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August 21, 2010

New Puppy! - The kids lobbied us for YEARS to get a dog. After tons of research, they decided on an Australian Shepherd. We found this cute girl puppy in central Illinois. We get to bring her home in a few weeks! We're very excited! We haven't figured out a good name for her yet. Click here to see a photo of her.

February 26, 2010

Dojo Photo Shoot - Tammy got a new camera and wanted to test some settings, so we had some fun with martial arts at the dojo. There are some great action shots in this set!

June 15, 2008

Chris and Nicole Wedding - Raj went out to Southern California last week to attend his cousin's wedding on Laguna Beach. He also got to spend some wonderful time with relatives he hasn't seen in years. Lots of great photos and a video of the joyous time.

May 26, 2007

Raj in Zero Gravity! - Tammy surprised Raj for his 40th birthday with a trip to Vegas... for a Zero-G flight! Pics, video and full story here!

March 1, 2007

Snowmen and T-Shirts - Strange weather today! The kids were able to wear t-shirts while playing with snowmen.

January 14, 2007

Homemade Digital Picture Frame - Tammy hatched a scheme to build a large digital picture frame from old laptops, so our digital photos would stop collecting digital dust. At first, it seemed crazy. But it worked! Not too expensive, either, and the images are big. We've included a 16 page PDF with step-by-step instructions on how we did it.

November 30, 2006

My Favorite Place - Sydney gets a certificate of recognition for a visual arts essay she did.

October 22, 2006

October 6, 2006

Zoo Trip - Lenka took Sydney and Avyn to Brookfield Zoo.

September 30, 2006

Tammy attended her high school reunion, and got a few photos with old friends.

September 24, 2006

Sydney and the Firebirds U9 Lombard Soccer Team plays in St. Charles. They won!

September 8 - 10, 2006... Goodstock!

August 30, 2006

August 26, 2006

Sydney in the Chicago Kids Triathlon! - Wanting to be like Mom, Sydney decided to enter the Chicago Kids Triathlon. She did very well!

August 23, 2006

First Day of School! - Avyn goes to his first day of Kindergarten, and Sydney enters 3rd Grade.

August 12, 2006

Turner Camp Final Show - Sydney and Avyn were in the "Magical" show to close out the season at Turner Camp.

July 3, 2006

Fireworks Downtown Chicago - Sydney just had one birthday wish - to see the fireworks downtown Chicago. We obliged. Grandma and Grandpa helped get us there, and find a great spot.

April 8, 2006

Find a Way to Build Your Robot - Photos of robots that Sydney and Avyn built, along with an inspirational story written by Raj, learning a life lesson from this event.

January 18, 2006

Goodstock 2005! - Three Whole Days of... Drunken Debauchery in the North of England, August 2005. Here is the photo album that Tammy sent to Mark as thanks for the event. Pictures were contributed by the whole gang.

October 22, 2005

Dojo Light Show - Tammy got some VERY cool, artistic photos of the black light demo show done at the karate dojo attended by Sydney, Avyn and Raj. Avyn is actually in some shots.

September 14, 2005

Dave at Red Rocks - Tammy and Jenn see Dave in Colorado September 9 and 10, 2005

October 24, 2004

Pumpkin Patch! - This is Midwest America at its best!

Updated October 17, 2004

Busy Couple of Weeks! - Here are some pics:

Updated October 8, 2004

Monica in Chicago - Our new au pair Monica arrived this summer from Romania (yep, another Romanian!!). So far, she hasn't run away screaming! Check out her own website here, which also has a few cute pics of the kids.

Updated September 14, 2004

"Tam & Jen's Excellent Adventure!" - Tammy and Jenny scored free flights to San Francisco for some shopping and a Dave Matthews concert. This was Jen's first trip there. Chocolate, Alcatraz, Chinatown, Great Art and Music!

Updated September 3, 2004

Tammy in the Chicago Triathlon - After months of training, Tammy entered (and finished) the Accenture Chicago Triathlon, along with our next door neighbor Steve. Read Tammy's story and see the pictures here.

Updated July 29, 2004

Jimmy Buffett - Our first time as Parrot-heads. These pictures are all from the parking lot before the show, but that's where the real show is!

Camp Jeep 2004! - We had so much fun lowering the re-sale value of the Jeep last year, that we did it again! A fun time in Virginia, off-roading and having a blast with other Jeep families across the country.

Sydney's 6th Birthday Party - Sydney is a big Harry Potter fan, so our house became Hogwart's School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for her birthday.

Tammy's First Triathlon! - After training for months, Tammy ran (and swam and biked) in her very first triathlon. Kudos to Tam!

Updated May 20, 2004

Florida - Disney! Seaworld! The Beach! Horses! A wonderful Spring Break visit to see Nana and Papa. March/April, 2004

Ski Steamboat! - We went to Colorado with the Lopatas for some ski fun. February, 2004

Merry Ole England - Tammy went to England to visit our friends, the Goodyears. Merriment ensued! January, 2004

Coookie Party - Some cousins came over for a cookie party and sleepover. Alina got into a balloon swordfight, and the kids dragged Raj away! December, 2003

Halloweeeeeeeeeeen 2003

Updated October 28, 2003...

Sydney 5 year and Avyn 3 year Portraits - We just got some great professional portraits of the kids. Also included here: Sydney's Kindergarten and soccer photos.

October 2003 - Pasta Day! Bret came over to share his family's secret ravioli recipe. We spent the whole day making and easting pasta! We also went to Sonny Acres for some pumpkin patch fun. And the kids dressed up for Franken Fun Fest at Sydney's School.

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