Saturday, December 19, 2009


Here are a few photos of our neighborhood. I'd estimate we have about 12-14 inches at this point, depending on where you're standing. The church next door had their parking lot plowed, but our road is still relatively undriveable. Nick and I shoveled some, sledded some, and I built a snow cave.

December Blizzard!!

It has been snowing now for about 12 hours. We have maybe 10 inches on the ground now. They are saying that we could get 22 inches. This is fun. All 4 of us are home. No one has anywhere to be. We are making cookies and listening to Christmas songs.
Anybody have any other snow pictures?

Friday, December 18, 2009

Thursday, December 17, 2009


CONGRATS, Kim! If anyone took photos, please post:-)

Sunday, December 13, 2009

A Forest Hill Christmas

Well as everyone can see, all of the decorations are finished!

So let us all continue our tradition and celebrate a Forest Hill Christmas.

Everyone is invited on Saturday December 26th at 3PM.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Happy Actual Day of your Birthday, Ali!!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009


Good luck, Linda, on your Thursday interview! I'm sure you will WOW them:-)
Hope you get to Columbus without delays tomorrow nite what with the weather forecast.
Enjoy your time w/Sean, Liz and Erin.
Nick - thank you for being a good, supportive hubby:-)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Christmas Party @ Shad Court

Hi everyone,
Boy is this a busy post day for me !

Robin and I would like to invite you all to a Christmas Party @ the Shad Court Joneses on Sunday December 27th ( Happy Anniversary Cindy and Steve ).
Since I now have three VERY excited Ravens Fans in my family, of course the game will be on.
We'll figure out the time closer to Christmas. I think the game is @ 1:00 pm.
So mark your calendars, wear your Red AND Purple and be ready to have some fun !
See everyone soon.

Robin and Bob

Kimmie's Graduation

Hello to everyone,
Robin and I would like to tell you all how proud we both are of Kim. She has worked VERY, VERY hard and now she is graduating!
She is going to be receiving a AA in Applied Sciences with a major in Massage Therapy ( We can feel those hands working already ! ). She will also be continuing on to finish her AA in Accounting.
As you all know she has been working two jobs while doing all her studying.
The Masage Therapy Department at CCBC ( the University of Rossville Boulevard ) is having a special graduation ceremony on Thursday December 17th @ 7:30 pm. It will be held in the "J" building, room 101 ( which we believe is the same auditorium Linda used to act in ).
You are all invited to attend this ceremony if you are available. We'd love to have you.
The class members are providing food so if you are planning on attending please let us know.
Thanks for helping us celebrate this fantastic achievement !
Bob and Robin

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Gift ideas!

Please post some gift ideas, everyone! It's that time of year! If you don't post ideas, who knows what you'll get.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


HAPPY THANKSGIVING one and all! I'm thankful for all of you:-)

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Ravens game

I went to my first Ravens game today and it was awesome! The Ravens played well and put up a great fight against the Colts, even though we lost. And we got to see Matt Stover, albeit not a Raven. It's amazing to be part of the energy in the stadium. I couldn't resist posting a few pics.

Monday, November 16, 2009


I just got my first internship interview invitation! Cincinnati- here I come! :) :) I wasn't expecting to hear about interviews until after Thanksgiving, so I'm sooo excited!

Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who helped me have a wonderful 50th birthday! I loved the dinner in Port Deposit and the surprise party and all of the cards and phone calls. A terrific way to turn 50!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

As requested, a few more photos from the surprise party:

The Joneses in attendance:

And Uncle Mike uses Aunt Donna's cane as a putter:

Saturday, November 14, 2009


Nothing like having your 50th birthday last over four days. Just brings you closer to the next one.
Thanks to Carl, Julie and Kevin for planning the party. And special thanks to Donna for giving us a great reason for getting together!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

UMBC and President Hrabowski

Hi everyone-

Since Erin plugged something awesome about Wittenberg, I thought I'd plug UMBC and our president, Freeman Hrabowski, who was recently named by Time Magazine to be one of the top ten college presidents in the country. I don't know if any of you have ever seen Dr. Hrabowski speak, but in my opinion this is an honor well deserved. I love seeing him around campus because he always has a huge smile on his face.

