S: It's Been 30 Years...
FC: It's Been 30 Years...
1: December 26, 1980 Craig Augustin Ruppert and Patricia Anne McCabe were married. They honeymooned in Williamsburg, Va. AND THEN...
2: 1981 * Jen McCabe was born Jan. 26 1980 *Ronald Regan was inaugurated (he defeated Jimmy Carter) * Regan was shot and wounded | * First woman, Sandra Day O'Connor becomes judge of the supreme court * 6th annual Chicken BBQ
3: 1982-1984 * Sophie Margaret born July 22, 1982 * Ground is broken at Tree Lawn Drive * Regan re-elected * Martin Luther King's birthday becomes National Holiday * Kate McCabe born *Joel Washington Born
4: 1985 * Charlotte Antoinette born * Family moves from Rice Manor to Tree Lawn Drive * Andrey Washington Born
5: 1986 * 73 seconds after blast off, the shuttle, Challenger, exploded and killed all seven astronauts on board * Rupperts go to Cocoa Beach, FL
6: 1987 April 8, John Christopher Ruppert born
7: 1987 *House in Compton was bought * Pete and Jenny McCabe were married in May * Curtis and Donna Ruppert were married in January * 17 year locusts are here
8: 1988 * Kathleen Ruppert born
9: 1989 * Julia Colleen born * Erin McCabe born * Christina Washington born *George Bush elected president of the US * Berlin Wall falls *Exxon Valdez oil spill
10: 1990 * Sophie & Kate receive First Holy Communion * 'Gulf War' begins *Sara McCabe born
11: still 1990 * Pat and Craig celebrate 10th wedding anniversary! * Nelson Mandela freed * Christina Washington born *Pat & Craig travel on the QE2 * Family goes Christmas Caroling in Compton
12: 1991- 1992 *Sara McCabe born * Craig does 'Real People' day at Sherwood Elementary, Pat plays big part in organising the whole event. * Operation "Desert Storm" * Official end of the Cold War *Muz McCabe has hip surgery * patio and koi pond build at Tree Lawn Drive * Sophie, Charlotte, Kate & Jenny do Drama Camp
13: 1993-1994 * Bill Clinton becomes 41st president. (Al Gore is the VP) * Craig begins OPM class at Harvard * Nelson Mandela elected president * OJ Simpson arrested for double murder * Rwandan Genocide * Sophie plays, Craig coaches and Pat organizes banquet for "The Grasshoppers" * Rupperts travel to California to meet Bear
14: 1995 * Ruppert's buy Fall Creek Farm * Pat buys gray Ashton house for Jones family * Craig attends first Federal Reserve Bank meeting *"McRuppert Productions" begin
15: 1996 * Jack receives 1st Holy Communion * Family moves to house on the hill *Pat & Ruppert kids + Jen McCabe go to Boston for Harvard Graduation * RLC Managers trip to Paradise Island, Bahamas * Craig is Chairman of YPO * Party at the farm for Tree Lawn Drive neighbors...'the Il-fated Hay Ride' * Brown Boy is adopted from the animal shelter and Yogi becomes the newest member of the Ruppert Family.
16: 1997 * Julie's 1st Holy Communion * Rupperts buy first chickens * 3 day McCabe family reunion in Williamsburg, VA *Broke ground on Fall Creek house * Rupperts run Turkey Trott on Thanksgiving day * Pat & Craig host "Music Party" at unfinished house * Princess Diana dies in car crash
17: 1998 * RLC sells to TruGreen Landcare, Management Development Day at the 4-H building is where the sale is announced. * Rupperts move into new house on Fall Creek Farm * Rupperts join 4-H, raise first pigs, show at the county fair and Jack wins Grand Champion | * Aunt Pat dies * Jack learns to water ski *Sophie gets drivers license * Craig & Chris Davitt resign from TruGreen and go on vacation with Kate and Pat to Paris * Grandma and Grandpa Ruppert celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary at Fall Creek Farm * Jenn Raynor moves in. * President Clinton impeached
18: 1999 * Ruppert Companies offices are set up in the basement of the Fall Creek house. There are 4 1/2 employees. * Chris & Erin Davitt, Sophie & Craig travel to Haiti and Jamaica with Food for the Poor * First home building trip with 20 friends * Sophie & Pop visit Eckard College in St Petersburg, FL * Jack plays QB for football team coached by Mark Burns and Pop
19: 2000 * Craig attends GC Father/Daughter dance with Sophie & Charlotte * Sophie graduates from Good Counsel and starts Virginia Tech with Kate McCabe * Family vacation to Sundance Ranch in CO with Margaret Klag * Craig and Patty travel to London with YPO for 4 days *Olgun Ersenkal passes away *Craig and Patty celebrate 20th wedding anniversary
