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We started the new year out right by playing some games on with Jill and Jared over Zoom. Taken 1/1/22.
We tried out our excellent new game from Audrey and Dean: Trekking the National Parks. Having visited 26 national parks in 2021, and most of the rest of them in prior years, it's a great way to remember the beautiful parks we've seen, plus it is lots of fun to play. Taken 1/2/22.
Carol gave us this fun game: Genius Square, so we played lots of rounds of it. Taken 1/2/22.
While Tom was in Dayton helping his brother, Debbie was at home during a very long power outage. Tom returned to a house lit up by every single candle and portable LED light we own. Taken 1/3/22.
Debbie inherited a condo in Arizona that has a tenant and he sends recipes with his monthly rent check so it's always fun to see what arrives each month. Taken 1/4/22.
We put together another great PuzzleTwist puzzle from Carol: Travel the World. We were happy to find that we had been to every place included. Taken 1/7/22.
Claire went in for a follow-up head MRI to compare against the one taken last year. It showed that the neurofibromatosis type 2 tumors in her head had not grown since her last MRI, which was fantastic news. Taken 1/11/22.
At her appointment with her ENT/NF2 specialist, we went over her results while Claire waited patiently. Taken 1/13/22.
Our sweet grandson, Bennett, turned five years old and celebrated with a Paw Patrol-themed birthday party. Taken 1/16/22.
Tom baked a Portuguese sweet bread for the first time and it came out perfectly. Taken 1/19/22.
Much of January was spent processing and scanning boxes of memorabilia. These boxes from Jill and Claire's dad, Greg, contained treasures from the girls' early school years so there was lots of cool stuff we hadn't seen before. Taken 1/21/22.
While going through boxes of old greeting cards, Debbie found not one, not two, but three birthday cards from Carol that still had a $20 bill in them. Debbie and Carol always send each other $20 for their birthdays, and apparently, Debbie doesn't always remember to put her birthday gift in her purse. Taken 1/21/22.
We got out some of Debbie's family's old 3M Bookshelf games for Tom to play for the first time. First, Tom beat Debbie at one of her favorite childhood games, Bazaar. Taken 1/23/22.
The next night, he beat Debbie at another of her favorite 3M Bookshelf games, Oh-Wah-Ree. Taken 1/24/22.
After giving Jill our bookshelves that were in the room we called the library, we decided to turn it into a LEGO room. Debbie had a great time gathering all of the random LEGO sets and bricks from all over the house and storing them in bins along the wall where the bookcases used to be. Taken 1/26/22.
We spent an evening babysitting, but with the grandkids in bed shortly after we arrived, we mostly dogsat our granddog Jack. Taken 1/27/22.
We added another version of Ticket to Ride to our extensive collection. This one is the London edition and it is just as fun as the others. Taken 1/28/22.
Jill and Jared brought the whole family over for a sleepover. After a Mexican buffet lunch, dip in the pool, videogames, and dinner in pajamas, the kids went to bed ...
... so the adults went to the basement for drinks and games. Taken 1/29/22.
After breakfast in the basement with Gram Gram the next morning, Grandpa picked up Aunt Claire for a visit. The kids were excited to see her and all wanted to help hold her drink for her.
Next, the kids enjoyed some pool time with Grandpa, ...
... then hung their homemade suncatchers made of ice and plastic animals in the cold air outside. Taken 1/30/22.
Our pre-made Mexican buffet had worked well with Jill and Jared's family, so we did it again the next day ...
... when we had Karen, Erin, Kris, Jess, and Tyler over for dinner. Taken 1/31/22.
When a snowstorm is coming, it is important to charge every single battery you have in the house. Tom was all over this task. Taken 2/2/22.
Debbie decided to display her mother's charm bracelet instead of storing it in a jewelry box. She used shrink wrap to hold it in place instead of a glass pane in a normal frame. Since most of these charms were collected during Debbie's childhood, this represents lots of great memories. Taken 2/6/22.
More processing and scanning: this time, it was Tom going through years of employment memorabilia. Most of it got purged, some of it got scanned, and some of it we're keeping. Taken 2/9/22.
This year's valentines for the grandkids were sparkly unicorn window clings. Taken 2/9/22.
Dean was baking his late mother's sugar cream pie recipe, and we were the lucky recipients of an entire delicious pie. Debbie had been actively dieting for nearly three months so we cut our pie into lots of tiny slices to be enjoyed over many days. Taken 2/12/22.