And to give credit where credit is due, OSU's president was also among the top ten! It's good to know the Jones grandkids are getting excellent educations!

Here's a link to the blurb about Dr. Hrabowski:,28804,1937938_1937933_1937920,00.html

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Happy Birthday Donna!

Happy 50th!!
I thought you could use the big print!

Just kidding. Have a great day!

Happy Birthday Bob!

Have a great day. Enjoy your day off!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Wittenberg University

Hello everyone!

I just wanted to take a minute to let everyone know just how proud I am to be a Wittenberg Alumna! Last night's episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition was located in Beavercreek, OH; between Dayton & Springfield & home of Wright Patt Airforce Base. The lucky family was a man who was born in Vietnam during the war to an Airforce member & a vietnemese woman. He contracted polio & the Airforce brought him to the U.S. where he was adopted. He currently works at Wright Patt Airforce Base as a computer guru & also mentors victims of the Iraq war who are now wheelchair bound. In addition, he plays on a wheelchair basketball team & works with kids who are also wheelchair bound.

So how did Wittenberg become a part of this? Well, in addition to having students in Beavercreek that week helping to build his family a new home, my school gave the family 4 full-tuition scholarships for their children, currently ages 1-6. It is valued at over $500,000 & believed to be the largest dollar amount ever given by a school on the show!

I just had to share this with everyone..... it is definitely a VERY proud moment for our school!

Hope everyone is well!


Christmas plans ?

Good morning everyone !
Had a great time yesterday celebrating our birthdays !
Thanks again Cindy and Steve for the dinner.

Here's the question.
Who is traveling from Ohio for the holidays and when do you all plan on arriving.
The Shad Court Hilton will be open, so we can work out who is staying where and when.
We're looking forward to the visit.
The contractors are arriving soon to install the indoor pool and jacuzzi/ hot tub combo. We still have to figure out where to have the complimentary breakfast bar installed. May have to put an addition on the house since we can't use the garage space (we can't have the t-bird sitting outside).
That just would not be right!

Just let us know.
Robin and Bob

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Christmas ideas

Yes, it's that time of year again when we need Christmas ideas from everyone. Please post some wishes/desires.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Who dey?

GOOOOO Bengals:-)

Friday, November 6, 2009

Thank you, Cindy!

November 8-14th is National Radiologic Technology Week, which honors the contributions of radiologic technologists and increases awareness of their role within the health care community. This year's theme "Improving Health Care One Image At a Time", focuses on the impact that each image makes in patient treatment.

So let's all send our thanks to Cindy and the thousands of other radiologic technologists who make valuable contributions to our health care system!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

High Definition Television

This is where we were when we last updated everyone. Cindy and I had an amazing vacation. We spent a week in Cocoa Beach, just hanging on the beach and around the pool. We visited Kennedy Space Center one day also.

The second Monday in Florida, we headed down to Miami and took a 4 day cruise on The Magesty Of The Seas. We visited Nassau, Cococay and Key West.

We came back on Friday to Cocoa, hung on the beach some more and then left on Saturday and went to EPCOT Center for the day.
On Sunday we headed home and went back to work.

Meanwhile back at work, WJZ was getting ready to go HD. This is the old switcher that we have had for about 15 years. It was a Sony and was on its last legs.

This is the new switcher. It is a Ross and was built in Canada. Training started my first day back and has been going on for the last 5 weeks. Beyond my normal schedule, I spent about 4o extra hours learning how to operate this switcher.

This past Saturday the switcher was installed along with 4 new 65 inch monitors that can each have 12 inputs into them. The inputs can be renamed, resized and shifted around just with a few keystrokes.

Here is the monitor directly in front of the switcher with its 12 inputs displayed.

I always describe this to tours as a piano. There are basically four sections that mirror each other, but can do totally different things. This machine is amazing what it can do and it has been fun to figure it out.
So far things have looked good on the air.
Just thought everyone would enjoy seeing what I have been up to. Hope everyone is doing well and Cindy and I can't wait to see everyone soon.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Save these Graduation dates

For those of you who like to plan ahead, Julie's Kutztown graduation will be on Saturday, May 8, 2010. Kevin's Penn Manor High graduation is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, June 9th. This date could change depending on snow days.

We will have a combined party on Saturday, June 5th.

