S: Pagel Family Memories 2005
BC: A Family is a blessing It means so many things. Words could never tell The joy a family brings. A family is a bond of faith That even time can't sever A gift to last all of our lives A family is forever.
FC: A Year of Memories 2005
1: 2005 What is a Boy? He's an imp and an angel, a dreamer, a tease An explorer of meadows, and a climber of trees. A runner of errands, and doer of chores. Who tears his best trousers, and tracks up your floors. He's a solemn young man with some mud on his feet, And a daredevil riding his bike down the street. A bundle of questions, who wants to know "why", The world goes around and the stars fill the sky. But adventurous, timid, excited or quiet, There's nothing so new that he won't care to try it. And just when your temper and patience wear thin, He'll look up at you with an innocent grin. And your heart melts again with your real pride and joy, In that mischievous, wonderful treasure--- your boy!! ~author unknown | What is a Boy? He's an imp and an angel, a dreamer, a tease An explorer of meadows, and a climber of trees. A runner of errands, and doer of chores. Who tears his best trousers, and tracks up your floors. He's a solemn young man with some mud on his feet, And a daredevil riding his bike down the street. A bundle of questions, who wants to know "why", The world goes around and the stars fill the sky. But adventurous, timid, excited or quiet, There's nothing so new that he won't care to try it. And just when your temper and patience wear thin, He'll look up at you with an innocent grin. And your heart melts again with your real pride and joy, In that mischievous, wonderful treasure--- your boy!! - author unknown
2: January Fun! Luke, Morgan, Brennan, Matthew, Kimberly, Jackson, and Leda spent many January afternoons sledding down the hill!
4: Crazy Days of January! | A break from the cold weather at the Marquis Theater for Colton, Luke, Kyle, Courtney, Kendall, Kate, Carley, and Ryan!
5: February 2005 | An evening at the DeRoches - Dad, Luke, Mr. DeRoche and Carley built a fantastic snowman. There were no sticks to be found, so the poor guy had crazy prosthetic arms!
6: In March, Chris won the Hewlett Packard Achiever's Club trip to the Wyndham El Conquistador in Puerto Rico. This was our second visit here, but we were once again awed by its beautiful grounds and views! Our room was right over the pool deck, with a fantastic view of the ocean and Palomino Island. We began the trip with some relaxing in the pools and at the poolside bars. | Puerto Rico March 2005
8: The first night's Festivities | The first night consisted of a poolside dinner with wonderful entertainment on the stage and throughout the pool decks. We ate, danced, and watched the most brilliant fireworks show off the bluff. It was amazing!
10: The El Conquistador owns the adjacent island, Palomino Island, where their beach and watersports are located. We took the water taxi over to the island two days to relax on the beach and have lunch. We even snorkled from Palomino Island over to Palominito Island, a small island with nothing but a few trees and a wonderful beach! One of the daily events Chris and I were very excited about was a 2-tank scuba trip. We visited 2 dive sites, "Diablo" and "Spurs and Grooves". We saw some beautiful reefs, but not a lot of sea life.
11: Chris looking over at Palominito Island! | The El Conquistador from the water!
12: One of our day trips included a partially guided tour throughout Old San Juan, which was founded in 1508 by Ponce deLeon. We saw such sites as La Casita, San Juan Bay, Puerta de San Juan and la Fortaleza. The city was charming, and we spent the second part of the day on our own, wandering along the streets, and stopping for a drink at a pub in the Plaza de Armas, the city's main square.
13: We enjoyed a tour of "Fort San Cristobal", located on the seaside border of Old San Juan. Fort San Cristobal's impressive walls reached over 100 feet above the crashing waves. The views were beautiful!
14: The awards ceremony was held in a giant tent on the grounds, and involved awards, a formal dinner, and Kool andThe Gang playing a concert (with lots of dancing!).
15: Other evening meals included a bus ride into the rain forest for an outdoor dinner and entertainment at Coco Rio, and a group dinner at Otello's Italian Restaurant. But the best night was the last night - a boat ride to Palomino Island for a lobster cookout on the beach followed by a private sunset concert with Sheryl Crow on the sand. No cameras were allowed, so, unfortunately, no pictures!
16: Our last day in Puerto Rico was spent at the pools. We took the funicular (tram) down the mountain and even swam in the marina pool. We LOVE this place, and hated to leave!
18: Coloring Easter Eggs March 2005
19: We found Easter Baskets at home, then baked our "Bunny" cake. After eating a few treats, we went to Jack and Carol's for brunch and more Candy!
20: Carley and Ryan's 4th Birthday | Carley and Ryan celebrated their 4th birthdays at Rainbow Playland The kids played on the equipment, then had pizza and cake and sang "Happy Birthday" very loudly!!
