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(Year of the Covid-19 virus and e-learning) - Tom and Reyna fly
to FL for a space X launch
Dragon Crew launch to the international space station. REyna's first
flight, first gator viewing and eating, first shirly temple in a pub,
first rocket launch, first crab cake... Great spontaneous adventure!
Family Cruise Vacation to Costa Maya and Cozumel
Figured we had exactly one spring break left to do this before we really
can't afford it or kids all move away so....
The last big hurrah for X and dad before Purdue in the fall. We decided
to try to see the northern lights. not everyone who goes is lucky enough
to see them. We were lucky enough to see them on 2 separate nights, the second
of which saw us, alone, climbing a mountain in complete darkness with only
the Auora to guide us back down the mountain at midnight...
Some last minute costume work for Reyna and T, Sam and her friends were
the powder puff girls.
June Boy Scout High Adventure with Monty and Jackson
This was a VERY challenging trip! We all made it back and are much stronger
for the experience.
A full week on the Apalachian trail in the great Smoky mountains. Hiked
to the highest point in the Smokies with a 60 lb pack on our backs and got
see a black bear trapped 50 yards from our tent. Check out the images
Was a truly great time.
Europe visit pictures
Made it to the louvre this time :)
Notre Dame, the Louvre, a castle in northern France, High speed train
video, great food, umbrellagate... great trip. Believe it or not I worked
90% of the time!
and Dad went to a copper mine in Arizona.
Indians campout and a few of Romans birthday. We parked on the roof of the
government parking garage and took a picture of the park from the edge.
Was a good campout this year and a good baseball game (they lost) but
when they announced the movie playing on the big screen all the kids
in the audience went "awwww" because everyone had seen it already.
Samantha and Her class went to the field museum
It's been a busy summer. Our new home is nearly completly
framed. Things are coming along, but still lots to complete and get done
correctly. Here's a video walkthrough of the house as of yesterday : VIDEO
Started putting some stone on the driveway today...
didn't go well. ground was too wet and stone driver was afraid he was
going to get stuck.
Working on the new property. Don't rent a mini backhoe
when you need a bulldozer, but DEFINITELY rent a mini-backhoe if you want
to have fun!. Lincoln had an awesome hair cut, learning to never let mom
cut his hair again, and after living in Edna Mills for 15 years, we had
to have our septic tank pumped, much to the kids delight
Brought home some stuff yesterday from home depot clearance table. Was handing
out some goodies to the kids and gave Roman a plastic bag as a joke. It's his
favorite thing now! He's calling it his parachute bag. He lost the flashlight
I gave him in Kmart today, but he's got his Parachute bag by God!
Found out today why Tom's back has been tweeked for a month. Herniated disk,
brought to you by a pair of old shoes, an eternal desire to play competetive
and a basic failure of the pain response mechanism present in most animals...
Revealed by MRI, courtesy of the good
Samantha and the girlscouts went ice skating for the first time this month, then
the kids all tried roller skating at a birthday party. Montgomery got the hang
of it quickly!
Xavier at an away bball game. They won the game and X got 2 shots off!
Happy Birthday Lincoln Alexander!
8 Lbs 10 oz
Super super smooth induced birth. The little guy cried just a bit when
he came out, barely made a peep when he got his vitamin K shot and hasn't
really cried much since. He's a great baby so far (and yes I know by writing
this only 30 hrs after he was born we're doomed to 3 months of continuous
Don't bother to ask if we're done yet please, and no, still not Catholic
- but still pre-approved by the Pope. We're angling for a reality show, but
with Jon and Kate having 8 we are going to have to come up with something
really unique. I suggested we superglue all the kids together at the neck
and have some sort of "merry go round family" type show, but Heather thought
the folks over at child protective services would frown on sticking the kids
together permanently. I argued the merits of the idea of course, including
the conservation of water we'd get by only having one shower at a time for
all the kids, but she's not seeing the logic. We're still looking for the
right idea to pitch...
and Fall 2009
Lots of pictures in this group.
Just some fun pictures of the fam having fun
Summers end festival in Rossville (Tom in Dunk Tank raising $$). Heather and
a pal at high school reunion. Kids at grandparents, and the first day of school
for Montgomery, Jackson and Reyna!
Birthday party pictures from Montgomery and Jacksons party.
4th of July celebration in Valpo, on July 11th. Thanks for the invite Matt, and
the hospitality Lonnie (Mr. Hovercraft)
Indians baseball game in Indy with the fam.