At Debbie's request, Greg took a picture of Claire and his dog Luka while she was visiting him for the weekend. This will be added to the frames in Claire's room of the people and animals who love her. Taken 2/13/22.
Football! We only watch it once a year and only when it is the Superbowl. Taken 2/13/22.
We babysat Bennett for an afternoon, which is one of the perks of being retired. He and Gram Gram played Life and he won. Taken 2/17/22.
Jill and Jared came over to celebrate her birthday. Her birthday gifts involved items that would come in handy for our Colorado River rafting trip later in the year.
We played several games and drank several beverages, ...
... then Chef Tom made omelettes for all of us the next morning. Taken 2/20/22.
Later that day, we attended granddaughter Kelly's ice skating recital. We recorded her performance instead of taking a picture, but here's our cutie in the green hairbow on the right. Taken 2/20/22.
More long overdue purging: our CD collection, which has been banished to an upstairs closet for the last decade. Sadly, we were only able to part with about half of them for this first round. Stupid nostalgia! Taken 2/25/22.
Claire always enjoys a dip in the swim spa, but this was the first time we turned on the swim jets for her. She loved it! Taken 2/26/22.
Just for fun, Debbie sent a pair of bizarre greeting cards to Audrey and Dean. The card for Dean indicated that she had adopted him as her grandson and now he was required to care for her in her old age, with a note that he should be a dear and get her a Diet Coke.
Four days later, our doorbell rang and we found a case of Diet Coke and a greeting card for Grandma from her grandson. Dean knows how to take a joke and run with it! Taken 3/4/22.
Tom and Jared spent the day installing a concrete base for a basketball goal. As they dug the hole required, Liam got into the hole occasionally to show how deep they had gone.
Of course, any sort of outdoor project always requires a trip to Lowe's and the Girl Scouts got to Tom as he was leaving the store. Taken 3/5/22.
Later on, we hosted a Mardi Gras-themed evening with Jess, Tyler, Kris, and Erin with a dip in the swim spa and late evening tornado sirens. Taken 3/5/22.
Tom tried out a buttermilk pancake recipe for the first time and we are now true believers. These are now on regular rotation in our breakfasts. Taken 3/8/22.
Tom put together the cool light-up globe Audrey and Dean gave us. It's gorgeous and fits our dining room travel decor perfectly. Taken 3/14/22.
Debbie's LEGO obsession really took hold by February, and in March, she produced her first holiday-themed centerpiece. Tom had to 3D print a green pot at the last minute for her to complete it, but that's the last time a non-LEGO accessory will ever cheapen her creations. Taken 3/17/22.
Our March gathering with Audrey and Dean followed the theme as well. Taken 3/19/22.
We dogsat Jack overnight the same weekend. Here is Jack relaxing in the study on Saturday, ...
... and either vigilantly guarding against intruders or watching for Mom and Dad to come get him on Sunday. Taken 3/20/22.
Debbie updated her grandfather's memoirs with additional photos, an epilogue of tracing his steps and researching the people he knew, and a fancy new hard cover, then printed copies to mail to her aunts and cousins. Taken 3/22/22.
After having the flu on his birthday, we finally got to celebrate grandson John's birthday. This was his last year of taking his picture with his numbered greeting card, a tradition that we followed for Kelly's first six years too. Taken 3/24/22.
We bought this red tub on eBay to use as wastebasket in our new LEGO room. Bonus that it came with a bunch of random bricks to sort through! Taken 3/26/22.
Jack stayed with us again while his family went on a short vacation, so he got to spend some time hoping that Claire would drop some of her food when she was visiting too. Taken 3/26/22.
Debbie's LEGO obsession was really starting to take off and she treated herself to her very first new LEGO set. Every other set we've ever purchased has been for Tom or Jill or other friends and family, so it was a wonderful new experience for her to have her very own set. This set has turned out to be a favorite of the grandkids, who like having 11 colorful minifigures handy at all times to play with. Taken 3/30/22.
Someone was apparently unhappy with the new signs on our street forbidding parking by nonresidents because of the cars that line up every school day to drive their kids home instead of using the correct procedures. So they pulled all six of them out of the ground overnight and tossed them into yards. When Tom put the one in our yard back into the ground, the perpetrators pulled it out again the next night and stashed it in our trees. All signs are back in the ground now, a little more permanently attached. Taken 3/30/22.
