Mom and Dad’s Slides

Below are several pictures from Mom and Dad’s collection.  I will go back and add captions to the gallery below.  I am doing several pictures for this post because there were several in a row that kind of jumped around.  Some pictures in Oklahoma, some pictures in Texas.  Also, the folks appearing in the pictures were a bit random as well.  There are a few good pictures and as I have said before these family slides tell a story about my mom and dad’s life.  Maybe I am not the greatest story teller but for those few folks that do visit here that want learn about their ancestors, my blog is packed with a lot of information.

In closing I will just mention that I plan to add captions tomorrow or later this week.  Until then I better get my beauty sleep.

Happy blogging folks,


A day out with Caitlyn

Yesterday I had to go get a new driving license because the one I got when we moved to Illinois expired on my birthday earlier this month.  In order to make life a bit easier for Christen I brought Caitlyn along.  She was very cute and I really enjoyed my time with her.  On our way there I stopped at Walgreens to pick up a prescription so I picked her up a Milky Way and me an Almond Snickers.  That kept her tied over while we waited in line for our number to be called.

After getting the new license we stopped in at a breakfast cafe for pancakes on 75th and 59.  It was very cute to get breakfast with her.  I snapped one picture of her there coloring a picture.

On the way home we stopped in at our favorite toy store in downtown Plainfield.  She bought a pink teddy bear and named it Emily.  She carried Emily around much of the rest of the day.  It was a nice day.  One that made me thankful to be a father.

The other two pictures show Caitlyn holding her pink teddy bear.

Slides taken in Texas from Mom and Dad

The two pictures with the tree in back of them were taken at 397 NW Newton Dr in Burleson, Texas.  Mom mentioned the tree in the background of the pictures and said you can see that it is larger than it was when they took pictures in the yard in previous year’s visits.  Delbert and his wife Lit lived in this house for decades.  When I was a kid, I remember visiting this house and going over to Jerry Wayne and Janna Lynne’s house just around the corner.

The third picture with Gerald and my dad was taken at Gerald’s house.  Mom remembered Gerald’s address being 1201 De Ridder Street in Fort Worth, Texas.  Gerald was a truck driver his entire life.  If I remember correctly, Gerald died in spring 2002 and my dad died later on that same fall.

I was pretty amazed with Mom’s memory with some of these addresses.  Quite the memory.

Lastly, as far as I can tell from what Mom said in the DVDs we made, these pictures were taken in 1965.

Picture of Clark Kelly with his siblings (1928).

In the family history group on Facebook, Kathleen K. posted a picture of Clark Kelly that I had never seen before.  I saved the picture so as to add it to my collection.  I also uploaded it here to this blog.  I don’t know much about the picture.  Just the few details that were posted to Facebook.

April 1928, from left to right: Vivian, Clark, Edna, Lawrence.  The top of the picture has written “C. M. Kelly Family April 1928.”  I only know because I asked Kathleen Kelly after she posted it.

Clark was born in 1905.  So this means he was about 23 for this picture.

Clark was my grandfather on my mother’s side.  The other folks in the picture are his siblings.  Their father Clyde died about nine years before this.  Caroline Nixon Kelly isn’t in the photograph but was their mother.

Happy posting folks!  Enjoy your weekend…

April 1928 Vivian Clark Edna Lawrence --left to right--

Floating Dupage with Cody, Chase, Caitlyn

I floated the Dupage River again today.  This time however, I floated it with Cody, Chase and Caitlyn.  There hasn’t been much rain for the last week.  I assumed the river would be lower but I was pretty surprised that we traveled about four times slower.  Thankfully, after Christen dropped us off to get into the river she checked to see how fast we were going.  I yelled to her as she walked on a trail next to the river to pick us up at the first bridge instead.  Had she not picked us up there it would have been way too long of a trip.  We were in the water for about two hours.

They all loved it and so did I.  Caity talked about the river for the rest of the day.  Cody and Chase fell off their tubes so many times we lost count.  When we first got in the water, Caity screamed with fear each time Cody and Chase fell in.  Luckily she figured out they were fine and there was no reason to worry.

