Debbie Schilling and Tom Bundy's Photos Page: 2019


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Another year, another collage for Tom's company. This was the first year with the Device IQ logo in the center instead of Gale Force. Taken 1/4/19.
It was a little late, but we made it to the Jingle Rails exhibit at the Eiteljorg Museum before it closed. We met Jill and our grandkids there and we all loved seeing all of the trains and displays.
The displays consist of famous locations recreated in twigs, bark, and wood. We had just seen the El Tovar Hotel eight days earlier so it was fun to see a model of it.
We also spent some time looking through the museum, especially the kids' gallery on the lower level. Of course, Johnny and Kelly had to dress up like cowboys and go for a ride on the range.
In one of the art galleries, we found this painting by Thomas Moran, "The Grand Canyon," 1917. We hadn't been to Moran Point when we visited the Grand Canyon the previous week but we had been there a year earlier.
Afterward, Jill and the kids came over to say goodbye to Tito, who was very ill.
Both kids love the cats, but Johnny in particular loves his kitties. We had an in-home euthanasia for Tito the next morning. Taken 1/5/19.
Kelly and Johnny came over again the next weekend to spend the night. In the morning, Kelly helped brush Claire's hair.
We played "Press Here" ...
... and then went out in the heavy snow to play. Then we sent the kids back because we had to ...
... head over to Jesse's birthday party for dinner and games, ...
... and then go to Jessica's birthday party for dessert. Note that all of this driving was done in heavy snow.
David showed us his Playstation 4 VR system, and we were immediately hooked. Taken 1/12/19.
After owning this autoharp since the 1960s, Debbie gave it away to Claire's music therapist. It's good to know it will be appreciated. Taken 1/16/19.
This lovely tribute to our late kitty, Tito, showed up unexpectedly in the mail from Debbie's friend, Jamie. Taken 1/16/19.
After giving us a baron-themed round of Christmas gifts, Dean was sneaky enough to suggest that we have dinner at Barons Bar and Grill. Taken 1/18/19.
We went through several dozen old VHS tapes and digitized most of them. Old home movies are now preserved forever, and old TV shows got rewatched. The highlight was watching the Neptune Fly-By recorded in 1989. Taken 1/20/19.
We tried making okonomiyaki at home. It was pretty good, but not nearly as delicious as the real thing in Japan. Taken 1/21/19.
Claire recently decided that it is fun to hang out in the bathtub. She happily plays with her toys and chews on her bandanas. Taken 1/24/19.
Orchard Final Friday was held at the Stacked Pickle. Taken 1/25/19.
Of course, we had to get our own Playstation 4 VR after trying it at David's house. The Apollo 11 VR Experience was everything we had hoped it would be. Taken 1/26/19.
Poor Phil. Courtney enlisted some help to decorate his office well in advance of Valentine's Day. Taken 1/28/19.
Tom and Claire stayed home from his job and her day program, respectively, because of extremely cold winter weather, so we decided to make it Pajama Day.
Debbie spent Pajama Day sorting through some of the many boxes of pictures and files that her aunts and uncles have passed on to her.
One of the treasures she found was this stack of Harry Schilling campaign cards. Harry was her great-grandfather, and he was elected as Assemblyman of the Second District of Wisconsin, but he did not win his later race for Wisconsin State Senator. Taken 1/30/19.
Sometimes, weather radar is very entertaining. Here is the entire state of Indiana experiencing no bad weather for exactly one minute. Taken 2/7/19.
We headed to Minnesota to visit Debbie's Aunt Mary who was dying of lung cancer. We had a mini-vacation in Red Wing on the way up, ...
... where we saw some bald eagles on the river, ...
... and did some sightseeing in Springfield, Illinois on the way home. In addition to lots of Abraham Lincoln sites, we visited Frank Lloyd Wright's Dana-Thomas House ...
... and passed by Springfield's pink elephant. Read all about it here.
A couple of days after we got home, Debbie's order of Chicken Tonight finally arrived from the UK, along with a big selection of other odd foods we had never tried before. She was hoping it would arrive in time to bring to Aunt Mary, who was the only other person who loved Chicken Tonight as she did. No such luck, but they did have a good time reminiscing about it during their visit anyway. The UK is so lucky to still have this product on the shelves. Taken 2/12/19.
Jess and Karen came over for wine and Chinese food, but the only photo we got was of the dinner table at the end of the evening. Yes, those are paper airplane placemats. Taken 2/13/19.
Claire's adult day program is great about observing various holidays. Here's the bag of goodies she brought home for Valentine's Day. Taken 2/14/19.
