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The start of a new year means that it is time to create the Gale Force Software photo collage for the previous year, which is one of our favorite annual tasks. It turned out great, as usual. Taken 1/9/17.
When Kelly comes to visit, she loves to play "Titchen." Yes, she is wearing two different aprons, because it's important to be properly dressed when cooking. Taken 1/10/17.
Every once in a while, Claire decides she wants to hang out on the couch with Mom. Taken 1/17/17.
It's fun to hang out in the basement at Camp Grandma. Taken 1/21/17.
Macalester professor Marlon James came to Butler University to speak, ...
... so local Macalester alumni got together for the occasion. Taken 1/23/17.
When Tom has to work in the server room on a Friday night, we still manage to treat it like date night by starting up Facetime and keeping it on for the entire time. It allows us to chat when we want, but concentrate on the task at hand when needed. Taken 1/27/17.
Claire loves her yellow squeaky toy from our friends Brian and Ann. There's a blue one somewhere as well, but we rarely see them both at the same time. Taken 1/28/17.
Our adventures in pasta involved rainbow bowtie pasta this time. Pretty! Taken 1/28/17.
It was time to add new artwork to the Orchard Software walls, so we spent some time framing more employee prints, then hung them up later in the week. Taken 2/5/17.
We aren't big football fans, but we do like the excuse that a major sporting event gives us to have some party food and beer. Taken 2/5/17.
Even if it is winter outside, our Aerogardens allow us to have flowers inside. Taken 2/10/17.
On a Saturday morning, we took Claire to AMC's Sensory Friendly Films showing of the LEGO Batman Movie.
The grandkids came by later that day so we took the whole gang to Holliday Park.
Later that evening, Kelly got to experience Melodifestivalen for the first time when we watched the second of four semi-finals with her. Taken 2/11/17.
The next day, Kelly helped us make pigs in blankets. Taken 2/12/17.
On Valentine's Day, Debbie's friend Ann gave her a container of valentine treats.
Claire came home from her new daycare with valentine treats too. Taken 2/14/17.
On an extremely warm day in February, we took Claire to her favorite park to play. Taken 2/18/17.
Debbie subscribed to Fortune Cookie Soap's monthly subscription box for half of the year. Here is the February box. Taken 2/19/17.
Kelly loves to help Grandpa. Here she is helping him collect branches in the front yard. Taken 2/22/17.
We enjoyed an evening of dueling pianos at Alley's Alehouse with Audrey and Dean. Taken 2/24/17.
Just in time for Mardi Gras, Debbie made her first attempt at a King Cake. Tom ended up with the slice that had the baby hidden under it. Lucky guy! Taken 2/26/17.
Getting these grandchildren to pose for a photo (and smile) at the same time is nearly impossible, but worth a try. Taken 2/27/17.
We had a fun evening at Jamaica Reggae Grill and Union Brewing with Alice and Joe, but forgot to get a picture with them. So, this photo of the Jedward magnet they finally confessed to leaving on our mailbox last year will have to do. Taken 3/1/17.
It was Claire's turn to fall under the spell of Melodifestivalen. She took time out of her busy toy-playing schedule to listen to a dreamy Swedish singer perform during the Second Chance (Andra Chansen) round. Taken 3/4/17.
We headed over to Karen and Marshall's house for Marshall's surprise 50th birthday party. Here are Tom and Scott eating some birthday cupcakes. Taken 3/4/17.
As part of our adventures in pasta, we had purchased a 12-pack of this strange pasta, which is like foot-long versions of the pasta used in Kraft macaroni and cheese. Desperate to find new ways to use it up, we made a batch of Yum-a-Setta with it instead of egg noodles. Fortunately, it was delicious, but then again, it's hard to imagine Yum-a-Setta ever not being delicious.. Taken 3/5/17.
In March, we visited Ecuador and ...
... the Galápagos Islands. Read all about it here.
We got home in time to attend our grandson Johnny's first birthday party. See if you can guess the theme.