So mark your calendars and save those dates!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Who dey???

The Bengals, that's who:-) 4-1...rah!!!

Friday, October 9, 2009


Gooooooooo Bengals:-)

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Christmas is coming!

Hello everyone. Christmas will be here very soon and I would like to propose something. With the economy the way it is, I propose that we set a spending limit on our gifts this year, between $25-$30. I know we have never done this before, but times are rough in many ways and this may help someone who wouldn't feel comfortable speaking up. And, when a limit is set, people can get very creative.


If someone in your family doesn't normally read this blog, please let them know about this so they can comment if they wish.

Merry Christmas!

Friday, October 2, 2009


Got through an entire week of school w/no delays or cancellations:-) This was our first full week since the very first week of school!!! We've missed 2 days and have had 4 delays.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Happy, happy

Happy birthday, Steve:-)

Friday, September 11, 2009

Another foggy Friday

...and another closed school day. Repeat of Thurs. and Fri. Not crazy about this pattern....

Sunday, September 6, 2009

A Beach Day

It was a beautiful beach day!
The ocean was like bath water.

Enjoyed dinner on our balcony.

Happy anniversary!

CHEERS to your 6th anniversary, Sean and Liz:-)

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Cocoa Beach Vacation

Cindy and I left Friday afternoon for Cocoa Beach Florida. We spent the night in North Carolina and arrived here this afternoon.
We had some dinner and went grocery shopping. Now it is time to chill.
Tomorrow we are heading to the beach for a little relaxation.
It is not far away. Only about a 50 yard walk.
More tomorrow with some pictures.
Wish you all were here.

Friday, September 4, 2009


Well....we were closed today - fog. Had a 2 hr delay yesterday for same. Just when I could name my 84 students w/out looking at my seating chart!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Sunday, August 23, 2009

School days..........

First day with students is tomorrow. When are back-to-school days for you nieces/nephews?

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


The TinCaps pitcher threw a no-hitter last nite! Pretty cool....
That was our 2nd one. We saw Tom Seaver when he was with the Reds throw one.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Happy 33rd Anniversary, Mike and Randi!

I remember having a great time at your wedding, especially decorating your car after Mike gave up his car keys so easily! And playing cards that night after you guys left, and Barb being jealous of Steve Burch's girlfriend (Jill, I think), saying, "Man, she looks good even in jeans and a man's dress shirt!"

Hope you two have a great day!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Uncle Bob, Patches and Hockey

I don't mean to step on Uncle Mike's toes but most of you have commented on that already so I won't feel too terrible.

One of the five websites I read every single day is the great hockey blog done by Yahoo! Sports. The editor lives in D.C. out of the blue today, he did a post about historical NHL patches. I've already e-mailed him to tell him about the incredible career of my industrious Uncle Bob at Lion Brothers and if I'm not mistaken Uncle Bob did the patch for Gretzky's 802nd goal, right? In any case, here is the link to his blog post and if he ever wants to do a story about patches again hopefully he'll contact me for your info you certainly deserve the recognition. If you search around the NHL Patches site Bob and see anything that you've had a hand in, be sure to let me know and I'll pass it along to him. We stay in touch from time to time and I was once quoted on the Yahoo Blog for a story regarding a Columbus rookie.

The Yahoo! Blog Post from Today

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

U.S. Senior Open

Randi and I are attending the Men's U.S. Senior Open at Crooked Stick (John Daly won the PGA herein 1994 as the last alternate to get into the tourney) in Carmel, Indiana.
Bob and Robin will remember this area as the home of Connor Priarie.
While here today for a practice round we found three possible retirement homes.
Let us know your choice and we'll see what we can do.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Saturday, July 11, 2009

4th family b-day


Friday, July 10, 2009

Nationals Stadium

So, here we are at National Stadium. What a beautiful ballpark.
Linda, Robin and I went last Sunday to help celebrate "Children's Day".
Children's Hospital had an entire section for their diabetes patients and families.
We got to meet some of the doctors that Linda was working under. Robin and I are both VERY PROUD of how hard Linda works toward her PHD.
Plus, we actually beat Mike to a new park. Unheard of!
Enjoy the pics


HAPPY, happy Sean!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Birthday #2


Wednesday, July 1, 2009

July birthday #1


Monday, June 29, 2009

Surgery went well

Just wanted to let everyone know that my surgery went well this morning. The doctor removed a lot of scar tissue in the foot and ankle and he thinks that is what was causing all of my pain. Right now the foot is still numb from the nerve block. I'll be off work all week.
Thanks for all the prayers and good wishes.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

and counting


Sunday, June 21, 2009

A Salute

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY Bob, Carl and Steve!!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Birthday boy


Sunday, June 7, 2009

reality TV

Since we watched the ending of last season in P'burg...tonite is the 1st episode of the Next Food Network Star.....

