FC: Carnival Cruise with the Burges | Toga Toga Toga! | Florida
1: South Bend at the Haqs, celebrating Quyen's belated birthday at Ruth Chris Steakhouse. Yummm!
2: JK O'Donnell's with the Burges
3: Noa Noa with the family & then to a Suite at the Ramada in Warsaw (courtesy of Summer)
4: Youngsters vs. Geezers Game Night at the Mason's House February 5, 2011 | Game Night | The Scheibers & Lemons | The Hosts & Masons | VS
5: Surf & Turf at the Tran's for Valentine's Day
6: We picked up the Burges and left Sunday morning, February 20th. We drove the Saab to Alabama (with lots of coffee stops on the way!) and stayed about three hours from the port at Mobile. We stopped at Loco Grill & Pub for dinner before going to the hotel for the night. The fried pickles were delicious!
7: View from the ship of Mobile, Alabama
8: The first day we got settled into our rooms and tried our hand at some "Not-So-Easy" trivia in the Romeo & Juliet Lounge...we didn't fair well! Dinner exceeded expectations every evening.
10: After dinner we found Ryan's new favorite cover band, "The Asian Sensation".
12: Formal Night | 8:15 p.m. Dine Time
13: We played Euchre and "Oh Hell" with bad karaoke and the Asian Sensation in the background until almost 1:00 a.m.
14: Cozumel | Ryan and I stayed on the ship while Amanda and Shane rented a scooter and saw the sites of Cozumel.
17: Sushi Time! One of our favorite times of the day!
20: Cheap beers & delicious margaritas at the tent/bar right off the dock.
21: Shane was a little seasick after we left port so the three of us made our way to the "Captain's Party" for some free cocktails! We went for sushi afterwards where Amanda made a mess picking out the cream cheese in her sushi roll!! We went to the midnight buffet and listened to the band on the main deck. Our friends from our "muster station" bought us some Coronas!
22: Our last night in Paradise....how sad! | We left the boat early and drove from Mobile to Fort Wayne making it back around 10:00 p.m.
23: Brown County Weekend
25: The Rolons | The Fergusons | The Lemons | 11th, 12th & 13th
26: The Boys | The Bartleys | After some burgers and dogs on the grill, we went hot tubbing...it sounded like a good idea at the time! Brooke had some mixology regrets in the morning, and into the afternoon.
28: It's a good thing we got a lot of use out of the hot tub the first night, it was broken for the rest of the weekend. :(
30: Lalo's after lunch "snack" | Ax throwing | Parachuting
31: Make a Wish! | Emmie Ferguson's 1st Birthday!
33: Wyatt Burke (4) and Satin (28) had a joint birthday party at Roller Dome North from 10-12 on Saturday, April 2, 2011.
35: Ryan took me to a surprise dinner at Joseph Decuis | April 11th, went out with the Hess' to celebrate both our birthdays. | Skating Party
36: This was just one batch of the amazing mushrooms! I spent many hours in the woods and was sad to leave a few behind which I'm sure happened but we were off to Florida for sunnier skies and warmer weather!
37: Shores of Panama | Ryan and Satin drove down in the Saab on Friday, May 13th staying the night in Cullmen, Alabama. It rained most of the way down and we couldn't get a room in Birmingham due to the recent tornadoes. Hotels were filled with insurance adjusters! We arrived at our condo destination around 1:00 p.m. on Saturday meeting the rest of our party.
38: May 2011
39: Saturday evening after dinner we all went for a walk on the beach. Deb, Ava and Jamie jumped waves as they came in. Ben joined in but not because he wanted to! A family got carried out too far and couldn't get back in. After Ben got two of the three back into shore, 911 had to be called for assistance. Two lifeguards brought them back in. Pretty eventful evening for just wanting a walk on the beach!
40: Panama City, Florida
41: PINEAPPLE WILLIE'S
43: A walk on the beach on our last night
45: Friday of Memorial Day at Noa Noa with Beth, Josh, Austin & Elisha
46: Memorial Day | Michael & Amy Davey, Gage Hess, Shane & Amanda Burge, Ryan, Austin & Elisha Hess, Lindsi & Chris Walker, Emmie Ferguson, Molly Burris
47: Amy Bumgarner's "See You Later" Party at the Tran's House on June 18th
49: Shane and Amanda spent the night in Winona Lake for the Triathalon on Saturday, June 25th. Mom, Dad and the four of us went to dinner at Noa Noa. We stayed to cheer Shane and Amanda on before heading to Holland, Michigan for a late Father's Day weekend retreat.
