Greetings from Evan, Katie, Erika, EJ, and Rachel
Author: Mostly Evan
2019 - Thanks for the memories !!
Season's Greetings to All!   Our 16th Christmas newsletter!

Right:   Katie, EJ, Rachel, Evan, and Erika  

2019 started out much the same as 2018...we spent Christmas with Katie's family in Michigan, then New Year's in Bonita Springs at Mona's place.   January found us with Steve & Bonnie for our 3rd (possibly annual) Puerto Vallarta trip - except this time, Mona & Berna joined us for a sun-filled beach vacation.

In February, it was back to Bonita Springs to Mona's place - are we officially snowbirds yet?   During that time, EJ & Rachel joined Erika in Colorado where they spent two weekends skiing various resorts including Breckinridge and Vail.   Then we were off to Orlando in March for our 28th traditional family spring break, this time with EJ/Rachel and Erika and Mona with her family.   Luckily EJ & Rachel were already in Orlando for a convention.

  Left:   Katie & Evan in Aruba

April brought a trip to Chicago to catch up with Evan's brother Doug.   In May, Katie went to Bonita Springs again with Mona, since they needed a little more beach time.   Springtime had us trying our hand at golf...not sure that's a keeper sport yet.   EJ helped organize Purdue's EV Grand Prix in May at the Indy Motor Speedway again.   View the race HERE as recorded from the back of the Tower Terrace by Evan...and a promo video that EJ helped create HERE.

Interestingly, with EJ & Rachel's upcoming wedding, they decided to forgo a large expensive honeymoon, and instead put those funds toward half of a Class B RV motor home (with Katie & Evan "investing" in the other half).   It is now appropriately named:   Honeymoon!   Katie & Evan drove it to South Haven in late May for our "2nd honeymoon," this time camping!

Right:   Katie, Mona, Erika, and Evan in Vail  

Speaking of Honeymoon, in July, Evan, Katie, & Mona (our travel buddy) drove Honeymoon (the RV) to Colorado to meet up with Erika who still resides in Denver.   Later in August, to celebrate Evan's BIG birthday, and complete his 50-state bucket list, we flew up to Anchorage where we met up separately with ol' ruggers Tim Thomas then Peggy (Webb) Johnson.   Great seeing Peggy after 45 years. We then went a little further north to Talkeetna...the inspirations for the old TV series; Twin Peaks.

September generated many good memories...with EJ marrying his college sweetheart, Rachel Terrell.   The venue was at Doug & Jean's home, Rachel's parents...with the rehearsal dinner upstairs at Wolfie's on Geist Lake.   You really gotta checkout this SHORT VIDEO of the wedding.   It's neat!

  Left:   Rachel & EJ in Costa Rica

Before the wedding, EJ travelled to Montreal with ten of his buddies for a five-day bachelor party.   Rachel enjoyed a long weekend in Saugatuck with Erika and her other bridesmaids.   After their wedding in September, EJ & Rachel decided to go on an actual honeymoon to Costa Rica where they rented a car and traveled to three different cities.   On their list of activities:   4-wheeling up a volcano, zip-lining through mountains, hiking to giant waterfalls, sailing & snorkeling off a yacht, and surfing.

After a wedding bash like that, we just kinda skated through the rest of 2019 - well, except for our 3rd (hopefully) annual trip to Aruba along with, you guessed it, Mona.  For Christmas, we're heading to Novi, Michigan yet again...then off to Bonita Springs to bring in the New Year with a whole bunch of Indy friends who now "winter" in Bonita.

Right:   Evan & Katie at the Hoppy Halloween Brewfest  

Evan is now in his 15th year as IT Manager at VS Engineering...but now works remotely after Tuesdays each week. He also completed his mission to hit all 50-some microbreweries in the Indy area adding 5 or 6 Brew Fests into the mix, too.

Katie is in her 3rd year now handling the social media for a small executive coaching & team building company, Vida Aventura.   After seeing all the renovation EJ & Rachel are doing to their house, She is also on a mission to upgrade our "old" house...painting, new patio, new kitchen counters, four Alexa Echos, etc.

Erika is in her third year in in her own condo downtown.   She's in her 5th year at Avant Credit.   As put best by her old friend Payahm, she's never in Denver...either back in Chicago (for a week once a month for Avant) or in the mountains.   Her travel wanderlust has taken her this year to Australia, New Zealand, and Moab, Utah along with many local Colorado adventures.   Again this winter, she has rented a "ski share" condo/chalet in the mountains with friends where she plans to stay most weekends after long days of skiing.

  Left:   Erika and Camille spring skiing in June at A-Basin

EJ and Rachel are enjoying the "perks" of home improvements with their "new" (1929) house in the Warfleigh neighborhood (Broad Ripple area).   EJ claims they are a "DeWalt family" now with all his new shiny tools.   Do we see Tim the Toolman envy?   So far on their accomplishments: new kitchen countertops & backsplash, new "man shed" in the backyard, finishing the garage, and staining their exterior decks.