Some oddball photos from the camera. Replaced the convergance chips from our
projection television for $20 and didn't have to buy that new plasma afterall
Visit from Gooch and Xavier in a baseball helment...
Cub Scout pack 337 and their families went to Holiday world this year! Awesome
family fun park.
Visit to Michigan to see some friends was a great time!
Who needs a Rodenator when you have pool tubing, leaf blowers, duct tape and
gasoline? Apparently I do....
Montgomery and Jackson had their kindergarten music program.
Good ones of Roman in this group.
The family had a great visit from our Friends from Korea. The guys went to ride
horses for the first time at some other friends of ours. Was Great!
What a GREAT vacation this year. We went with the Hollandsworths and split a
rental house. Visited Universal Studios a couple days, and played in the heated
pool until our hands looked like we were 165 year olds. ALBUM 12345
Some pictures of Samantha at a Girl Scout gymnastics practice
March 29th 2008, Orlando, Florida
After MONTHS of talking about a vacation but not really
doing much to plan one, Tom and (primarily) Heather got busy the week before
Xavier and Samantha's spring break from school. Heather worked like a rabid
dolphin wth the echolocation center of a fruit bat to find somewhere for
the family to stay that week. At the last minute, well the day we were set
to start the drive south actually, she found us a 7 bedroom Villa in Kissimee
Florida, just minitues from the theme parks. It was a GREAT house, in a perfect
setting! We hit Univeral instead of Disney because it was quite a bit less
expensive and the attractions seemed like more fun. It was a great day! Samantha
wanted to ride EVERY roller coaster and the ones she was tall enough for
she wanted to ride multiple times! She takes the new thrill seeker of the
We also got a chance to finally visit Matthew and Jess
and see their house (which is now going to be their OLD house). Hopefully
we'll get back down in May to see the baby.
For those of you contemplating having 6 kids, remember
a standard dinner/breakfast at IHOP will set you back $50+ and forget
about trying to eat at burger king or KFC for less than $30.
The pictures also show Xavier getting his cast off. About
a month ago, he cracked his wrist during recess when a fat kid fell on him.
It was only a stress fracture and didn't even show up on the X ray. For all
you parents out there who think that your kid might have a break, here's
what you really need to know. If it hurts to press on a bone location (point
tenderness) its likely a stress fracture. Your pediatrist will tell you to
see a bone doctor (orthopedic specialist) and let them make the call. You
will go to the bone doc, and find out that it's probably broken and needs
a cast. You'll have to get an X ray. Whether or not the Xray shows anything,
you'll be told your child needs a cast to be sure. The reality is that without
further injury to the area, the kid will be perfectly fine in 3 weeks with
or without cast. But the doctors want to be sure (and get paid). So you'll
get the cast and pay the 2 doctor bills. My advice is to either A) Just get
it casted in the ER or B) Let it go for 3 weeks (only if it doesn't REALLY
March 15th, 2008
- Pinewood Derby
Xavier had a good race time this year, but his car was
in a tough second heat. Dad's car got second in the open class this
year. We both made Ford Sporttracs!
February 20th we had the 08 blue and gold banquet, this
year featuring a special guest from Osaka Japan, master Lo Pan. Pictures
Back in India for some work related (obviously) project support.
Tom was able to visit Goa, the Indian equivalent of Hawaii during this trip.
Unfortunately, the ductile iron casting vendor he visited wasn't up to becoming
a TRW supplier, so there won't be any trips back to Goa soon... :(
Goa is a VERY interesting city on the west coast of India.
There are numerous historical monuments including the St.Xavier basicilla,
good shopping, great beaches, and some amazing jungles. It's a great place
for anyone to visit. The scenery must be close to Hawaii, but at a much
less expensive price. It was in Goa I had my first breakfast dosa.
The man in the image to the right is Jaymaran Maheshwaran.
He was a TRW employee working in India for TRW for nearly 2 years. He was
a tremendously valuable asset to TRW and Tom in particular. Without his
help, sourcing in India would not have gone as well for Tom and TRW as
it has. Mahesh, as we called him, visited Goa with Tom in October and here are
some photos of Mahesh from that visit.
Mahesh was set to marry in January of 2008, and Tom had planned
a visit to attend the reception. In India it's customary to have the wedding
and the reception several days apart. All had been arranged for a surprise
visit to Chennai India to visit Mahesh and his new bride Renuka at their
reception. Marriage was all Mahesh could talk about during the October
visit to Goa with Tom. He was so very excited and so much in love. This
was to be his first marriage.