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Coin Collection

As of today, I have finished my first Whitman Coin Folder: all 50 State Quarters from both the Philadelphia and Denver mints. According to my records, I began working on the collection July 2nd of last year, although I did take some time off of hunting for quarters at Northstar through the winter and early spring. Next I'll be working on all of the Quarters back to 1965, the first year they were minted without silver.

I've included a (poor) close-up photo of the Maryland state quarters.


Sunday, May 24, 2009

Happy 22nd Birthday Kim!

It was great to see you yesterday. I hope you have a wonderful birthday!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009


Tomorrow is the last day of school with students.
There's no traveling east for graduations.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Paulding County CSEA

This is a difficult post to make so please bear with me.

Several weeks ago I had a meeting with the Paulding County Commissioners to report that the CSEA was about out of money. I have been reporting to them for at least the past 10 years that this was going to happen (and I had been joined in some of these meetings with State fiscal people who agreed and supported my conclusion). The Commissioners have always refused to put any county money into the program (I heard on more than one occasion that "The state requires us to have a CSEA but we aren't required to fund it").

At this meeting I was directed to prepare a plan to cut the agency budget so no county money was needed. I did this and reported back to them last Wednesday (May 6th). At both of these meetings it was suggested that maybe it was time for me to "fall on my sword".

Last Friday the Commissioners secretary called and told me that they wanted to met with me this past Monday to report on how my restructuring plan was going. Seemed like a strange request because the plan was only two days old. Anyway when I arrived this past Monday morning (at 8:30) I was informed that they had discussed the matter with the county prosecutor and it was agreed that he would now supervise the CSEA and that my services were no longer required as of the close of business that day. (I was obviously surprised that the prosecutor was doing this because he had told me, to my face, more than once, that he didn't want my job.) So I left their office, went back to the CSEA, told my employees, cleaned out my office and left. That afternoon I received a letter that I had been placed on administrative leave with pay. (I declined at the morning meeting to give them the letter that they wanted-my resignation. Today a letter was delievered to the house that I have been terminated. (I am writing this from Cleveland where I am attending the State Bar convention.)

So after 20 years I have been fired because they didn't like what I was telling them. This was quite an unexpected shock and surprise and is something that Randi and I are having trouble getting used to. However, we both believe that the Lord probably has other plans for me and we will wait-somewhat impatiently I am sure-after all I am a Jones'-to see what the future holds.

We will get though this-we have no intention of letting the powers that be beat us down. I will continue with my law practice and strongly believe that one day the Commissioners will realize that I was telling them the truth-only they didn't want to hear it and will never admit it to me.

I apologize for following Linda's great news with this-we appreciate your thoughts and support and will be in touch soon.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

We CAN make a difference!

So I thought I'd share some good news!

On May 7th, Gov. Martin O'Malley signed into law a bill that I have worked to get passed for the last two years!

In short, graduate students in Maryland who earn their doctoral degree in clinical psychology will no longer have to complete a post-doctoral year in order to become licensed psychologists. Instead, they can sit for licensure upon receipt of the doctorate.

This is really really(!) good news because it allows psychologists to start working a year sooner (i.e., paying taxes and paying back student loans) and to provide the mental health care that is so desperately needed in Maryland.

As the Advocacy Chair for the Maryland Psychological Association of Graduate Students (MPAGS) I have worked closely with the Maryland Psychological Association (MPA) for two years to get this passed. Together we organized legislative meetings with students, psychologists, and legislators to talk about the bill and it has all paid off!

I am soo excited about this! It feels so good to know that you CAN enact positive changes and legislators DO listen and want to help.