21: March is almost over - and we pack in more fun. Luke is such an entertainer! However, apparently not such an interesting movie for Colton and Luke! | M | A | R | C | H
22: In late March, we took a trip to Sandusky, Ohio to visit Castaway Bay Water Park. The kids swam and played for two days of water fun!
23: Brennan, Luke, Morgan, Isabella, Madison, Ryan, Carley, Courtney, and Kendall enjoying themselves in the Children's pool.
24: After swimming, the adults signed the kids into the play area and had a nice dinner. After dinner, the kids crashed, and the parents played a few games of Outburst.
26: In April we went to Tiger Stadium to watch a Detroit Tiger's game. Luke enjoyed the game, but spent more time watching the treat vendors than watching the plays.
27: Luke, Jack, and Lillian rode the Merry-Go-Round a couple times, and also the Ferris Wheel. But the highlight of the day was running the bases at the end of the game. See Luke standing on Home Plate, and posing with Dad as they left the field. Tiger games are always a big event!!!!!
28: Dad's Birthday April 13, 2005
29: West Bloomfield Preschool Academy Author's Celebration and Spring Concert
30: Commerce Little League T-ball season began in April. Luke was the only 4-year-old on the team. He loved hitting the ball from the tee, and playing in the dugout. The parents had many afternoons of laughs as we watched these little kids learn to throw, catch, and hit. | Luke, Chandler, and Jackson
32: Detroit | Z O O | Visiting the Detroit Zoo with Grandma in May 2005.
33: We spent a beautiful Spring Day at the Detroit Zoo, watching the animals, riding the train, and playing on the playground!
34: May was full of Birthday | Parties!!! | Isabelle Plautz had a barnyard party at the farm. We rode the hayride, visited the petting farm, and had cake and cupcakes.
35: Luke's buddy Alex from West Bloomfield Preschool Academy had all the kids over for playtime and treats. | Riley Greeno invited all the kids to Oakland Gymnastics for some tumbling and wild action!
36: St. Mary's Fair | May 2005
38: In June we spent another afternoon at Comerica Park watching the Detroit Tigers play. Aside from a great game and beautiful weather, we got to run around the bases and ride the rides.
39: June 20, 2005 Luke's 5th birthday evening was a quiet night spent at home, with cake on the deck with his family and neighborhood friends. | Morgan, Brennan, and Nathan helped us sing Happy Birthday and eat Cold Stone Creamery ice cream cake.
40: Luke's 5th Birthday!!!!
41: Luke and Colton combined their 5th birthday parties into one crazy "Pirate Party" at our house. They had a treasure hunt with real treasure maps, a Treasure Chest Pinata, and a visit from a Pirate Magician. Luke and Colton got to assist the Magician, and loved running around the yard looking for clues!
42: Toledo Zoo July 2005
43: 4th of July | Cross Creek Bike Parade | July 2005
44: Grandma Zoellner's annual 4th of July event with swimming, a pinata, and LOTS of kids!! | Keatington Beach July 2, 2005
45: Paul and Jill DeRoche's Annual 4th of July Party: The kids swam, boated, ate, and watched fireworks.
46: In July, Chris took a business trip with several HP co-workers to visit the General Motors facilities in Korea, China, and Australia. It was a week of travel, mixed with business and fun. Chris tried to see as much of the countries as he could, and had some fantastic stories! Chris was amazed at how polite and friendly the Koreans were, and how clean Seoul was for such a large industrial city. Chris had fantastic meals and wandered the streets taking in the wondrous sights and traditions.
47: Chris described Shanghai, China as "big and busy". Whereas Seoul had been more traditional Asian in lifestyle and architecture, Shanghai was newer, much more modern and unbelievably busy and chaotic. Chris visited the markets and city sites between meetings, and came home with plenty of gifts! | Chris said Melbourne, Australia was just like being in Chicago. Highlights included visiting the southeast coast and seeing Penguins and also spying tons of "Wallabies" throughout the whole trip. The best story involved visiting a local winery, befriending the owner, and taking range practice shooting at kangaroos from the tasting deck at the winery! Chris got scolded when he got home for not taking enough photos!
48: In July, Luke experienced his first Cedar Point trip. He loved the Camp Snoopy roller coasters, the Train and Ferry rides, and the Sky Ride. Luke was a speed demon, and Dad had to do all of the spinning rides with him! | Cedar Point Sandusky, Ohio
50: Visiting Grandma and Grandpa in Hilton Head Island, SC | Luke and Connor love to visit Grandma and Grandpa! | Plenty of Putt=putt golf, swimming in Grandpa's pool, and special treats! | July 2005
51: We spent one fabulous day at Coligny Beach. The water was warm, but refreshing for us Northerners who were not used to the July heat! The boys swam, and the parents relaxed a bit in the warm sand.
