Hot town, Summer in the City

I mentioned earlier that Madison spent her summer traveling to a couple of theater intensive programs.  This also afforded Carie & Mackenzie a chance to visit New York (and Cincinnati, but this is really about New York).

Carie dropped Madison off in July, but Mackenzie tagged along in August when they picked her up.  They got to spend a couple of days enjoying the city and reconnecting with Carie’s sister, and her cousin.

Here are a few shots of the trip:

They took in a broadway play on the evening they arrived:

2015 NYC

They started the next day with a visit to the Today Show Plaza, where they got a little revenge for my trip earlier this spring.

2015 NYC

Stopped by the Plaza Hotel, but Eloise wasn’t in.

2015 NYC

2015 NYC

Had dinner with Carie’s cousin and his wife:

2015 NYC

Who took them to see the best view of the city skyline at night:

2015 NYC

When Madison joined them, they visited Carlo’s Bakery from the Cake Boss TV Show

2015 NYC

And the 9/11 Memorial

2015 NYC

And, when they got home, Carie’s car was in the shop so they had to pile into the convertible with their luggage to get home from the airport.

2015 NYC

It was a short trip, but they had a great time.  Here’s a link to a few more photos over at Flickr.






The Summer of Theatre

Madison is about to start her Senior year in high school.  She’s long wanted to pursue a life in the theatre and this summer she took a big step towards learning what that is like.

She auditioned for summer intensive programs and was accepted at both the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and Columbia University in New York.

At UCCM she acted, danced, and sang every day in a physically demanding 2 week program.  From there, Carie picked her up and they turned and burned to New York for the start of a 3 week program in writing & directing at Columbia University.

In short, she loved both experiences and has made new friends that share her passion and have the same goals.

Here are a few shots of Madison’s experience and links to both albums over at Flickr.

UCCM Album

Columbia University Album – (Carie & Mackenzie spent a little time in the city as Madison finished up, so there’s a mix of photos in this album.)





2015 Outback Bowl

I’m a little late in getting this posted.  Okay, maybe I’m more than a little late.  In any event, we made the trek to Florida after Christmas for the 2015 Outback Bowl.  The Belleville East Marching Lancers marched in the Outback Bowl Parade along with a dozen or so other high schools.  Then, they participated in the “Mass Band” performance at half time of the football game on New Year’s Day.  We and several parents provided logistical support for the band during all of the events.

In the end, the Marching Lancers took home a number of awards for their effort.  And, we all had a good trip.  Here are a few photos of our experience.


We managed to squeeze in lunch with the in-laws and see the Atlantic


A chilly Tampa rehearsal


Preparing for the competition


The Mass Band performing at halftime of the Outback Bowl



Dipping our toes in the Gulf before the trip home







2014 Honduras -Day 7

Today we hit the hospital one last time and then played a final concert at the new church location in Choloma.

Short update since I’m traveling today here are a couple of pics.




Look for a wrap up post later and a link to the photos.


2014 Hondruas -Day 6

Long day yesterday. We conducted a medical clinic at a remote area, nearly 2 hours from San Pedro Sula.

We wrapped up the day with a concert. Our worship team opened and a local praise band played also. Finally, Pastor Jonathan offered a blessing on our team and our work.

Good day, but a long one. Here are the photos.

The country church and medical clinic.



The Christ Church Worship Team performing.


Friday will be our final day. We will visit the children’s cancer ward, and play our final concert. Saturday is a travel day.


2014 Honduras -Day 5

Today we readied ourselves for tomorrow’s concert and passed out Spanish bibles in the city.

First though, we visited a barrio


Then we picked up a few miscellaneous items at a local music store.


Then we passed out Spanish bibles:


On the way home, we stopped for a coca


And finally, we got the sound system sorted out and practiced with our Honduran rhythm section


Tomorrow, we have a medical clinic and then our first concert is in the evening.


2014 Honduras -Day 4

Quick update from today. We got an early start and spent the day at. Medical clinic. The Doctors saw ~250 patients in 6 hours.


Vision clinic


Doctor seeing patients


The women of the church prepared pastellitos for lunch


They were delicious


A street vendor making balliadas.


Stay tuned.