Just thought I'd share the good news! This is the perfect punctuation to the end of my term with MPAGS. :)

Sunday, May 10, 2009

A Salute

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY Cindy, Donna and Robin!!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Swinefest 09

Hey everybody I dont know how many of you know but the University of Delaware had four cases of the world wide phenomenon known as the swine flu. I just wanted to let everyone know that I am fine and I think its all under control on campus. Unfortunately we still have classes this week but the campus has embraced their inner swine with events such as swinefest 09'.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Birthday "girl"


Sunday, April 26, 2009

Spring Olympics

Hey everyone,
I know a lot of you heard about Spring Olympics while I was home over Easter so I just thought I would tell you all how it went.
On the first day, we had the captain's event where people had to defrost a frozen t-shirt and then put the t-shirt on. This was extremely entertaining to watch. They had some crazy methods of breaking the ice!
On Wednesday we had karaoke night. Everyone that performed was really funny and some of them even had dance moves to go along with their songs.
Thursday and Friday there were events in the afternoons which all went well.
On Saturday, we were basically outside all day long with events. The first event of the day was the three mile run, which somehow I had to end up running for my dorm because the girl who signed up did not show. Let's just say I was not too happy about it.
Then came Red Light Green Light which I did sign up for. It was so much fun to play even though I didn't end up placing. We only placed people for first through third, but if we had kept going I'm pretty sure I would have gotten fourth of fifth. I had my very own cheering section too which was pretty cool. It's a pretty intense game, let me tell ya.
Overall, my building got second place out of nine buildings which was really exciting and made for a fun week!

Friday, April 24, 2009


I'm in Columbus for "Women of Faith" and Steven Curtis Chapman performed for an hour! Awesome:-)

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Birthday Boy

Happy birthday, Carl. Hope it's been a good one! Will call tomorrow......

Friday, April 17, 2009

Tin Caps

Last nite was opening nite for the "new" FW Tin Caps in their new stadium downtown. They won. It's a nice stadium. Tonite is the first game of the Komets playoff series.

Sunday, April 12, 2009


HAPPY EASTER everyone!!!

Saturday, April 11, 2009


How was the get together at the Beckers?

Nancy, Megan, Erin and I spent part of the day in SM emptying my folks' lock-n-store and then sorting.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009


Since Dave is an Orioles season ticket holder he can get tickets at a discounted rate for this Friday's game. If I counted right, we would need 12 tickets, including Dave and myself. If you want him to do this, is there a certain section you would like to sit in? Or how much are you willing to pay? Either let me know, or call Dave at 410.382.5602 so he can contact his representative.

And how bout them O's yesterday!! Kicking some Yankee butt!
Here's a view from our seats yesterday:

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Dear O's fans-

In response to Linda's post:

Sean and I will be leaving Wednesday morning and staying at the Forest Hill Hilton (aka the Steve Jones residence).

On Thursday I have made arrangements for the two of us to have lunch with Pop. Usually we meet at the Applebee's in Westminster, but we can make other arrangements to accommodate those among us who might not be able to attend the O's game. The hockey games start at 5 (gates open at 4), and we need to be at the Metro by around 3 or so to travel to DC. (is that time right Steve?)

Friday we thought that we would visit Annapolis before the game. I was not planning on purchasing tickets for the game until we got to the stadium (around 6?). Right now those attending are Sean and I, Steve, Cindy, Matt and Ali. (I haven't heard from anyone else.)

Saturday the day is free until early afternoon when we will need to travel to the Metro station for the trip to DC and the final game.

Sunday we return to Ohio.

Hope this info helps-looking forward to hearing from everyone on the blog and seeing you next week.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009


Can the Ohio Joneses who are traveling to the Baltimore-DC area remind us of when you'll be here? I don't recall hearing if the ballgame idea was a definite, and now I'm not able to go. I'd like to see everyone if possible, but am not sure of the schedule... Thanks!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Happy Birthday, Julie!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Good news from the Becker household (even more amazing than new tires)

Kevin has been accepted into the Collision Repair program at the Willow Street Career and Technology Center, where he is currently taking Auto Mechanics. He will be in the program 5 days a week during his senior year, hopefully with the opportunity to work for a local car shop.

