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Our Cars

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2011 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA SE, SEDAN 4-DR, 2.5L L5 DOHC 20V, manufactured in Puebla, Mexico, VIN VWDX7AJ0BM071693 See https://www.faxvin.com/vin-decoder/result?vinVWDX7AJ0BM071693 for more details 2013 FORD ESCAPE SE FWD, SPORT UTILITY 4-DR, 2.0L L4 DOHC 16V, manufactured in Louisville, Kentucky, VIN ... read more

My Own Genealogy

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Got my genealogy DNA test results back. I have bits from all over the world: 1% E.Central Africa (what!?) 1% Native American (Chile) 5% Middle Eastern (what!?) 91% Europe (Portuguese, Hungarian, Slovak and German) That leaves 2%, which I'm guessing is from the E.T. branch of the family tr... read more

Family Members Survive The Middle East

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The headline is purposely misleading (a la my old newsletter), just because I can. My brother and his wife just returned from their 16-day trip to Dubai, Egypt and Jordan. It was a great trip and at no time did we feel unsafe (except in the crazy traffic). In Egypt, we had a tour guide and a s... read more

Hiking With Elizabeth

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Went hiking with my daughter, Elizabeth, yesterday evening. There's a nice little park in Thompson's Station with fairly extensive walking trails on the south end of the park, near the water tower. We saw an owl, so, with her new birthday-gift SLR camera in hand, Elizabeth shushed and gestu... read more

Hiking With Elizabeth, Part 2

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continued from Hiking with ElizabethThe scariest part was when we stopped. Then he stopped. I had my phone in hand, looking at the map. There was a tense moment until he smiled and said, Y'all lost?Just trying to find our way back to the parking lot, I said. He walked on ahead, but not before ... read more

Our Portuguese Table

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My brother Doug talking about Portuguese genealogy on (I guess) the podcast dated January 22, 2019.... read more

My YouTube Videos

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You will need the password for most of these. Elizabeth doing The Cup Song (with Marley) (Aug 30, 2013) Cracking up over Lottery President (Jun 28, 2013). No password required. Elizabeth's End of Year Speech (May 24, 2013) My (former) workspace (Feb 8, 2013) No password required. Elizab... read more

Lionel Rocha Holmes Memorial DNA Fund

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Lionel Rocha Holmes Memorial DNA Fund Lionel Rocha Holmes (1919-2017) was an important part of the Sacramento, CA Portuguese community. He was one of the founders of the Portuguese Historical & Cultural Society (PHCS), a former PHCS president, former Cabrillo Club president, author of Portuguese P... read more

A Few Words About My Dad

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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 "It's not fair!" at any moment, he had to be good ab ... read more

Taking Elizabeth To Skating Party

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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. What?! Yeah, I'll need most of that back.... read more

Diversity

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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 inside joke with us about her overbearingly liberal school whose biggest source of pride i ... read more

You Saying I'm Ugly?

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I was explaining to my 9 year old daughter what networking is, and that I'm not very good at it. She said, That's because a lot of people judge you by your looks. And you're not ... You trying to say I'm ugly? I don't think so, she said, but other people do, yeah. Do ... read more

Elizabeth Skiing For The First Time

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It was father-daughter day (for me, my brother, nephew and our daughters) at NorthStar ski resort in Lake Tahoe. See vimeo.com/122485652... read more

I Love My Daughter

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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? Elizabeth's rock, wife deadpans. She's con... read more

Sunday Ride

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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 pedal power while she rides a scooter, giving only her throttle hand ... read more

Father's Day

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I'm just writing this post to get something new on the blog other than that free ad for Windows 7. :) We drove up to be with my wife's side of the family today for Father's Day. An extra special treat upon returning home was to discover that our 8-year-old, Elizabeth, had decided to t... read more

Holiday World (2013)

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I rode a rollercoaster for the first time in I don't know how long. It was a blast! The Raven has been voted most awesome or whatever wooden coaster several times in the past ten years. The Voyage, now the reigning champ of wooden coasters, was temporarily unavailable. Surprisingly, it was g... read more

Birthday Card From Grandpa

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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

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Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 Old SacramentoOnce Bijou and her people hooked up with Elizabeth and her people, our first stop was a candy store called Candy Heaven (do not go to candyheaven.com!). As Michael noticed, there's almost nothing but candy stores there. And they were making money hand over fis... read more

Dad's 94th Birthday, Part 2

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Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 The ZooThe next morning, I was up before Elizabeth. I couldn't wait for her to wake up, so I snuck downstairs for some free coffee. She would have freaked out to wake up and find me gone. Passing through the lobby, I said good morning to an elderly male resident. He was pleas ... read more

Dad's 94th Birthday, Part 1

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Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 Going to CaliforniaA couple weeks ago for my Dad's 94th birthday, I brought my (almost) 8-year-old daughter, Elizabeth. A couple of family members would finally get to meet her. Her mom, Tara, had no vacation days available and so stayed behind. She was probably happy to have... read more

Happy Father's Day

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My daughter just made my day. Here's her card to me. This article/post is copyrighted. Please do not reprint, reproduce or distribute it (or its images) in whole or in part (other than to share a brief excerpt with a link to the original) in any form without our consent. Thanks!... read more

What Crickets Eat

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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, I can actually do that.  So, excuse me while I go do that. And here... read more

Lesson Learned

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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, so she stayed home with me. I took her to the doctor, a ... read more

Monkey Joe's Again

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This could get expensive coming here on a regular basis at $9-$10 every time, but Tara had a coupon that made it half price. We're at the new one in Brentwood/Cool Springs. Much better than the one north of town near Rivergate. Much more professional-looking. For one thing, all the bouncy houses... read more

