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A few words about my Dad

I tried to come up with the best word to fill in the blank in the following sentence: He was the most _____ man I have ever known. He was certainly the finest, hands-down, bar none. Most fair-minded, too. With seven kids ready to cry ... read more

Taking Elizabeth to skating party

Preparing to take Elizabeth to a skating party, I said, "Here, take some money. Go ask your mom for more." I thought I had at least a $10, but only had $6. When she returned I asked how much she had now. "Forty-six dollars."... read more

Diversity

  Me (folding clothes): I need some of your hangers. Elizabeth: Here you go. Me: Wow, a variety of hanger types, thanks. Elizabeth: Well, I am diverse!. Her friends are diverse, actually, but it's an ins... read more

Elizabeth skiing for the first time

It was father-daughter day (for me, my brother, nephew and our daughters) at NorthStar ski resort in Lake Tahoe. See ... read more

I love my daughter

There's something on the kitchen counter. I'm thinking it's a shriveled, rotting potato. Not that we usually have that sort of thing on the counter, but that's what I'm thinking. I point at it and ask my wife, "What is that?" "Eli... read more

Kids hate broccoli

Elizabeth at the dinner table being forced to eat her broccoli: Ugh, can I throw up? Her mom: Um, no. Me: [trying not to laugh out loud] Mom: You're not helping!... read more

Sunday ride

Elizabeth dragged me onto another one of her outings this morning. If nothing else, she keeps me in shape. This time, she was on her motorized scooter (the kind you stand on), while I rode my bicycle. No fair making the old man use pe... read more

Birthday card from Grandpa

Elizabeth received a birthday card from Grandpa today with $20 inside! She said, "I love your dad! Tell him thank you very much! Your dad is rich! I wouldn't have thought such an old old person would have so much money!"... read more

Dad's 94th birthday, part 3

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 Old ... read more

Dad's 94th birthday, part 2

  Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 The ... read more

Dad's 94th birthday, part 1

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 Goin... read more

What crickets eat

After catching a cricket and putting it into her bug cage (yes, she has a bug cage), my six-year-old daughter Elizabeth asked, "Can you ... um ... look on the Internet and see what crickets eat?" I just laughed and said, "Yes, ... read more

Kite flying

As it turned out, today was a good day for kite flying. Elizabeth, 6, had been bugging me about flying her new kite since returning from the vet this morning. We ha... read more

Lesson learned

I'll be spending all week (Spring Break) with my almost-6-year-old daughter, Elizabeth. Woo hoo! Yesterday was supposed to be my only "day off," as she was supposed to be in school (snow make-up day). But she's come down with the flu,... read more

Elizabeth's first play

Elizabeth, 5, came up with the following play just as we were finishing dinner the other day. Dinner theater, if you will. :) We were in Sacramento visiting my Dad, joined by my brother Greg and his wife June. MOM (Tara): ... read more

Fall is definitely here

It was actually cold all day today, but that didn't stop me and Elizabeth, then the pugs, from spending half of our day outside! First, we went exploring the new neighborhood being built nearby. I don't know why they're building. Ther... read more

Saturday with Elizabeth

As Elizabeth likes to say, she and I were "hanging out" today while Tara had a girls' day out with Ronica. I think Tara's was a belated birthday thing. Hers was on the 10th. Anyway, once Ronica finally called — after Tar... read more

First full week

... of kindergarten! Tara's getting Elizabeth ready now. Elizabeth has been ready to go, already jumping into bed with us, then jumping out almost immediately, I guess because she couldn't sleep. Tara will usually be taking her in... read more

Snake!

Almost stepped on a snake as Elizabeth and I came out of the creek. Yes, we were in the creek. Anyway, I yelled, "Aaaa" when he slithered past me toward Elizabeth and into the water. Elizabeth wanted to get a better look ... read more

An entire week with Elizabeth

You will not believe what I've been through! :) Okay, maybe it's not been that bad. You single parents out there are laughing at me, I'm sure. But I went an entire week taking care of Elizabeth, our 4 year old, while Tara no... read more

Videos on vimeo

Not much new here, other than Elizabeth's dance class video. They might be new to you, though: vimeo/user767842/albums... read more

Elizabeth's first Halloween

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Happy Halloween

  Or, as they piously call it around here, Fall Festival, because Halloween is "the work of Satan," you know. :)We just returned from trick-or-treating, which Elizabeth absolutely loved. She kept saying, "Halloween is so much fun!" A... read more