51: We stopped at Tabor Hill Winery on the way to Holland. The four of us tasted wine while Dad played Words with Friends on this phone!
53: We ate at the City Flats, the rooftop restaurant at the hotel. Left Sunday morning stopping at a Farmer's Market on the way home picking up strawberries, raspberries, asparagus and corn.
54: Tim & Molly Burris, Ella & Stacy Callahan, Lindsay Kimmel
55: Oliver Winery | We stopped at the winery on our way to Lake Monroe for a long weekend.
57: We got in a short boat ride before Josh and Beth arrived after work. We spent most of the days on the boat and returned to the condo for some of Elisha's good cookin'!
59: Ouch! Josh missed a few spots when applying his sunscreen! He had a rough weekend between this, the rope swing and a fish biting his nipple! | Other memorable moments were playing games, going to the clubhouse the last night to watch the band, and Beth about lighting herself on fire due to a grill malfunction. The baby, Beth and Beth's eyebrows all survived the incident.
60: Beer Fest in Downtown Huntington (July 16th). Amanda came to the house to hang by the pool a little while before heading downtown.
61: Ava's 5th Birthday Party at our house. Pizza, cupcakes, a pool and pinata...what else could a girl want?!
62: Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice... | Brightly colored cupcakes to go with the "bright color" theme | Brightly colored cupcakes to go with the "bright color" theme | July 23, 2011
63: 6th Annual Pool Party
65: July 30th
68: Richard & Jenna Strick | Amanda & Satin | Lalo's Game Face!
70: Flippy Cup...unfortunately the boys took the title this year.
73: Joseph Dequis - Burgers and Blue Jeans Friday Nights with Austin, Elisha, Amanda, Shane, Jenna and Richard
74: Nicole & Drew's Wedding
76: Elton John Concert at Verizon | September 7th
77: Dad and Ryan had a work meeting in Detroit so Mom and I went along and had some girl time! We went shopping and had a yummy lettuce wrap lunch at P.F. Changs followed by AMAZING flourless chocolate cake! We stopped at a brewery on the way home for some grub and the boys enjoyed fancy beers.
78: Brandi's 30th Birthday Party September 17th in Adam Krumanaker's Workshop
80: Holiday Memories Warm Even The Coldest Of Days | Bethany's Baby Shower Brunch at Pine Valley Country Club September 24th
81: Mason Ryan Tran born October 12th | Bethany's baby shower in Ohio
82: Family Vaca to Naples, FL | We drove to South Bend and flew to St. Petersburg, FL, rented a van and drove to Old Naples stopping at Woody's River Roo for lunch, they had the BEST drink ever!
84: It rained the majority of the time but we found ways to entertain ourselves. We worked out, walked to town with a beach umbrella for lunch, and played euchre. Mom, Dad and Summer went to the zoo one day while Ryan and I stayed back and tried to soak up the minimal rays of sunshine. One day we drove about 30 minutes and went to a movie theater (Ides of March) that had big leather chairs and beer and wine for purchasing! Ryan and I had a date night on the last night in Naples.
89: On the last day we spent a couple of hours at the beach after checking out of the house. Stopped by the Corkscrew Sanctuary on the way back to St. Petersburg to fly out early the next morning. We ate at a steakhouse across the street from the hotel. Everyone filled up on appetizers before we ordered a meal! We ended the night with flourless chocolate cake. Yum!
90: Grant & Emily's Wedding - October 22, 2011
91: Ms. Amy was home for a short visit before starting her new job. We (Amy, Melissa, Rob, Doug, Bethany, Quyen, Mason and Satin) gathered at the Tran's on Thursday, October 27th and shared some pizza and lots of laughs.
92: Carving Pumpkins with Andrew! We had the privilege of being matched with our Little Brother Andrew in August of 2011. We see him three or four times a month through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.
