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Tom and Dean (with Cameos by Elena and Joey), Tues. March 20, 2018

Colleen writing:

My mom mentioned in the previous post that she didn’t have any photos of Erin’s favorite* cousin Tom and his husband Dean from my recent wedding reception. So here is one featuring them and their considerable photo booth skills—along with special appearances by their niece (Elena) and nephew (Joey), two of my cousin Mary’s children.


Deke was impressed by how well the Zavadils seemed to manage the photo booth experience in general. I caught him awake in the middle of the night reviewing the images in wonder.

*my editorial opinion

Colleen & Deke’s Celebration on March 17, 2018 (REVISED)

(I am revising this entry to the blog because some of the pictures appeared as thumbprints, and the labeling got scrambled. Barbara)

Colleen and Deke were married on Thanksgiving Day 2017 in Albion on the Mendocino Coast of Northern California. They chose another holiday, St. Patrick’s Day, to celebrate their marriage with a dinner reception in Boulder, Colorado, where they live.

At the party Piña Coladas, Margaritas, sangria, draft beers, and wine flowed freely. Appetizers included chicken or meat kabobs, bison meatballs, small stuffed potatoes, mozzarella on a skewer with dried pineapple (yum!), and lettuce wraps stuffed with Caesar salad. This was a prelude to a variety of pizzas on the buffet.

Colleen greets the guests as Deke looks on.

Colleen with microphone in one hand, champagne in the other.


Note Colleen’s comfortable Boulder style shoes.


Colleen and Deke greet the crowd. The attentive wait staff listens. Colleen and Deke met the couple (woman with blond hair) on a diving trip in Indonesia. They found out that the couple lived 7 doors down from Colleen and Deke in Boulder!

That is Brandon (Colleen’s brother) standing next to the picture of the violin. Deke’s sister Denise Frau, is seated in the foreground with her 13 year old daughter Keena in the print dress. On the far right is Deke’s mother, Virginia McClelland.


Deke, what is that on the wall behind you?

Colleen and 22 year old son, Wheeler Strand. Wheeler lives in Boulder, also.


As we entered Under the Sun restaurant (closed for the party), Colleen greeted us and showed us the photo booth that was set up for the occasion. That is me (Barbara Wheeler) and my sister, Patricia Zavadil, with Colleen. Patricia lives in Denver.

Lots of Colleen’s cousins attended:

Patricia, Cousin Betsy (Zavadil) Davis, and Barbara in front of Betsy’s house in Denver


Colleen’s brother Brandon with cousin John Zavadil from Albuquerque


Brandon, John Z, and John’s Mom, Patricia Z.


Cousin Dave Smith and Muffy Marshall from Portland, OR. Dave is the oldest of my sister Joan’s children.


Muffy and Betsy hammed it up. Josh Davis, Betsy’s husband, is talking to Betsy’s brother, John Zavadil.


There is Patricia dancing with her daughters, Betsy Davis and Mary Gurierrez.


Patricia, Betsy, Mary, and Josh Davis. Betsy was the leader of the dancing in spite of dealing with breast cancer recently. Mary got me to join them in dancing, too. Cousin Tom Zavadil and his husband, Dean Lindsey, were there, but I missed their picture.


Colleen dancing with Betsy. Betsy daughter Lilly is on the left. Mary’s daughter Elena is on the right.


Deke’s son, Max, age 17, dancing with his girlfriend, Heather. Deke’s son, Sam, age 16, showed up wearing an Irish newsboy flat cap.


The old folks, Clark and Barb, observed the dancing from afar.

The young folks enjoyed the photo booth.

Patricia, Joey, Betsy, Mary
Joey is Mary’s son.


Joey (Mary’s son), Lilly, Wheeler, Elena, Jonathan Mills (Elena’s boyfriend)


Colleen and Deke visited Erin in California, Sept. 26, 2016. I am sure Erin was with them in spirit on this St. Patrick’s Day. Erin loved visiting her cousins in Ireland.


Tommy’s 9th Birthday Party – Sat. March 10, 2018

Today Tommy had a birthday party. Steve says that Traverse City doesn’t have places like Jumping Houses for birthday parties the way Sacramento does. So, the parents have to be very creative! Tommy’s party had a car theme.

Tommy is wearing a sticker that shows that he was a member of Team Jaguar. There was also a Team Ferrari and a Team Lamborghini.
The children made cars using twinkles for the body. Note, Tommy’s car has oreos for tires with 2 tires on each side of the back.
The children also made red, yellow, and green light signals out of skewers of strawberries, pineapple, and kiwis. Note the box full of stoplights on the counter behind Tommy.

Tommy and classmate, also on Team Jaguar, are making their cars with Twinkies for the body and oreos for the wheels.

Note that the 2 girls and 2 of the boys kept their stocking caps on for the party.
Looks cold outside!

Tommy is getting some help with present opening.
Instead of playing “Pin the Tail on the Donkey”, they played “Gas up the Gallardo”, i.e. “put gas in the Lamborghini Gallardo”.
Steve’s friend, Kirsten, made the neat “Gas up the Gallardo” sign just over Tommy’s head.

Tommy can be shy. He ducked under the table when the other children sang, “Happy Birthday”.
Paco spent the afternoon skiing for the last day that the local resort was open.


Steve explains the Dessert – Thursday, March 8, 2018

Steve just wrote that Tommy asked to go to his favorite Mexican restaurant for dinner. He is all about that dessert: fried ice cream, cinnamon ice cream topped with spicy hot chocolate with crispy cinnamon tortilla strips. Note my misspelling of sundae in the earlier post.


Tommy celebrating his 9th Birthday – Thurs. March 8, 2018

Steve just sent me this wonderful photos of the always smiling Tommy.

A Happy 9 Year Old

Looks like Tommy is following his father’s interest in cars.

Wow. That is some ice cream sundae. Are those pita chips on the side?

Happy, happy birthday, Tommy!!


Happy 9th Birthday, Tommy!! – Thurs. March 8, 2018

This seemed like a most appropriate card for the always smiling Tommy.


Paco Celebrates His 14th Birthday – Sun. Feb. 25, 2018

Paco is a Leapling, born on Feb. 29th. So, on Feb. 28th he really hasn’t turned the age of the next year, so I think he usually celebrates on March 1st in non-leap years. Steve is going to be out of town the end of the week, so they celebrated yesterday. Tommy and Paco in the freezing weather in Traverse City, MI

The Haas Men: Paco, Tommy, Steve, and Mike, Steve’s Dad
Paco is poised to blow out 14 candles.

Tommy helped Paco with the blowout as Judy Haas (Steve’s Mom) observes.

Happy 14th Birthday, Paco!!