Catching up - It's been awhile since I spent time on this family web site.  Social media has made these kind of web sites obsolete but I hated to give it up entirely because it does represent a fair bit of history (1999-present).  There is a pretty good gap after 2017 but it is my hope that I can start posting again.
Most of the pictures I will post today were taken with a cell phone.  My Nikon has been gathering dust ever since my love passed away and I had difficulty finding a suitable successor to that beautiful smile that made me want to take all those pictures during the 51+ years we were together.
There are some more recent pictures that are taking up space on my hard drive and I hope to share some of those with you.  Most notable...


January 12, 2018 - I updated my "The German Boy" bio to include the acquisition of my dog Draco


The 2017 holiday season was a forgettable one and I for one am glad to have it behind me. To me it represented the close of the worst year I've ever had to endure. I look forward to a better and brighter 2018.

Thanksgiving and beyond - Thanksgiving 2017, Chris and Jennifer visits and my birthday

Fall 2017 - I purchase a small camper trailer and hope to travel some with my dog Draco

August 28, 2017 - I finally finished Cherie's Bio. Available to download in pdf version also.

June 29, 2017 - A lovely, new addition to our home. I adopt a dog named Draco.

June 2017 - I fly west for a visit with the Denver Clan. Hiking, good food, fun and fellowship.

May 20, 2017 - We celebrate Cherie's Life with a gathering of her Family and Friends

April 3, 2017 - Cherie Perlow, my lovely wife and soulmate of 51+ years passed away in the early morning hours of April 3, 2017. A celebration of Life Gathering is scheduled for May 20th.

Winter 2016/17 - A slideshow of just a few of the visitors that have come to our home to be with Cherie.


Christmas 2016 - We opt for a quiet, intimate gathering this year at Arnie and Rebeccas.

Thanksgiving 2016 - This was a very special Holiday for our immediate family because of Cherie's fragile health and the prospect of future holidays without our Wife and Mother.

November 2016 - Jennifer flies in from Denver to help nurse her Mother after her first chemo treatment

October 2016 - We celebrate Arnie's 50th Birthday with a "surprise" party on his newly completed patio.

September 28, 2016 - We celebrate Cherie's 70th Birthday. With Cherie's recovery from major surgery, the celebration was kept to low-key affair at our home with only Arnie, Rebecca and Allison in attendance.

June 8, 2016 - Along with friends Steve and Barbara, we take our German visitor Axel on a trip down the Current River. A truly beautiful day.

May 22, 2016 -
I am the one kneeling fourth from left
Playing the old-timers game at the German Cultural Society annual Maifest. We included a few youngsters this year. Good times with friends, good food and beer.

May 8, 2016 - Deck Renovation - A long term project that started last Fall and is just now coming to completion.

March 9, 2016 - Sometimes you run across something that just grabs you, and that happened when I saw one of the Meindert Hobbena paintings on facebook and decided I wanted to see more.  Here is a collection of some of his art.

January 8, 2016 - We celebrate our 50th Wedding Anniversary.

January 1, 2016 - Arno and his band of totally insane soccer buddies play their annual Ice Bowl game


Christmas 2015 - Summer is home for the Holidays and we celebrate Christmas Day at Arnies and Rebeccas home

December 2015 - I scanned some of my parents old pictures from pre and post war Germany

September 2015 - September 2015 - We take a trip to Denver, CO to visit with Jen and Chris, our son Chris and our grandaughter Charlie

August 14-17, 2015 - Our Granddaughter Charlotte came to visit us here in St. Louis after stops in KC and Columbia. Take a look at the pics.

August 2015 - Christopher is following in Jennifers footsteps and relocating to Denver, CO from his current residence in Columbia, MO.

Summer 2015 - Learning another life lesson - It's not easy to carve into a hard maple trunk in the heat and humidity of a Missouri summer.

July 16, 2015 - We try to canoe down the Current River before all the Summer vacationers come out but it just didn't work out this year.  We had a lot of rain and associated flooding, so when the rains ended and the river levels receeded, we made our move.

