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HIKING WITH ELIZABETH, PART 2
from 2019 in ( family / holmes / elizabeth )

continued from /pages/hiking-with-elizabethHiking with Elizabeth The 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 b... read more

HIKING WITH ELIZABETH
from 2019 in ( family / holmes / elizabeth )

Went hiking with my daughter, Elizabeth, yesterday evening. There's a nice little park in Thompson's Station with fairly extensive walking trails on its south end, near the water tower. We saw an owl, so, with her new birthday-gift SLR camera in hand, Elizabeth shushed and gestured for me to stop while she took pictures. She got some ... read more

TAKING ELIZABETH TO SKATING PARTY
from 2017 in ( family / holmes / elizabeth )

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
from 2017 in ( family / holmes / elizabeth )

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 is its diversity.... read more

YOU SAYING I'M UGLY?
from 2015 in ( family / holmes / elizabeth )

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.Don't you just love kids?... read more

ELIZABETH SKIING FOR THE FIRST TIME
from 2015 in ( family / holmes / elizabeth )

It was father-daughter day (for me, my brother, nephew and our daughters) at northstarcalifornia.com/NorthStar ski resort in Lake Tahoe . See vimeo.com/Elizabeth's First Time Skiing ... read more

I LOVE MY DAUGHTER
from 2015 in ( family / holmes / elizabeth )

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 convinced it's a fossilized dinosaur tooth.... read more

HER OWN LANGUAGE
from 2014 in ( education / language / elizabeth )

I love how my daughter, Elizabeth, 9, makes up words. Tonight I was complimenting her on what a good fruit smoothie she'd just made. I said she should always try to remember how much of each ingredient she used so she can make it again. So, she was going through the list of ingredients: two bananas, some of those honeydew melon pieces, ... read more

SUNDAY RIDE
from 2013 in ( family / holmes / elizabeth )

Elizabeth dragged me onto another one of her outings this morning. If nothing else, she keeps me in shape. This time, she was on /images/scooter-motored.webpher 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 a w... read more

HOLIDAY WORLD (2013)
from 2013 in ( family / holmes / elizabeth )

I rode a rollercoaster for the first time in I don't know how long. It was a blast! holidayworld.com/rides/ravenThe 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. Su... read more

BIRTHDAY CARD FROM GRANDPA
from 2013 in ( family / holmes / elizabeth / birthdays )

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

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY
from 2012 in ( family / holmes / elizabeth / holidays )

/images/20120617-fathers-day-card.webp My daughter just made my day. Here's her card to me.... read more

WHAT CRICKETS EAT
from 2011 in ( family / holmes / elizabeth )

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's the link: titlewhatdocricketseat ... read more

LESSON LEARNED
from 2011 in ( family / holmes / elizabeth )

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, and they confirmed she has type A flu. It's ... read more

MONKEY JOE'S AGAIN
from 2011 in ( family / holmes / elizabeth )

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 monkeyjoes.comthe 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 bou... read more

YESTERDAY AT HOME
from 2010 in ( family / holmes / elizabeth )

Tara had a busy day off. Her basic schedule consisted of: 1) taking our pug Chandler back to animalarkanimalhospital.com/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 schoo... read more

ELIZABETH'S FIRST PLAY
from 2010 in ( family / holmes / elizabeth / plays )

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 : Will my mother stop making me work all day? Ca... read more

SATURDAY WITH ELIZABETH
from 2010 in ( family / holmes / 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 Tara had started to worry -- I was left alone with Elizabeth. We went to the nash... read more

FIRST FULL WEEK
from 2010 in ( family / holmes / elizabeth )

... 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 could take the bus, but hell no we're n... read more

AN ENTIRE WEEK WITH ELIZABETH
from 2010 in ( family / holmes / 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 not only had to work all week, but also came down with a cold. So, I've had to start her baths -- El... read more

VIDEOS ON VIMEO
from 2009 in ( family / holmes / elizabeth )