52: The world's fiercest water fight! Grandpa took on Luke, Connor, Aunt Andi, and Madeline. It was an unfair fight, but I think Grandpa possibly won. See Connor hiding under the water? It was a brilliant strategy, but we're not sure it worked.
54: We went on a dolphin cruise in Shelter Cove, and saw many dolphins in the river and in the marina.. We had an excellent guided tour, and beautiful views of the lighthouse from the water. The boys were so excited to see and hear the dolphins!
56: July 2005 When we left Hilton Head, we headed up the coast of South Carolina to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The first day, we drove the coast, called the "Crystal Shores". We were absolutely amazed at all of the beautiful houses along the coast, all very large and up on stilts. We continued our very scenic drive through Morehead City, and on to Beaufort, NC, and decided to spend the night at the Inlet Inn overlooking the marina. We spent the evening walking along the pier and listening to live music on the balcony of the "Dockside" restaurant right on the pier. Luke and Chris studied all of the maps and planned out the route for the next day's journey.
57: On the second day, we took the early Cartaret Ferry from Cedar Island to Ocracoke Lighthouse. Then we drove a short distance up the narrow road, surrounded on both sides by sand dunes and beaches. We stopped several times along the deserted seashore and in the dunes. | There were no people as far as we could see in either direction. The beach sand was soft and the water was warm. We found many shells and sea creatures along the shore. We stopped for Lunch at Howard's Pub on Ocracoke Island.
58: after lunch, we took the Ocracoke ferry into Hatteras. We climbed to the top of the Hatteras Lighthouse (269 steps), then drove the coast and swam and played in the sand. In the late afternoon, we got a hotel in Kill Devil Hills.
59: In the evening, we drove farther north through the Southern Shores to Duck, NC. We loved Duck for its quaint, small town feel, and had a wonderful dinner at a tiny little restaurant downtown. We walked the town until the sun set. Duck made our list of favorite places to visit - we will have to come back again!
60: Washington D.C. | July 2005 | We drove up into Washington D.C. and took a walking tour to view the Capitol Building, The Malll, the Washington Monument, the White House, and several other key sites.
61: A driving tour took us by the Lincoln Memorial and through the streets by all of the other Government buildings. Luke liked seeing the FBI headquarters. | The most exciting part about our visit was watching two large helicopters, Marine One, land on the White House lawn. As we were taking pictures, police blockades were erected, soldiers with rifles appeared on the white House roof, and two military helicopters appeared above us. One helicopter landed on the front lawn of the White House while the other one kept circling above. After about 20 minutes, both helicopters took off. We think they were picking up or dropping off President George W. Bush.
62: Comerica Park August 2005 | We went to Comerica Park again in August to see the Detroit Tigers play. Chris Liddell had the suite, and his family, the DeRoches, and the DeRoches all joined us for the fun.
63: Another visit to the Detroit Zoo for a Kids' Safari with the Bowers family. | 8/2005
64: Near the end of August, our family, the Holycrosses, Bowers, and Malaces went up north to Boyne. We spent time in Petoskey, and played at the beach. On the second day, we took the kids to the Water Park, Avalanche Bay, where they ran from slide to pool to arcade game.
66: Happy Birthday Grandma August 2005
67: We took Luke for a whirlwind tour of CMU. He got to see the campus, the Stadium, our old dorms and houses, and a quick tour of Main Street and Downtown Mt. Pleasant. Maybe someday he'll be a Chippewa??
68: First Day of Kindergarten!! | Luke's first day of Kindergarten at Commerce Elementary, with teacher Mrs. Winters
69: Lillian & Matthew | Luke & Jackson | Theron-Howard & Brennan | Morgan & Kimberly | Dad and Luke practicing for the Egg Toss event | Luke, Nathan, and Chandler | Cross Creek Fall Picnic September 2005 | The 3-legged racers - Luke didn't win due to a massive wipeout | We had a neighborhood picnic at Marsh-Banks park.. The kids played games and threw water balloons!
70: Fall Soccer Season Milford YMCA team | September - October 2005
71: Luke, Riley, and Colton joined the YMCA soccer team (coached by Luke's classmate MacKenzie Maiorano's Dad). They learned the basics, and played some short games. Luke really enjoyed the sport, and got his foot on the ball quite a lot!
72: September 2005 | Luke learned to tie his shoes! | Aunt Andi, Uncle Bruce, and Connor came to stay!
73: We tried and tried to get a good photo of Connor and Luke to give to Grandma and Grandpa. These were the best of the many we took. | The boys played inside and outside, and we had a bonfire one nice night. | Luke was so excited to have a sleepover with his cousin Connor! They love to spend time together!