Jill brought the kids by to celebrate her birthday. Jill took a photo of her annual grossly inappropriate birthday card from us, because her friends were standing by to see what we had come up with this year.
Then Jill showed off some smooth moves by playing Beat Saber on the PS VR. Taken 2/15/19.
The grandkids stayed overnight while Mommy went out for her birthday. The next morning, Gram Gram helped Kelly bake some Peppa Pig muddy puddle cupcakes for Mommy's birthday.
After the grandkids went home, we hosted a fifth anniversary dinner for Audrey and Dean. Can it possibly be five years since we celebrated their marriage in Las Vegas? We duplicated as closely as possible the food, decor, and activities of their big day. Taken 2/16/19.
Tom showed off how handy he is by replacing Claire's bathroom sink and counter top. He's useful that way. Taken 2/17/19.
Aunt Mary had given us a couple of boxes of Girl Scout Cookies, but since she bought them in Minnesota, they were slightly different than the ones made by a different cookie baker in Indiana. Of course we had to do a taste test. Verdict: they're all delicious! Taken 2/21/19.
Debbie's car odometer finally turned to 20,000 miles, moments after she put gas in her car for the first time in 2019. Taken 2/21/19.
Orchard Final Friday: Books and Brews. Taken 2/22/19.
We took Claire to My Way Matinee where we saw "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World." Taken 2/23/19.
Debbie watched Melodifestivalen online every Saturday for the entire six weeks of the competition. Her second cousin once removed was watching at the same time in Sweden and they amused themselves by sending messages during the show. Taken 2/23/19.
In early February, we started playing Portal Knights on Playstation 4. That started an addiction that continued most of the year. Here are our characters relaxing in their 2 x 3 block hot tub. Taken 2/24/19.
Hmmmm, that egg on the right looks a little odd, don't you think? When we found this in our egg carton, we knew we'd have to preserve it forever. Look for it in our Easter decorations in the future. Taken 2/26/19.
After over six years since the old Hostess company went bankrupt, this was the very last original package of Suzy Qs left in our freezer. Loyal readers of this website know that Debbie thinks that the two versions of Suzy Qs created since then are abominations, so deciding to eat exactly half of this package was not a decision taken lightly. One half remains frozen, possibly forever. Taken 2/28/19.
Claire enjoys watching us play the PS4 from time to time. Taken 3/1/19.
She really enjoys swinging at the park, no matter how cold it is outside. Taken 3/6/19.
The grandchildren have found their own favorite PS4 game. This one is called The Playroom, or as Johnny calls it, Boys.
But they don't love PS4 as much as they love bedtime stories read by Grandpa. Taken 3/8/19.
The next morning, we celebrated Johnny's third birthday a little early. Taken 3/9/19.
Debbie's uncle created a series of videos about her Aunt Mary's memoirs, and Mary mailed a set to Debbie. It was amazing and heartbreaking to watch, since Mary was just days away from dying. Taken 3/13/19.
Another evening with Jess and Karen went mostly unphotographed. But bowling ball shots were consumed. Taken 3/14/19.
Audrey and Dean came by for a little St. Paddy's Day observin'. Taken 3/16/19.
It was time to replace one of Claire's favorite toys with one of the extra copies purchased from eBay several years ago. Even knowing what was in there didn't stop this scene from being a little frightening when opening the box.Taken 3/18/19.
Three days after Aunt Mary's death, we were headed back to Minnesota for her funeral. We brought Claire with us for her first long road trip in a dozen years. We grabbed a picture of the pink elephant in DeForest, WI, on our way up.
At Mary's service, Debbie gave the eulogy and almost made it through without getting weepy.
We spent much of the next day with Debbie's dad. He wasn't feeling well, which turned out to be a hint of what was to come.
After spending several days in Minnesota, we did some sightseeing in Wisconsin on our way home, including a visit to the Deke Slayton Memorial Space & Bicycle Museum. Taken 3/23/19. Read all about it here.
Orchard Final Friday: Tried & True Alehouse. Taken 3/29/19.
We finally broke open our beautiful Game of Thrones-themed bottle of Johnny Walker (White Walker) in memory of Tom's dad. Taken 3/29/19.
We made some Japanese pancakes and used Google Translate's cool video option to translate the instructions visually. Technology is amazing. Taken 3/30/19.
With spring coming up, Debbie fired up the Aerogardens and started dozens of seedlings of tomatoes, peppers, basil, tomatillos, ground cherries, and lots of flowers. Taken 4/6/19.
Phil and Courtney had us over for a delicious dinner of Phil's homemade pasta and sauces, ...
... and hot sipping chocolate. Taken 4/6/19.