Yesterday

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Tara had a busy day off. Her basic schedule consisted of: 1) taking our pug Chandler back to the vet (for the fifth or sixth time the past month) to check on his ulcerated cornea; 2) awaiting delivery of our new used clothes washer; and, 3) picking up Elizabeth from school. Underlying all of thi ... read more

Elizabeth's First Play

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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): Where is the prince? There he is. Will he join me for dinner? DAD (Bill):... read more

Saturday With Elizabeth

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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 Tara had started to worry - I was left alone with Elizabeth. We went to th ... read more

First Full Week

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... 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 the morning and I'll be picking her up after. Yes, she ... read more

Lucy's Birthday

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Today's my sister Lucy's birthday. She must be having a good one, because she has not replied to anyone's email birthday greeting. The previous weekend was our nephew Daniel's 2nd birthday party in Smyrna. That kid partied until it was almost dark! In other birthday news, we drove all the way to Smy... read more

Uncles' Obituaries

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I have lost a couple of uncles this year.Below are their obituaries: Uncle Ernielegacy.com/obituaries/insidebayarea/obituary.aspx?pagelifestory&pid143583831 Uncle Hal legacy.com/obituaries/insidebayarea/obituary.aspx?pagelifestory&pid140631987... read more

Our Adoption Story

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My wife Tara has written up our adoption story in response to that woman (living not too far from here, unfortunately) who returned that boy to Russia a couple weeks ago.Here's the local link (ourrussianadoptionstory), and here's the original link (... read more

An Entire Week With Elizabeth

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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 not only had to work all week, but also came down with a cold. So,... read more

Videos On Vimeo

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All videos listed, below link to video link to video link to video link to video link to video link to video link to video link to video link to video link to video link to video link to video link to video link to video link to video link to video link to video link to video link... read more

Elizabeth's First Halloween

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Click here for the video... read more

An Entire Day With Elizabeth

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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, but you have to have an account already before you can use it. Now I know. For some reason, th... read more

Down By The Creek

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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. Elizabeth went as far as she could (or wanted to), then I had to carr... read more

Elizabeth Cut Off All Her Hair

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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 she hadn't hurt herself. A few seconds later, Tara came i... read more

One Hour With Elizabeth

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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 with her on this trip. She wanted to bring it into the store, she said, so everyone can hear my music. I said OK. Su... read more

Holiday World (2009)

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Tara just brought me back from the pharmacy where I'm having a prescription filled. We used CVS pharmacy because Tara had a coupon. She is the coupon queen. Doesn't buy anything without a coupon these days. It's a hobby. You should check out her blog at tarasfavorites.blogspot.com. A... read more

Elizabeth's House

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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. Tara and I cracked up.... read more

Elizabeth's Birthday

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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

Adoption Videos Updated

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You can watch them here: Holmes Russian Adoption, Part 1 (updated) ... read more

Elizabeth Dancing

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

A Few More Videos

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I finally edited these a little bit and uploaded them: Chandler hanging out Elizabeth's baby shower in February Elizabeth's b-day party in Apri... read more

Doug Sells Power Tools

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http://www.dholmes.com/hilti-website.htm Used & New Hilti Tools and Accessories. Hilti professional demolition/concrete tools. SHIPPING WORLDWIDE Please do not reprint this article/postThis article/post is copyrighted. Do not reproduce or distribute this article (or its images) in whole or par... read more

Tara's Favorites

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Tara's got a new blog! It's called Tara's Favorites, available at tarasfaves.com or tarasfavorites.com. Check it out!... read more

Elizabeth's First Video

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Elizabeth's directorial debut. A probing, provocative, sometimes introspective look at a typical weekend around the house with Mama and Papa and the pugs. https://vimeo.com/2172691... read more

More Pictures Of Elizabeth In California

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

Had A Scare

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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 competitive, she was racing to get in the front of the line when she trip... read more

Holmes Russian Adoption Videos

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The links to both 1 and 2 are here. Part 1 has been updated slightly, in case you want to watch it again. Part 2 might be updated eventually, too, if more pictures come in. Here are the links: Part 1 ... read more

California Trip

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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, especially her Grandma and Grandpa, finally meet Elizabeth. No offense... read more

Sleep-Over At Ronica's

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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

A Very Artsy Picture Of Elizabeth

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Just because I liked it, I'm posting it here! :) This article/post is copyrighted. Please do not reprint, reproduce or distribute it (or its images) in whole or in part (other than to share a brief excerpt with a link to the original) in any form without our consent. Thanks!... read more

Birthday Party Pics

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3rd birthday ... read more

Birthday Party

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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 park is because you might be a murderer or child molester. You know... read more

The Leaky Weekly

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by William Arthur Bill Holmes. © Copyright 1990-2010 The Leaky Weekly's motto used to be: It's Not Just A Newspaper, It's A Piece Of Us. This was quickly perverted by the locals into: It's not just a newspaper, it's a piece of ass. So the motto was changed to: It's Not Just A Newspaper, It's A Fa... read more

Good Friday

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It WAS a good Friday. There was nothing religious about it. If you know me at all, that wouldn't surprise you. I was just reading my previous post and wanted to have something more positive this time. We're all still adjusting to each other and getting better at it every day. That last post... read more

Family Newsletter

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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 search box for newsletter (without quotes).... read more

Daycare

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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 Tara took her to a free trial day last week. Daycare is probably a lot like the orphanage, which is why she flourishes the... read more

Recent Photos

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Around the house ... read more

