Saturday, May 10, 2014

A big goodbye

Annabelle saying goodbye to her beloved tuba for the summer:



Don't worry though--she has a sousaphone checked out for the summer so she won't get out of practice. We had to buy a car-top carrier for the rest of her stuff since the sousaphone fills up most of the trunk of the car.

Monday, May 05, 2014

Yarn Harvey

Check out the evolution from ball of fuzzy yarn to cute little Harvey!









He is going to Rochester to lend support to Annabelle during finals week.

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Off we go into the wild blue yonder

As though college graduation were not enough activity for one day, this evening we also had Mike's Air Force commissioning. Here are some highlights:

Getting ready:



Fred administered the oath:



Sarah and I took care of Mike's shoulders while Annabelle doctored up his hat:



Quick moment of celebration:



First salute:



After the ceremony everybody wanted a picture with Second Lieutenant Taylor:



















After we got done with our picture-taking, our family and Sarah's family went out to dinner to celebrate. Here's the cake that Sarah ordered for the occasion that caused the cake lady to say, "Oh, twins!" when she saw their photos:



Here are the "twins" enjoying a well-earned piece of cake, with Sarah's nephew photo-bombing them:



Sweet ending to a wonderful day!

Graduation

Graduation this morning was lovely, even if the traffic trying to get out of the civic center's lot was NOT. Here's a barrage of photos!

Before the ceremony:











Coach Bobby Bowden was the commencement speaker:



Mike did a graduation selfie:



After the ceremony:







How things do change (that first pic is from Jenny's Stetson graduation in December 1995):





So proud of the graduates!



After the ceremony, we headed over to the 4th Quarter for a celebratory lunch. We took a picture of all the FSU grads in our group:



Looks like Sarah's nephew is eager to join the crowd:



Next step, commissioning!

Friday, May 02, 2014

Are we ready to party?

Greetings from Tallahassee, where we are gearing up for a couple big events: FSU graduation and Mike's Air Force commissioning! Tonight Sarah planned a great supper at El Jalisco, which was a great opportunity for both families to meet for the first time. We also celebrated birthdays for Fred and for Sarah's nephew:





Fred and Sarah's grandfather showed up in matching shirts:



A good time was had by all, and now we are going to keep this party going all weekend!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Wildlife fun

If you think all I've done in Florida is eat (Chili's, 3 Bananas, Belly Busters . . . ), you're only half-right. When we haven't been stuffing ourselves silly, we have been enjoying the antics of my parents' 5 cats plus their dog plus my dog. I've been snapping pictures here and there along the way, and here are some of my faves.

Arlo is kind of a jerk, but he's a handsome fella:



Coco says, "Hey, where's the mouse?"



Who's your Buddy?



Dog tired:



Rocky, what big feet you have!



Tell us how you feel about Mondays, Rocky!



Ginger would like to hear a story, please:



Pushmi-pullyu?



Gracie in profile:

America's most wanted

Most wanted sandwiches, that is!





Hot roast beef and cheese, all the way minus onions, please!