His papaw made him a play table and chairs.
His two-year-old sister wanted very much to help him open presents.
Johnny, the birthday boy, was just happy to have cake and an audience cheering for him. Taken 3/25/17.
Did you know that there's a board game version of the Oregon Trail? There is, and Audrey and Dean brought it over to play. Not unexpectedly, most of us died of dysentery.Taken 3/25/17.
Our cousin Rachel's partner, Cory, died in March, so we headed to Eau Claire for his visitation ...
... and funeral the next day. Heather asked Debbie to speak at the ceremony, so she did. Many of the Schillings were in attendance, since we all loved him. Taken 3/31/17.
Since we were this far north, we drove over to the Twin Cities for a day of sightseeing on our own. Read all about it here.
We brought out our telescope on a beautiful night and got a great view of Jupiter and four of its moons. Taken 4/7/17.
We took the grandkids into the garden for pictures. It didn't take Kelly long to discover that it is fun to pluck all of the petals off of a grape hyacinth.
Johnny was just happy to play on the rocks in Grandma's garden.
That evening, we took the kids to Gale Force Software's Family Fun Night. Kelly made friends with Troy's daughters while Johnny crawled around under the tables.
We played Jackbox TV projected onto a wall of the conference room and it was great fun. Meanwhile, a fierce Nerf battle was raging among the kids in the hallways all around us. Taken 4/8/17.
We bought a couple of lanterns at IKEA in March, and with the warmer weather, our patio became our favorite place to enjoy cheese, sausage, crackers, and beer samplers. Taken 4/9/17.
We celebrated Dean's birthday with a breakfast-for-dinner evening, where each person was responsible for creating their own omelette/scrambled egg masterpiece. Taken 4/14/17.
The next day, Dru hosted his own 50th birthday party with a tequila and Mexican street food theme. Here's Dru with the surprise ball Debbie made for him. Taken 4/15/17.
Another weekend with the grandkids, another photo op in the garden. Here, Kelly is the same height as one of Grandma's tree peonies, ...
... but much shorter than one of the others. Taken 4/21/17.
We got up early the next morning to watch the Carmel Marathon. It consists of a 5K, 8K, half, and full marathon, and for the first time ever, the route was going both up and down our street, including the full marathon. Normally, we only hosted part of the runners, and only one way. Johnny and Tito watched from the dining room ...
... while Grandma and Kelly went to the front yard in their pajamas to shyly wave at the runners. Taken 4/22/17.
That same morning, Kelly asked Grandma if she had any Barbies that Kelly could play with. Grandma was as truthful as she could be - since Kelly wasn't yet three years old, Grandma really didn't have any Barbies that Kelly could play with. Later in the day, we went to play upstairs for the first time and Kelly opened the linen closet door. It turns out that Grandma does have Barbies. So we took out all of the small pieces ("until I get bigger") and played.
We also took a trip to Claire's park. It's a handful taking all three of them, but it can be done and they all love it. Taken 4/22/17.
Tom loves his annual mulch-spreading project. Why? Who knows?
Maybe it is becaues the gardens look so good afterward, including our newly-fenced-in vegetable garden. Taken 4/25/17.
Debbie started the Orchard Women in Tech group at her work, and organized a series of quarterly panel discussions. She moderated the first one, then participated in the one shown here. Taken 4/26/17.
We had an impromptu game night at Audrey and Dean's. We can be spontaneous when we want to be! Taken 4/29/17.
We liked our new IKEA lanterns so much that we bought a full set of eight for our patio. Oooh, pretty. Taken 5/5/17.
Dean had some serious hard drive problems, so Tom spent a week restoring the files on it. Taken 5/6/17.
We met Margaret and the Sanders for a nice lunch at the Old Richmond Inn to celebrate Margaret's birthday. Taken 5/6/17.
The next day was Paige's baby shower. While in Texas in March, we had planned ahead and gotten bags from a donut establishment that featured her last name so that Debbie could use them to wrap her baby gifts.