What? Did Tom and Debbie win the entire NCAA office pool? Yes. Never bet against us. Taken 4/8/19.
We love any excuse to get outside with cheese, crackers, sausage, and beer. Taken 4/8/19.
We went to Cleveland for a weekend of sightseeing. We were able to start right in our own backyard when we drove past the pink elephant in Fortville. Since this was our third pink elephant in three months of travels, it is now officially a collection.
We did so many things in Cleveland, including collecting every Cleveland script sign we could find, ...
... and spending a fun evening at the Great Lakes Science Center's Yuri's Night party. Taken 4/13/19. Read all about it here.
We got home in time to have the grandchildren overnight.
The next morning, Gram Gram dressed them up in their Norwegian sweaters to take their annual Syttende Mai portrait.
After that, they played in the garden ...
... and in the park. Taken 4/16/19.
We love Oreos, but we especially love Oreos that match our current obsession. Taken 4/17/19.
Claire continues to eat very poorly, so we bought another case of our secret weapon: fresh lefse, her favorite food. Taken 4/18/19.
Doug sent us this photo of a case of Schilling Hard Cider's latest seasonal flavor: Rosé Vacay. Would you believe it has a pink elephant on the cover art? Of course it does. Taken 4/20/19.
Just before draining the swim spa for the season, Claire had a blast playing in it. Taken 4/21/19.
With the weather getting nicer, Claire got to go to the park a little more often on her way home from her day program. Taken 4/24/19.
For sister-in-law Susan's birthday, we sent her a lot of crappy gifts. Literally. She seemed to be quite amused by them. Taken 4/24/19.
Orchard Final Friday: Daredevil Hall. Taken 4/26/19.
We celebrated Dean's birthday with a fiesta-themed party and butterscotch-themed birthday gifts. Taken 4/27/19.
Seriously? Still no pictures of Jess and Karen over? Taken 4/29/19.
We tried Ali'i Poke for the first time and declared it a take-out place worth trying again. Taken 4/30/19.
Here are the tots again!
Johnny loves all kinds of berries, so when he is presented with four different kinds at once, he is a very happy little boy.
Gram Gram and Grandpa are pretty great, but nothing beats being with Mommy. Taken 5/4/19.
In preparation for our upcoming trip to Colorado and Utah, Debbie made surprise balls for her Macalester friends we'd be seeing on the trip. Taken 5/7/19.
Claire can go down this slide by herself, but she can use a little encouragement the first time. Taken 5/7/19.
Claire enjoyed My Way Matinee's showing of "Ugly Dolls." The theater manager saw us taking her picture in front of the poster and by the time we had gotten our tickets and gone inside, an employee came up to us and gave Claire an official movie poster. Taken 5/11/19.
With all of us being unavailable on the day of the Eurovision finale, we had our annual Eurovision party with Audrey and Dean a week early.
We watched the official videos for each country's entry, judging each as we always do. As usual, we ranked the winning song very low; this time, 39th of 43 entries. Taken 5/11/19.
The great thing about a drizzly day is that you sometimes have the park all to yourself. Taken 5/13/19.
Benny sent Debbie her Aunt Mary's recipe box. It was filled with treasures like Oreo Cookie Dessert. Debbie scanned all of the recipes to share with her cousins.
A week later, the recipes had been scanned and organized, along with the box of postcards Mary had given Debbie in February, and everything was shipped off to Mary's family. Taken 5/17/19.
The very next day, we flew out to Denver, hopped in a rental car, and drove up to Steamboat Springs.
We spent the weekend with our Macalester friends, ...
... then headed to Utah for some sightseeing. We started with a day at Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, and Dead Horse Point State Park.
We spent another day in Moab with our great friend, Tom D.
Then we spent two days on the Colorado River in Cataract Canyon, ...
... a day of sightseeing and friends in Boulder, ...
... and a weekend of sightseeting and friends in Denver. Taken 5/25/19. Read all about it here.
It was great to have the grandkids overnight the weekend after we returned. They love painting, ...
... and their stars and moon jammies, ...
... and going to the park. Taken 5/31/19.
Here's Tom's annual mulch photo. He claims he enjoys spreading mulch every year. Taken 6/5/19.
It's a miracle! We actually got a photo of Jess and Karen over for dinner. This time, Erin joined us too. Taken 6/5/19.
The day after we returned from Colorado, we learned that Debbie's father, Bob, was ill. A few days later, we learned it was widespread cancer. That weekend, his brother, Herb, visited him in Arizona and sent us this photo. Four days after that, on 6/7/19, an hour before heading to pay our respects to our friend Curtis' late wife, we learned that Bob had only one to two months left to live.
