Dec 27, 2004 Christmas 2004, San Mateo and Lodi


Dec 21-26, 2004 Christmas 2004 at Tara's Parents, Illinois

We headed to Illinois for Christmas this year hoping for some snow. There wasn't any while we were there, but it sure got cold! We had a wonderful time with Tara's family and the friends from Quincy church that joined us for our Christmas Day celebration.


Dec 9 - 17, 2004 Cannes, France - Cisco Networkers 2004

One of the London office's biggest shows every year is Cisco Networkers. I was asked to work at the show and manage the lead retrieval and be the backup onsite database administrator. The event took place in Cannes, France and the Palais de Festivals which is the same convention center that the Cannes Film Festival is at. There were many long hours but I enjoyed working at the show. Sadly it was Tara's last week teaching before the Christmas break so she was unable to come over. Next year we're hoping she can come too.


Dec 5, 2004 Picking Out and Setting Up Christmas Tree


Nov 11 - 15, 2004 Chad and Kelly's, Mom's Birthday at Mike and Susie's, San Jose

We drove down on Thursday to Chad and Kelly's to have an early Thanksgiving dinner with them. We spent the night at their place then went to Mike and Susie's in Camarillo to celebrate my mom's and grandma's birthday. Saturday we had wonderful lunch with everyone. Chad and Kelly even drove over for the afternoon. Sunday night I had to setup for a 1 day Sun Network Computing event in San Jose at the Tech Museum. Tara and I stayed at the Marriott there in downtown San Jose.

Oct 20, 2004 Christian's 26th Birthday

Christian's Birthday

Oct 5 - 15, 2004 Bangalore, India - Intel Developer Forum

Here's some photos of my trip to India. Still traveling and I will try to update every day with new photos.

Sep 23 - Oct 5, 2004 Condo - Guest Bedroom Work, Bathroom Work

Here are some photos of our work in the Guest Bedroom. Now that the 2 bedrooms are looking good, we get to start on the bathroom.

Sep 9 - 17, 2004 Novell BrainShare 2004, Barcelona

Novell BrainShare was held in Barcelona.

Sep 2 - 9, 2004 Oracle OpenWorld 2004, London

Just as Tara was beginning school, I was scheduled to work back to back shows, first in London then on to Barcelona. My dad and Daniel were able to go with me, but it was still way too long to be away from home.

Sep 2 - 9, 2004 Rendel Reunion, Michigan

On Labor Day weekend Tara was able to fly to Michigan's Upper Peninsula to be at a family reunion. It was so fun to see Grandpa and Grandma Rendel, mom and dad, and all three of her brothers (two of them even brought their girlfriends!). They enjoyed hiking around the farm, going to the Porcupine Mountains, and visiting Calumet and Copper Harbor. An enjoyable time for all!

Aug 16 - 30, 2004 Cisco Global Sales Conference - FY05

Cisco Global Sales Conference was held at Moscone Center this year. I stayed and the Palomar Hotel on 6th and market. Tara came with me to the attendee party at SBC Park. There was a Cisco Idol concert that was great. There are several videos of the singers that participated. All food and drinks were free and the entire park was open for us to roam around and play games. Very fun.

Aug 18, 2004 S.F. Giants Game

Tara and I stayed in SF while I was working the Cisco Global Sales FY05 conference at Moscone Center. On Tuesday night one of the hotels gave our company 4 tickets to the Giants game. Great seats, row 6 right behind 1st base. Then about 30 minutes into the game, Owen Wilson came and sat in the 1st row, directly in front of us. Tara went down to get a picture with him. A few minutes after that, Owen's brother Luke showed up too.

  Tara's Kindergarten Classroom

Tara took some photos of her kindergarten classroom to show me what she's been working on. She's not done yet but here are some of the photos.

Aug 29, 2004 One Year Anniversary Breakfast at Grand Island Mansion

For our one year anniversary we had the privilege of returning to the Grand Island Mansion for a complimentary breakfast. It was so much fun to make the drive back. We both laughed at how we had butterflies in our stomachers even a year later and really enjoyed the time we spent remembering our special day.

Jul - Aug, 2004 Condo Photos

Here are some photos of our new condo. These are photos before we moved in.

Here are some photos of the work we have been doing on the master bedroom. Took us a week to finish. Now we are going to start on the guest bedroom.

Jul 24 - 30, 2004 Washington D.C. - Remedy User Group Conference

At the end of July I had to work a conference in Washington D.C. at the Marriott Renaissance Hotel the week before we were scheduled to move. Originally, Tara was planning to fly out the day my conference was over so we could travel the D.C. area and then go to New York for a few days to celebrate our 1 year anniversary. This all was cancelled because we were to move into our condo that same week. Instead Tara flew the same day I left and spent 3 days in D.C.. I didn't get to see her much except in the evenings but at least she had a chance to see Washington D.C. Her cousin, Devin, lives close by with girlfriend Raven and the three of them had a great time catching up and touring the city. Here are some of her pictures.


Jul 17 - 18, 2004 Anderson Reunion, Breakfast with Chad and Kelly

In the middle of July, we once again headed down to Southern California. We spent some time at Kirk's apartment in Loma Linda and got to visit Auntie Pam and see the tigers. On Saturday we headed to a park where we met up with the rest of the Anderson family for a reunion. It was a very fun day seeing those we hadn't seen for many months and meeting the newest Anderson, Jillian Claire. The next day we were lucky to squeeze in brunch with Chad and Kelly and happy that Wesley and his girlfriend Nicole were able to join us as well.


Jul 2 - 5, 2004 4th Of July at Mike & Susie's

What a great 4th of July. It was so fun having all of us together. Mike and Susie's house is gorgeous.


Jun 12 - 13, 2004 Kirk's PUC Graduation June 11-13, 2004

It was with great pride that we headed up to PUC on June 11 to celebrate Kirk's graduation from PUC. Celebrations began with Friday evening Consecration, continued with Sabbath morning Baccalaureate, and ended with Sundays Graduation ceremonies. It was a fun filled weekend with lots of family and friends. Kirk is now at Loma Linda Medical School.


May 29 - 31, 2004 Tahoe Trip

It was Memorial Day weekend when we headed up to Tahoe with my dad and Daniel. We stayed at the Embassy Suites in South Lake. We had perfect weather the whole weekend and spent a lot of time outside walking around as well as taking a bike ride. Tara really enjoys the swing band "Big Bad Voodoo Daddy" and lucky for us, they were playing that weekend. She was so excited to see the show and even got to meet and take pictures with them after the show.


Apr 15 - 22, 2004 Intel Developer Forum, Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain, Catalonia Barcelona Plaza, Intel Developer Forum EMEA - April 15 - 22, 2004


Apr 2 - 11, 2004 Trip to London/Scotland with Andy and Danielle to Visit Kirk

In April, Tara and I took a trip to London and met up with my cousins and brother, Kirk, who was studying there. We stayed the week in a great 3 bedroom 2 bath flat which we shared with Andy, Danielle, Jake, and Ally. We spent our time sightseeing and reminiscing of the time when Andy, Danielle, and I were studying there as well. On the 8th of April, Tara and I took the train up to Edinburgh, Scotland and spent the rest our time there in another spacious flat. We met up with Kirk, almost by chance, as he was there with a group from his school. While in Scotland we were able to do alot of sightseeing, went to a musical, and really enjoyed the beauty that Scotland had to offer. One of the best parts was being able to celebrate the Easter holiday with the people of Edinburgh. They really go all out!