Doctors Say She's Normal

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Tara took Elizabeth to the international adoption specialist doctors today for a psychological evaluation and another physical exam. They say she is perfectly average/normal for a girl her age. Of course, that puts her well above average for a foreign orphan. We think she's better than any other girl her age, but we might be biased ... read more

Luncheon

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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 speechless at that. It's not like my coworkers have any more ... read more

Baby Shower

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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, and Tara took pictures.... read more

Settling In

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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 hurdle so far has been getting used to our pets, three pugs and a cat... read more

Summary

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To sum it all up: We love our daughter. Elizabeth is a wonderful, beautiful, intelligent little girl. We thank Russia for giving her to us. Otherwise, we did not enjoy Russia.In their defense, we weren't there under normal circumstances. It was not a vacation. We felt under pressure and stressed-out as we spent most of our time dealing wi... read more

Stay Tuned

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I hope to get the rest of the photos and videos on here, at least in raw form, over the next few days. I think I'm getting over my post traumatic stress disorder from the trip and can now face looking at the video again. :) Regarding Comments, I had to set those to require approval before showing up on the site because spammers have d ... read more

More Pics (12/28/2007)

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Elizabeth likes bows in her hair Red Square ... read more

Airport Arrival

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Some pictures as we arrived in the airport. There was a great welcoming party there! We've never had an airport welcoming party before! ... read more

A Few Pictures

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Finally, some pictures of Elizabeth. They're not even the latest, but it should hold you over if you've never seen her before. ... read more

We're Home! (For Good, This Time)

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And now I'm going to bed! :) I'll blog tomorrow.This article/post is copyrighted. Please do not reprint, reproduce or distribute it (or its images) in whole or in part (other than to share a brief excerpt with a link to the original) in any form without our consent. Thanks!... read more

Riding The Metro, Part Deux

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All three of us went to Red Square this time. I'm glad Tara was able to see it. Elizabeth was fascinated, too, but probably won't remember a thing.We then had lunch at Sbarro in the ... read more

Riding The Metro

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We're going to attempt to ride the Metro subway to Red Square today. Wish us luck. The exits aren't numbered, they are listed by name ... in Cyrillic. Of course, the overhead announcements are in Russian. One helpful thing is that the announcements are in a male voice if you' ... read more

Still In Moscow

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We're in a different hotel, the Holiday Inn - Moscow Sokolniki, for the rest of our stay. This is the one that was originally reserved for our return from Astrakhan. It has a reliable internet connection, costs less per night than yesterday' ... read more

To The Embassy

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Our last stop before the airport on the magical mystery tour is the US Embassy. They will make Elizabeth a US citizen and a registered Repub ... read more

Can't Leave Early

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... but at least it's all over. The Embassy visit went fine. Delta said that the only way we could take the available seats on earlier flights was to pay $2800 extra FOR EACH ticket. We said no. Unless someone wants to donate that to us, then we'll call them back. :) As it is, we can't lea ... read more

Moscow Update Continued

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We're in Moscow. Bill already summarized our trip here. I do believe that I am fully initiated into the sisterhood of Mothers. I have changed an exploding poopy diaper in an airplane bathroom, with turbulence! I'll spare you all details, but lets just say, I will be burning our clothes from that trip. Internet access is very expensive ... read more

Update To The Update's Update

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I went ahead and paid for the 24-hour internet connection from the room. It wasn't even double the cost of one hour. I also swapped out the flaky cable and that seems to have fixed the connection problem. Wrong. I had to call the techs back to fix it. The hotel sure did send up some techs quickly to check it out. Tara and Elizabet ... read more

Back In Moscow (12/18/2007)

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We made it this far! The plane ride was terrible for several minutes when we had to fasten our seat belts, which Elizabeth did not want to do. She SCREAMED loudly for quite a while, ticking off everyone nearby. Luckily, part of it was drowned out by the sound of the jet engines revving up and taking off. After that, she pooped her pants (I think... read more

Just Another Week To Go

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... maybe less! That cheers me up. That's assuming everything goes as planned ... and it WILL. I believe in positive thinking (when I'm desperate, anyway, because it leads to positive actions, which lead to positive results, or at least your chances are better). I don't always practice it, but I try. It doesn't always work, but i... read more

Pictures Of Our Life In Astrakhan

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Tonight is our last night in Astrakhan. So, I thought I'd post some pictures of where we've been living for the past 19 days.We've had many battles over clothing. She thinks I put too much clothes on her. In the hotel room, she wears her thermals. But, she loves her boots. So, she often walks around in her thermals with her snow boots. Ronica ... read more

51-1/2 Hours

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That's how long before we leave Astrakhan for Moscow. Not that we're counting or anything. The bad thing about these in-country flights is that they don't use jetways, those expandable tubes that protect you from the weather as you get on and off the plane. You are out there exposed on the tarmac, which is no fun in bad weather. Once in Mo ... read more

Update

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Everyone is wanting an ! Well, we're parents of a two-year-old now. No time for s! She is keeping us busy. Her favorite things to do are: play in the sink, play in the tub, and play in the toilet. She is a waterbaby! ... read more

Sleep, What A Concept

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I slept on the floor most of last night. It's a little after 7 a.m. here. Elizabeth refuses to sleep in her crib, even though we're told that's what she slept in at the orphanage. So, she sleeps with us in our bed. That be ... read more

Nothing Much To Update About

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She's just driving us crazy. Luckily, Tara is taking the brunt of it. I had to get out and walk around town in the freezing cold, just for the sake of getting out. I was at least useful, coming back with some groceries. Elizabeth's sweet as can be and very playful most of the time, but she turns on a dime. The main problem is just keeping he ... read more

Bowel Movement

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I like a headline that demands attention!It's official, I'm a parent. Elizabeth had her first bowel movement since we've had her, and it was on my watch! Tara was unable to put Elizabeth down for a nap while I was out walking around town looking for groceries and sundry items. Once I returned, Tara decided to take a nap h ... read more

More Pictures (12-09-2007)

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Here are some photos from today of the hotel and the closest major street to us. We didn't get very far on our walk because it was too cold. ... read more

She's Ours!

