The ongoing blog of the Tomchak family, in Wheaton IL USA

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Little Lady Turns 6

Little Lady Turns 6

By on November 27, 2015 in Photo Post, Text Post with 0 Comments

Our baby girl turns 6 today! My how the time flies. Seems like only yesterday that the best surprise of our lives arrived and I fell madly in love with her. This is her original birthday announcement from 2009. Welcome Baby Girl – We’ve Been Waiting for You

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Specs Howard Commencement Speech

Specs Howard Commencement Speech

By on November 19, 2015 in Text Post, Video Post with 0 Comments

Earlier this month I had the opportunity to speak to a new round of graduates from the school that helped me get started in my career as a video editor.

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Fall Toy Video

Fall Toy Video

By on November 15, 2015 in Text Post, Video Post with 0 Comments

The kids recently spent some of their hard earned allowance on a few small toys from Walgreens. And because they’ve seen so many “unboxing” videos on youtube, they wanted to make one of their own. While their ramblings when on for a total of just over 30 minutes, this 8 minute video captures the best […]

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My First Job in TV

My First Job in TV

By on September 26, 2015 in Random Chaos, Text Post with 0 Comments

While continuing the journey to become totally paperless (a journey started 5 years ago) I ran across this original posting that led to my first job in the industry. It was a nice flashback. Thanks GTN! I can’t imagine a better foundation for my career.  

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Spring Concert 2015 – Sydney

Spring Concert 2015 – Sydney

By on May 31, 2015 in iPhone, Text Post, Video Post with 0 Comments

From Tornado to Dorothy. Every spring the preschool does a performance of The Wizard of Oz and this year Sydney was Dorothy (well, one of two Dorothy’s). She was so excited and it’s so great to see her just get up there and belt it out without being nervous at all. We are so proud […]

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First Grade Culture Projects

First Grade Culture Projects

By on April 21, 2015 in Photo Post, Text Post with 0 Comments

I was so appreciative last month when the teachers let us know about the boys having a big homework project. The main idea was that each child would learn about some part of their own culture, research it and then create one of several possible projects to display their culture knowledge at a school fair (which is this Friday). And then, 4 […]

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Easter Sunday Egg Hunt Surprise [video]

Easter Sunday Egg Hunt Surprise [video]

By on April 12, 2015 in Text Post, Video Post with 0 Comments

This year instead of going to the big local Egg Hunt on Saturday we (and when I say “we” I mean Brenda) created a egg hunt in our side yard. The kids didn’t know about it until right before it happened and it was a nice surprise for them. I’m always amazed at seeing the […]

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Sydney Turns 5… 8 Weeks Ago

Sydney Turns 5… 8 Weeks Ago

By on February 20, 2015 in iPhone, Text Post, Video Post with 0 Comments

There are so many things I was better at before having kids. One of them was finishing what I started on-time. I started editing this video for Sydney the day after her birthday, back in late November (her Birthday was Thanksgiving Day this year). But OMG I thought I would never finish. First, I decided […]

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Welcome 2015 – A Year of Gratitude

Welcome 2015 – A Year of Gratitude

By on January 21, 2015 in Photo Post, Text Post with 0 Comments

  If there’s one thing I’ve had to come to admit to myself, it’s that I start far more projects than I finish. I seem to say “yes” to so many things – both for myself and others. As much as I continue to prioritize and scale down that list of things I want to accomplish, […]

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Maximus vs The Pencil

Maximus vs The Pencil

By on September 23, 2014 in iPhone, Photo Post, Text Post with 0 Comments

At 2:30 today I was the fortunate recipient of a phone call from the nurse at Lowell Elementary in Wheaton, telling me that Max got the bad end of a fight with a pencil. He had stuck a pencil into his ear canal and when he pulled it out it was pretty bloody. My guess […]

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