Another year in the Chicago Northwest suburbs: Donald (9) is now a third grader, Dustin (7) is in second grade, and Olivia (6) is in first.
Tina started homeschooling all three this year so that has been quite a challenge
(our 2 week attempt to set up a home schooling room took 6 months), but has been very rewarding as well.
Donald would play computer games all day if we let him, but he is an avid reader.
For a 9 year old without lessons, he is doing well on the keyboard though he mainly likes playing StarWars themes and game music.
Both boys are into Legos and still a little into Transformers. They are taking Karate lessons.
Dustin is still quite social, loves football. He is still daddy's little shadow.
Olivia continues to play with a zillion little things, loves horses and reindeer (especially one called Rudolph).
She is quite the pack rat and can not bear to get rid of toys, but she is learning.
The years' adventures have included a trip to DisneyWorld (with all the extra money we don't have to pay for private school any longer) that included watching a shuttle launch from the beach;
a trip to Huntsville, Alabama and Space Camp as Roy had a work trip there;
visits with family in St. Louis, Kansas City and Seattle, phew!
Tina started leading worship at some of the campuses of our large church. She is also hosting a small group Bible Study for women in our home.
She began recording again, although more polishing is needed before releasing her new songs.
Roy continues working on test systems at Northrop Grumman, being involved with music for the kids Awana group.
We were contacted by the "Osbourne Variety Show" to possibly have Ozzy Osbourne as well as Sharon and their 2 kids come visit with us for a day.
Although it sounded interesting at first, fortunately our better judgement finally kicked in and we thought that might not be best!
We feel very blessed for the health, provision, and friends we have.
We wish you all a great Christmas and blessed upcoming year.
Roy & Tina
TinaOsborn.com - Tina's music site
Excellence Engineering - Roy's old work site
Barbara Osborn Staples, Portrait Artist
- Roy's mom's home page
Family History / Genealogy
Don & Toni Arndt - A tribute to Tina's parents
Osborn Family History - traced back to 1814 in England
Burnett Family History
Sprague Family History - back to the 16th century
Arthur Family History - to 1800 in Ireland
Hull Family History - to 1798
Choctaw Nation History
- Earl Jacob Burnett's mother from this Indian tribe
America Family Association
Contact your congressman or senators - also check on key issues for your area
Contacting The Congress
- addresses, phone, and email of your favorite politicians
Democracy Net - info on political candidates, voting guides
Vote Smart - more info on political candidates, voting guides
- Worship music site
Calvary Fellowship Seattle
- great worship music and teaching
Jon Courson - Great Bible teaching
F. W. Robertson - English pastor from the 1800's
Chicago Christian Music
OpenDNS - web site blocker to protect your whole home using your router
K9 Web Protection - allows tailored protection for a single computer
Scan for Viruses - web-based virus check from Symantec
Virus Scan - another web-based virus check from Trend Micro
AVG Anti-virus - anti-virus for home users
AdAware - spyware/adware remover
SpyBot - another Spyware/Adware remover
Shields Up! - check your protection from hackers
Kim Bollinger - her music available here
High Notes Marketing / Business Balloon - Scott Bollinger's business
Bollinger Print Mill - and another of Scott's business ventures
Cosecha Nicaragua - Marcus & Ann Pearson missions
MovNWood - Bud Arndt's wood site
Little Mountain Tree Farm - cousin Andy's Christmas tree farm
Mountain View Freeze Dry - Brian & Audrey Donaldson's New Hampshire business
Al Johnson - our favorite St. Louis lawyer
Gavin Coffee - memorial site
Bill Evanko - memorial site
Appliance Expert - Todd Frederick's Denver appliance repair
Kurzweil PC88mx resources