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We have her in the hotel now. I tried typing that sentence earlier but she shut the computer down as I was typing! I don't know how. But just a few keystrokes and it was shutting down. Now she keeps trying to run away from Tara down the hall. So far, she hasn't cried, just the occasional I don't want to do that sound that kids make. She's so g ... read more

Picture Of Us Before Court

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...from several days ago, the morning of our court appearance. Taken by the other adoptive family in town for their first trip, the Mees. ... read more

Light At The End Of The Tunnel

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We visited Elizabeth again today. We caught her when she was in the music room with all the other kids in her age group. She smiled wide when she saw us, but by the time she reached us, she tried to keep it cool. Like, Oh, it's you. I thought you were somebody else. Just kidding about that quote. I hope I'm kidding. :) After ... read more

She's Warming Up To Us

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We had her laughing, smiling and giggling today. I pushed her around on the three-wheeler, then flew her around the room. She even let us chase her around, and it didn't scare her when I chased her! She seemed more comfortable with Tara than she was with me today, so that's good. They can do girlie things together, you know. I forgot t... read more

It's Going To Be A Good Week

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That's all I wanted to say. :)We had a shortened visit with Elizabeth today because we had to first stop by the pharmacy and get some Ben-Gay and ibuprofen for my sore neck. Ben-Gay actually sounds (and smells) the same in Russian, it just looks funny on the box. Then when we got to the orphanag... read more

Saturday Morning

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Tara made a good guess earlier. She thinks that the orphanage caretakers are telling Elizabeth that we will be taking her away from the orphange soon. They think they're doing us a favor, trying to prepare her. But now, every time that we come to visit and they leave the room, she freaks out because she thinks it's happening ... read more

Beet Salad

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The time stamp on these blog posts are in US Central Time, not Russia time. It's 6am Sunday morning here. We had lunch the other day with Nancy, Joel, Vika and Liena at a Western-themed restaurant called The Horseshoe down the street from the hotel. I ordered some sort of goulash and a salad that Vika said was a traditional Russian dish.... read more

The Day After

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Well, we're much more relaxed now that we've gotten past the court appearance. The problem now is getting Elizabeth to like us again. Today, she cried for the first time. She let me hold her, but my Russian words were not much consolation. She calmed down once our interpreter Liena returned to the room. Liena then commented that she was ... read more

Much Better Visit Today

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Elizabeth (a.k.a. Masha) was much happier today. We were told that the orphanage caretakers probably were not telling her that we would be taking her away, but who knows? She let me fly her around the room again, which made her laugh. We played piano. Yesterday, she wanted up on my lap to play piano, but she batted my han ... read more

Went For A Walk

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...... in the freezing cold, because we were THAT bored. I'm starting to hate this place. There's just nothing to do when we're not visiting Elizabeth or going shopping. And both of those require a driver, and usually a translator. I can't wait until we're out of here, but we've got two weeks to go. I'll see if I can&... read more

Success!

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As you probably read below in Tara's post, our court appearance went very well. Ten days from now we will officially be the proud parents of Elizabeth! And now Vika tells us that we get to visit her not just a few times, but every... read more

And The Judge Says...

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She's ours!It's official! Elizabeth is ours. The court hearing went very smooth. It took about an hour and a half. There was a judge, prosecutor, a rep from the Child protective services, and the Minister of Education. They had a lot of questions about our parenting style, our finances and guardianship of her in the event of both our ... read more

Showtime!

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We leave in an hour for Court. I just got back from breakfast. Tara did not join me because she can't eat, she's so nervous. Gotta go get dressed. Wish us luck!This article/post is copyrighted. Please do not reprint, reproduce... read more

Bureaucracy

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Oh ... my ... God. Do not EVER lose that document they have you fill out on the plane before you land! Stapling it to your forehead would be less painful than what Galina, Liena and I went through today. Vika was tending to the other couple, Nancy and Joel today. Anyway, we just spent ALL afternoon standing and sitting in line at the Immigration... read more

Russian Adoption Consultant

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I've taken a job here as a Russian adoption consultant. The hours are long, and the pay is in barter, but you gotta do what you gotta do, seein' as how I can't leave the country. :) But seriously, the Children's Hope office in Brentwood, TN has an opening for such a job ... read more

Comments Welcome

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I set this blog so that you can now add your comments anonymously without logging in. So, comment away! I was afraid that the requirement for a login was keeping people from participating. Now you can go crazy because you're anonymous. Just watch your language! Elizabeth is reading this, too ... some day. :) Email me if you have a problem us ... read more

Back In Astrakhan

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We made it to Astrakhan, but I've lost my immigration form that goes with the passport and visa. It's just a little sheet that they have you fill out on the airplane before you land. If I'd known it was so important, I would have stapled it into the passport instead of just sliding it in there. It's not the end of the world, but ... read more

In The Air Again

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Sunday, November 25, 2007, 5:00pm CST We're in the air on our way back to Moscow. Delta Flight 46. The current in-flight movie is Evan Almighty, which we saw on one of our other flights to or from Moscow last time. You know, when you jet back and forth like we do, you forget exactly ... read more

Tuesday (11/26/2007)

