Megan's Take:
The girl pushed him off, then he pushed that button the big hard button, and then the palace fell down.

Wednesday, September 3, 2003

Hometown Spotlight

This appeared in our local newspaper today. You go girl!

Amanda Lynn Standiford has earned a Bertrand Merit Award from Saint Mary's College. A graduate of Clay High School, she is the daughter of Michael and Betty Standiford of South Bend. Merit award recipients are first-year students who have demonstrated academic achievement in high school, involvement in extracurricular activities and dedication to community service.

Friday, August 29, 2003

Happy Birthday Kelly!

Today Kelly is celebrating her 21st (again?) birthday. I'm not quite sure what we will be doing to celebrate, since we have a few trips planned in the near future, but hopefully we can come up with something.

Have a great birthday, sweetheart!


Sunday, August 24, 2003

Family Movie Night

Friday night we watched Agent Cody Banks starring Frankie Muniz and Hilary Duff. It was an entertaining, kids style 007 movie.

Megan's Take:
I liked it. That mean guy took Cody Bank's girlfriend, and then that mean guy put that ice cube on her forehead and it was melting and her Dad said no.

Wednesday, August 20, 2003

Dunk Tank Experience

Yesterday I had the opportunity to be in a dunk tank for the first time. My company, Press Ganey Associates, is one of the Pacesetter companies for the United Way. The dunk tank was one of the ways to raise money for this cause.

I was in the dunk tank for about 20 minutes. Kelly brought the girls to take part in this experience. Megan was the first to dunk me. She threw right at the target and hit it, except the tennis ball didn't carry enough weight to drop the target. A friendly helper pushed the target after she had hit it. Kelly took a couple of turns throwing and dunked me twice. Thanks Sweetheart! I took my share of dunkings from fellow employees also.

Dunk Tank

Tuesday, August 19, 2003

Family Movie Night

Friday night we watched The Lizzie McGuire Movie. At first Megan didn't want to watch this movie, but she did enjoy the little cartoon Lizzie that would pop up through out the show.

Megan's Take:
She got sick, she got a friend, and there is this little tiny girl and it was good.

Thursday, August 14, 2003

Cooper's Back

Cooper, minus a few male parts, rejoined the family today after a day away recovering from being neutered. Magrane Pet Medical Center took great care of him, and our pocket books too. He is quite calm, probably a side effect of his pain medication, and seems to be recovering well.

Saturday, August 2, 2003

Friday Movie Night

Last night we watched Piglet's Big Movie for family movie night. I was too tired, from helping some friends move, to say much about the show. The few minutes that I remember looked like a good show with a good message.

Megan's Take:
It was good! I was sad. Piglet's book fell down in the river. Roo found his scarf. Rabbit plants seeds, and Tigger bounced, and Pooh eats honey.

Thursday, July 31, 2003

Another Homemade Storage Solution

This was the other bookcase Kelly saw in a Pottery Barn Kids catalog, and thought it would be the perfect fit for all of Megan's books.


Once again, Dad and I spent a couple nights working on it, and then Kelly applied the finishing touches.

Monday, July 28, 2003

New Photos

I added a few pictures to Darrin's Graduation, and added two new albums to the Photo Gallery. The two new albums are called Water Fun and Amanda's Graduation Party. Enjoy!

Friday, July 25, 2003

Megan's First Organized Sports Team

Yesterday we sent in Megan's application for fall soccer. Every time we drive past Boehm Park, she always says she wants to play soccer there. Hopefully now she will have the chance.

The program is run by the Michiana Soccer Association and the first game is scheduled for September 6th.

Saturday, July 19, 2003

Parent's Movie Night

Family movie night did not happen this week as we had a ward activity to attend to. It was a game night, and Kelly was in charge of the 2 - 7 year-olds. They played with toys and participated in some fun games. The kids absolutely loved playing the limbo.

After getting the kids to bed, we stayed up and watched Tom Cruise and Collin Farrell in Minority Report. I thought it was a very interesting look into the future, and some of the toys (or gadgets) used were ultra cool!

Speaking of Collin Farrell, last week we watched another one of his films that I think deserves mentioning here. The Recruit, with Al Pacino, didn't get great reviews but I thought it was a good watch. Kelly and I both liked it enough to want to watch it again some day.

Tuesday, July 15, 2003

Missing Dog

Yesterday while we were enjoying a nice day, at Silver Beach, Cooper was at his first grooming appointment. We dropped him off at Petsmart and told them we didn't want the Poodle or the Schnauzer cut. All we wanted was a little bit less shaggy dog, so a little off here and there.