Since Claire's Phelan-McDermid Syndrome diagnosis in 2020, the annual family conference has had to be cancelled. This year was no exception, but instead of cancelling, the Foundation is presenting an online conference over the course of the year. We've learned a lot from the presentations, including this one given by the discoverer of the syndrome, Dr. Katy Phelan, covering Claire's newest diagnoses, Ring 22 and Neurofibromatosis Type 2. Taken 3/31/22.
Hmmmm, Debbie's LEGO addiction might be getting out of control. Since finding a great online site that sells used LEGO pieces from independent vendors, it's been great fun to build her collection with lots of special pieces. Taken 4/4/22.
Attempts to get a nice picture of the grandkids in a sunny spring garden were thwarted by the weather and by a couple of the grandkids themselves.
Inside, they were more willing to pose nicely.
We were hosting a family gathering with Tom's family, plus Claire and her dad, so we got a family photo of our little three-parent/guardian family, ...
... and Tom with his mom and brother, Mike.
During the visit, we did the first of many future LEGO projects: assembling a Unikitty from Gram Gram's collection of bricks, unicorn horns, arches, and Unikittty faces and tails.
Each kid got to pick their own pieces and take their Unikitty home with them.
Clearly, the kids really enjoyed the project. Taken 4/9/22.
After everyone had gone home, we attended another PMSF family conference session online. At the end of the session, they showed a video created from videos sent in by Phelan-McDermid families. The theme was joy, and our Claire was represented with a sweet video of her being giggly at bedtime. Taken 4/9/22.
The next night, we played more with Jill and Jared online.
In Dictionarium, we turned the word "exurbass" into "Nemo No Mo'". It was hilarious at the time, we promise. Taken 4/10/22.
Tom was doing lots of 3D printing, both for Debbie's LEGO collecting (minifig stands and funnels) and his own electronic projects, so he installed a tiny camera so he could observe the progress of his prints from anywhere. Taken 4/13/22.
This programmable party sign was the first official mashup of Tom's electronic projects and Debbie's LEGO collection. It can be configured to scroll the date, time, and custom messages. Taken 4/15/22.
Our sweet next-door neighbors, Jack and Nolan, stopped by to bring us some Easter treats. Nolan got to have his first tour of the house, hosted by second-time visitor Jack. Taken 4/16/22.
Behold, Debbie's Easter-themed centerpiece.
Another overnight visit, another splash in the swim spa for Claire. Taken 4/21/22.
There's always one weekend a year that the flowers in the front garden look their best and this was it. Taken 4/22/22.
After a couple of months of planning and purchasing the necessary parts, we built two identical river boat models with matching minifigs - one for us and one to give Jill and Jared. Tom designed the boat and Debbie designed the minifigs and created the miniature Belknap river guide that Jill's minifig up front is holding.
Tom created the step-by-step instructions and box cover and then we packed the whole thing up to make our first custom LEGO model set. Taken 4/22/22.
We started an epic weekend of activities with Jill's family by attending a plane pull fundraiser with Jill and the grandkids. Held at Republic Airways, there were lots of fun activities for the kids like a bouncy obstacle course, bouncy basketball court, ...
... ambulances, police cars, and race cars to look at, ...
... airplanes to tour, ...
... Star Wars characters to meet, ...
... and balloon animals. After seeing Jill and her Anthem coworkers pull a plane, we headed back to her house.
Next, Tom helped Jared and Jill install the basketball goal on the concrete base they had built the previous month.
After that, we headed to our house where the kids were much more cooperative than last time in posing for a reshoot of the annual kids-in-the-garden photo.
Every trip to Gram Gram's house now involves a LEGO project, so this time, the kids played with the orange, red, green, and blue LEGO Classic Creativity Box sets we bought a couple of years ago. Taken 4/23/22.
Everyone stayed the night, and the next morning, we gave Jill and Jared the custom river boat set we made for them to get them excited about our upcoming Colorado River trip in June.
John, Liam, and Kelly (not shown) each helped Grandpa put together his LEGO NASA International Space Station set.
Grandpa was the lifeguard and chief fun maker in the swim spa for the kids before they went home. Taken 4/24/22.
For Dean's birthday, Debbie created a custom rotating birthday-themed centerpiece, complete with an extra-tall minifigure assembled to look like Dean.
Audrey and Dean followed the black-and-red color scheme perfectly and we had a great time. Taken 4/26/22.