Julie has been chosen to be inducted into the National Residence Hall Honorary at Kutztown. This is a national organization that includes the top 1% of undergraduate student leaders living on-campus. It is designed to give recognition to students making positive contributiosn to their residence hall community. Julie was one of only 16 out of a pool of over 100 nominees to be chosen for this honor. She will be inducted this Sunday, March 29th.

Must be those terrific parents they have!

Saturday, March 21, 2009


Hello everyone well not a lot has been on the blog so i just figured i would post something new. So i dont know if my mom told anybody but i got new tires for my truck (the old had no tread left). Then the other day i got some mud on the tires and it looked good. So i toke some pictures and here they are. Also the new tires are 6 inches bigger then the old ones. THEY ARE HUGE!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Friday, March 13, 2009

Easter Dinner at the Beckers

Everyone is invited to Easter dinner at our house on Saturday, April 11th at 1:00. This has become a wonderful tradition of good food, egg dying and baskets of treats, so we hope you all can continue the tradition and come up to Pequea.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Cal Ripken

So, I just thought I would let my aunts and uncles know that this past Saturday on my way back from North Carolina, I drove past the place where Cal Ripken lives. I was pretty excited about it. Just thought I'd let you know!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Attention all O's fans

Yes, even those among you who are off to Spring Training and didn't issue an invite to the rest of us. (Bob, Steve and I know how to do this right and make sure that all meetings are held as scheduled).

Sean and I-maybe Liz as well-will be in B'more from April 8-12 and I noticed that the O's are home while we are there. Although Sean and I will be at the Verizon Center for NCAA Hockey on the 9th and 11th (sorry Ali ticket prices this year are through the roof) we are open on Good Friday-the 10th. The O's are playing the Rays so that should be a good contest. Let me know because we are interested in seeing a game while we are in town.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Happy Birthday, Aunt Randi!!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Jury duty

I have to report............

Sunday, March 1, 2009


Seems some of you have snow in the forecast????

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Jury duty

I received another summons from the US District Court in Toledo about a month ago. This time it is for the Grand Jury - meaning the first Wed. of every month for the next 18 months! Because I was excused a year ago, my request to be excused again was denied. So....Tues. afternoon I have to call to see if my presence is requested. If so, I have to be in Toledo by 8:00 a.m.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

My Christmas Present

Today I was in Annapolis talking to legislators about psychology-related bills and figured it was a great time to use my new bag from Uncle Mike! It was the perfect size and I received several compliments!

Thanks again, Uncle Mike!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Deja vu all over again

Anyone know if there is a record for the number of principals one building has had in one school year? Starting tomorrow we will be on #3. Geez......

Sunday, February 15, 2009

I wanted to post a picture of my arrangement for Aunt Donna but you can't put pictures in comments so here it is

An Edible Arrangement is similar to a flower arrangement only its fruit! Mine has grapes, strawberries, some dipped in chocolate, cantaloupe, honeydew, and pineapple. Its soo delicious! Also, its a lot better for you than a box of chocolate. I'd been hinting to Dave that I wanted one for about a year now and he told me that he didn't get me anything for v-day. But suprise! There it was.


I got Dave this:

Its a panda build-a-bear. Panda because he wears black and white for Geek Squad with a ravens shirt because duh, he loves the Ravens. And white shoes because Dave always wears white Nikes.



Since you all read and heard of our adventure to nephew Kirt's graduation back in December, I thought I'd let you know that he has a job! Wichita, Kansas; Crestview Country Club. He and his dad leave this coming Sat. His first day on the job is Feb. 25th.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day! :)

Thursday, February 12, 2009


Last night the rain and wind kicked up and did some damage to the house. We lost the storm door and a few small branches. Luckily the glass in the door didn't break, so the clean up was rather easy. The first big gust only took the metal frame and the top of the door, but it cracked the kick plate and left what remained ajar enough that I was worried another gust would rip that off too and do further damage. So in the middle of the storm I was dismantling the rest of the door with our power drill and a handheld screwdriver. An adventure to say the least.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Mom/Grandmom would be 80 today!

