As we kick off Michael’s birthday month, we go back over a year, to the last sporting event I attended in February of 2020 before the corona virus shut down everything a few weeks later. After the Boilermakers made a late run to hold off Northwestern at Welsh-Ryan arena, Michael and I got our picture taken by the court as we were walking out. Little did I know that this would be the last live event I would attend.
For March, we turn our gaze to the north and east towards the state of Michigan. Every picture comes from a skating event of some sort, split between the 2016 US Synchronized Skating Championships in Kalamazoo and the 2019 Porter Classic in Ann Arbor. The first row has a picture of Angelina skating at each event. The second row has Danny and Michael, in the stands at the first event and with Angelina following the second. Finally, the last row shows Angelina getting the results with the rest of her team.
For February, we turn our gaze to the east and the state of New York. The majority of the pictures come from the 2018 trip to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway, with one photo from my 2003 trip to Shea Stadium for Opening Day. Starting in the top left and moving clockwise, we have Danny outside of the 9/11 memorial, Michael, Angelina, and Danny at the top of the Empire State Building, the three of them again on Bow Bridge in Central Park, posing outside of the theater on Broadway, the three by the lagoon in Central Park, and, finally, resting at the Museum of the City of New York.
The hell year that was 2020 has finally come to an end. While the world looks forward to vaccines and a (hopeful) return to normalcy without the impacts of the corona virus, we turn our gaze back to two trips to California, one in 2017 to see Angelina compete and again in 2018 to see Danny march in the Rose Parade. Starting in the top left and moving clockwise, we have a picture of Danny in said parade on New Year’s Day 2019, Angelina and Michael posing in front of the Central Perk window at the Warner Bros. studio, Angelina warming up before her performance in Anaheim, Danny performing at the pre-parade Band Fest showcase at Pasadena City College, the entire family (minus Danny) outside Ms. Patty’s dance studio back on the back lot at Warner Bros. studios, and, finally, Michael, Danny, and mom at Disneyland in 2017.
Normally, I put together a calendar every year with pictures I have taken of Angelina, Danny, and Michael throughout the year as a Christmas gift for my mom and sister. This year, however, the pickings are very slim, due to the corona virus pandemic and not really leaving the house much since March. Because of that, I had to re-think what this year’s calendar would look like. What I ended up with was a new photo of each for their birthday month, with the remaining 9 months made up of a collection of photos from year’s past from a particular state. The states that made the cut are California, DC, Florida, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New York, and Wisconsin. As in year’s past. the calendar was produced by the good folks at Shutterfly and we will unveil each month’s photo on the first day of the month throughout 2021.
This year’s cover comes from 2019’s trip to Washington, DC, as the three kids sit on the steps of the Supreme Court Building.
We are entering the home stretch on 2020, and, to prepare for Danny’s upcoming birthday, we have 3 shots of him from his performances with the Lincoln-Way Marching Band. The first two are from last October’s Bands of America performance at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The third is from Disneyland, when he performed as part of the trip out west for the Rose Parade.
School is back in session and we have Michael to bring us into fall. The main photo is from his graduation last spring. Surrounding it, clockwise from the top left, is a shot of him on the field at Guaranteed Rate Field, posing with White Sox legend Bill Melton at Grinder Bash, with Danny at the WWII Memorial in DC, on the balcony at the Newseum with the Capitol building in the background, with Danny again at Miller Park in Milwaukee, and at his final junior high band concert.
As we prepare to enter the dog days of summer, we have 4 shots of Angelina and Michael. First, they pose in front of the Beverly Hills sign from New Year’s Eve 2018. Next is a shot of them from the Capitol Building and then outside the White House from last June’s trip to DC. Finally, from Warner Bros. Studio is a picture of them next to the Privet Drive street sign from Harry Potter.