Maybe we can float the Fox River before the weather gets too cold.  :-)

Mom working in the fish store, Dad’s new camera. (Slides she scanned)

Not much to say about these pictures.  Just take a look at them and read the captions.

A poem written by my 11 year old son, Cody

I Am

I am athletic and intelligent
I wonder when I’ll get my own book published some day
I hear the page bending and turning as if I’m eager to read more
I see a grand piano in my imaginative head
I want to read, write, play music, and video games
I am athletic and intelligent

I pretend to be a pianist performing for thousands of people
I feel my hands grab a pencil to draw something
I touch a pencil sitting on an empty sheet of paper
I worry someday the world will be polluted to were It Isn’t safe
I cry when I’m stressed
I am athletic and intelligent

I understand that life isn’t always fare
I say killing is wrong
I dream that there will be a peaceful planet
I try to be a better person
I hope I have a great time at Ira Jones
I am athletic and Intelligent

Floating the Dupage River

Today was the first day that I got to take one of the kids floating down the Dupage River.  We floated from 135th down to W Lockport St.  I wanted to take more of the kids but Cody said he wasn’t feeling very well and I didn’t want to have Caitlyn with me for the first trip.

We had a lot of fun.  It was just a float trip but it was very mellow and enjoyable.  Chase grinned ear to ear the entire time.  We saw a lot of turtles and a muskrat.  Chase accidentally tipped over his tube once and lost his shoes.  Luckily they floated.  The entire trip took about one hour.  The water was very high but that didn’t change it too much.  We have had heavy rains in the days leading up to today.

I will close for now and include a picture of what Chase and I looked like when we first embarked on our little adventure.  He looked super cute floating in his little tube.  :-)



Chase and I floating the Dupage River in Illinois.  Very fun day for us.  I think Chase will remember that adventure for years and years.

Chase and I floating the Dupage River in Illinois. Very fun day for us. I think Chase will remember that adventure for years and years.

Lincoln Park, Lincoln Park Zoo, Air Show

Yesterday, we drove down from Plainfield to Chicago.  They were having the Chicago Air and Water Show.  The parking for the zoo closed.  In fact, after waiting for who knows how long, we were finally able to get up to the lot only to be the first vehicle told that the lot was full.  So, we started meandering through the streets of Lincoln Park.  At least we had interesting buildings, apartments and gardens to look at.  And don’t think it was a relaxing meander either.  We had our four kids in the van with us and they were starting to become restless.

We finally did find a parking spot on Armitage and Bissell.  We were way behind schedule, it was lunch time, so we then meandered again (this time of foot) toward the zoo.  As we walked we scouted out little places to eat.  We finally settled on Potbelly Sandwich Shop at 2264 N Lincoln Ave.  The restaurant seemed to represent many things I love about downtown Chicago.  It was unique, compact, homey and cozy.  There were hardly any people there either.  There were decorations on the wall, nothing too great, but quaint.

My favorite item in the restaurant was the stage the used for musicians.  Since there were hardly any patrons in the restaurant, I asked a guy working there if my kids could go up on the stage for a picture.  After we finished, we continued meandering to the zoo.  I loved the gardens, buildings and landscapes.  The walk after lunch felt much more pleasant, probably from having a full stomach.

The zoo was nice, but I didn’t take pictures there.  The air show was also nice, but I didn’t get any pictures of that either.  What I did photograph was our walk and our time at the restaurant.

I love Chicago.  I love my wife and kids also.  Even though the kids, at times, are pretty energy draining.

Parameters and Units (Heat Transfer)

Notes for this screencast.

From here:

Thermal energy, U = Cv (T – Tref), units J or J/kg.

Heat transfer Q (joules), heat rate q (watts), heat flux q” = q/A (watts/area).

If I want to finish all of these screencasts in one year I have to do about three per day. I don’t have time for this but maybe I will be able to do 1 or 2 until I finally lose interest or burn out. Hopefully the material gets a little more interesting and pertinent fast because at this high school level physics rate it isn’t all that fun.