When we went to pick him up, they brought him out and we all thought they had the wrong dog. His face looked just like a dumb poodle (no offence to Cooper's dad). We think a new groomer is in store, hopefully one that will listen to our requests.

Sunday, July 13, 2003

More Photos

I've added some long overdue photos to the Photo Gallery. New albums include: Mattey's 2nd birthday (added 7/4), Darrin's trip to State (7/13), Darrin's graduation party (7/13), and Amanda's graduation (7/13). I also added some more pictures to the Memorial Day 2003 album (7/4).

Family Movie Night

Friday night's movie was Trumpet of the Swan. I'm not too sure about the first part of the movie, I was so tired I fell asleep, but the end of the movie was decent. It definitely wasn't one of the greatest animated films I've seen, but it wasn't one of the worst either.

Megan's take:
Good. The bad part was when Louie was gone and when that red swan marry Serina because Louie didn't want her to marry him.

Tuesday, July 8, 2003

The Great Switch

Yesterday was the start of what I am calling "The Great Switch". I have been a Comcast (@home, attbi, then Comcast) broadband customer for a few years. Minus the constant name changing I have been fairly satisfied with the service. But that said, SBC had a great deal running, on their DSL service, which would save me about $15 a month so I decided it was worth a try.

The install went very smoothly until I went to install my new router. That should of been the easy part. After all was said and done I finally went with my old router and it worked great.

I'll give it a couple of days to make sure it's acceptable and then I will call and cancel Comcast and live with my new broadband choice.

Friday, July 4, 2003

Happy 4th of July

Wishing everyone a happy and safe Independence Day!
Independence Day, in the United States, an annual holiday commemorating the formal adoption by the Continental Congress of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, in Philadelphia. Although the signing of the Declaration was not completed until August, the Fourth of July holiday has been accepted as the official anniversary of U.S. independence and is celebrated in all states and territories of the United States.

The holiday was first observed in Philadelphia on July 8, 1776, at which time the Declaration of Independence was read aloud, city bells rang, and bands played. It was not declared a legal holiday, however, until 1941. The Fourth is traditionally celebrated publicly with parades and pageants, patriotic speeches, and organized firing of guns and cannons and displays of fireworks; early in the 20th century public concern for a “safe and sane” holiday resulted in restrictions on general use of fireworks. Family picnics and outings are a feature of private Fourth of July celebrations.

"Independence Day," Microsoft® Encarta® Online Encyclopedia 2003 © 1997-2003 Microsoft Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

Thursday, July 3, 2003

Hackers - The Place for Family Fun

We went, along with my Mom, Dad, and Sister, to Hackers last night. Hackers is a fun place to quickly blow some money. We played Miniature Golf, raced Go-Karts, and played a few video games (Mickey's first and second time playing Dance Dance Revolution). It was a beautiful night until we went to leave and Megan threw a fit because she was tired and having too much fun.

And the winner is:


Sunday, June 29, 2003

New Photo Albums

Two new photo albums have been posted to the Photo Gallery. Forgive me as they are a couple of months old. One is from Megan's first preschool music program and the other is from a cook out we had with the Hanczs.

Family Movie Night

Friday night we watched Harriet the Spy. It was a cute movie but a little bit old for our girls. It obviously influenced Megan, who has gone to sleep the past couple of night with a notebook.

Megan's Take:
"Good. The scary part was when somebody took her notebook."

Thursday, June 26, 2003

Photo Gallery Repaired

After being MIA for a couple of months, the Photo Gallery is finally up and functioning again. I have added a few Memorial Day photos and will be adding more photos soon.

Wednesday, June 18, 2003

Congratulations Graduates!

On Sunday I watched my sister graduate from Clay High School, and Kelly saw her youngest brother, Darrin, and Amanda's boyfriend, Johnny, graduate from Adams High School. They all have big plans ahead of them.

Amanda is going to be going to Saint Mary's College, Darrin started a new job at Great Lakes Heating & Cooling, and Johnny left the night of graduation for the Marines.

Congratulations and good luck to all three!

Pictures will be coming soon, I hope!

Family Movie Night

Friday night's movie was a new one that we bought, that was the exact opposite of the movie we bought two weeks ago. It was the successful sequel to Disney's The Jungle Book called The Jungle Book 2.