April 5, 2015 - April 2015 - A small but congenial gathering at Arnies for our tradional Easter feast.

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Christmas 2014 - We celebrate Christmas with a large family gathering at Steve and Debbie's home, Christmas Eve at Arnie's and Rebecca's home, and a small gathering at our home on Christmas Day.

October 27, 2014 - We celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday with a small gathering at our home.

November 7, 2014 -
November 7, 2017 - demonstrating my ability to walk on my own just a couple of hours after surgery
At St. Luke's Hospital for some back surgery
(a laminectomy to be precise). I've been suffering from some very acute leg pain for some time which has forced me to give up my daily walks and soccer. After trying various treaments, meds and therapy I finally agreed to the surgery.  It will take a while before I am back to normal activities but so far, so good.

October 31, 2014 - We celebrate Arnie's Birthday with a surprise party

October 24, 2014 - In a tribute to our feathered friends, I started a catalog of common local birds

August 2014 - Jenn and Charlie are visiting Missouri. Some images from activities here in St. Louis

July 17-21, 2014 - A visit with Chris, Jennifer, Charlie, Leah and Dribbles in Denver, Colorado.

April 16, 2014 - Rebecca's son Ben passed away on the night of April 16. We celebrate his life with a gathering on 4/6/2014.

April 2014 - Inga makes the long trip from the Black Forest to the Gateway City to visit with us and our cat Quincy. We are glad for the visit but Quincy wasn't real sure about having a stranger around the house.

March 23, 2014 - Lordy, Lordy, Chris turns Forty! We travel to Columbia to help him celebrate.

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Christmas 2013 - The 2013 Christmas Holidays, with family gatherings here, at Arnies and in Pacific, MO.  Take a look at some of the pictures...

December 3, 2013 - Arno celebrates his 70th Birthday. That's right, seven oh. Great presents and well wishes from friends in and out of the country.  Take a look...

November 28, 2013 - A Thanksgiving Day family gathering in our new home in Chesterfield, Missouri.

September 2013 - We sold our house in U City and moved to Chesterfield. We don't really want to move but the large home and oversized lot were too much work for the old man. We're closer to Arno Jr and family here in our new digs and we get to see so much more of Allison.

June 24, 2013 - We try and get out for a canoe trip at least twice a year. After postponements because of weather and other commitments, we didn't get our first trip of the year in until now.
Some of the images from the trip...

June 14, 2013 - Charlie came to visit us here in Saint Louis while her Dad visited with Jennifer in Denver, CO. Check out some of the pics from this visit.

May 21, 2013 - Our little Summie is not so little any more as evidenced by our little picture gallery.  She graduated from Marquette High School with the highest honors and is headed for the University of Missouri in Columbia this Fall.  Take a look...

May 3, 2013 - I've got a large collection of pictures of animals and many of them were taken in my back yard. I thought I would share some of them with you.

April 13, 2013 -  The Perlow Stevens Family is moving to Denver. We gather to say our goodbyes

March 24, 2013 - A major Spring Snow Storm
It's not uncommon to get these late Spring storms but this one packe a wallop. It started early on the 24th and continued well into the night with local amounts up to 13 inches. Take a look...

January 1, 2013 - Arno and his band of totally insane soccer buddies play their annual Ice Bowl game

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December 23, 2012 - The Perlow Stevens gang from Columbia came in for the weekend and we celebrated our Family Christmas in a small gathering at Arnie and Rebecca's home in Chesterfield on the Sunday before Christmas.  With all the Holiday activities and our extremely large extended family group, we decided to limit the festivities to the immediate family this year. Take a look...

September 20, 2012 - Another idyllic trip down the Current River.
We couldn't have asked for a nicer day for a canoe trip.  A cool front moved through early in the morning, the skies cleared and daytime temperatures hovered in the 70s. We had some camera issues, but what we have is worth checking out!

July 11, 2012 -
July 12, 2012 at 8 PM on a very warm day in Saint Louis
Here is a very nice picture of the three Perlow boys
taken just before our weekly pickup game.  Chris may be headed back to Korea pretty soon, so we take advantage of these opportunities when they present themselves. 
The Perlow Boys engaging in their favorite pasttime
We took a similar picture back in 2003, 9 years ago.