Tragedy struck only hours after the wedding ceremony. Two
hours into the wedding ceremony, Maheshwaran, our friend, had a heart attack
and died. He was in his early 30's.
We will miss you Mahesh, but we will never forget you.
A great Christmas for everyone! Grandma Linda's and then
back to Edna Mills with Fred, Gloria, Matthew and Jess - thanks for coming
and other stuff pictures
Another great family thanksgiving at our house this year.
Thanks everyone for coming!
It looks as if Tom's grand plans to genetically craft his
own basketball NBA team aren't going to pan out, so it's on to plan B.
Click here to view the beginnings of historys best 80's cover band...
a big picture dump from the camera!
Photos include the Haloween pictures, the groundhog, Jackson
in the leaves, Samantha riding a camel...? You'll just have to check
it out! Pictures
here and as always on this site, click once to print them, click
twice to view them.
Literally HUNDREDS of new pictures scattered through the
site today. You'll have to look for the new references though - no change
tracking log here!
Samantha and her girlscout buddies go to the Indianapolis Zoo
Some great new pictures of the cubscouts over at pack337.org
8th and earlier
- 2007 (Big pre and present dated update!)
Wouldn't it have been great to watch a lifeline helicopter
land 60 feet in front of you when you were 6 or 8? The kids had a pretty
cool treat last saturday! Pictures
- 2007 (pre dated!)
Xavier and Samantha birthday parties from earlier this
year. Classic army theme! Special thanks to volunteer commando Jon St.Myer
for the purple smoke grenade and the "rations from above" roll playing! Call
in the Choppers!!!Xaviers
Summer pictures including remodeling progress, dunk tank
lunacy, parade marching, and birthday parties 123
Roman Kincaid St.Myer born today! Weighed 8 lbs 8.8 oz
and was born at exactly 7PM. Everyone
is doing great.
Great pinewood derby this wkend in the Rossville scouting
world. Pictures HERE
Oh, had the ultrasound last month. It's confirmed : ONE BABY
this time. And it's a boy!
Good news! Spray foam insulation job completed today by
Airpro out of Union City IN. Minus one outside and a toasty 55 upstairs without
heating. Pictures HERE
Ok, the cat is out of the bag. (btw, for anyone who can
actually tell me where that phrase came from I have a price). Heather
is in fact pregnant with number 6. During your congratulations phone
call, please remember the following key points :
1) Yes. We are well aware what causes that.
2) We don't know if we're done yet. So far all the kids are pretty wonderful
and I'm sure the next 5 will be just as perfect. Why stop?
3) We have absolutely no idea how we'll pay for college.
Feel free to forward scholarship information at will.
4) We don't know the sex of the baby yet, and won't until after Feb 21st.
5) Yes. We know what causes that.
6) We are very sure it isn't something in the water
7) No we're not Catholic, although the Pope sent us a "Congratulations, you're
pre-qualified!" letter last week.
8) Contrary to popular belief, the local hospital has no "have 5, get one free"
We'll post pictures when we have them, but for now enjoy the artists
TJ had a great idea for the twins. He's a big MACintosh convert
and has been trying to get the rest of us to join the cult. He suggested
we give one of the twins a macintosh and the other a Windows PC. We then
measure their technical progress as they grow, at some point pointing to
the better of the two machines for youth development. I'm pretty sure we
could get Apple to fund the research. Anyone know Steve Jobs?
TJ will also be starting an online guess the delivery date
baby pool. You can buy a spot using your credit card through paypal. Should
be very cool, TJ does some really nice coding. Give him a few days to get
it running however, because he hasn't come up with the idea yet :)
Some great pictures from the the school halloween party for
samantha and Xavier playing with his chums at recess
Long time no update! Will put pictures up here from numerous events
in time. Xavier has a new scouting web page. Check it out at www.pack337.org.
Just watched hollow man II. Ok movie, not much to write home about, but
one stunt was amazing. I have seen more movies than anyone I know and have
to say the best stunt with a car I've ever seen I have to now award to Andrea
Kinsky in the movie hollow man II. Very cool stunt where she is standing
in the path of a sliding ford explorer. I would love to know what was going
through her mind as the driver approached. Email me Andrea!
Samantha's preschool graduation Pictures It
was too dark to take really good pictures. Most of the shots make the kids
look like haunting spectres!
Good homegrown engineering
here. Tub from our old dryer, wheels from an old push mower, lumber from
the deck project and now we've got an industrial lawn roller! Xavier is
quickly becoming a usefull son!
