The thunderstorm warning ran across the top of the television and it seemed as though the cookout would be ruined. The rain did come pouring down with lightning and thunder and if it were not for Eddy holding an umbrella and a plate the last burgers would not have successfully come off the grill. Luckily the storm also did not keep his mother and two sisters from attending who had to drive from Cleveland. This was the second time this year that rain nearly ruined a cookout.
Dinner was served inside. The rain had since stopped, but it was better not to chance it by setting up chairs and a table outside. Next Eddy opened his gifts. Starting with a card from Michelle. The big gift from his Mother and I was next. Everyone helped him unwrap it a bit when he sat and stared at the present. It was the laptop for his college classes, which he starts August 29th. As usual the pictures can be found on the pictures page.
The rain came early and held off for the better part of the day, which allowed the cookout to be held completely outside, which is a very good thing. Everyone got exactly what they wanted to eat, which is no small task considering that meant burgers, hotdogs, chicken,
and black bean burgers. The grill went for over three hours. Grandma is not in any of the pictures. The humidity got to her and she had to go back to the air conditioning. There were quite a few people in attendance and Patty was very happy with her birthday. The pictures can be found on the pictures page.
Eddy graduated from Archbishop Hoban High School on May 29th, 2016. He will continue on his education at the University of Akron this fall. He is planning on majoring in Graphic Design. The rest of the pictures from the graduation can be found on the pictures page.
Michelle graduated from Tri-C with an associates degree receiving the distinction of Summa Cum Laude on May 19, 2016. The graduation was held at the Wolstein Center in Cleveland, which we were just at several years ago for her high school graduation. The rest of the pictures can be found on the pictures page.
Michelle is getting set to graduate from Cuyahoga Community College. She has been taking as many classes as she can in order to graduate. Her grades have been very good. She made the Dean’s List and she is taking Honor’s courses. What is in store for her after graduation? She is looking at continuing her education. There is a college in Maine that has grabbed her attention the enticing part of this spectacular move is the focus on the environment. She plans on applying there. It will certainly be interesting to see what happens next.
Patty has started her second semester of classes at Notre Dame College. She originally had planned on getting a nursing degree, but has since decided to lean more towards psychology. She is still playing in the marching band and the orchestra and has a long road ahead of her. She is working and coming home occasionally to do laundry.
Eddy is enjoying his last year of high school. Football is over and now he is focused entirely on his academics. He is also staying after school quite often to make use of the new workout room constructed this year. He is applying to college and will certainly be in for new challenges later this year.
This rescue dog originally came to us as “Jake”, this 3 month old Australian Cattle Dog is now “Rigby”. The joys of house training, crate training, and teaching Rigby to play fetch have begun.
There have been years that the holiday was not spent with family. It was spent working. This year is a very rare year indeed, because it was two whole weeks with family. Patty and Eddy were here. Michelle was working and what not. It is getting very different with the kids being older now. The gifts are smaller. More expensive. There is less to wrap and less to be opened. Maybe next year everyone will be here for Christmas.
We all had fun over the holiday. We played games. Skip-Bo was the favorite for a night. It was interrupted for a bit while we ventured out to (unsuccessfully) find eggnog. They used to sell eggnog everywhere. Then again there used to be convenience stores like Dairy Mart that were not also a gas station. We baked cookies. Chocolate chip. A whole lot of them. Patty and I watched the entire The Hobbit trilogy in a single night. There was much fun to be had. Everyone received gifts and everyone got what they wanted. Eddy asked for movies and games and Patty asked for boots. Michelle has not received her gift yet, but it is not something I can wrap and give to her it is a little more involved than that. She really wants a coat and a new cell phone. We will figure it out I’m sure.
We did not get a white Christmas this year, but that hardly ruined the festive mood. We had Christmas dinner at Becky and Andrews house. It is very busy over there. Five children creates quite the commotion. The triplets are getting so big. They are walking and crawling around now. The meal was fantastic and gifts were exchanged. All the pictures can be found on the pictures page. There are not very many pictures this year.
The last season of football that Eddy would ever play for Archbishop Hoban ended up being the greatest season of high school football that I have ever seen. When Eddy started going to Archbishop Hoban he played on the first undefeated Freshman football team. This last season ended up being more spectacular. Archbishop Hoban finished the season 14-1. The complete schedule and scores can be found here. One of the things that the record does not show is that this year Archbishop Hoban broke the 8 year losing streak to St. Vincent-St. Mary. Not only did they break that losing streak by beating them during the regular season they actually faced off again in the playoffs and beat them again.
The team qualified for the playoffs and advanced all the way to the Division III Championship game. While most of the games during the regular season seemed to already be over far before the 4th quarter the playoff games were intense. So many close games keeping fans on the edge of their seats. The day of the championship game there was a team breakfast, then a trip to the NFL Football Hall of Fame in Canton, and then they went to Columbus to eat and get to the field. There was no school on Friday due to all the excitement surrounding Archbishop Hoban’s first championship game. This is what all the practices, staying up late, having to show up to a game on Friday night and Saturday morning, and giving up part of summer break was for. All the pictures can be viewed on the pictures page.
Patty had a marching band competition and she was almost late. There was actually a bomb threat underneath a bridge that stopped traffic completely on the freeway. The delay meant that she missed practice, but she did make it to the competition on time. She is playing the violin at Notre Dame College and she is learning to play another instrument for the marching band.
Eddy had a fantastic birthday cookout and plenty of gifts for his big 17. As usual the cookout included plenty to eat for all the people that showed up. The cookout ran a little late into the evening and so the cake and all the presents had to be brought inside. Eddy blowing out the candles was actually done twice – once outside and once inside. He got plenty of presents this year. He got money in some of the cards. He also got art supplies. There were some gifts from his Mom that were Dragon Ball Z themed, including a comic book. He also got two Zelda video games for his Nintendo 3DS. Only one more year till he is 18 and off to college. The pictures can be found on the pictures page.