We start the second half of 2020 by looking west to the state of Missouri. These pictures come from a single trip, for Danny’s band competition in 2018, starting with Angelina posing in front of a statue, the Gateway Arch to indicate where the pictures are from, Danny performing on the field, Angelina and Michael cheering in the stands, Danny and Michael standing in front of a giant chess piece at the World Chess Hall of Fame, and, finally, another shot of Danny during the performance.
We wrap up the first half of 2020 by turning our gaze to the east and the state of Massachusetts. These pictures come from two different trips our east, the first with Danny and Michael in 2017 to see the White Sox battle the Red Sox at Fenway Park and the second in 2018 to see Angelina skate with Boston University. The first row has Angelina performing at the BU Skating Show followed by Danny in a small chair at the Boston Science Museum. The middle row sets the scene with a cool looking Boston Red Sox sign, followed by Angelina with her friends at the free skate after the show and, finally, Danny with his now famous Lendall Pitts card from the Boston Tea Party Museum. The bottom row has Angelina and her teammates competing in the Cape Cod Synchronized Skating Classic, Michael measuring himself at the Science Museum, and Danny and Michael in the stands at Fenway.
For May, we turn our gaze to the north and the great state of Wisconsin. We start with two pictures from our miniature golfing stop during the road trip to Minneapolis in 2014, the first with Danny and Michael posing with a giant Bucky Badger and the second with Danny sticking his head in a plaster rhinoceros. The final picture comes from 2019’s trip to Miller Park to see the Cubs battler the Brewers.
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.