The next day, we drove to Trempealeau, Wisconsin, to visit Carol for three days, and made a six-hour side trip to St. Paul to have Carbone's for lunch and to bring seven frozen pizzas home with us. Read all about the trip here. Taken 4/28/22.
Tom had one more basketball goal-related task to help Jared with: raising the level of the lawn underneath the goal for safety. They dug up chunks of sod, placed leftover dirt from the concrete base digging project, and replaced the sod. It turned out so well, it's hard to tell it wasn't like that all along. Taken 4/30/22.
We picked up Claire for a day of medical appointments. First, a trip to the dentist for a cleaning and checkup, ...
... then a visit to the doctor to have the swelling in her feet (lymphedema) checked.
After bringing her back to her group home, we hosted a dinner with Jess, Erin, Karen, and Wendy. Cheers! Taken 5/2/22.
In April, we challenged Jill and Jared to build a LEGO house with at least two subtle references to Ed Sheeran. Here's our contribution. In the back, look for the graffiti on the overpass, the castle on the hill, and the fire inside the mountain. The exterior of the house features a different math symbol on each sides, a green walkway in the shape of U, and an address of 3214.
The interior contains a record, sheet music, strawberry and something else, a painted picture of you hung on the wall, and a bowl of cherries.
Meanwhile, Ed looks out the window of his house and sees fire.
Jill and Jared presented their entry by sending us photos and then Facetiming us to show us more. They include LEGO representations of Ed's math symbol-decorated albums and his cameo as a Lannister footsoldier in Game of Thrones, plus Eye C Fire.
Like ours, their interior also included sheet music, a bowl of cherries, and an Ed minifig (great minds think alike!), but also included his daughter and his wife, Cherry. Taken 5/3/22.
Neighbor Jack stopped by for an afternoon visit and built some models from our LEGO Classic Creativity sets. Taken 5/4/22.
We made a brief trip to Jill's to pick up Kelly and John at the bus stop and stay with them for an hour or so. Tom snuck this photo of Debbie and Kelly to show the power of heredity and genetics as it applies to hair color and texture. Taken 5/6/22.
Once again, we observed Annual Make Pappardelle For Dinner Day in honor of our late friend, Cory. This year, we made chicken thighs in korma sauce over pappardelle. Taken 5/7/22.
Debbie talked Tom into making croissants, a process that takes lots of steps and time, because his fresh-baked croissants are the best. He froze some for us to bake later, ...
... and took a dozen to his mom's house for Mother's Day with her and his brother.
While we were there, Jill and her family Facetimed us to wish Debbie a happy Mother's Day. Taken 5/8/22.
We went to Jill and Jared's on Friday evening to start the process of spreading mulch in their yard.
We expected to spend the night so we could complete the project on Saturday, but we ended up finishing up on Friday evening and stayed the night anyway after playing some games with them. Taken 5/13/22.
Tom especially enjoyed Heavenly Bodies on our PS4. Making space station repairs while weightless is right up his alley. Taken 5/14/22.
Tom also loves outdoor projects, like clearing out a corner for storing his wheelbarrow and hose reel. Taken 5/15/22.
Our next LEGO challenge was suggested by Jill and Jared: 'Murica! We opted to do a map of our great country. Natural features represented include the Grand Canyon, the Rocky Mountains, the Great Lakes, the Mississippi River, and the Florida Keys. Look for the Space Needle, the Twin Towers, the Appalachian Trail, storms hitting the East Coast, and a launch from Cape Canaveral. Alaska and Hawaii are represented by white-edged boxes on the left. Taken 5/15/22.
Patio season was inaugurated with brie, crackers, shrimp cocktail, and drinks. We were pleasantly surprised to see how well our RV mat worked as a new patio carpet. Taken 5/16/22.
We enjoyed meeting David and Jessica's new sweetie, Hazel. Taken 5/19/22.
The next day, we babysat the kids overnight and introduced them to Gram Gram's latest LEGO creation: a scale-model recreation of our basement. They loved it and were especially impressed that Gram Gram could make something this massive without instructions. (Pictures coming up later on this page.)
Bedtime for the grandkids at our house usually involves Hervé Tullet's Game of Shadows and Game in the Dark books. Here's Grandpa projecting a page from the Game of Shadows on the butterfly wall in Claire's room. Taken 5/20/22.
John made sure to pack his "socks like Gram Gram" for the next day, so we wore our Solmate mismatched socks too.