20: 2001 * George Bush elected president * September 11th terrorist attacks on World Trade Center & Pentagon * Sophie becomes a counselor at Camp Green Cove * Anthrax attacks, House of Representatives is closed for 4 days. * Julie and Pop visit Florida with Grandma & Grandpa * Julie and Mom travel to Montana to visit Bear
21: 2002 * Rupperts travel to Arizona to visit McCabes * Pat leads the building of the 4-H sheep & swine float * Julie gets Redskin, Lavar Arrington's ,glove
22: 2003 * Charlotte graduates from Good Counsel * Jack is confirmed * War in Iraq begins. Sadam Hussain is overthrown in three weeks but violent resistance continues through 2010
23: 2003 continued... * Sophie spends year in Dijon, France. * Family vacations in St. Martin * Charlotte and Sophie attend Virginia Tech
24: 2004 * George Bush defeats John Kerry and is re-elected as president * Sophie graduates from Virginia Tech. * Mike Felts suffers neck injury while training for deployment at Ft Bragg, NC * Mike leaves for Afghanistan in May. He comes back in September for 10 days leave and proposes. Sophie says "yes". * First season of Ruppert Sister's Pumpkins * Jen McCabe and Brandon Gorman married
26: 2005 * Jack graduates from Good Counsel * Kate McCabe and Jon Bluey are married * Charlotte Abigail Pangborn born * Julie gets confirmed * Ruppert Family Vacation to Costa Rica * Sophie Ruppert and Mike Felts are married * Hurricane Katrina hits the Gulf Coast * Jack enrolls in Landscape Contracting at Penn State
28: 2006 * First Family meeting at Addy Sea in Bethany Beach, DE * Charlotte studies abroad in Paris, France. Sophie and Mike visit to help her move in. Craig and Julie visit later in the year. * Rupperts host fundraiser dinner for Mark Warner * Erin Davitt and Aaron Krudwig are married * Ruppert Sister's pumpkins has successful season * Sophie & Mike move to Tuxedo, NC. Sophie becomes Assistant Director at Green Cove and Mike works at Wachovia. They welcome Boomer into their family. * Pat and Suzanne Friis enroll in a World Religions class at Montgomery College. Their Professor is Tulin.
31: 2007 * Julie graduates from Good Counsel *Family travels to Hawaii * Virginia Tech shootings *Mike, Sophie, Kate, Jon, Caitlin Bluey and Charlotte run Country Music Marathon in Nashville, TN. Craig and Brandon Gorman run the half marathon. * Charlotte graduates from University of Richmond. Lives with Sophie & Mike in Hendersonville for half the year. * November 18th, Carl Anton Ruppert dies at age 86. * Pat enrolls at Washington Theological Union in the Masters of Theology program
32: 2008 * Ellen Noel Bluey is born * All 3 Ruppert Sisters work at Camp Green Cove during the summer * Charlotte gets a job working at Easter Seals in Silver Spring, MD * Senator Barack Obama defeats Hillary Clinton to become African American canidate from a major party and Democratic Nominee to the presidency
33: 2009 * All 3 Ruppert Sisters at Green Cove again * Craig and Pat visit Tuxedo, NC. We stay in Gus' deluxe lake house. * Sophie finds out she is pregnant. So does Kate McCabe Bluey * 2nd Wine Tasting is a success & Rupperts host New Year's Eve party (the snow ball fight was a hit) * Julie studies in Alicante, Spain. Craig and Jack travel to visit her. * Mike Felts completes Ironman Louisville. * Barack Obama becomes 43rd president of the United States * General Motors, the world's largest car maker declares bankruptcy. * Jack spends summer in Puerto Rico doing an internship * Pat graduates from Washington Theological Union with her Masters in Theology * Fall 2009 is Pat's 1st semester as a Professor at Montgomery College
35: 2010 * Pat & Craig celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary! * Cordelia Catherine Felts is born * Ada Grace Bluey is born * September 5th Jerome Michael McCabe dies at age 84 * November 8th, Antoinette Switzer Ruppert dies at age 91 * Jack graduates from Penn State, interns at Valley Crest in California for 6 months and comes to work full time at Ruppert Landscape. * Charlotte comes to work full time at Ruppert Landscape. She rents an apartment in downtown Frederick. * Sophie, Mike, Cordelia and Boomer move back to Maryland and Mike comes to work at Ruppert Landscape full time. AND THE REST IS STILL UNWRITTEN!