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Time flies when you lose nine hours. We fly to Astrakhan this afternoon. This morning, we'll be having the free breakfast that the hotel offers. Then we'll exchange our dollars for rubles (before the dollar devalues even more). I could've done that yesterday, but I ... just ... didn't ... feel like it. :) They don't get... read more

Back In Moscow (11/26/2007)

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We made it. The flight was horrible. I think I slept about 30 seconds out of the 11 hour flight. It was not a full flight, and half the people around us were able to take up two or three seats, but we weren't quick enough. The other movie on the flight was Next, with Nicholas Cage and Julianne Moore. It's about a guy who can see two mi... read more

Mweh Yeddum V Aeroport Eta Ootra

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You probably guessed what that means: We are going to the aiport this morning. It's probably not grammatically correct, but I ain't got no time for linguistic correctitude. :) Unlike last time when the cat kept waking me up, this time I was able to get a good night's sleep. I was up at 5:30, but I got a good seven hours. It helpe... read more

Internet Access

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I'm wondering about internet access now that we've tentatively planned to stay in a weekly apartment in Astrakhan instead of the hotel the entire time. We'll probably want/need that internet access for the sake of something to do. Normally, we could go sightseeing, but when it's below-freezing outside, that doesn't sound fun. ... read more

Elizabeth's Room

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OK, here are the pictures:Before After... read more

Skora Mweh Tam Boojum

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Translation: We'll be there soon. This time next week, actually. I really want to be able to communicate with our daughter Elizabeth when we get there. I've been playing ... read more

Round Two

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We've received our court date. We're haggling with the airlines now. One round-trip ticket for one adult costs a little over $800. One one-way ticket for our daughter's flight home with us costs $1,600!! I suggested just buying our daughter a round-trip ticket (which would be only $900) and not using the return portion of it, but T ... read more

Atlanta!

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We're in the Atlanta airport now! Good to be on US soil, except that they keep mentioning George Bush (... as in the Houston Airport). :) It's 1:45a.m. Moscow time right now (5:45p.m. EDT), but I'm not tired. I'm anxio ... read more

We're Home!

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OK, now we're home! I'll try and do a trip summary tomorrow after a good night's sleep ... in my own bed. Tara says she feels like Dorothy, There's no place like home!This article/post is copyrighted. Please do not reprint, reproduce or distribute it (or its images) in whole or in part (other than to ... read more

Another Great Visit

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We're feeling closer and closer to our child, especially after today. And I think we passed the test of having the psychologist there, observing. She was pretty cool, actually. She didn't stay the entire visit. I think she could see that Tara, the child and I are all getting along well. She'll be observing again tomorrow, but we ... read more

Thursday

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First things first: Our little girl is warming up to Tara. She gave her a kiss yesterday, I think without even being asked. Now, for some more random thoughts: Before I forget to mention it, I need to tell you what happened Tuesday. ... read more

Last Visit For A While

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We'll be leaving in a few minutes for our last visit to the orphanage this trip. I'm practicing asking for my baggage back from the hotel baggage room. Baggage actually sounds like boggage. Please is pa-ZHAL-sta. Fascinating, I know. I thought about getting a parting video shot of the lobby as we sit here waiting for our ride. But th ... read more

Wednesday

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We just got back from today's first visit with the child (we're not supposed to mention her name online). We'll be going back this afternoon. In the meantime, Tara's trying to catch up on her sleep. She had woken up ar ... read more

Sights Of Astrakhan

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I'm attaching pictures we made of Astrakhan and our room. We are staying at the Hotel Azimut in Astrakhan. They are going through major renovations right now. It's kind of funny to see the interior design mix. The lobby is decorated in Art Deco while the rooms are decorated in traditional Russian decor like lace curtains, handblown... read more

Great Visit

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We had a great visit with our little girl this morning. There were no observers. That happens this afternoon. Vika had mentioned that we should think about showing more affection in front of the observers. It's more in line with how Russians treat their kids. We're fine with that. We like kids so much, we flew half way around the world t... read more

It's A Girl! It's A Girl!

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Oh My Gosh what a difference 1 day makes! So, we have a beautiful blond-haired, blue-eyed, 2 1/2 year old girl! First, the obvious question: What happened to the 4 year old boy? We don&#t know. After 2 trips to the Minister of Education, and two interviews, they gave us a refer ... read more

What A Day!

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Where to begin... The original plan was for us to go to the Minister of Education and submit our dossier and then formally receive our referral. What really happened:Galina called the ministry this morning only to find out that they were closed in the morning supposedly because there had been a death within the ministry (I'm assuming ... read more

Tuesday (10/2/2007)

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Just some random notes this morning There's a real stray dog problem in Russian cities; or, at least Moscow and Astrakhan. A lot of people even apparently let their dogs run loose. They're almost all large dogs. The small ones don't survive. There's a real man purse problem, too. Many men have what amounts ... read more

We're In Astrakhan

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After a nerve-wracking trip to the airport and getting through the airport security we finally made it to our plane. We were told that our Rep, Galina, would be flying with us. We never saw her until we were already on the plane. She was one of the last passengers on the plane, she saw us and gestured to Bill. He figured it was Galina. Her seat ... read more

Check-Out Time

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We check out in an hour. We got a nice free breakfast this morning. We then went back to that grocery store and managed to pay the right amount for the right kind of water (not sparkling, which is hard to find). Security guard work is apparently a large part of the workforce here, because every single business establishment we've been to has... read more

It's Only Monday?