An entire day with Elizabeth

I can't believe I made it. Of course, it's not over yet. It's only dinner time. It's been a LONG day. I'm at McDonald's as I write this. I tried to get online with their free wi-fi, b... read more

Down by the creek

Elizabeth and I went down to the creek this cold fall morning. With all the recent rain, Indian and Mill Creeks both had a lot of rushing water. We walked along the edge of Mill Creek. Usually, we stick to the closer Indian Creek. Eli... read more

Elizabeth cut off all her hair

In the twenty minutes that Tara and I left Elizabeth alone, she found some (child-safe) scissors and cut off all her hair. At first I thought it was just wet. Then I realized she'd cut it all off. I laughed and said I was just glad sh... read more

One hour with Elizabeth

We had a list of stops to make. First came Ace Hardware for a clothes line and a no-pest-strip. Elizabeth had rediscovered her Barbie electric guitar earlier that day and brought it... read more

Elizabeth's house

  The other day at the house, we had this conversation. Elizabeth: This is my house. Bill: Your house? I thought it was my and mom's house. Elizabeth: No. It's mine. I'm sharing it with you. T... read more

Elizabeth's birthday

It's this Sunday! Just FYI if you want to send an email or call or whatever.We should have pictures up here from tomorrow's party at Chuck E. Cheese's.... read more

A few more videos

I finally edited these a little bit and uploaded them: Chandler hanging out Elizabeth's baby showe... read more

Elizabeth dancing!

It should be available here: Elizabeth dancing!... read more

Elizabeth's first video!

  Elizabeth's directorial debut. A probing, provocative, sometimes introspective look at a typical weekend around the house with Mama and Papa and the pugs. ... read more

Had a scare

We had a scare a couple of Wednesdays back with Elizabeth. She was at pre-school/daycare when she tripped and fell head-first onto the pavement outside as everyone was told to get in line to go back inside. We figure, being so competi... read more

More pictures of Elizabeth in California

Bill on Rosie, while Jeannie, Tara, even Shayden, fall for Elizabeth's attention-getting antics.... read more

California trip

Tara, Elizabeth and I just returned from a trip to California. Ostensibly, we went for my nephew Thomas's wedding (to bride Heather at Lake Tahoe), but it was also a convenient excuse to let everyone on my side of the family,... read more

Sleep-over at Ronica's

I delegated the responsibility of reading Elizabeth her bedtime story :) By the way, she slept great! I put her to bed at 8:15 and she was asleep by 8:30. We woke up at 8:00 this morning. — Ronica... read more

My niece Kristen's graduation

Yeah, Kristen graduated tonight from Christian Brothers High. The ceremony was at Memorial Auditorium. Attached is a picture of her, Dad, and me. — Steve ... read more

A very artsy picture of Elizabeth

Just because I liked it, I'm posting it here! :) ... read more

Birthday party

Well, Elizabeth's birthday party is this Saturday. She'll be 3, and it'll be her first "real" party. It'll be outside at a covered table next to a playground in a nearby park. I can't tell you here on the Internet exactly where this p... read more

Family newsletter

Old stuff, but some of it's still funny ... It's basically the precursor to this website. Click the links in the table of contents, above. Otherwise, just do a search in the home page's ... read more

Daycare

Elizabeth spent her first official full day at daycare yesterday. The teacher went on and on about how wonderful and good and helpful she was. I say "first official" day because... read more

Recent photos

Around the house ... read more

Baby shower

Tara's female family and friends threw Elizabeth a baby shower last weekend. I was the only man there. The only reason I went was so that any other men showing up wouldn't be the only man. Oh well. I was able to get a lot on video, an... read more

Luncheon

I can't believe how nice my coworkers at Franklin are. On Friday, they had a luncheon at work for Elizabeth and Tara. They invited me, too. :) Great food, several gifts, and the biggest surprise: a money tree. Tara and I were speech... read more

Settling in

I just thought I'd mention that Elizabeth is settling into her new life pretty well. Tara is her full-time parent, I just appear after work and on weekends. :) Even then, it's Tara who does most of the work. Elizabeth's biggest hu... read more

Doug

Doug sells power tools Doug's genealogy services ... read more

Eleanor and Lionel

Lionel's sister, Dolores In 1936 after being crowned Queen. Eleanor's back surgery a success! "Everyone warned me against back surgery," she says. "But, I'd b... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter vol 8 no 1