Family Movie Night

I am very behind at posting this information but here it is anyway. Friday the 7th, we watched Dunston Checks In, a very funny movie about a primate who causes all kinds of trouble in a five-start hotel. The only problem with this movie was it included a few choice words that you normally wouldn't associate with a kids show.

Tuesday, June 3, 2003

Family Movie Night

Friday night's movie was the best yet. We went out to the movies and watched Finding Nemo. The movie was extremely entertaining and visually stunning. Pixar is by far THE best animation company right now. (Check out this great article about the Pixar work environment)

Mattey was seen with her hands over her ears for a while as she was a little drawn back by the volume of the movie. She wasn't the happiest camper and after more than a few trips out (our apologies to the people who sat in the same row as us) she ended up falling asleep.

Megan's Take:
"It was a little bit scary when Nemo didn't listen to his father, like I don't listen to you, and the diver took him."

Sunday, May 25, 2003

Family Movie Night

Friday night's movie was a new one that we bought, that we should have rented first. It was the sequel to Disney's Atlantis: The Lost Empire called Atlantis: Milo's Return. It seemed to be yet another one of Disney's sequels that was released to video and dvd only, and I see why.

Thursday, May 22, 2003

Mattey Turns Two

I'm not sure who was more excited that it was Mattey's second birthday. Megan came in to our room at 5:30am and said, "Dad, today is Mattey's birthday."


Mattey got a new bike and a Strawberry Shortcake doll. Sara, Betsy, and Emma came over and we all celebrated a month of birthdays with some cake and ice cream.

Tuesday, May 20, 2003

Late Posting for Last Family Movie Night

Last Friday night we watched Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch. Having not seen any of the other Air Bud movies, I thought this one was a decent movie. Megan got really excited about playing baseball after watching it.

Update: We bought Megan her first baseball mit tonight. She can't wait to practice with it.

Two Different Doctor Visits

Last week Mattey and Cooper both had doctor appointments. Mattey for her two year old checkup (and shots) and Cooper just for shots. The difference in the visits was that Cooper is continuing to grow, he's up to almost 11lbs, whereas Mattey is not. She weighed in at 20lbs 10ozs and measured 32 3/4" tall. At this rate Cooper will catch her in no time.


Wednesday, May 14, 2003

Local Weather

A new and exciting feature has been added to the home page. If you are logged in, you will see, under your User Information, a new box displaying the local weather information. Please let me know if you need a user name and password.

A Golfer I'm Not

After 3 1/2 hours and 131 strokes (at least that's what the score card said) I confirmed the fact that I am not a golfer. My Uncle Scott was in town from Alaska so I took a day off of work to play golf with him at Juday Creek Golf Course.

Tuesday, May 13, 2003

Final Grades

Grades for my two classes have been posted and I am happy to report them as follows:

Sunday, May 11, 2003

Happy Birthday Mom!

Mom celebrated her birthday on Tuesday, May 6th by spending a wonderful day with Dad in Michigan City. After a very busy week we finally got together for a few minutes on Friday night to give her a few presents. We got her some photo paper and a new compact flash card for her digital camera. Upon opening the compact flash, she said "Oh wow, I don't have any idea what this is, but I'm sure it's good."


Tuesday, May 6, 2003

No More Teachers, No More Books...

Another semester back at IUSB is finished. I just completed the final exam in my last class, C151 Multi-User Operating Systems. The final was not very difficult and I was finished in less than a half hour. Last week I finished my final project for my other class, C201 Computer Programming II.

Friday, May 2, 2003

Family Movie Night

Tonight we rented and watched Disney's Treasure Planet. It was a good film, with some great graphics. A probable on the to buy list. Megan said it was a little bit scary due to an evil spider villain.

Search Function Added (Finally)

It's no longer just there for looks. You can now search the Internet using the ultimate search engine, Google, or you can choose to search only by selecting the appropriate radio button before clicking on the Search button.

Sunday, April 27, 2003

Family Movie Night

Friday night we watched Disney's American Legends. An animated film, about four American heroes: John Henry, Paul Bunyan, Johnny Appleseed, and Casey Jones. An educational film that is also entertaining. I think this is the first family movie night film that Megan actually requested to watch a second time.

Wednesday, April 23, 2003

Links Area Now Available

I have finally managed to finish the links area. Check it out and if you are logged in you can add links.

Speaking of logging in, you only have to log in once on a machine and then you will remain logged in unless you click the link under User Information.

Gallery Still Down

Due to my hosting provider deciding to make some changes without letting me know, the site has been experiencing some unexpected results. Most of the things have been fixed but the Photo Gallery is still down.