The shower had a theme of Alice in Wonderland. The food and decorations were wonderful ...
... and there were baby gifts everywhere. Taken 5/7/17.
The Austins came over a couple of days early for Mother's Day.
We headed outside to spend time in the lovely weather.
The lighting was perfect for this three-generation photo of mothers and daughters. Taken 5/12/17.
It's Eurovision time! Debbie couldn't be more excited.
As is our tradition, we had a Eurovision viewing party with Audrey and Dean, complete with the usual scorecards and a few hat-based games. Taken 5/13/17.
We heard about Spam musubi and decided to give it a try since we still had plenty of cans of Spam from our trip to the Spam museum last November. Here's the prep work. It was really quite delicious even though we didn't have the right size nori (seaweed) strips. Taken 5/14/17.
For Weird Food Wednesday at Orchard Software, Debbie made durian pudding. The mix was a Christmas gift from her brother. Having tasted actual durian, Debbie can confirm that the smell was accurate (but milder than the real thing, fortunately) and the taste was also similar. Taken 5/16/17.
No self-respecting Dirty Dancing fan can pass on the opportunity to drink Sun King's Pachanga beer. Taken 5/17/17.
The Orchard senior leadership team spent an afternoon at the track. We treated ourselves to bicycle-pulled cart rides from the parking lot to the suites.
We had passes that allowed us access to the garages and the pits. We also got to take the opportunity to kiss the yard of bricks.
Here's the view of the track from the patio of our suite. Taken 5/18/17.
Having discovered the Barbies, they are now Kelly's favorite toys. Her Grandpa patiently spends hours playing with her. We haven't yet told her that the Barbies used to belong to her mother. Taken 5/19/17.
Like his sister used to be, Johnny is curious about Claire and her toys. He doesn't dare take them from her because she is so big but he likes to see what she's holding. Taken 5/19/17.
Kelly still loves Auntie Claire, but she's not quite as obsessed with her as she used to be. Taken 5/20/17.
The Gale Force crew got together at the Escape Room Fishers. We divided into two teams and raced in two identical rooms separated by glass windows to see which team would escape first. Tom's team was not the winning team.
Debbie's team was. (Dawn is hidden by Steve in this photo.)
Afterward, most of us went to Redemption Alewerks for appetizers and beer outside, followed by some live music by Dad Jeans inside later on. Taken 5/20/17.
As part of Debbie's ongoing crusade to buy every mix sampler on the market, she purchased a couple of cases of Jiffy mixes: muffins, cakes, corn breads, pie crust, etc. This should keep her busy baking for at least a year. Taken 5/23/17.
Spam musabi, take two: this time, made with correctly-sized seaweed wrappers. Still delicious! Taken 5/23/17.
We met Audrey and Dean for dinner at O'Charley's, and Dean brought along a box with his hard drive for Tom to fix, because it had broken again. Psych! The box was empty! We laughed and laughed. Taken 5/24/17.
After fifteen years, these brothers still like to be near each other. Taken 5/28/17.
We drained the swim spa a couple of months later than usual.
As always, we brought Claire in to play in the water before we did. Although she can stand in the water on her own just fine, she loves being bounced around in the water by Mom and Tom. Taken 5/28/17.
On May 25, Debbie announced her retirement from Orchard Software at the end of July. The next week, her colleague Bryan presented her with this beautiful personalized cutting board. Taken 5/30/17.
The very next day, this hilarious monkey t-shirt arrived at the office from her colleague Tammy, after one of Debbie's Facebook posts referenced having dancing monkeys on her final day.
Tom also gave her a gift: a program that counts down the time until her last day at work.
Coincidentally, her dad sent her a retirement clock that he had received to count down his own retirement many years earlier. So Debbie posted both photos on Facebook and issued a challenge to her brother to see if he'd come up with something.
And he did! He posted this photo a couple of days later.
