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Cooper HS Holiday Party

This post is horribly late. Shelley and I attended her first holiday function with her coworkers from Randall Cooper High School. We had a lot of fun and enjoyed the departmental basket give-a-way. We were not lucky enough to land a win, but fun was had by all. Below are a few shots from the evening’s events.


WEBN Fireworks


The 2009 WEBN fireworks is an annual event hosted in Cincinnati every Labor Day weekend. The evening was capped off by a 30-40 minute fireworks display launched from barges stationed on the Ohio River. I can say that this is an annual event a that finds the Wykles making the trip to NCC to enjoy the show. This year’s show was the first time that Shelley was in attendance and not an employee of NCC. A bit strange to say the least.









Valentine Piñata


This post is a few weeks late, but I got a real kick out of Eli’s class during their Valentine party on 02/13/09. Someone brought in a heart shaped piñata. Unfortunately, their was no easy place to hang the piñata. I found a broom and decided to tie the heart to the end and hold it up for the kids to take a whack. The facial expressions were worth the price of admission. Check out the following individual shots for some quick laughs.








Thanksgiving…A Time for Family.

This year was out of the norm for our family. Instead of heading to Wild and Wonderful West Virginia, the Wykles decided to hang out closer to home. Forty-five minutes away to be precise. For those who don’t know, we have quite a few relatives from my side (Kellison/Blankenship) in vicinity of NKY. My grandmother Pearl and Aunt Lisa live in Middletown, Ohio. My other Aunt Angie lives in West Chester, Ohio.

The plan was initially hatched far to the north (Ottawa, ON) by my uncle Ron. In a moment of sentimental weakness, he wanted to get all of his siblings (and families) together to break bread in West Chester Ohio. Ron and his wife Sue arrived on Monday (after a lengthy drive ~ 12 hours) and had plenty of time to help out with some routine maintenance around Pearl’s house. My mother Kelly and brother Corey (with fiance Jodi) arrived on Wednesday afternoon after driving up from West Virginia. The stayed with us in Burlington. 

Angie and her husband Mark decided to host the festivities at their house.  The potluck dinner commenced around 4:00 PM and was well attended with more than enough food and drink to satisfy everyone. 








This year was much like any other. The kids both decided well in advance (with Shelley’s guidance) what they were going to be for Halloween. Of course Eli is still in the “Star Wars” state of mind. For the second year in a row, he went adorned as one of his favorite characters from the Phantom Menace…Anakin Skywalker. Natalie, on the other hand, chose to deviate from the initial design intent of the “evil princess” theme. She was not at all interested in wearing the make-up necessary to pull off the “evil” look. The negociations ensued and she decide to go with a “beautiful princess” instead. 

The day started off at Little Red School House with Eli’s annual Halloween party. Since Friday is an off day for me, I was able to attend the craziness that is many 4/5 year olds running amok dressed as their favorite fictional character. Now add chocolate, sugar, and a Capri Sun = a realization that the ladies at LRSH should be given Saint status. I would never (I repeat NEVER) be able to perform as an educator for small children. As you can see by the attached pictures, everyone did have fun. More photos can be found here.

Natalie also had a party to celebrate the Halloween season that was held in Mrs. Owen’s 2nd grade class room at Goodridge Elementary. She did not have a typical dress-up event. They instead went for the more craft oriented activities combined with snacks and sweets. Her afternoon was capped off by a surprise drop in visit from Nagi and Mom. 







2008 Fireworks

This post is definitely a little late in coming but busy times are upon us.

The WEBN fireworks is an annual event hosted in Cincinnati every Labor Day weekend. The evening was capped off by a 30-40 minute fireworks display launched from barges stationed on the Ohio River. I can say that this is an annual event a that finds the Wykles making the trip to NCC to enjoy the show. The kids really enjoy the ability to stay up way past their bed time





Derby Day 2008

A little late posting this, but the whole family had a fun time last weekend at the 4th annual McMillion Derby Party in Symrna, TN. We drove down early on Saturday arriving around lunch time. Ashley had prepared a nice spread for everyone to enjoy. The kids grazed all afternoon on the chips, veggies, and chicken fingers. Kudos to Ashley for the kid friendly menu!

As you can see by the pictures, the corn hole tournament was the highlight of the day. Unfortunately for the other teams, Neil and I got paired as teammates in the random (“wink, wink”) selection. No one could come close to matching the honed bag tossing skills that were displayed by us that day.






Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to everyone! The Wykle family had a relaxed but stormy day. The weather sure took a turn for the worst during the night, but it did not dampen anyones spirits. Rainy and low 50’s was the backdrop for the day.

The day started off with the exchange of cards and home made gifts from Eli and Natalie. Natalie also presented a copy of her class’ Poetry Anthology that has been bound into a book. She proceeded to read her submission titled “The Lollypop”.

Lollypop lollypop
I want a sweet colorful
Lollypop I
Got a Lollypop
I like lollypops
But soon you
Will be gon
But I will
Get anuther
Lollypop I
Love lollypops

Shelley also received a bracelet (see below) from the “kids” (a.k.a. daddy). The jury is still out on the bracelet…may need to be exchanged due to the ability to resize. The day was concluded with a nice meal at one of our favorite restaurants (Bone Fish Grill) and desert at Graeters Ice Cream.