S: A Childhood to Remember
FC: Kristen McNamara Ill
1: To: The Bride on her wedding day
2: For now, let's focus on the past. Ellen Marie Manzo marries Charles Ludwig Ill III Live every act fully, as if it were your last. -Buddha | May 25, 1980
3: The start of it all. We must never forget the past because the past makes up who we are in the present.
4: Practicing knots | "The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails." -William Arthur Ward
5: Skipping Rocks no better trainer than a father | Ills on the water. | And so, the tubing training begins!
6: Well, we've all become pretty amazing sailors. Whether taught by Dad or Gramps, we always knew we were learning from the best. And one day, it will be our turn to teach. | Absolutely Adorable
7: “It is not the ship so much as the skillful sailing that assures the prosperous voyage.” - George William Curtis | Who can catch more fish? Gue or Sak? My bet is on Gue.
8: Above: Dad and Lauren Below: Dad, Mom, and Kristen | ARGO Centreville, MD | Adventures on Argo Always a favorite memory.
9: Brin' your buckos aboard. Ahoy mate! Translation: Bring your friends aboard. Hey buddy! | Mom and Kristen | Charles Ludwig Ill II,III,and IV
10: "And as for them who're out all day On business from their houses, And late at night are coming home, To cheer their babes and spouses,-- While you and I, Bill, on the deck Are comfortably lying, My eyes! what tiles and chimney-pots About their heads are flying! "And very often have we heard How men are killed and undone By overturns of carriages, By thieves, and fires in London; We know what risks all landsmen run, From noblemen to tailors; Then, Bill, let us thank Providence That you and I are sailors." -Charles Dibdin | The Sailor's Consolation ONE night came on a hurricane, The sea was mountains rolling, When Barney Buntline turned his quid, And said to Billy Bowling: "A strong nor-wester's blowing, Bill; Hark! don't ye hear it roar, now? Lord help 'em, how I pities them Unhappy folks on shore now! "Foolhardy chaps who live in towns, What danger they are all in, And now lie quaking in their beds, For fear the roof should fall in; Poor creatures! how they envies us, And wishes, I've a notion, For our good luck, in such a storm, To be upon the ocean!
12: Two sexy ladies and one handsome man! | No wonder the Ill children are so unbelievably attractive! Genes from this guy...
13: Break me off a piece of THAT!
14: The genius of Charlie... | Gosh Gue, get with the program.It's a HAT!
15: True Bonding A daughter may outgrow your lap, but she will never outgrow your heart.
17: "Just as the wave cannot exist for itself, but is ever a part of the heaving surface of the ocean, so must I never live my life for itself, but always in the experience which is going on around me." - Albert Schweitzer
18: POOL DAY AT THE FARM!!! | <-- And here's dad directing the pool orders when he was a child.
19: We will always return to: * Challenge Aunt Jenny with her ability to toss us off of a tube/Improve our tubing ability * Pick apples while being lifted to the branches by a tractor * Keep up on our training FROM the dogs * Pick up star cookies from Aunt Willie * Get our yearly dose of being thrown into the pool unexpectedly * Make Grams cry on our way out | The Farm Maryland
23: Rules: Sit on the outer rim until it is your turn. Make sure an adult is present to supervise!
26: The best bed on Argo | Worn out from a long day at sea...
29: HOLIDAYS Christmas Easter Halloween Birthdays | CHRISTMAS TIME
40: Easter Favorite Memory: when mom had Charlie and I completely convinced that the Easter Bunny had visited and by mistake, stepped on the photocopier with his foot. I thought that picture was the copy of his foot for the longest time.
41: We worked long and hard to find all those Easter eggs. Time for bubbles and clearly someone needed a nap.
42: Halloween Trick or treat smell my feet give me something good to eat | Carving her pumpkin
46: Kristen McNamara Ill July 15 Charles Ludwig Ill III February 8 Lauren Hessenbruch Ill March 19
50: Charlie sumo wrestling while living in Japan
51: Our Travels | And Vacations
55: Australia, Austria, Bali, Nepal, Canada, New Zealand, China, Germany, Spain, France, Japan, England, Holland, Peru, Galapagos, etc... Eiffel Tower, Monet's Gardens, Great Wall of China, Anne Frank's Hiding Place, Alps, etc...