Debbie treated herself to a final pair of cool shoes from Israel, which is where three of her other favorite pairs of shoes and boots were from. These shoes are completely impractical for a retired person, but it sure was fun wearing them the last two months of work. Taken 6/1/17.
We bought this water table a year earlier when it was a little too much of a hassle to play with, but now it was just right for the grandkids. Add a little bubble juice to the water and it becomes even more fun to play with.
Later on, Grandpa read one of Kelly's favorite books to her: a personalized book about when her own mommy was a baby. Taken 6/3/17.
Kelly helped Dentist Barbie give Obi-Wan a dental exam. Taken 6/4/17.
Jill stopped by on her way to an appointment so Debbie hid Cardboard Hermione behind the bathroom door for one last prank before Hermione went back to Orchard Software where she belonged. Taken 6/7/17.
Our new van, Septimus, hit 10,000 miles after eight months. The mileage would have been much lower if we hadn't driven it to Wyoming and back the first week that we owned it. We were in the process of driving it to Elkhart for ...
... the wedding of Phil and Courtney.
While in Elkhart, we stayed overnight and did some sightseeing, plus we searched for elk ...
... and heart statues (elk + heart, get it?). Read all about it here.
We played Pandemic in June and were able to save the world from disease. Taken 6/17/17.
On LEGO Day at Orchard, Debbie brought in a box of LEGO bricks for people to build with. One of her colleagues built a LEGO version of the Debbie bobblehead. Taken 6/21/17.
In late June, we headed to Minnesota for a long weekend. First, we had dinner with Rick, Jan, Russ, and Kathy in Stillwater, ...
... then spent a morning in Scandia and Lindstrom, ...
... had lunch with Mary and Benny (the main purpose of our visit), ...
... dinner at Carbone's with Kristine and Jean, ...
... game night at Will's with his kids, ...
... an Intran reunion with Tom B., Dale, and Kristi, ...
... and appetizers and beer with Gordy and Lyn. Read all about it here.
On Tom's birthday, we had a glow-in-the-dark party. Audrey brought colorful cupcakes to match the colored lights hidden in her pony tail. We had great fun with glow-in-the-dark silly string, nail polish, stickers, and signs.
Audrey suggested that we play the glow-in-the-dark version of Labyrinth. The first part is played with the lights on, ...
... then the second half is played with the lights off. The effect was really cool.
Light-up ice cubes lit up the birthday cupcake display. Taken 7/2/17.
We had the grandkids over the day before Independence Day and they were dressed in their most patriotic outfits. We took them to the park ...
... and had a little photo session on the front lawn. Taken 7/3/17.
While taking them home the next day, Kelly spotted this float next to McDonald's awaiting its turn in the Carmel Fourth of July parade. Trying to understand what she was seeing, Kelly asked us several times, "What is her?" Taken 7/4/17.
A week earlier, this tree's needles were partly turning red. In just a week, the tree completely died. Unfortunately, storms the week before meant that every tree company in town was took busy to take it down before the end of August, so it got to decorate our front yard for weeks. Taken 7/10/17.
For the second year in a row, the Orchard Development picnic was rained out so we had to hold it indoors. No problem, because that meant more time for holding baby Tia in air-conditioned comfort. Taken 7/12/17.
Two weeks before Debbie's retirement, Audrey presented her with a most amazing gift: a book created from the Orchard blog posts Debbie had been writing for the past two years, including the next two weeks' worth of posts that were written but not yet published.
Debbie had finished writing her final blog posts in advance and Tom had snuck the completed posts to Audrey for publishing. The book contained photos from the blog and turned out great. Included were 24 copies to share with others. This is definitely one of the greatest gifts Debbie has ever received. Taken 7/14/17.
One of the blog posts discusses why it is important to start the buffet line at a party, so the very next day, Debbie was the first in line at the Gale Force Software barbecue.
Papaw watched Johnny and Claire while we took Kelly with us to the barbecue. Kelly talked Grandpa into getting into the pool no fewer than four times.