EJ is still handling business development for Rachel's father's Jiffy Lube empire.   He wears many hats in that job which must be why he likes it so, IT, building maintenance, process improvement, and anything else that goes into running a 90-person company.   You can say he's really using that engineering degree of his...he calls himself a "business engineer."

In November, EJ was elected to the Board of Directors of our sailing club at Eagle Creek.   He will be handling the website and the monthly newsletter, just as Evan did for 16 years many many eons ago.   Also never far away from Purdue organizations, EJ was asked by the Purdue Sailing Team to be their coach.

Right:   Torrey, Jon, Rachel, and EJ at Eagle Creek  

Rachel is in her 3rd year as a registered nurse in the ER in Eskenazi downtown Abbey, her maid of honor puts it, "Rachel saves lives for a living."   Rachel also spends considerable time with EJ working on business development and updating of their Jiffy Lube stores...and, on the sailboats at Eagle Creek!   Lastly, it would be remiss without mentioning EJ & Rachel's own little fur-baby: Dwight.   The weirdest and most cuddly cat you'd ever meet.

Below is a pictorial of many of the events throughout this last year.

We hope you and your family enjoy the Christmas season and most of all, be sure to enjoy New Year's Eve...Evan's favorite holiday!!

Evan, Katie, Erika, EJ, and Rachel Williams

More Pictures

Katie in Anchorage

Evan & Katie in Talkeetna

Erika, Rachel, & EJ in Breckenridge

Rachel & EJ in Breckenridge

Nancy, Nan, & Katie on Eagle Creek

Katie tending the sails on Eagle Creek

Evan at the Hoppy Halloween Brewfest

Evan & Katie at the Harry Potter Brewfest

Rachel on Morse Reservoir

EJ on Morse Reservoir

Jon, Rachel, Torrey, and EJ on Eagle Creek Reservoir

Evan & Katie with ol' rugger Tim Thomas in Anchorage

Evan with ol' rugger Peggy Johnson in Anchorage

Katie & Evan at the State House for Lynn & Dave's daughter's wedding

Larry & Melissa with Katie & Evan on the windy deck at Regions Tower

Erika on Eagle Creek Reservoir

Erika & Joey at some Denver shindig

Katie & Evan at Moontown's Octoberfest...Evan won the best costume

Katie & Evan at the Bloomington Brewfest

Evan in Vegas for a USA 7s Rugby tourney

Evan hanging with the 7s world rugby MVP, Perry Baker

The crew at Schubie's Celebration of Life

Katie with the slab "she" picked out

The slab just mounted onto our kitchen counter

Mona and Evan at Doc's in Bonita Springs

Donna, Jane, and Katie at Maggie's wedding

The whole crew at our timeshare condo in Royal Palms (Orlando)

Katie & Evan with Honeymoon in Colorado

Evan, Erika, Mona, and Katie at Red Rock near Denver

Our sailboat decked out for a dock party at Eagle Creek Sailing Club

Katie with her birthday presents

EJ taking Torrey for a ride

Rachel, EJ, Torrey, Cara, and Evan at the Drumstick Dash

Evan & Katie hosting Kettering grads at the Hickory Hall Polo Grounds

Mona, Evan, & Katie in Aruba

Evan next to "his" bourbon barrel at KSR

The Ev Grand Prix track at the Indy Motor Speedway

Evan with Kan Suzuki (and his wife) and Denny at Connor's Pub

Evan & Katie with Steve & Bonnie in Puerto Vallarta

Dell & Evan with "Dell's" Dead Lizard beer

Evan, Katie, Rachel, & EJ at Torrey's "wurst" Birthday Bash

IU alumni rugby game

EJ at one of his Jiffy Lube tents

EJ & Rachel's child, Dwight

Evan & Katie at Cobblestone facade rehab...still showing the Green Apple underneath - where we had our rehearsal dinner back in 1984

Dena, Chris, & Evan at Deviate where all our harvested hops plants were picked for that bag of hops cones and hence used in one of their beers

The whole crew in Bonita Springs for New Years at the Island House

The Ladies' Regatta participants at our Sailing Club

Evan saying goodbye to our 20 year old ManVan - we donated to some veteran's group

The whole wedding party

The wedding from the rear

Mrs. & Mr. Williams

Wedding dance

The Groom-Mom dance

The vows

The wedding couple

Erika & Rachel

Jean & Doug Terrell with Rachel

Evan & EJ

The wedding party

EJ and sister Erika

Evan with his Round Tuit

EJ walking his parents down the "aisle"

EJ and Rachel performing the weather ritual - burying a bottle of whiskey at the wedding site a month before the wedding to guarantee good weather

The posed gaze

Watching the 25-minute fireworks show

Most of the reception participants

Rachel lamenting her driving skills on their honeymoon in Costa Rica

Rachel posing by a waterfall in Costa Rica

Past Years: 2003 2004 2005 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018