57: “All the pathos and irony of leaving one’s youth behind is thus implicit in every joyous moment of travel: one knows that the first joy can never be recovered, and the wise traveler learns not to repeat successes but tries new places all the time.” – Paul Fussell
67: King Mountain Ranch One of our favorite vacations with the whole Ill family. Charlie finally got to be a true cowboy! YEEHAW
70: THEME PARKS!!! Nana and Pop were always just as ready for those crazy roller coasters as we were.
76: SAK and KRISTEN Love Sonnet 116 Let me not to the marriage of true minds Admit impediments; love is not love Which alters when it alteration finds, Or bends with the remover to remove: O, no, it is an ever-fixd mark, That looks on tempests and is never shaken; It is the star to every wand'ring bark, Whose worth's unknown, although his heighth be taken. Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks Within his bending sickle's compass come; Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks, But bears it out even to the edge of doom. If this be error and upon me proved, I never writ, nor no man ever loved. - William Shakespeare | Her first and only true love
77: Kristen's description of the proposal from the wedding website: We were going to celebrate our eight year Anniversary on May 9, 2009. Sak was very casual about the whole day so I didn't think anything of it. I went out and bought him a Home Depot gift certificate, a gift certificate for a massage, and a brand spanking new alarm clock, which clearly did not compare to what I was to receive later on that night. That day our friend Chris came over and as we were all sitting down, Chris began joking around with Sak about celebrating anniversaries and how they are "soooo overrated". Chris's classic line was: "it's not like you are going to do something stupid like propose right...". Sak came into the room from the kitchen and nonchalantly shrugged the idea off. So ironically, Chris's moment was the precursor to the whole night -Thanks Chris! :) Later on, Sak started cooking my favorite thai dishes and we eventually sat down to eat. While we were eating I noticed Sak was starting to sweat. I didn't say anything because I figured okay the meal is hot, maybe he's just hot from that or from cooking. Little did I know he started to think about what was about to happen. I handed him his presents (and his alarm clock :) ) and his card, which he opened, and then it was his turn. He started out saying we've been together a long time and pause.....................................................(this was the beginning of the black out period so I'm told) ...................................................................................................................................................and whatever that initial thought was, it quickly disappeared. Then he started fiddling with his pocket and I realized what was going on. My face turned a shade of bright purple (surprise surprise). He proceeded to get down on one knee took out the box, popped the question and I responded with an "of course!". Notice I have not mentioned the end of the black out period yet. He apparently did not comprehend my response so he followed up my answer with a "so what.. was that a yes?" eventhough I had already placed the ring on my finger. I clarified my "of course" and responded with a far simpler word "yes". The black out period ended. So there you have it. After eight years, as Conner put it so perfectly, we "FINALLY" were engaged. We didn't take any pictures during or after the engagement, however we had a request during one of our parties to re-enact the day. So the picture pasted on this page is from the re-enactment. If you look closely Sak has water dripping down from his face which was supposed to represent the sweat. Please ignore the game of beer pong in the background :).
79: Bridal Shower Sussan's house, Stamford, CT Bachelorette Party Crazy night out in NYC, NY
80: Wedding Now join your hands, and with your hands your hearts. ~ William Shakespeare ~
85: But can you feel this magic in the air? It must have been the way you kissed me Fell in love when I saw you standing there It must have been the way Today was a fairytale It must have been the way Today was a fairytale - Fairytale by Taylor Swift
86: To Kristen and Sak, I wish you both many many years of happiness. Sak, you've always been a part of the family, but now it really is official. I could not have asked for a greater brother-in-law. I know you treat Kristen the best that any woman could ask for. Kristen, you have always been the best sister. We are definitely different in many ways, but in the end, that has made our bond even stronger. And now, you've found the greatest and most kind husband to start a long-lasting marriage with. And that is exactly what you deserve. In Nepal, our fortunes were told by a child, around the age of eight. He mentioned that you would eventually marry your one and only true love. Well, I guess he was right! Love you lots. And although you are now starting a new family, remember that this one will always be here for you whenever you may need us. XOXO Love, Lauren Ill | Lastly, I would like to end this book with the random photos that don't necessarily fit into any of the previous categories, but really show what kind of family we are! So, continue on...
97: THE END