As usual, Debbie got a group photo of the Gale Force staff. Taken 7/15/17.
We had been too busy with other things to properly celebrate Claire's 28th birthday on the actual day, so four days later, we sat her down with all of her presents to open them. She doesn't understand birthdays, but she does know that presents sometimes mean fun things to play with.
This birthday was no exception. She got some nice, loud toys and musical birthday cards along with other goodies and she was very happy about it. Taken 7/18/17.
Debbie's official Orchard retirement party was held just over a week before her last day. First, the owner's son gave her a lovely bouquet of flowers.
A two-hour company-wide party was held in the afternoon. The buffet theme was Swedish foods and featured Swedish meatballs, mashed potatoes, white gravy, and lingonberries, ...
... plus shrimp cocktail, sliced cheeses and meats, fruits ...
...and veggies, plus bread, crackers, and Swedish crisp bread.
It was all wonderful, but the most amazing part is that they had commissioned a nearby bakery to create Swedish princess cakes, which are traditionally served to celebrate a special occasion in Sweden. The cakes turned out beautifully and were completely authentic and delicious.
The main theme of the party was "Board Games and Beer," and there was plenty of both.
Tom and Claire were invited to attend, so they had a front row seat when Rob, Curt, and Keith each took a moment to say a few words of farewell.
Debbie gave a farewell speech, which would be the very last public work presentation she'd ever have to give.
Debbie had asked her staff to take photos of the event to share with her later, since she was normally the unofficial photographer and wouldn't be able to take many. They had fun with the assignment and she received a huge assortment of photos, including this one.
There were presents in the front of the room, including these three growlers from the company, each with a matching gift card.
Many of the employees signed this huge retirement card which was covered with photos of Orchy and titled, "Where in the World is Debbie Schilling?" Inside, it said, "In the garden with her grandchildren, of course!" along with pictures of Kelly and Johnny.
The HL7 team gave her a gardening tote bag filled with goodies and hand-painted with her name on the front.
The back had a painting of cocktails and said, "This drink tastes like I'm retired." It was hilarious.
It was a great afternoon and we had a great time, even if Audrey still is much better than Debbie at making the Junior Birdmen face. Taken 7/20/17.
The next day, a large box arrived with a lovely package inside.
It contained a gorgeous glass platter from the good folks at 4D.
Etched along the bottom edge of the glass is, "To a Great 4D Partner. Best Wishes for a Happy Retirement!" Taken 7/21/17.
In Debbie's last senior leadership team meeting, her boss gave her an official Orchard retirement gift, similar to those given to other retiring employees, with a beautiful glass apple on it. Taken 7/25/17.
There were more surprises and gifts at Debbie's last department meeting. There was ice cream and chocolate cake, including German chocolate, plus ...
... a tower of Caffeine Free Diet Coke (a running joke in the department) covered with gift cards to all of Debbie's favorite restaurants and stores, ...
... and a wonderful collage of Orchy photos representing as many continents and colleagues as possible. Taken 7/26/17.
While packing her office, Debbie was amused to see that the "Kick Me!" sign that Jill had added years ago was still on the back of her bobblehead. Taken 7/24/17.
We were so busy with work and retirement activities that we didn't have time to go to dinner for our anniversary, so we settled for a romantic trip to the grocery store instead. We had recently heard that ranch dressings now come in several flavors, so we made a special point of looking for it, but we were not prepared for this amazing display of ranch dressing. Taken 7/26/17.
It was down to Debbie's last two days at Orchard. Christy stopped by with a lovely letter and a box of Debbie's favorite Hostess treats.
Evan came by with Picket #579. After keeping the rest of the Development management team up-to-date on the status of the picket fence he was building and painting, we all applauded a month or so earlier when he announced that he had finished and that it had taken 578 pickets. It was a hilarious gift to receive the 579th picket!