July 1, 2012 -
The St. Louis over 60 Veterans Cup Team
In Escondido, California for the National Veterans Cup Tournament.
I spent a terrific week in Southern California away from the heat of St. Louis and in the company of fellow soccer hooligans. No trophy this time but a good time was had by all.

June 17-21, 2012 - Both Allison and Charlie stayed with us for a few days. We did the usual fun things and took lots of pictures and this time I even attempted a video.  Take a look...

June 7, 2012 - Another canoe trip down the Current River!  We couldn't have asked for a nicer day for the trip.  The daytime temperatures stayed in the 80s, with just a light breeze and lots of sunshine.  Take a look...

March 11, 2012 - We celebrate Rebecsa's Birthday and Christopher's Homecoming.  Rebecca turned 39+ and Chris is back living with us after teaching in Seoul, Korea for the last 2 years.  This was a fine gthering at Arnie's and Rebecca's home.  ... take a look at the pictures ...

February 2012 -
Sharon and Cherie displaying just some of their products
Cherie and her friend Sharon
are going into the doll clothes business. You can see some of her products on her Etsy Page and read an article about her efforts in the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

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Christmas 2011 - The extended family living in the St. Louis area is quite large and it takes a very brave soul with lots of living space at their disposal to host an event like this Christmas gathering.  Arnie and Rebecca fit that bill.  Take a look at some of the pictures...

October 15, 2011 - Arno Perlow and Rebecca Samson were married on a beautiful day and in a beautiful ceremony at their home in Chesterfield, Missouri. Find out more about this terrific event...

September 18, 2011  - 
Arno the gangster and his gun moll
We attend the Fabulous Fox Party!
  The theme this year was 1929 Chicago - Gansters and their Molls.

July 10-14, 2011 - Allison comes for a fun and action filled visit.

July 10, 2011 - Most people my age take up checkers or shuffle board but I'm still playing "The Beautiful Game". I went to the Veterans Cup National Tournament along with a group of like minded individuals representing St. Louis and the State of Missouri. The over 55 team won the gold, silver for the over 50 and over 65 teams, but the over 60 group came back empty handed.

Here's a picture of your's truly and there is more of the team exploits in this Gallery.

June 30, 2011 - We take our first 2011 trip down the Current River with friends Steve and Barbara and can't figure out why we waited this long. It was a hot day but the river was cool. As always, this was a great get-away. Come take a look at some of the pictures.

May 30, 2011 - The Perlow Family turned out for the Memorial Day 5K Race here in University City. Over 2000 runners participated in this race. Some were fast, some not so fast, but none were better looking than this sweaty bunch. Chris was with us in spirit as he slumbered through the night in Seoul, Korea.

Take a look at the post race picture

April 25, 2011 - We celebrate Allisons 11th Birthday (yes, I said eleven) at Arnies and Rebeccas Home in Chesterfield on a cloudy yet beautiful Spring Day. Take a look at some of the pictures from that day.

April 8, 2011 - Jennifer and Charlie came to Saint Louis for a short visit and stayed with Arnie and Rebecca in Chesterfield.  We all got together on a beautiful Spring day for dinner and fellowship. Here are just some of the pictures.

March 12, 2011 - We're headed out to Chesterfield to help celebrate Rebecca's Birthday along with some of Rebecca's siblings, Arnie and the girls. Take a look at some of the pictures.

January, 28 2011  - 
Allison performing in her school talent show
We attend Allison's school talent show!
  That's her in the middle wearing a purple sweater and a beaming smile.

January 2011 - Since the cold and snowy Winter weather kept us indoors so much of the time, we decided to start a much needed kitchen renovation project. Take a look at some of the pictures.

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December 19, 2010  -  Arnie and Rebecca once again generously opened their home to the extended family for our annual Holiday gathering. Only a small percentage of all the pictures taken are posted here but it should give you some idea of what the evening was like.  There was a lot of food and drink, presents for all the kids that came (and there were lots of them) and we also continued the tradition of the ornament exchange for the adults.  It really was a lot of fun!