In chronological order (I think): vimeo.com/3271045Bill in Europe, 1996 vimeo.com/1776317Holmes Russian Adoption, part 1 https:/... read more

ELIZABETH'S FIRST HALLOWEEN
from 2009 in ( family / holmes / elizabeth )

She explains the process.titleElizabeth's First Halloween hrefvimeo.com/2186430Click here for the video ... read more

AN ENTIRE DAY WITH ELIZABETH
from 2009 in ( family / holmes / 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, but you have to have an account already before you can use it. Now I know. For some reason, this McDonald's reminded me of the o... read more

DOWN BY THE CREEK
from 2009 in ( family / holmes / elizabeth )

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 carry her. At one point while carrying her, I slipp... read more

ELIZABETH CUT OFF ALL HER HAIR
from 2009 in ( family / holmes / elizabeth )

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 into the room and I told her what Elizabeth had ... read more

ONE HOUR WITH ELIZABETH
from 2009 in ( family / holmes / elizabeth )

We had a list of stops to make. First came AceHardware.comAce 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... read more

HOLIDAY WORLD (2009)
from 2009 in ( family / holmes / elizabeth )

Tara just brought me back from the pharmacy where I'm having a prescription filled. We used cvs.comCVS 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 titleTara's Favorites target... read more

ELIZABETH'S HOUSE
from 2009 in ( family / holmes / elizabeth )

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
from 2009 in ( family / holmes / elizabeth / birthdays )

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

ELIZABETH DANCING
from 2009 in ( family / holmes / elizabeth )

It should be available here: vimeo.com/2412695vimeo.com/Elizabeth Dancing ... read more

MORE PICTURES OF ELIZABETH IN CALIFORNIA
from 2008 in ( family / holmes / elizabeth )

Bill on Rosie, while Jeannie, Tara, even Shayden, fall for /images/thomas-wedding-180.webpElizabeth's attention-getting antics. ... read more

HAD A SCARE
from 2008 in ( family / holmes / elizabeth )

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 tripped. She lost consciousness for a second or two... read more

CALIFORNIA TRIP (2008)
from 2008 in ( family / holmes / elizabeth )

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 to Thomas and Heather!Tara's s... read more

SLEEP-OVER AT RONICA'S
from 2008 in ( family / holmes / elizabeth )

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
from 2008 in ( family / holmes / elizabeth )

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

BIRTHDAY PARTY PICS
from 2008 in ( family / holmes / elizabeth / birthdays )

Elizabeth's 3rd birthday. April 2008. vimeo.com/24707963rd birthday ... read more

BIRTHDAY PARTY
from 2008 in ( family / holmes / elizabeth / birthdays )

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 who you are. Anyway, le... read more

GOOD FRIDAY
from 2008 in ( family / holmes / elizabeth )

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 was three weeks ago and feels like months ag... read more

FIRST OFFICIAL DAY OF DAYCARE
from 2008 in ( family / holmes / elizabeth )

Elizabeth spent her first official full day at kindercare.com/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 flo... read more

RECENT PHOTOS OF ELIZABETH
from 2008 in ( family / adoption / holmes / elizabeth )

Around the housetitleathome1.webp href/images/athome1.webp titleathome2.webp href/images/athome2.webp titleathome3.webp href/images/athome3.webp... read more

LUNCHEON FOR ELIZABETH
from 2008 in ( family / holmes / elizabeth / lunch )

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 spare money than we do. Don't worry, we&#... read more

SETTLING IN
from 2008 in ( family / holmes / elizabeth )

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. She's ALMOST completely used ... read more

MORE PICS (12/28/2007)
from 2007 in ( family / holmes / elizabeth )

Elizabeth likes bows in her hairtitlebows1 href/images/elizabeth-bows-1.webp titlebows2 href/images/elizabeth-bows-2.webp Red SquaretitleRed Square 1 href... read more


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