Cast Of Characters


Kris, myself, I: 1971 model, was always told by my parents not to follow the pack, but I probably took that philosophy way further than they intended.

DH: 1969 model, my beloved hubby and best friend, self-proclaimed backwoods guy, mechanical engineer with one of The Big Three.

DS1: eldest child, firstborn son, 1989 model.  Marine Corps veteran, did a brief stint as a jet mechanic in the civilian world, and is now an inspector for a large company that manufactures airplane components.

K2: wife of DS1, mother of K3 and Toad, 1990 model. Her name is almost the same as mine. Navy veteran.

K3: my first grandchild, 2012 model, whose name is very similar to mine. Daughter of DS1 and K2.

Toad: my first grandson, 2014 model.  Son of DS1 and K2, brother of K3.

DS2: second child, youngest son, 1993 model. Dubbed the "next leader of the free world" by one of his high school teachers, extreme type A personality & overachiever. Graduated college summa cum laude with a BSME May 2015, employed by one of The Big Three, but not the same one as DH!

Surprise: girlfriend of DS2, 1997 model.  Full time nanny and also attending college majoring in Accounting. East Coast native transplanted to Michigan January 2018.

DD1: third child, eldest daughter, 1994 model. Her motto best described as "anything you can do, I can do better" following on DS2's heels, yet quite a presence in her own right.  Graduated college summa cum laude with a Bachelors in Elementary Education and certification in Early Childhood Education Dec. 2017.  Currently employed as a long term sub in a special education classroom.

Honorary Son: DD1's other half for over six years now, we consider him family.  1993 model, high school classmate of DD1 and former varsity soccer teammate of DS2, widely talented in music, graduated college  Dec. 2016 with a Bachelor's degree in film and video.

DD2: fourth and final child, youngest daughter, 1997 model. In college majoring in Wildlife Ecology & Management (she wants to be a research biologist specializing in wolves) with a minor in International Spanish.



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