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Monday - 1 Oct 07 - 6:37PM zzzDRAHST-vueet-ya, DRAHST-ya, BREEV-yet ee DO-bree-dyen from Astrakhan! I just (phonetically) said Hello, hey, hi and good afternoon (even though it's now evening here) in Russian. I couldn't remember how to say evening. We visited the Ministry of Education today, the people who decide who lives and dies, ... read more

Adoption Videos

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OK, so it took a year, but here they are, finally: Part 1   Part 2 You'll see all of our videos of Elizabeth, including the updated versions of these, on the right sid... read more

Links To All Holmes Family Adoption Posts

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This time next week.... - Preparation - The day before - Travel day - In the air - We're in Moscow - Moscow - Check out time - We're in Astrakhan - It's only Monday? - What a day... - Tuesday () - It's a girl! It's a girl! - Wednesday - Thursday - Great visit - Sights of Astrakha... read more

Moscow

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Well, we made it to Moscow!After a long plane trip, we managed to get through passport control and customs with no problems. And all of our luggage made it!Our CHI Rep and driver were late getting to the airport and we were worried, but they did eventually show up. We got our first taste of traffic, and let me go on record to say - I will ... read more

We're In Moscow

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We'll be spending the night in Moscow, after all, and flying down to Astrakhan tomorrow afternoon. I was stressed out without an internet or even a usable power connection. But I'm obviously connected now. I had the power converters, but not the three-prong-to-two-prong adapter that I have plenty of at home. We ran into anoth... read more

In The Air

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28 Sept - 3:55pm CDT - We're in the air on our way to Moscow. A little bit of good news is that it's only a 10 hour flight instead of 12 as we had thought.This article/post is copyrighted. Please do not reprint, reproduce or distribute it (or its images) in whole or in part (other than to share a brief excerp... read more

The Day Before

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Sounds like a movie title. Anyway, it's Thursday morning. Grey's Anatomy season premier tonight. Tara says wo ... read more

Travel Day

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We fly out today. It would've been nice to have gotten one last good night's sleep, but the cat made sure that didn't happen. Stupid cat. Anyone want one? Seriously. She's very pretty; and sweet when she's not keeping you from sleeping. I'll miss the pugs while we're gone, but if one of our pet sitters happens to los ... read more

Preparation

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Tuesday morning. Everyone's still asleep except for me, the pug Joey and the cat Sunny. I'm trying to reacquaint myself with the digital cameras, video and still. I would've put Joey's and Sunny's pictures here, but the camera is connected to Tara's computer, which is off, and I don't feel like waiting for it to come ... read more

This Time Next Week

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I'm happy to say that this time next week, we will be in Astrakhan, Russia! We leave the States on Friday, September 28 and arrive in Moscow on the 29th. Depending upon the schedule of the flights to Astrakhan, we may have to stay in Moscow one night or we will board another plane on Saturday and fly straight to Astrakhan. We're kinda ho... read more

Daisy

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Daisy graduates! Pic One, Picture from earlier that day! Previous pictures: One and Two Daisy wrestling with Sunny First pictures: One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight and Nine Chandler joins the family. Pictures One, Two, Three and Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight Pugs playing: One, Tw... read more

Don

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Music by a brother See Music by a brother Conan Our cat Conan died of a kidney infection today (we had to have him put down). We had him 18-1/2 years.  He seems to have known it was his last year because, unlike in the past, since Spring he had made a point of being outside on every beautifu... read more

Doug

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Doug sells power tools Doug's genealogy services Jana & Doug's baby girl, Natália Irén On the beach An entire page devoted to Milanko! ... read more

Reception

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My and Tara's wedding reception 2001 images Still photos Eleanor, June, Greg, Linda, Frank Jayson, Ronica Ronica, Sandie, Tara, Stephanie Becky, Tara, Bill Crowd 1 Crowd 2 Crowd 3 Short videos (thanks to Jayson) Crowd shot Cutting cake (sideways) Feeding cake 1 Feedi... read more

Eleanor And Lionel

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Eleanor's back surgery a success! "Everyone warned me against back surgery," she says. "But, I'd be in a wheelchair now if I hadn't had surgery!" O Progresso newsletter New book! Mini-Bio Graduated from St. Mary's College (in Moraga, CA) with a Bachelor o... read more

Engaged!

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Engaged... finally! Tara and I are finally getting married. We've "felt married," but now we're making it official, just for the sake of making it official. :) The actual wedding will be August 22, which we've always celebrated as our "anniversary," anyway, because that was... read more

An Email Exchange

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From: Bill Holmes Sent: Tuesday, February 06, 2001, 2:59 PM To: Tara McKinney Subject: rescheduled again Better not bring any boyfriends home tonight.  I'll be here, after all.  It's been rescheduled for tomorrow. Got a call from TekSystems-Huntsville.  They've g... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter Vol 8 No 1

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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, ac... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter Vol 7 No 1

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The Wandering Eye Vol. 7 No. 1, March 19, 1995 We're back! Sorry it took so long between issues, but the entire staff was frozen solid in a block of ice the past three months. We just ... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter Vol 6 No 7

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Yee-Haw The only newsletter we do! Vol. 6, No. 7, December 29, 1994Belinda Has Puppies! Another one of Lucy's dogs has gone and had a litter of pups. This time the mother is Belind... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter Vol 6 No 6

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Coyote Breath Vol. 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 ... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter Vol 6 No 5

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Behind the Eight Ball Who is that behind the eight ball, anyway? Vol. 6 No. 5, August 21, 1994 Jeannie Breaks Hand Jeannie, a DMV employee in Tracy, CA, broke her h ... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter Vol 6 No 4

