Saturday, July 04, 2015

A Night with the Peeps

Last night was spent hanging with a few of the peeps. Michele and I were partners in a game of spades, and we lost rather spectacularly after I made a very silly play. I'll just have to pay better attention next time.

I did manage to get in a few photographs before the party broke up.


Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Saying Goodbye to Friends is Never Easy

Said goodbye to David Baker yesterday. He died June 27th from the cancer that had been growing in his lungs and other parts of his body, and had remained undetected until just 23 days prior. It was a sad emotional day.

Family members carry David C Baker to his final resting place in St Michael's Cemetery in Sioux Falls, SD

The silver lining on an otherwise bleak day was reuniting with old friends, and naturally, I was armed with my camera:


Richard Baker and his 19 grandchildren



Richard Baker and his 6 remaining children



Steve Baker and his 4 children


Shane, Brian, May and Ron

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Another Positive Step in the March for Equality

The supreme court ruled 5 to 4 yesterday that marriage for gay people is a fundamental right, which cannot be denied by popular vote. I am so proud of my country right now, and so disappointed with the 4 dissenters on the court. Those 4 conservative justices ought to be ashamed of themselves.

The Obama administration celebrated with this incredible illumination of the White House:


In 1967, the supreme court passed down a ruling in Loving v Virginia that prevented the states from passing laws preventing people of different races from getting married. That case is recognized today as a no brainer by nearly everyone. Oddly enough, there are people in significant numbers that disagree with yesterday's decision, despite the obvious similarities with the Loving case.

Individuals should be able to choose whom they marry, period. End of story. Full stop.

The next time someone tells you they believe in traditional marriage, ask them which one. As I already pointed out, prior to 1967, traditional marriage meant marrying someone with the same skin color. And if you continue moving back in time in this country's history, you'll find that traditional marriage used to mean that women were simply treated as property, which sadly, is still traditional for some people.

Personally, I believe in marriages that are based on love and mutual respect. That definition may not qualify as traditional in conservative circles, but it does honor the rights of individuals to make their own choices concerning marriage, which is something I proudly support as a liberal.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Kristen Graduated from High School

We spent last weekend in Minnesota with Kristen and the rest of the Minnesota peeps. Fun was had by all.










Congratulations Kristen!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Baseball at Normal Community West

Michele and I watched today as the Normal Community West Wildcats defeated the Normal Community Ironmen 3 to 1 in a Sectionals match.





The Wildcats take on their next opponent this coming Saturday. Good luck Wildcats!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Honor Track Meet

Michele and Sara and I went to Bloomington High School yesterday to watch Andrea run in the Honor Meet. Andrea wasn't happy with her performance, but our group thought she looked amazing!





Monday, May 25, 2015

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Graduation Party

This weekend's graduation festivities came to a head at this afternoon's outdoor party. Luckily, the rain showers were minimal.






High School is Officially Over

Nick, Andrea, Brian and Drew graduated from High School yesterday, and naturally, I took lots of pictures.











We couldn't be more proud of our High School peeps. Congratulations peeps!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

The College Peeps are Back in Town

College is out for the summer, which means all of our college peeps will be stopping by to hang out, play cards, or both. A few of them stopped by last night, and I did manage to get a picture or two. Won't be long before the high school peeps get their taste of freedom.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Kyle at Fort Leonard Wood

We drove to Springfield on Wednesday to move Alex back home from Missouri State University. While passing the exit for Fort Leonard Wood, which is where Kyle is currently stationed, we discovered that the base is only 3 miles South of I-44, so we stopped in and said hello.