Once in a Blue MoonVol. 8 No. 1, February 1997 A lot has happened since our last newsletter, so let's just jump right in with the "news"... Mike and Evelyn get married Almost two years ago now (June 21, 1995, a... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter vol 7 no 1

  The Wandering Eye Vol. 7 No. 1, March 19, 1995 [We're back! Sorry it took so l... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter vol 6 no 7

  Yee-Haw The only newsletter we do! Vol. 6, No. 7, December 29, 1994... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter vol 6 no 6

Coyote BreathVol. 6 No. 6, October 26, 1994 Don rides to Denver In August, Don rode his motorcycle from Nashville to Denver. He wouldn't say why or what he did while in Denver. All we know is that he returned to... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter vol 6 no 5

Behind the Eight Ball Who is that behind the eight ball, anyway? ... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter vol 6 no 4

Fish Stories Best when lightly buttered, with just a pinch of lemon. Vol. 6 No. 4[sometime between April and August 1... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter vol 6 no 3

The Obtuse Moose Vol. 6, No. 3, April 21, 1994 Jeannie finds dog Jeannie and John have a ranch in Tracy, California. To ... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter vol 6 no 2

Falling Down a Manhole(can be quite painful and should be avoided)Vol. 6, No. 2, March 1, 1994 Michael mo... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter vol 6 no 1

Itchy Trigger Finger Vol. 6, No. 1, February 6, 1994earthquake in Southern California... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter vol 5 no 8

The Happy Hairball (something we keep coughing up) Volume 5, Number 8 December 20, 1993 Publisher: This guy —>> Editor: Same guy Distribut... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter vol 5 no 7

The Rotten Apple "Journalism with visible holes"Vol. 5 No. 7, December 1, 1993 Mike Rolls Car! ... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter vol 5 no 6

Hoot and a HollerVol. 5, No. 6, September 28, 1993 — Nashville edition... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter vol 5 no 5

the rabblerouser Vol. 5, No. 5, August 8, 1993 Bill moving to Nashville Bill is moving to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue his boy... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter vol 5 no 4

Not Just Another NewsletterMONDAY, JULY 19, 1993CIRCULATION: Fro... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter vol 5 no 3

  A Face in the CrowdVol. 5, No. 3, May 25, 1993 Eleanor Ge... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter vol 5 no 2

The Sacred CowVol. 5, No. 2, March 15, 1993 Dad sucked from plane!... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter vol 5 no 1

The Stupid Kangaroo Vol. 5, No. 1, February 1, 1993 Editor's Note: This newsletter wel... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter vol 4 no 8

The Leaping Lizard Vol. 4, No. 8, October 20, 1992 EDITOR'S NOTE ... After Gr... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter vol 4 no 7

The Belching Frog Vol. 4, No. 7, September 16, 1992 "Thomas should like thi... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter vol 4 no 6

The Barking Dog Vol. 4 No. 6, July 22, 1992 "Who names these newsletters, anyway?" earthquakes, earthquakes! We're ... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter vol 4 no 5

The Broken Record Vol. 4, No. 5, June 25, 1992 "Predictable, irritating. Really, no redeeming qualities whatsoever." L.A. riots: T... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter vol 4 no 4

The Squeaky Sprocket Vol. 4, No. 4, May 11, 1992"The intelligent person's newsletter of choice." Riots in L.A., earthquakes in So. Cal and Eureka! Is the wo... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter vol 4 no 3

The Leaky Faucet Vol. 4, No. 3, March 18, 1992 "More of the same, basically.&... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter vol 4 no 2

  The Leaky Faucet Vol. 4, No. 2, February 13, 1992 "The quintessential newsle... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter vol 4 no 1

  The Leaky Faucet Vol. 4, No. 1, January 4, 1992 "Everything you've ever wante... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter vol 3 no 8

  The Leaky Faucet Vol. 3, No. 8, December __, 1991 Steve & Denise host Thanksgivi... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter vol 3 no 7

  The Leaky Faucet Vol. 3, No. 7, October 14, 1991 Mike lands great job! ... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter vol 3 no 6

  The Leaky Faucet "Irritating, yet soothing. Obnoxious, yet hypnotic"Vol. 3, No... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter vol 3 no 5

