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.
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.
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.
Eddy has started his Varsity year of football.
Patty’s birthday cookout was a very busy day. There were quite a few people in attendance. Patty, Michelle, and Kristy all showed up together, because Patty is living in Cleveland with her mother now. She is working and going to be starting college there very soon. Eddy and Grandma, of course. Becky and her five children. The triplets are certainly getting bigger every time we see them. They are ten months old. Christi-Anne and her twins and Tim Smith showed up as well. There was plenty of food. It is always better to have too much food than not enough.
There were hotdogs for the little ones, because they are not exactly going to finish a whole burger. Plus they like hotdogs. There were burgers for those that wanted one. BBQ Chicken for people that did not eat red meat. Bean burgers, of some sort, for the person that has decided not to eat meat. Corn on the cob is always a hit as well. Family and friends all showed up over the course of about an hour. The grill was kept going and food was served as each person arrived.
It was a great time for everyone and now the middle child has turned 18. There is only one more 18th birthday left. It is nearing the end of a very long path that got started a very long time ago. Time really flew by. Two kids in college and my youngest is starting his senior year in high school. Next year it is possible I will have three kids in college. Here is to another good school year for everyone. As always all the pictures can be found on the pictures page.
4th of July in downtown Akron. The weather was nice this year. No rain to be found. Patty, Eddy, and I packed up a sleeping bag to sit on and rode our bikes to the University of Akron to meet Christi-Anne and her twins for the fireworks. We would have tried to find somewhere closer for her to park, but honestly we have been riding our bikes downtown for so many years that we just do not know where else to park. It is a bit of a walk, but that is part of the adventure.
We found a spot in Lock 3 to lay down the sleeping bag and to sit and wait for the show. We explored the Rib Festival that they have on the 4th of July every year in downtown Akron. We tried the ribs and lemonade and it was good. It was actually the first time I have ever tried the ribs at the Rib Festival. We usually try and ride our bikes down there so that we are just in time, but with all of us going we really needed to be there earlier to have a place to sit. You do not need good seats to enjoy fireworks, but it was nice. The pictures can be found on the pictures page.