Snow Storm 2015 in Chicagoland

We had a very good snow storm here in Chicagoland.  It started snowing Saturday night and continued until about 4:00 am this morning.  I am guessing we got about 16 inches.  I had to shovel twice.  The wind blew all night long last night.  We enjoyed watching the Super Bowl and kept wood on the fire.  The Patriots beat the Seahawks.  It was a close game.  Much better than the Bronco game last year.  I woke up early this morning and checked the weather, it was still snowing and I decided I definitely wouldn’t go to work.  Woohoo, a free three day weekend.

Now, Monday night, my wife and I are watching season 5, episode 7 of Walking Dead.  I have to go back to work in the morning.  :-(

Until next time.


My Top 10 of 2014

Each year, at the end of the year, we write down our list of top events that happened to each of us in that year.  This is my list for 2014.  No particular number.

  • Having our fourth and final baby, Colton.
  • Time off from work.  Mostly this Christmas and New Years but also this summer when we went to Omaha to visit Kelly.
  • Buying our new home here in Plainfield.  We love this house.
  • Finding a new job.  However, I hate the commute.
  • Floating the Dupage river with my kids.
  • Still remembering to take life one day at a time.
  • Buying the Xbox and the archery equipment.
  • Seeing Christen get through her surgery and knowing that she is on her way back to full health.
  • Making more memories with my wife and kids.
  • Seeing Caitlyn follow me around while I am at home.  Enjoying all the time I have gotten to spend with her now that she is getting to be a big girl.  Sometimes she is glued to me.  It is pretty cute!

And that is my list for this year…

Sunday, a day of rest

On Saturday night my wife came down with a fever after the surgery.  They say that her lung collapsed and this is causing the fever.  They gave her more breathing exercises to do.  Rough night.

Sunday was also my day to have all the kids at the house all day.  The day started out with Caitlyn having the worst diaper blowout I have seen yet for her.  Poopoo everywhere.  I was able to get most of it out of the carpet except a slight stain.  Will be working more on that today.

Next I decide to be a good dad and make a good breakfast for everyone.  I place Colten in his saucer.  I go start scrambling some eggs, adding cheese, cooking wienies, etc.  After breakfast, I go check on Colton.  He has been bouncing around in his saucer for 20 minutes.  Somehow he has managed to go number two and have all the poop go up his back, down his legs.  It was in his armpits, up to the back of his neck and down to the heals of his feet.  Talk about a mess!  I then laid him on the wooden floor, having learned about carpet contamination from Caitlyn, and changed his diaper.  I just threw away the entire outfit.

Most of the rest of the day went by OK.  Christen seems to be getting better.  Life sure is easier when Mom is around.

Keep on keeping of folks,

One day at a time.

Regards, Caleb.

Waiting for my wife to finish up at the hospital

My wife, Christen, is currently in surgery here at the University of Chicago Medicine Center.  I am sitting here, with my Linux powered Dell, waiting for her to finish up the procedure.  We had hoped for the last few years that it wouldn’t come to this but the mass growing in her abdomen, next to her spine, nerves and arteries isn’t going away.  Over the last couple of years it has steadily grown each time we have it imaged.

As we talked to the doctors, big tears welled up in our eyes because they have to let us know everything that could go wrong.  I watched her blood pressure and it never got high.  I thought it likely would due to anxiety about the upcoming procedure.  It never raised above 114 over 65.  Strong mamma.

She will be OK, I assured her that I would take care of her no matter what the outcome will be.

Kelly visits us in Chicago (Early November 2014)

Getting a little lazy with my posts.  I am starting to post the pictures and then a couple days later I go back in and write captions and an intro.  I guess that is the way it is sometimes when you have four kids, a full time job, consult for the former company you used to work for and try to start up a company to run out of your house.

Anyway, all the material in this post has to do with a couple weeks ago when my sister visited us here in Chicagoland.  The weather worked for us for the most part.  A couple of times it was pretty cold but by and large it was nice out.

Kelly visited us with her two daughters.  Jordan and Jazz.  We had fun and made some good memories.  I sent Jordan back to Denver with 10 lbs of milk chocolate to eat too.  Where I currently work sells 10 lb chocolate bars.  :-)

It was a very nice time with my family exploring Chicagoland and downtown.

Keep on keeping on folks!


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.

Lastly, it appears all these pictures were taken in 1966.

Happy blogging folks,


This is a much better picture of the Queen’s Throne room in Cave Without a Name. My dad always loved exploring caves. I have pictures of him in caves in his late teens or early 20s exploring caves on this blog. I was also lucky enough to get to go in quite a few with him while I was a teenager. Very fond memories! :-)

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--