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Fish Stories Best when lightly buttered, with just a pinch of lemon. Vol. 6 No. 4June 28, 1994 Tiffany wins awards Tiffany and her horse, Rocky, of Tracy, CA, c... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter Vol 6 No 3

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The Obtuse Moose Vol. 6, No. 3, April 21, 1994 Jeannie finds dog Jeannie and John have a ranch in Tracy, California. To help pay the bills, they board a few horses. One of those horses, a fat old gray Ara... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter Vol 6 No 2

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Falling Down a Manhole (can be quite painful and should be avoided)Vol. 6, No. 2, March 1, 1994 Michael moves! Michael has moved out of his mother, Lucy'... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter Vol 6 No 1

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Itchy Trigger Finger Vol. 6, No. 1, February 6, 1994 Earthquake in Southern California! We're sure you've heard all about it on the news, but we just wanted to mention it in case you've just ... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter Vol 5 No 8

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Holmes Family Newsletter Vol 5 No 7

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The Rotten Apple Journalism with visible holesVol. 5 No. 7, December 1, 1993 Mike Rolls Car! LIVINGSTON, CA - Remember we told you about Mike's new car in the previ... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter Vol 5 No 6

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Hoot and a HollerVol. 5, No. 6, September 28, 1993 - Nashville editionJournalism at its finest! - Yearly subscription rate: $135 Brouns family buys property LATHROP, CA - John, Jeannie, their kids, Tiffany and T ... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter Vol 5 No 5

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the rabblerouser Vol. 5, No. 5, August 8, 1993 Bill moving to Nashville Bill is moving to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue his boyhood dream of being a country singing star! Oh wait, that's Don's boyhood dream. Bill's just moving ther ... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter Vol 5 No 4

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Not Just Another NewsletterMONDAY, JULY 19, 1993CIRCULATION: From 8 to 15 (depending on our mood and how many stamps we have)Copyright 1993 / Bill Holmes Enterprises / 2 pages... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter Vol 5 No 3

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A Face in the CrowdVol. 5, No. 3, May 25, 1993 Eleanor Gets License After taking the DMV dr ... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter Vol 5 No 2

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The Sacred CowVol. 5, No. 2, March 15, 1993 Dad sucked from plane! Well, almost. And it was 41 years ago. Hey, nobody can accuse us of being accurate or current (or relevant, for that matter)!Anyway, a... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter Vol 5 No 1

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The Stupid Kangaroo Vol. 5, No. 1, February 1, 1993 Editor's Note: This newsletter welcomes the New Year (kicking and screaming, but that's to be expected) and we wish all... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter Vol 4 No 8

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The Leaping Lizard Vol. 4, No. 8, October 20, 1992 EDITOR'S NOTE ... After Grandma's recent birthday party (see article below), this newsletter was swamped with requests from people wanting to... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter Vol 4 No 7

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The Belching Frog Vol. 4, No. 7, September 16, 1992 "Thomas should like this name." Doug returns again On August 26, Doug returned from Europe for the second time in as many months. ... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter Vol 4 No 6

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

Holmes Family Newsletter Vol 4 No 5

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The Broken Record Vol. 4, No. 5, June 25, 1992 "Predictable, irritating. Really, no redeeming qualities whatsoever." L.A. riots: The aftermath In the aftermath of the Los Angeles riots, rel... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter Vol 4 No 4

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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

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The Leaky Faucet Vol. 4, No. 3, March 18, 1992 "More of the same, basically." Doug elected president With this nation in the throes of its quadrennial tradition of political rhetoric a... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter Vol 4 No 2

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The Leaky Faucet Vol. 4, No. 2, February 13, 1992 "The quintessential newsletter." Warning: May not be suitable for the humor impaired. Elvis lives! Yes, all your prayers ha ... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter Vol 4 No 1

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The Leaky Faucet Vol. 4, No. 1, January 4, 1992 "Everything you've ever wanted to know about anything." Diane has surgery On December 3, Diane of Hayward, CA had back surgery don ... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter Vol 3 No 8

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The Leaky Faucet Vol. 3, No. 8, December 10, 1991 Steve & Denise host Thanksgiving Turkey was served and everybody ate it. What else is there to say? Okay, so it was an excellent meal thanks to the effo ... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter Vol 3 No 7

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The Leaky Faucet Vol. 3, No. 7, October 14, 1991 Mike lands great job! Michael has been named Executive Producer of Cal State Stanislaus' new bi-weekly cable television show. It will basically be a ... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter Vol 3 No 6

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The Leaky Faucet "Irritating, yet soothing. Obnoxious, yet hypnotic"Vol. 3, No. 6, July 30, 1991 Sapphire dispute settled out of court Steve of Sacramento, CA, invested in a sapphire vent ... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter Vol 3 No 5

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NEWS Vol. 3, No. 5, July 6, 1991 Northern California's leading newsletter since 1989 (except for those few months when we were Southern California's leading newsletter) Record heat melts Sacto!Molten steel and rubber cover city... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter Vol 3 No 4

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the Evening Star Post-Tribune Dispatch (we couldn't decide on a name) Vol. 3, No. 4, June 4, 1991 Bikers ride to Yosemite On Mother's Day, John, Jeannie, Don and D ... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter Vol 3 No 3

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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 "booda-pesht"), Hungary. Taking advantage of a tickets-for-mugs trade with American Airlines (no kidding!), he flew f ... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter Vol 3 No 2

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the NEWSLETTER Vol. 3, No. 2, February 10, 1991 It's a girl... and a boy and a girl and a boy ...   Chance, a dog, has given birth to seven little dogs. Three boys and four gi ... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter Vol 3 No 1