October 29-31, 2010 - Two of our lovely granddaughters came to visit us for the weekend.  The weather cooperated beautifully and we had a great time together.  Grandma cooked the favorites, Allison and Grandpa spent time in the yard, Grandpa and Summer toured the U City Loop, and Grandma took both Summer and Allison to the fall festival at Destiny Church.  Here is just a sampling of the many pictures we took over the weekend.

September 17, 2010 -  We take yet another float trip down the Current River with Steve and Barbara.  The weather was perfect, we only saw 4 other people on the river the whole day, and 5 inches of rain 2 days prior made the river very fast.  This time we floated the stretch from Akers Ferry to Pulltite, a good choice.  Cherie and Barbara took most of the pictures.

August 10, 2010  -  Cousins Allison, McKennah, Eva and little Jadyn got together poolside to escape the extremely hot weather and to have some good clean fun under the supervision of their Great Aunts Shirley and Cherie (aka Allison's Grandma).  The pool was empty save for the lifeguard and a great time was had by all.  A picnic lunch was served and afterwards they went to Shirley's home for some more adventures and an overnight slumber party. Below are only a few of the many pictures taken at the event.  Perhaps we can squeeze in one more of these before the start of school.  Take a look at some of the pictures...

July 18-22, 2010 - Charlie came to visit us here in Saint Louis for the better part of a very hot and humid week.  We engaged in the usual activities that make our little Charlie happy.  It included clothes shopping with Grandma, a pool and slumber party with her cousins, activities in the park, games at the house, swinging in the yard, riding in the back of the truck (don't tell her Mom) and a terrific outing to the City Museum.  Unfortunately, I haven't received any pictures from the pool party as yet.  Take a look at what I have thus far...

July 15-16, 2010 - We embark on yet another trip to the beautiful Current River in South Central Missouri. This time we decided to spend the night at Montauk State Park and set out on the river the next day. We stayed in a cabin in the park, toured the old mill, the trout hatchery and played cards in our rather primitive surroundings. We had no TV and no phone. The cell phones won't work here! Perfect for a getaway! We set out fairly early and stayed on the river for approximately 6 hours. It wasn't all paddling however. There were plenty of rest stops and swimming opportunities. The temperatures climbed into the lower 90s but the river was cold and refreshing. We love the beauty and serenity of this river and planned another trip in September. Take a look at some of the pictures...

June 5, 2010  -  Cherie started a weekly session with our granddaughter Allison that Allison dubbed "Camp Grandma".  This takes place every Wednesday while her Daddy and Grandpa are off playing soccer.  Grandma and Allison tackle different projects together ranging from baking things, to little outings, to sewing projects.  Arnie and I always have little goodies waiting for us when we get back home.  My favorite is the smoothie that Allison concocts using her own secret recipe. 
Our beautiful Granddaughter modeling the dress she helped design and sew.
Pictured here is Allison modeling their sewing project.

May 9th, 2010 - It was a beautiful, albeit cool day and we celebrated Motherhood with a dinner at Arnies and Rebecca's home in Chesterfield.  Rebecca whipped up a fantastic meal, and Cherie's sister Shirley and our lovely granddaughters Summer and Allison were on hand to make the occasion even more special.  Look at the pictures...

April 25, 2010  -  We celebrate Allison's 10 Birthday! 
Grandpas goofy Birthday Card.
Take a look at the goofy Birthday card that Grandpa created for her.
  Keep in mind that Allison is a big fan of Disney's "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody". 

March 11, 2010  -  Chris posted a lot of pictures on his Facebook page and has also started a new blog.  Take a look!

March 6, 2010  -  Christopher has been staying with us off and on since September 2008, but left for Korea early this morning.  He agreed to a one year teaching assignment at a High School in Seoul, Korea.  He got the job through the University of Missouri - St. Louis and plans to go back to UMSL to complete his Master's Degree after his Korea tour.  Things can change however!  Stay tuned...