Sunday, April 20, 2003

Happy Easter

"Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre. . . .

"And they found the stone rolled away. . . .

" . . . They entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.

" . . . As they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:

"And . . . said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?"

"He is not here: for he is risen."

Luke 24:1-6

Friday, April 18, 2003

Family Movie Night

Tonight's movie was Whispers: An Elephant's Tale. Kelly said, "it was interesting because it showed the life of an elephant". Megan enjoyed it, while I tried to sleep through it, and Mattey did sleep through it.

Friday, April 11, 2003

Family Movie Night

Tonight's movie was The Wild Thornberrys Movie. The quote on the cover, "A journey of excitement the entire family can enjoy together", sounded like a perfect choice. It was enjoyed by most of the family, except Mattey who seemed to be in a very bad mood.

The Wild Thornberrys, in my opinion, is one of the best that Nickelodeon has to offer.

Wednesday, April 9, 2003

First Trip to the Vet

Cooper had his first visit to Magrane Pet Medical Center. He weighed in at a healthy 5lb. 5oz. The staff thougt he was the cutest thing, and the Vet said he was very healthy and well socialized. He also said that Cooper was the perfect match for our family and we couldn't agree more.


Saturday, April 5, 2003

Welcome to our family

Today we picked up the newest member of our family, Cooper. We drove to a small town in Northwest Ohio where we met with his breeders. He was very content on the drive home, napping here and there, and enjoying Kelly's lap.


The girls are very excited about their new brother, and love to play with him. Cooper enjoys playing ball and slipping around on the ceramic floor.
We want to thank the breeders, Schnoodles, Ink. for taking great care of him and giving us this chance.

Thursday, April 3, 2003

A Day at the Zoo

Wednesday was a gorgeous 70 degree day, not bad for the 2nd day in April. Kelly and the girls took advantage of it by taking a trip to Potawatomi Zoo. There are a few pictures in the Photo Gallery.

Wednesday, April 2, 2003

Press Ganey in the News

There was a nice article featuring Press Ganey in yesterday's South Bend Tribune. It talks about how much we've grown and how much more growth is predicted.

Tuesday, April 1, 2003

April Fool's Day


Here is my contribution to try and make you laugh today. The truth is, this actual picture could have been taken at our house on any given day.

Sunday, March 30, 2003

Handmade by Request

Kelly saw this bookcase in a Pottery Barn Kids catalog, and thought it would be really cute for Mattey.


Problem: Bookcase from Pottery Barn Kids cost $350.
Solution: Buy $60 worth of materials and ask Dad to help make it.
Dad and I spent a couple nights working on it, and then Kelly applied the finishing touches.

Saturday, March 29, 2003

Michiana Star Search

Today Amanda did something that most of us wouldn't even attempt to do. She performed a wonderful rendition of the Dixie Chicks song "Let it Rip", at the University Park Mall in front of a huge crowd of people.

The crowd cheered her on as she showed her enthusiasm for singing and dancing. The panel of judges spoke very highly of her and we thought she was on her way to being one of the eight finalists.


Unfortunately it wasn't meant to be this day. Even though she wasn't declared a finalist by the judges, she is definitely a winner in our hearts and minds.

Way to go Amanda!

Friday, March 28, 2003

Friday Night = Family Movie Night

A couple of weeks ago we started something new at our house. Friday nights are now set aside as family movie night. We try to find a movie that everyone will enjoy, which can be a chore. Add some popcorn, candy, and pop and all you're missing is a very large screen (maybe someday), an uncomfortable chair (no thanks), and lots of people talking (well sometimes).

Tonight's movie was Bedknobs and Broomsticks. Kind of slow at times but Megan seemed to like it.

Thursday, March 27, 2003

Happy Birthday Amanda!

It's hard to believe that Amanda is 18 today. We took her a card and some $, which she said will be used to buy some new clothes at Gurnee Mills.


Thanks to Mom for the Cherry tort. Hope you weren't too upset that we cut it before you got a picture. :-)

Monday, March 24, 2003

First Picture of Cooper

We finally received the first pictures of our dog Cooper. Previously we had only seen litter pictures.
The breeder had this to say as to why she chose this specific dog for us:
"I've been through the ultimate test... a 2 year old girl! She carried me, followed me and played with me and I really enjoyed it all.
The Standiford family with 2 little girls will be such a delight for this boy. I know no fear and am very curious."

It sounds like he will fit right in with the girls.