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news from La-La Land HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Vol. 3, No. 1, January 4, 1991 Newsletter editor murdered! The editor of this newsletter was apparently murdered "some time over the weekend ... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter Vol 2 No 15

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NEWS, ETC. Vol. 2, No. 15, December 18, 1990 "Christmas Issue" Lucy to Host Christmas Lucy will be having Christmas at her house this year. It's a potluck affair. Only those w ... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter Vol 2 No 14

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

Holmes Family Newsletter Vol 2 No 13

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Hometown NewsVol. 2, No. 13, October 20, 1990Editor's Note: This is most definitely the last issue. Bill graduates! After seven months, Bill has finally completed his computer programming course! The school, ... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter Vol 2 No 12

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The Newsletter Vol. 2 No. 12, September 17, 1990 "Your Only News Source" It's a girl!! We asked Denise if she could hurry up and have the baby becaus ... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter Vol 2 No 11

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the NEWSLETTER Vol. 2, No. 11, August 13, 1990 Doug makes pilgrimage Doug, aka "Sluggo", made a pilgrimage to the Mormon church's genealogical library ... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter Vol 2 No 10

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Things You Need To Know Vol. 2, No. 10, July 16, 1990 "Pioneer Portuguese" now available World famous Portuguese historian Lionel Holmes's latest work is now available at a store ... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter Vol 2 No 9

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WORLD NEWS "Award-Winning Journalism" Vol. 2, No. 9, June 14, 1990 Dad kills rattler! Special to the News Back from a week in the wilds of Arizona, Dad and E ... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter Vol 2 No 8

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The Holmes Family Newsletter Vol. 2, No. 8 "Anniversary Issue"May 25, 1990 Editor's Note: This is the big one! The big enchilada. The killer tomato. It's the anniversary i ... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter Vol 2 No 7

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the NEWS Vol. 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 never happen again, but hey... Mike gets job ... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter Vol 2 No 6

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the NEWS Vol. 2, No. 6, April 16, 1990 Back in spite of popular demand. WORLD NEWS Mike is back from Germany and looking very European. (Fancy haircut, pale complexion, but other ... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter Vol 2 No 5

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Big News & Other Stuff Vol. 2, No. 5 Yeah, another new name. March 19, 1990 Mike to return early Mike has had a change of plans and expects to return from German ... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter Vol 2 No 4

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Billy ClubA newsletter for the 90's and beyond! "News That Hits You Over The Head" Vol. 2, No. 4, February 26, 1990 Coyote has puppies! Lucy's dog, Coyote, had four &... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter Vol 2 No 3

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Billy Club Vol. 2, No. 3, February 8, 1990 aka Bullseye, Hard Copy, The Holmes Family Newsletter Diane now a doctor Call her "Dr. Holmes" now. Diane Holmes, ... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter Vol 2 No 2

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Bullseye Vol. 2, No. 2, January 26, 1990 formerly known as Hard Copy; before that, The Holmes Family Newsletter Denise expecting! Taking her cue from Lucy's dog,... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter Vol 2 No 1

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HARD COPY Vol. 2, No. 1 "Hard-Hitting Journalism"January 3, 1990 formerly known as The Holmes Family Newsletter Predictions for 1990 Elvis Presley will sti... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter Vol 1 No 10

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The Holmes Family Newsletter Vol. 1, No. 10 - Worldwide Circulation - December 6, 1989 Newsletter sold! The Holmes Family Newsletter was involved in a hostile takeover. ... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter Vol 1 No 9

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The Holmes Family Newsletter A Newsletter With A Mission In Life! Vol. 1, No. 9 Worldwide Circulation November 21, 1989 The Environmental Issue Only 34 days 'til Christmas ... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter Vol 1 No 8

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The Holmes Family Newsletter Vol. 1, No. 8, October 23, 1989 earthquake!   Where were you when it hit? Don was just leaving his office on the 15th floor in downtown San ... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter Vol 1 No 7

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The Holmes Family Newsletter Vol. 1, No. 7, October 5, 1989 Let's face it, these things are going to just keep coming. Steve arrested Steve received his first-ever speeding ticket recent ... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter Vol 1 No 6

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The Holmes Family Newsletter Vol. 1, No. 6a, September 17, 1989 Everyone seems to be on a diet these days. Lucy and Jeannie are trying a low carbohydrate/high protein diet. Don's ... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter Vol 1 No 5

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The Holmes Family Newsletter Vol. 1, No. 5, September 5, 1989 Jeannie breaks elbow Placed on Disabled List Lathrop - While attempting a "sling-shot" maneuver during a roller d ... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter Vol 1 No 4

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The Holmes Family Newsletter Vol. 1, No. 4, August 1, 1989 Largest Tri-Weekly Newsletter Circulation in the West! tri-weekly (tri-week'lee) 1. we TRY to get it out weekly) Editor' ... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter Vol 1 No 3

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The Holmes Family Newsletter Vol. 1 No. 3, July, 1989 Editor's Note: Due to profanity, nudity, and the mature theme of this issue, parental discretion is advised. ... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter Vol 1 No 2

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The Holmes Family newsletter June 23, 1989 - Vol. 1, No. 2 - Since 1989 Editor's Note: This may be the last issue. NEWS Jeannie's dog, Chance, finally had her puppies. Ten of twelve surv ... read more

Holmes Family Newsletter Vol 1 No 1

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The Holmes Family Newsletter Vol. 1, No. 1, Since 1989 May 25, 1989 Editor's Note: This may be the only issue, so pay attention! Announcements Well, the big news, of course, is Ste ... read more