NEWS Vol. 3, No. 5, July 6, 1991 Northern California's leading newsletter since 1989 (except for those few months when we were Southern Cali... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter vol 3 no 4

  the Evening Star Post-Tribune Dispatch (we couldn't decide on a name) ... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter vol 3 no 3

  and now ...THE NEWS Vol. 3, No. 3 (yes, only "No. 3") April 26, 1991 Doug returns from Hungary On March 21, Doug left Sacramento for Budapest (pronounced "b... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter vol 3 no 2

  the NEWSLETTER Vol. 3, No. 2, February 10, 1991 It's a girl... and a boy an... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter vol 3 no 1

  news from La-La Land HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Vol. 3, No. 1, January 4, 1991 N... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter vol 2 no 9

  WORLD NEWS "Award-Winning Journalism" Vol. 2, No. 9, June 14, 1990... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter vol 2 no 8

  The Holmes Family Newsletter Vol. 2, No. 8 "Anniversary Issue"May 25, 1990... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter vol 2 no 7

  theNEWSVol. 2, No. 7, May 1, 1990[Editor's Note: We would like to apologize for that last issue, but we won't. We'd like to say it'll... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter vol 2 no 6

  theNEWSVol. 2, No. 6[Back in spite of popular demand.]April 16, 1990 WORLD NEWS Mike is back from Germany and looking ver... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter vol 2 no 5

  Big News & Other Stuff Vol. 2, No. 5 [Yeah, another new name.] Ma... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter vol 2 no 4

  Billy Club A newsletter for the 90's and beyond!"News That Hits You Over The Head"Vol. 2, No. 4, February 26, 1990... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter vol 2 no 3

  Billy Club Vol. 2, No. 3, February 8, 1990 [aka Bullseye, Hard Copy, ... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter vol 2 no 2

Bullseye Vol. 2, No. 2, January 26, 1990 [formerly known as Hard Copy; before th... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter vol 2 no 15

NEWS, ETC. Vol. 2, No. 15, December 18, 1990 "Christmas Issue" Lucy to... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter vol 2 no 14

  The Daily GargoyleVol. 2, No. 14, November 16, 1990"Just when you thought it was safe to open the mailbox!"[Editor's note: For those of ... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter vol 2 no 13

  Hometown NewsVol. 2, No. 13, October 20, 1990[Editor's Note: This is most definitely the last issue.] Bill graduates! After sev... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter vol 2 no 12

  The Newsletter Vol. 2 No. 12, September 17, 1990 "Your Only News Source" ... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter vol 2 no 11

  the NEWSLETTER Vol. 2, No. 11, August 13, 1990 Doug makes pilgrimage ... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter vol 2 no 10

  Things You Need To Know Vol. 2, No. 10, July 16, 1990 "Pioneer Portuguese"... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter vol 2 no 1

  HARD COPY Vol. 2, No. 1 "Hard-Hitting Journalism"January 3, 1990 [forme... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter vol 1 no 10

  The Holmes Family Newsletter Vol. 1, No. 10 — Worldwide Circulatio... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter vol 1 no 9

  The Holmes Family Newsletter A Newsletter With A Mission In Life! Vol. 1, No. 9 ... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter vol 1 no 8

  The Holmes Family Newsletter Vol. 1, No. 8, October 23, 1989 earthquake! ... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter vol 1 no 7

  The Holmes Family Newsletter Vol. 1, No. 7, October 5, 1989 [Let's face it, these things ar... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter vol 1 no 6

  The Holmes Family Newsletter Vol. 1, No. 6a*, September 17, 1989 E... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter vol 1 no 5

  The Holmes Family Newsletter Vol. 1, No. 5, September 5, 1989 Jeannie breaks elbow... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter vol 1 no 4

  The Holmes Family Newsletter Vol. 1, No. 4, August 1, 1989 Largest Tri-Weekly Newslett... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter vol 1 no 3

  The Holmes Family Newsletter Vol. 1 No. 3, July, 1989 [Editor's Note: Due to prof... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter vol 1 no 2

  The Holmes Family newsletter June 23, 1989 — Vol. 1, No. 2 — Since 1989 [Editor's No... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter vol 1 no 1

  The Holmes Family Newsletter Vol. 1, No. 1, Since 1989 May 25, 1989 [Editor's Note: Thi... read more

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