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December 23, 2009  -  Arno and Rebecca hosted the annual Family gathering once again this year.  I counted at least 40 people but there could have been more.  It was good to see everybody, but our two newcomers, Jace and Kael are the ones that got all the attention and you'll see more pictures of them than anyone else.  >>Go to the Slideshow<<

November 26, 2009, Thanksgiving Day -  We truly have much to be thankful for!  We celebrate the day with a gathering of family at Arnie's and Rebecca's home in Chesterfield.  A fun group of people, terrific food and more...  Take a look at the pictures...

October 25-26, 2009 - Cherie, Jennifer and Arno Sr. made the trip to Houston, Tx to commemorate our good friend Judy, who passed away on September 18, 2009.  Her husband Vern arranged for a beautiful Memorial Service at Mary Queen Catholic Church in Friendswood, Tx.  Aside from paying tribute to Judy, we also had the opportunity to meet up with other friends that came to celebrate her life.  We also managed a short visit to Sculpture Park and the Contemporary Art Museum in the city.  We got together with some of our friends that evening for dinner (Tex-Mex of course) and again the next day for the service and fellowship afterwards.  Unfortunately we had to return back home later that afternoon.  Take a look at some of the pictures...

September 23, 2009  -  Still crazy after all these years! 
After one of our pickup games at the University City High practice field.
The boys and I still take every opportunity to kick the ball around.
Arnie only looks fresher because he changed shirts before the picture was taken.

September 11, 2009  -  It's becoming a tradition that we cruise the beautiful Current River with friends Steve and Barbara at least once during the year.  We decided to go after after the Labor Day weekend to avoid crowds.  We arrived at the canoe rental place at 10:30 and were on the river by 11:00 AM for our 8 mile journey.  The weather was great, there was lots of good food and drink, no spills, and we only saw 4 other canoes the whole time we were on the river.  Enjoy the slideshow, and if you can, make this trip yourself.

August 17, 2009  -  It was a "Ladies Only" trip for Jennifer and Charlie this time.  They visit with their uncle and cousins in Chesterfield and spent a day with us at the zoo.  We also had a nice meal at our favorite Mexican restaurant and then it was onward to Grandma's Spa for a pedicure.  Take a look at the slideshow

August 6-7, 2009  -  Our grandaughter Allison spent a couple of days hanging out with us.  Activities included reading, baking with Grandma, swinging with Chris and Grandpa, a visit to the Zoo and the Science Center with Chris, and riding the lawn tractor around the yard.  We also took some walks and a little TV watching.  I posted a few pictures...

August 1-2, 2009  -  Arno and his band of STL United FC soccer hooligans venture to Columbia for the annual Mid America Games.  The competition was tougher than ever, but we managed to come away with the Bronze this year. 
The STL United FC Seniors! Bronze Medal Finalists at the Mid America Games.
Take a look at the team picture
or visit us on the STL United web site.

June 10, 2009  -  Cherie suffered a mild stroke 5 days ago.  She spent a day in the Emergency Room and two more in the hospital before being discharged into my care.  Her otherwise good health, physical condition, recognition of the symptoms and acting upon it in a timely fashion helped to minimize the effects of the stroke.  It effected mainly her left arm which is already doing a lot better.  She is expected to recover 100% and is taking steps to prevent another occurrence.

May 25, 2009   -  The Perlows traditionally run the University City 5K on Memorial Day and this year was no exception. Both Arnos and Jennifer braved the rain to participate. Chris likes to run the race as well but he was busy in Texas with other things. Grandma didn't run either but vows to return next year.
Drenched by the rains but happy to be running together and FINISHING!
Take a look at the post race picture
and another one,
Tho old man is dragging! You can see his tongue hanging out. Jennifer still looks pretty fresh going down the home stretch.
taken during the race.

April 25, 2009  -  It really is true!  Our little Allison is 9 years old today.  She celebrated the day with friends (both Birthday and Slumber Parties), and with her family.  Check out the Slideshow.