Right after Evan's visit, Andy, Renee, and Tom came by with a tray of Turkish coffee. I had once joked about having tea parties in my office, so this is the result. Taken 7/27/17.
On Debbie's final day, she came in to find her door ...
... and office decorated.
Company president Rob came by with donuts for Debbie's last day.
Ariel presented Debbie with a beautiful handmade quilt that she had started making two months earlier when Debbie announced her retirement. She finished it with a week to spare!
Drew gave Debbie a framed copy of "the last line of code you'll write." Sure enough, it was the last thing Debbie typed into Harvest before leaving.
Phil took down Debbie's beloved parking spot sign for her to take home with her.
Debbie bought last day treats from Dairy Queen for the department.
The retirement clock that Debbie's dad sent had counted down to zero, ...
... so it was time for Debbie to load up her car and go.
At home, Audrey helped us get the house ready for the unofficial retirement party. Even with limiting the guest list to current Orchard employees and only passing on invitations via word-of-mouth, we were expecting a lot of people so there was a lot to get done. Tom had taken the day off to clean, put beverages on ice, and make the food.
We had coolers and a couple of Sun King mini-kegs in the sun room, plus the original Orchard Software tenth anniversary portrait, which had long ago been taken down, folded, and given to Debbie to store.
We had bottles of Malört and bowling ball shots, of course.
John brought a gorgeous bowl of hydrangeas and lavender roses.
Steve and Nancy brought a big tub of Swedish-, Firefly-, and retirement-themed gifts, including these humorously rebranded bottles of vodka and beer.
Near sundown, guests were invited out on the lawn ...
... because Andy was putting on a fire-breathing show in the driveway.
Inside, we had in two locations, ...
... and games going in two more locations.
We ended up with about 50 guests and a good time was had by all. Taken 7/28/17.
With retirement pandemonium over, we finally had a free evening to try the Schilling Blueberry Cobbler Cider that Doug had sent us this summer. It was tasty. Taken 7/31/17.
It was a week late, but we went out for our anniversary dinner. We went to Rodizio Grill, home of all things Brazilian, including delicious Antarctica Guaraná and more grilled meat-on-a-stick than any human being can eat. Taken 8/2/17.
With spare time and a thriving rhubarb plant, Debbie made strawberry-rhubarb sauce for the first time. It was really easy to do and well worth it. Here's the before shot of the ingredients involved.
Later that day, Debbie was on a roll and decided to tackle tomatoes next. With yellow and red tomatoes ripening daily, we had to do something with them all, so we bought a food mill. It took hours to grind the tomatoes, simmer the pulp down to a tomato sauce, and then clean up all of the mess. This might be something that is better purchased in a jar rather than making from scratch. Taken 8/4/17.
Our friends Trish and Greg came for an overnight visit. We headed to Mimi Blue Meatballs where we each had a plate of meatballs, obviously.
Afterward, we played and had a great time. Taken 8/5/17.
The Austins came to visit and Kelly helped Grandpa put shredded cheese on the big pan of Johnny Marzetti casserole.
Kelly found Grandma's retirement crown from Steve and Nancy, and happily put it on. Taken 8/6/17.
Debbie's first-cousin-once-removed, Josh, worked at Orchard as an intern this summer. When his mom Kathy (Debbie's first cousin) came to help move him back home to Tulsa, she had just flown from Seattle that day, where she was visiting her brother and sister-in-law. A photo had appeared on Facebook that morning of Kathy sitting on a step in Seattle with her nephews, so naturally, we had to get a photo of Kathy sitting on a step in Indiana that same day. Taken 8/11/17.
We played Escape the Room: Mystery at the Stargazer's Manor with Audrey and Dean. Did we escape? Yes, we did. We're just that good. Taken 8/12/17.
It's so much easier to have a fire in the fire pit when all of those millions of sticks in the back are bundled instead of just piled up, so that's been keeping Debbie busy early in the morning after Tom goes to work. Taken 8/13/17.

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