So how would Mom feel about turning 80? I wonder if she would still tell people she was 29?
I remember lots of things about Mom, like her saying "I may be little, but I'm tough." And trying to get us to tell what her Christmas presents were. And how she believed Steve when he came home one day and said, "Mom, it's terrible, it rained so hard last night the Harbor Tunnel is under water!"
I also know if she was alive, she would love coming to visit our homes and seeing our children. She loved being a grandmother. She took her first plane ride, by herself, when Erin was born. And when she came home, she was so proud of the pictures she took - "Now this was Tuesday, and this was Wednesday"
Any other memories you would like to share?

Tuesday, February 3, 2009


hi everyone i just wanted to let you know that i got my licence today. and i even got to drive to kaylas all by myself. IT FELT GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!! so just wanted everyone to know and thank you


Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Getting to work on time !

So today I get up my regular time. For those of you that don't know that'a 4:20am.
I clean off my car and have a rather uneventful drive ( considering the inch of ice on some streets)
Now usually my friend Nick is the first there. Today when I pulled in the lot was empty. I knew he was sick yesterday so I figure I'd just wait for the day shift supervisor to arrive.
For some unknown reason the thought occured to me to call in to the Lion "emergency hotline".
Guess what, we were opening up at 10:00 am !!! How stupid I felt.
Now I wasn't about to head back out on the highway, so I figured I'd just take a nap.
I didn't have to wait very long however, since they didn't bother to call the supervisor either, and she showed up on time.
Funny, but totally expected that the people in charge live 2 minutes away and can't come in on time, and the 2 people who live in Chase and Dundalk arrive early in an ice storm.
I suppose that I'll never learn !!

P.S.- sorry I didn't post a Barbara thought yesterday. Please be sure and read the one I put on today.
Love to all,

So....who's got snow?

The 1-3" that was in the forecast turned into at least 7". No school - #6; make-up day is President Day.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Thinking about Barbara

This may be a strange post and not the kind we typically do, and I hope it doesn't upset anyone. But I'm thinking a lot about Barbara today and wondering if anyone has a favorite memory of her. For those of you who never met her, maybe a story your parents have shared.

One of my favorites - Barb and I used to go to an aerobics class at Oliver Beach Elementary. We'd dance and exercise for an hour and then go back to her house and eat a big bowl of ice cream. Totally defeated the purpose, but back then I was thin and it didn't matter what I ate!

Saturday, January 24, 2009


I return to my college life tomorrow and go back to UMBC. Wish me luck for this next semester, I have 8 o'clocks MWF!!!! Oh no! I'll have to wake up at 7AM!!

Congratulations Julie!

Julie made the Dean's List of the College of Business for the Fall 2008 semester! Quoting from the letter she received: "You have every reason to be very proud of your accomplishment. This distinction characterizes you as one of the best and brightest students in the College, while clearly marking you as a valuable professional prospect." Way to go Julie! Dad and I are very proud of you!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


I'd like to formally request my Scattergories point for B for President Barack Obama!!

Sunday, January 18, 2009


Well, it was a good season. Somehow it is fitting that we ultimately lost to the Steelers.

I like this quote from Sports Illustrated:

"Flacco's performance conjured memories of another rookie quarterback who took his team to the AFC title game before coming unglued at Heinz Field. Ben Roethlisberger finished his first NFL season by going 14-of-24 with three interceptions in a loss to the New England Patriots in the 2004 AFC championship game.

Roethlisberger won the Super Bowl the following season.

The Ravens can only hope a year of experience will work similar wonders for their young quarterback, who only 13 months ago was flinging passes for the University of Delaware."

We'll see where things go from here! I took this picture as we left downtown this evening. I love when Baltimore is purple. I'll miss the camaraderie the games inspire.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Baltimore excitement!

It's an exciting weekend to be in Baltimore! Last night I went out with some friends and ran into Poe, one of the three Baltimore Raven's mascots.

Then today, I went with friends to the Obama rally! We got in line at noon, got to the War Memorial at 2, and heard his speech at 4. I can't even begin to express how incredible it was to see and hear Obama in person. Definitely worth the wait in below freezing temperatures!

Tomorrow- down to Pickles to watch the Ravens game! And I'm still deciding whether or not to go to Inaugaration. My desire to be part of the "experience" may have been satiated by today's events, but we'll see.

Is anyone else doing anything fun for the Ravens game tomorrow? Mom and Dad- enjoying the HD TV?