Catching up on some old
downloaded photos. Some good ones from 2004 in here. And
HERE you'll find a whole batch of newer photos!
and Gold Banquet
Blue and gold scouting
banquet was a huge success. Speaker was astronaut Guy
Gardner. Guy is
not only a true American hero, but he's a genuinely nice guy and a terrific
role model for the boys. Thanks Guy! Thats Tom on the left handing out
awards as the pirate "Captain Bone Marrow". A very memorable night indeed
Tom went up in the tallest
building in the world today. Taipei 101 in Taipai, Taiwan. Most interesting
building seen during the recent Korea/Taiwain visit. The thing is just silly
tall. Cross another one off the list. Pictures and
Pictures, Shoot Two
Tom got a patent plaque
from TRW for his first US patent HERE
Secondly, and much higher
on the cool scale, another version of "rescue
the jewels" was constructed!
One green laser, 7 mirrored glass tile panels from the 70's, a little
glycerin and water mixed in the ultrasonic humidifier (great cheap fog
laser grid to remove the "jewels" without breaking the beam.
Heather and I both tried this. WAY FUN!!!! Before anyone asks; YES, I
the children to become master thieves.
11.20.2005 Number 5 arrives today!
Reyna Michelle St.Myer is healthy and happy at 9 lbs, 5 oz. 21 1/4 Inches
10.15.2005 Playing in the backyard.
Last night we had 3 cats, a possum and a racoon begging for scraps. Today
the kids watched a preying mantis eat a ladybug.
All by myself!
8.13.2005 Vacation at Holiday
World in Santa Claus Indiana. Great park! The temperature averaged 96 degrees
during our visit. Not too many pictures - too busy with 4 kids in a water
park to worry about a camera
Summer .2005 Xavier at basketball camp
and lots of other good stuff. HERE and HERE2
ONE and Movie two I
suggest right clicking and "save as" then play from the saved file
5.5.2005 Well, Heather is prenant
again; ultrasound pictures will be posted after the visit. Before anyone
asks (again), we don't know if it's twins (again). Also, returned from India
recently. Wrote a poem about a road
For those of you
who are fortunate enough to live in Glen Ellyn, IL, why don't you set
aside some time Saturday to elect Mike Seehausen for village trustee?
Good luck Mike!
Update as of 11.18.2007 : Finally
got the pictures uploaded from the 2004 party!. Pictures
RSVP for the hog roast this year.
October 9th - 11 AM. RSVP
Misc deck pictures and priceless
kid pictures. HERE
playcenter is up, all screws in the deck, 7 courses of the bbq grill
up, motorcycle and tractor engines rebuilt and running...
Over 10 inches of rain in 36 hrs
and you too can have primo lakefront property. No water in the house in
the biggest flood in 40+ years. Unfortunately, the tractor and my motorcycle
were lost to the ravages of nature...
Birthday party photos released!
See them here before others see them in the tabloids!
08/11/02 A/C went out with a bang last night. Above you'll see how a homeowner
spends his weekends. Once I discovered ALL the insulation on the
wiring inside the motor that drives my blower fan was GONE, I had to
spend the rest of the day trying to order a replacement.
Hopefully Kirby risk motor repair can help me out in the morning. No AC
for Heather and the Kids for a few days though. Was actually quite a fire
hazard. Wonder if Emerson electronics warranty department would see it that
07/21/02 Temp climbed to over 100 F today. Thought we'd bring Ender inside
for a bit to cool off.
04/14/02 If you haven't been to the Stmyer Services website yet, get there
Added a pic page of a few of the funnier items coming
out of the recent terrorist acts. A majority of them stem from a hoax pic
of a tourist at the top of a large building with a plane coming in from
behind him. The rest are more obvious hoaxes. Take a look HERE
. Also, bought a dog! Great Pyraneese breed. 6 1/2 weeks old now. Looks
to be big when he grows up. I'll post a pic when I'm home during daylight
All our thoughts are with those affected by the cowardice
of a few religious extremists. Rest assured the United States of America
will continue to stand tall in the face of evil.
1) Happy Birthday MOM St.Myer! 39 today. Way to
those of you requiring a map to my home...see above. Party this year should
have more to do than you can shake a stick at (although there will be
plenty of stick shaking if thats what floats your boat)
about the Roast? Email me.
1) Samantha is 3 months old today!
at Shades St Park = FUN! Thanks to Brad for inviting me and Mike Ball
for attending! I'd have been wet without his camp gear (well, wetter anyway)