Galena, Illinois

Kathy, Jean, Brendan, Owen, Daphne and Erin

Pat, Brian, Bridget, Darren, Layla, Odin, Vinny and Alissa

         
The really cool frontroom...Alissa and Odin....Alissa, Vinny and Odin....We gathered here for special events

         
Just visiting and chilling

               
Playing with Vinny....The dog that guarded our shoes...Layla and Odin check out the Backyard

               
Grandma Kathy, Daphne and Erin shared this great bedroom....Brendan and Erin talking about D&D ...The dining room....For games and food

            
Brian cooking....Odin learning from the Master....Vinny and Grandpa Pat....Alissa cooking....Odin learning from another Master

         
More Kitchen Fun

         
The porch was a happy place: Alissa and Odin....Vinny, Bridget and Darren....Darren and Odin....Layla trying out her nail polish that changes color in the sun

         
Odin and Darren....Odin and Grandpa Pat playing with soldiers....Bridget, Vinny, Layla and Odin

An Amazing and Unusual Party

            
I was just chatting with Erin when suddenly there was dancing and singing....It was a surprise party for me as the Matriarch of the Family

            
Brian gave a wonderful speech....And there were presents...And bowing....Talk about feeling loved! And my sash is beautiful and on display at my home!
A sincere and loving Thanks to all!

      
The big chair and a train....Pictures from Owen

         
Horse for sale....A turtle....Alissa....More pictures from Owen

      
On the giant slide: Brian, Pat Konerko and Erin....Erin, Owen, Daphne and Layla....Bridget and Odin

         
Owen, Layla and Alissa...Followed by Erin and Daphne

         
Owen....Pat....Erin and Daphne...Owen

               
Lunch in Galena....Brian trying to get someone to try his hellfire hot sauce

      
A trolley....Making plans

            
Shopping....Downtown Galena

National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium Over There in Iowa

      
The huge water wheel....The evil Lahm boys pose on frogs

               
Odin and Layla....Brendan....Jean....Owen....Erin, Daphne and Owen check out the Museum

               
Jean and Owen stacking stones....Odin as a stingray...And Layla as a stingray...You can see me taking pictures in the third picture

               
Odin checks out a fish...Layla and then Owen makes a sea creature...Bridget and Odin...Odin and Layla

         
Odin in a turtle shell....Erin in 2016 and 2021....Mini sharks!

               
Vinny...Daphne and Erin petting pelts from an opossum and skunk...shells to buttons

            
Interesting Critters

            
We all really enjoyed this lights on sand display...Watching a trail Owen made for balls (Very cool)

            
Layla and Daphne putting paper in a vertical wind tunnel

               
Petting stingrays!....Owen liked watching this stingray but wasn't quite ready to touch it

            
A lobster...Erin on her phone...Playing outside...An eagle

            
Talking to Mark Twain


Alissa takes really great pictures!

            
Playing one of Jean's outdoor games....Misc. drinks in the driveway

         
Bridget and Odin on Brian's motorcycle...Alissa and Brian...Brian riding with a picture of Alissa in the mirror

         
Some pictures Alissa took on the way home

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