We stopped by Katherine's high school graduation open house. We've known her and her mother, Heather, since Kat was a tiny girl. Taken 6/8/19.
Later that evening, we had a quick dinner with Audrey and Dean before Debbie headed off to Arizona. Taken 6/8/19.
Two days after her dad's prognosis, Debbie was in Arizona to visit him. For the six days that she was there, she worked on tasks for and with him, getting his affairs in order. Taken 6/12/19.
Meanwhile, Tom was holding down the fort at home and took Claire to My Way Matinee to see "The Secret Life of Pets 2." Taken 6/15/19.
The day after Debbie returned, we headed to Jill's house to visit and help with some projects. Debbie entertained the kids while Tom worked on the attic and Jill replaced her garbage disposal.
Johnny and Kelly gave Grandpa a big Father's Day hug. Taken 6/16/19.
Cousin Heather tipped off Debbie that Kenny Passarelli was featured in an Elton John bio. Oh, Kenny, you're still dreamy. Taken 6/16/19.
We are suckers for McDonald's international offerings, so we had to try their limited time menu of worldwide favorites.
On the left is the Grand McExtreme Bacon Burger from Spain, and the Tomato Mozzarella Chicken Sandwich (Canada) is on the right. Taken 6/21/19.
We had been saving a trip to Mr. Muffin's Trains for the next time Debbie's dad visited, but since that wasn't going to happen, we decided to take the grandkids there in his honor.
One of the first tiny buildings we spotted in the huge model train room was this miniature diner named after Debbie's late mother.
Of course, we had to have lunch at the Choo Choo Cafe.
Quite by coincidence, we had arrived in town less than an hour before the annual Rail Fest started. So not only did we get to visit the town, we got to buy tickets to ride the Nickel Plate Express.
The kids loved looking out the window for the hour-long trip.
We did some splashing outside when we got home. We always dress the kids in oversized t-shirts to get wet - it's great sunscreen and easier than keeping a duplicate set of bathing suits for the tots.
That evening, the kids chose to sleep on sleeping bags in the basement. Taken 6/22/19.
The next day, Jill and the kids said their goodbyes to Spike. He was suffering from kidney disease and we were euthanizing him later in the week. With Debbie heading to Arizona again for an unknown period of time, we wanted to do it while she was still here to be with him. Taken 6/23/19.
We headed to a Sunday matinee of "Dirty Dancing" with Audrey and Dean, but had a surprise mini-party when we went to pick them up. Taken 6/23/19.
We celebrated Tom's birthday a week early because of Debbie's impending departure. With a space fan like Tom, it was an easy decision to do an Apollo 11-themed party. Audrey made the amazing moonwalk cake, complete with craters. Taken 6/26/19.
While Debbie went to Arizona, Tom took Claire to My Way Matinee again. This time, they saw "Toy Story 4." Taken 6/29/19.
In Arizona, Debbie's father was declining quickly. Debbie had arrived just in time to take care of him around the clock until he died. At this point, he was still able to enjoy a sip of beer with his brother-in-law, Terry. Taken 6/30/19.
Meanwhile, Audrey and Dean were keeping an eye on Tom. The three of them had a Jaws-themed mini-party before heading to the theater to see the classic film. Taken 7/3/19.
A week after her return to Arizona, Bob died on July 5, 2019.
That evening, Tom built his brand-new Apollo Lunar Lander LEGO set in honor of his late rocket scientist father-in-law. Taken 7/5/19.
Debbie returned from Arizona four days later and was happy to settle back into the routine of being Claire's afternoon caretaker. Taken 7/12/19.
Sometimes, you just have to treat yourself to Red Lobster's Ultimate Feast. Taken 7/12/19.
We spent part of our Saturday at the FIRST Robotics Invitational at Lawrence North High School. This year's robotics challenge had a great rocket theme to it.
From there, we went to Tony's late mother's visitation in Pendleton. We snuck in a visit to Quack Daddy Donuts before leaving town. Taken 7/13/19.
The grandkids were over as we were filling our luxurious 10' inflatable pool. Kelly decided to make water angels while the water was just a couple of inches deep. Taken 7/13/19.
For Claire's 30th birthday, we took her to her favorite park. She usually sticks to the slides here, but she tried this equipment for the first time. Taken 7/14/19.
Then it was time to open presents. She gets very excited when she realizes that the presents are for her. Taken 7/14/19.
Our favorite new additions to the garden this year were two ground cherry plants. In early July, they started producing delicious, yellow fruits hidden in little paper-like wrappers. They're great fun to open and eat right out of the garden.. Taken 7/15/19.