Even though the swim spa was drained for the season, the kids wanted to play in it. John and Liam even wore their inflatable play vests for the occasion. Taken 5/21/22.
With Tyler in Europe on business, Jess gathered her girls for an evening in the Bundlings basement. Who would have guessed that we would play our LEGO Creationary game! Taken 5/21/22.
Tom gave Claire a hug when dropping her off at her house after an overnight visit. Taken 5/23/22.
Leftover charcuterie from Jess' girls night made a great patio dinner. Taken 5/23/22.
Audrey and Dean stopped by the next night. We enjoyed great weather for a while before heading indoors. Taken 5/24/22.
We added some bleeding hearts to our kitchen garden this spring and they are doing well. Taken 5/27/22.
After not seeing many of Tom's family during the pandemic, we had a nice gathering with Helen, Jeff, and Anne.
We stepped out onto the lawn and got a family photo of Margaret with her four kids, with everyone lined up the same way that they did in 1997, 2007, and 2015.
Afterward, we went to Margaret's home to hang out some more and so Tom could work on Margaret's email settings. Taken 5/29/22.
Audrey and Dean came over for Memorial Day weekend for a couple of hours, ...
... before we headed to Greg's house for a cookout with his parents and Jill's family. Taken 5/30/22.
After nearly a year wait, we got the new cover for our swim spa we ordered. Now, we just have to wait until late fall when we refill the spa to try it out.
We recycled the old spa cover by taking out the heavy foam slabs inside, drying them out, then using them as insulation/flooring in the attic over our bedroom. Taken 6/1/22.
Anyway, back to that scale-model LEGO version of our basement. Here's the view from the top.
Here's the bar and dining table area, ...
... the gaming area, ...
... the massage chair and part of the shelving, ...
... and more shelving.
Finally, here's the tiny bathroom tucked in the back behind the shelving area. If you've seen our basement, you'd absolutely recognize it in this model! Taken 6/1/22.
Over the previous four months, Tom was busy printing hexagon-shaped minifigure displays that interlock, so Debbie's growing minifigure collection could be displayed in the LEGO room.
Tom also was busy replacing outlets and light switches in the LEGO room and printing cover plates for all of them.
Here's Tom's very first 3D print for the LEGO room, completed several months earlier: a large version of the classic LEGO flowers. Taken 6/1/22.
In June, we headed up to Minnesota for a Macalester College reunion. It was an off-year for Debbie (her 38th), but we had a great time seeing friends from the classes of '82, '83, '84, and '85. Read all about the trip here. Taken 6/4/22.
Some of Debbie's June LEGO projects included building an aquarium (taken 6/10/22), ...
... a medium-sized chess set, ...
... and a miniature chess set in neon green and orange that looks especially cool in blacklight. Taken 6/16/22.
Our adorable grandkids Facetimed Grandpa to wish him a happy Father's Day. Taken 6/19/22.
Speaking of adorable, here are tiny LEGO babies in tiny LEGO high chairs. Taken 6/20/22.
The night before we left on our river trip with Jill and Jared, we spent a couple of hours with our grandkids. Here they are getting good use out of their matching Christmas pajamas.
After the kids were gone, we watched the last episode of Obi-Wan Kenobi with Jill and Jared, then went to bed early since we had an early start the next day. Taken 6/22/22.
Less than 24 hours later, we had flown into Phoenix and driven to the Grand Canyon to take a look at the Colorado River, where we would be spending the next week. Taken 6/23/22.
We spent a day in the Cincinnati/Newport area with Jess and Tyler, starting with the American Sign Museum, ...
... and followed by stops at the Party Source, New Riff Distillery, Cherbourg Cyprus, Findlay Market, and Rhinegeist Brewery. Taken 7/7/22.
Claire started her birthday out right at her group home with pancakes, strawberries, a balloon, a tiara, and a cute new top. She celebrated with her family on two separate weekend trips home. Taken 7/14/22.
After successfully roughing it in Grand Canyon for a week, we thought we were ready for real camping while we travel, so we bought a tent. We set it up in the basement and decided that it was the best tent ever. Total setup time: under two minutes, including the rain fly (not shown here). Taken 7/14/22.
When the grandkids stopped by for an afternoon, our LEGO project was building an art easel, artist minifig, and artworks. That grew into building homes to put the art in. Total LEGO time: over three hours. Taken 7/17/22.

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