93: Halloween at First Federal
94: In Memory Of the beautiful and amazing Mandi Wells
95: Mrs. Amanda Weigandt Wells, 31, passed away on Saturday, October 29, surrounded by her family at Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago, Illinois due to complications incurred during the birth of her daughter, Abigail Juliana (AJ). Mandi was born on February 7, 1980 in St. Marys, Ohio. She married Leighton Wells on September 15, 2007 in Syracuse, IN. She is survived by her parents Richard and Juliana Weigandt of Minster, Ohio, her brother, Todd Weigandt and wife Julianne of Minster, Ohio, her sister, Dee Dee Bender and husband, Stan of Troy, Ohio, her twin sister, Abi Bardasian and husband Doug of St. Louis, Missouri, her mother and father-in-law, Jeff and Cindy Wells of Syracuse, Indiana, her sister-in-law Cassandra Wells of Chicago, Illinois and grandparents Ralph Larger of Minster, Ohio and Bill and Barbara Beemer, Leighton’s grandparents. Mandi loved spending her free time with her nieces and nephews, Madyson, Savannah, Ireland, Shania, Stone, Tag, Guy, Star, Lawson and Mayer. Mandi also loved the time she spent walking her boxer, Casey. Mandi was an avid water-skier and thoroughly enjoyed spending her weekends with her family at Lake Wawasee in Syracuse, Indiana. Mandi was a graduate of Minster High School in 1998, and graduated from Miami University in 2002 with a bachelors degree in Marketing. She was a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority. Mandi was a medical representative with Genentech in Chicago, Illinois where she was a member of the President’s Club. Friends may call at the Hogenkamp Funeral Home in Minster, Ohio on Thursday, Nov. 3 from 2 to 8:00. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00AM at St. Augustine Catholic church in Minster, Ohio on Friday, Nov. 4th. Eastlund Funeral Home in Syracuse, Indiana will hold viewing services on Saturday, Nov. 5th from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8. The funeral service will be held on Sunday, Nov.6th at Eastlund Funeral Home at 11:00 followed by burial service at Syracuse cemetery. Abigail Juliana “AJ” Wells, infant daughter of Leighton and Mandi Wells was born on October 28, 2011 passed away on Nov. 1, 2011 at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois due to complications incurred during her birth. She is survived by her father, Leighton Wells of Chicago, Illinois.
96: 80's | p | Amanda Burge's Surprise 30th Birthday Party! November 5th at the Burge residence. We tied the 80's theme in with a neighborhood scavenger hunt. I think we gave the neighbors a scare! | a | R | t | y
97: Pose like an 80's movie cover | Get one of the household members to dress in your 80's gear!.
98: We had Thanksgiving lunch in Winona with Mom, Dad, Summer, Grandma and Janet. We headed home to prepare for a visit with Jamie, Ben and the girls. They stayed that night and Deb came over for lunch the next day and the big girls went to the theater to see Dreaking Dawn Part 1 at the Huntington 7. Ryan and Ben stayed with the girls and Austin, Nolan (4) and their new puppy Scout came over a little later to help out with the three trees we had dropped by Mike's Tree Service by the pool house.
99: First Federal Christmas Party | December 7th at LaFontaine Golf Course
100: Master bathroom remodel...what a project! So much for just changing the vanity! Ryan and Austin spent a lot of weekend time laying tile, changing out the toilet and staining. Satin painted the walls and ceiling.
101: Christmas Eve Eve Dinner/ Leighton's Birthday at Noa Noa December 23rd
102: Rachel braved her first sushi experience. Verdict? Not bad but she wasn't a fan of the texture!
103: We spent Christmas Eve lunch at mom and dad's with Cheryl and Bob and then went to Summer's church. We spent the afternoon and evening at the house eating ham bread and playing a trivia game before opening presents. Grandma, Janet and Debbie came over on Christmas Day around noon. Ryan and I played about an hour of bingo before heading to Bonita's house for lunch and Deb's for dinner with Jamie, Ben and the girls. We headed back to mom and dad's in the morning for the Peffley/Pinney brunch.
104: Ryan and Satin stopped by Hamilton Crossing to do a little dress shopping before heading to Jamie and Ben's. The four of us headed downtown and Cousin Rob stopped by our hotel room at the Westin before the evening festivities.
105: Dinner and drinks at Kilroy's. | Long Island Ice Teas
107: Stella Artois Masquerade Ball at Union Station