We ordered some additional shelves for our spa room shelving, which came in handy for storing all of the extra boxes of nutrition drinks for Claire that we acquired over the summer for various reasons. Of course, the Diet Coke and beer is for us. Taken 7/16/19.
We played a lot of Portal Knights when the new Rift expansion came out. See that little pink imp in the corner? We got really good at acquiring him and it made us happy. Taken 7/17/19.
For days, we listened to the Apollo 11 broadcast as it happened in real-time exactly 50 years earlier. When the moment of the moonwalk occurred, we were ready. We had some Purdue University 150 Years of Giant Leaps beer, plus some delicious Tang, which was an Apollo 11-themed gift from Doug and Susan. Taken 7/20/19.
We went to Ale Emporium a few days before our anniversary, because we would be out of town on the big day. After years of going to different locations of Don Pablo's to celebrate, because that was where we first met, the very last location had just closed (not that we were ever going to drive to New Jersey to eat there). So we went to the place where we saw each other for the second time. Taken 7/22/19.
Jill joined us on our drive up to northern Minnesota for Bob's funeral. It's a long way up there, so we took at break at Leinie Lodge in Chippewa Falls, and spent the night a little south of Duluth. Taken 7/25/19.
We had a party in Bemidji as Debbie's relatives arrived in town. Here are all 10 Schilling cousins, photographed together for the very first time. Taken 7/26/19.
Bob's funeral was very nice and it was great to see friends Debbie hadn't seen since she was a girl. Here are Tom and Claire, her parents' friends from their St. Olaf College years, plus their daughter Elyn. Our Claire's name was inspired by the original Claire.
After the funeral, we went to Bob and Becky's lake home for a while before returning to the hotel to spend more time with family. Taken 7/27/19.
On our two-day trip back home, we made a brief stop in the Twin Cities just long enough to eat at Carbone's with Kristine, Jean, and their husbands named John. Taken 7/28/19.
Look how great our patio looks with that beautiful blue pool. Yes, folks, money is no object when it comes to our summer leisure. Taken 8/4/19.
Sometimes, beauty appears when you least expect it. Taken 8/5/19.
Debbie got to be a professional photographer for a day when she took photos of an industrial installation as a favor for her cousin Paul. Taken 8/8/19.
By mid-August, we finally got a chance to work on the beautiful puzzle we bought in Boulder three months earlier.
This puzzle was challenging because of the unusual shapes of the pieces, but that's also what made it so fun. Check out that little human figure going for a walk in the upper right. Taken 8/10/19.
While we were out running errands, we had to drive past this sign a couple of times to get a good picture of it for our crossing sign collection. Taken 8/11/19.
With way too many tomato plants in the garden, we had a huge harvest. But no problem - we bought a canner and made many batches of salsa. This is a vat of peach salsa. We also made mango, rhubarb, and ground cherry salsa over the course of two weekends. Taken 8/11/19.
Our sweet Kelly is four years old and she was very excited to be starting pre-school. Jill took this picture on her first day of school. Taken 8/16/19.
Claire has been nearly impossible to feed lately, but she just loves La Hacienda's chips. Taken 8/19/19.
As mentioned, we planted a lot of tomatoes in our garden this year. We bought a lot of seeds last fall when putting together sister-in-law Susan's Christmas gift of seeds named after her, so we had some unusual tomatoes. Here is Berkeley Tie Dye.
This beauty is Dark Galaxy. Our friend, Rick Marcus, planted it last year so Debbie copied him this year. Sadly, Rick passed away unexpectedly in July before we could share a photo of it with him.
Here's the interior of Dark Queen. Like Berkeley Tie Dye, it is striped on the outside. Taken 8/21/19.
We had another overnight visit from the tots. Here are Grandpa and Kelly in their matching orange shirts. Taken 8/22/19.
We took Claire to My Way Matinee's showing of "Angry Birds 2." There wasn't a poster of it to pose her with, so here we are in the theater waiting for it to start. Taken 8/24/19.
Audrey and Dean hosted a fun Looney Tunes-themed brunch. We brought the brunchy beverages and they provided the Bugs Bunny face waffles, fun decor, ...
... and colorful footwear. Taken 8/25/19.
Tom spent a day in Dayton tackling his mom's To Do list. He's a good son. Taken 9/1/19.
It's always fun to have lunch with some of the Orchard Development crew. Taken 9/6/19.
In preparation for the every-other-year Schilling Reunion, Debbie bought some pretty purple Schilling Reunion 2019 pens ...
... and made some Schilling Family flash cards.
She also made some strawberry-and-basil-infused vodka to bring along to the reunion's silent auction. Taken 9/7/19.

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