74: St. Pat's Fall Fair | We went with the Greenos to the St. Patrick's Fall Fair in late September. | Luke and Riley loved the kiddie coaster, the Fun House, and the Himalaya. The Moms took pictures and waved at the Dads and kids each time they came around.
75: Grandma Pam and Grandpa Leo came to Michigan for a week in September. Adventures included putt-putt, hiking, climbing trees, and playing soccer in the yard. | October 2005
76: We went to Long's Pumpkin patch with Grandma and Grandpa. We chose some great pumpkins and spent the afternoon playing in the pumpkin pile.
77: The Commerce Township Fire Department has an open house every October. Luke loved the helicopter landing, shooting the fire hose, and the "Stop, drop, and roll" challenge.
78: Northville Marquis Theatre's Halloween Production | Colton, Luke, Ryan, Riley, Kendall, Carley, Kate, Courtney, and Kyle at the theater.
79: October Pizza Party Sleepover | Jack and Luke decided to have a Pizza Party, and have Dad teach them to throw their own pizza dough. The boys tried, and made some very interesting pizzas!
80: The whole group of us decided to go to the CMU homecoming game this year. It was a cold, but sunny day - great for tailgating!
81: After the game, we had pub burgers and pitchers of beer at Sir Richard's Pub - it felt like going back in time! | Us "Old-timers" had a great time, and cleared out just in time for the college crowd to show up! | And we were able to find my name carved in the bar - still there after 14 years!
82: One sunny October day, we met the Holycrosses and Leithausers at Long's Farm to take the hayride into the fields and pick our own pumpkins.
83: Zoo Boo | The kids got all dressed up to go to Zoo Boo. We met the Hamlins, Plautzes, Greenos, Holycrosses, DeRoches, Liddells, and Leithausers at the zoo to trick-or-treat and watch the Halloween show. The little kids were scared by some of the exhibits, but it was a great time!
85: What used to be our annual Pumpkin Carving Party became too big for carving. This year, we just called it a Halloween Party, and left the pumpkins home. The Hamlins, DeRoches, Greenos, Plautzes, Holycrosses, Liddells, Lambs, Leithausers, DeRoches, Mahles, Lewandowskis, Bowers, Malaces, and Brocks all attended. There were lots of Princesses and Superheroes, but all were cute!!
86: We carved 3 pumpkins, two with faces Luke drew on the pumpkins and helped carve. They looked scary on the porch on Halloween night!
87: Halloween Night 2005 Luke went Trick-or-Treating with Morgan, Brennan, Leda, Kimberly, Jackson, Lillian, and Matthew. They walked the entire neighborhood, and got TONS of candy. Luke was the lucky Kindergartener who got to bring Buster Bear home for Halloween night. Buster rode in the wagon, and had his share of treats!
88: We spent Thanksgiving in Hilton Head with Grandma and Grandpa. Although it wasn't warm enough to swim in the ocean, we played on the beach, went to Harbor Town, and played golf and putt-putt.
89: We had a fantastic Thanksgiving dinner, and spent some wonderful family time with Grandma Pam and Grandpa Leo. We even got to relax with Aunt Andi and Uncle Bruce, and Connor and Luke had a fantastic time playing together!
90: Gingerbread Boys 2005 Grandma Marley again baked dozens of Gingerbread Boys and Girls. Then the creators got creative. As usual, there were some cartoon characters and some characters relevant to the world events.
91: We picked up the "real" tree at the Christmas Tree Farm. Looks like a straight one this year!! We already put up the fake tree - we all know how Mom needs 2 trees! Luke was very helpful in putting on ornaments. Is that our tree skirt Luke is wearing??
92: We're not quite sure when these pictures were taken - sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Andy was home from Colorado, and we were all together. Christmas seemed like a good place to put us in this book, as we are happy and enjoying our time together. There's nothing like family!!!
93: Christmas with | Grandpa Jerry | Grandpa Jerry came over Christmas Eve day to spend the day and spoil the kids. The boys loved playing with Grandpa and sharing the holiday with him!!
94: Christmas | Christmas Eve at Jill and Dan's. God Bless our family, and Merry Christmas!
95: Eve 2005 | Not one picture of Marley! She must have been behind the camera!
96: On Christmas morning, Luke woke up early, excited to get to his presents. He quietly slipped some coal into Dad's stocking - which kept him laughing all day! Luke's favorite gifts included computer games, movies, Superhero and Star Wars toys, and soccer stuff. It was a peaceful Christmas morning.
98: Grandma Marley, Uncle Andy, Uncle Heath, Jenn, Zachary, Joe, Sean, Tobi, and Shannon came over to open presents and share Christmas Dinner.