April 12, 2009  -  We made the trip to Sedona last year and loved the area and our lodgings so much that Steve and Barbara had little trouble convincing us to go back again this year.  We were not disappointed!  We were treated to some fabulous breakfasts at the Cozy Cactus, we hiked, viewed the Grand Canyon, and did a lot of sightseeing.  A great trip!  Go again next year?  Take a look at some of the many pictures we took.

March 25, 2009  -  Our sweet granddaughter Charlie spent part of her Spring Break with us.  We did all the usual stuff that Charlie likes to do.  For the most part the weather cooperated and we got to spend quite a bit of time outdoors with trip to the zoo, the Science Center, the parks, shopping and more.  Take a look at just a handful of the pictures.

March 5, 2009   -  Allison invited us to come and see her perform at her school function and we readily accepted the offer. She did a great job and we were glad we took up her offer.
Allison did a superb job and never missed a beat. Great singing and dancing!
Take a look at her beaming face.

February 16, 2009 - It's Presidents Day and the kids had a day off from school, so Jennifer arranged to have Charlie's Birthday party a few day early.  Grandma and Grandpa picked up Summer and Allison in Chesterfield and made the drive to Columbia.  The party was at the "Flipz" Gymnastics Center and it was the perfect environment for the kids.  The raced, tumbled, bounced and climbed, yet nobody got hurt and all had a good time.  Here are just some of the pictures from the glorious event.

February 6, 2009  -  I received a request from my young friend Paul to give an account of some of my life's highlights for a project he was doing at school.  He was to interview someone in his circle of family and friends that has led "an interesting and exciting life".  I wouldn't have thought that I qualified but after jotting down some notes, memories of my childhood came flooding back and I eventually added to the story.  It is still a work in progress, but what I have put together thus far is posted on the Perlow Family web site.  If you have a little time, look at my story.

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December 25, 2008  -  Merry Christmas!  Guess what?  Yup, I've posted yet more 2008 Christmas pictures.  I think we are going for some sort of record here.

December 21, 2008  -  We celebrate Christmas with a big party at Arnies and Rebecca's home in Chesterfield.  The family keeps growing and growing and theirs was the only venue large enough to accomodate such a gathering.  As always, they were the most gracious of hosts and everyone there had a terrific time.  Take a look at some of the pictures!  
You will also want to look at some recent photographs of Charlie, Summer and Allison.

November 27 , 2008  -  Thanksgiving Day 2008 - We enjoyed two different gatherings for this occasion. One at our nephews home on Wednesday evening and another at Arnies on Thanksgiving Day. Jennifer and family were not able to join us this year and the girls were not there either which robbed me of the "cute girlie" shots.
The gathering around the table. Rebecca did a wonderful job.
I will share this group shot at Arnies with you.

November 8 , 2008  -  It's a rare thing for the whole Perlow Family to be in one place at the same time, but we were together on this date. Jennifer and Chris came to town for a visit and our Christopher was back from Korea, so we took the opportunity for this rare shot.
Taken at Arnies home on November 8, 2008.
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October 31, 2008  -  It's Halloween again and I am following the tradition of posting pictures of the kids (and some adults that refuse to grow up).  The weather cooperated beautifully this year with temperatures still in the 70s that evening.  I posted pictures from both the Columbia and Saint Louis outings, so  Enjoy!

October 26, 2008  -  It's been a while since I posted some picture of Summer and Allison, so here it goes...

October 18 , 2008  -  The goalie of the USA Womens National Team and Olympic Gold Medalist, Hope Solo was in Saint Louis to promote the newly formed Womens Pro League.  She came to my favorite soccer bar to meet with fans and do a radio interview.
Arno and the WNT's goalie and Olympic Gold Medalist Hope Solo.
Here is a picture of her with yours truly.

October 7 , 2008  -  Christopher has ended his three year stint teaching in Korea and will be home for a while.  His future is still undecided.  He may go back overseas to teach or he may stay and continue his own schooling.  In the meantime, he'll be visiting with friends and family, so "Beware!" 
Christopher and his Momma. Good to have Chris back home again.
He still looks like the old Christopher, but here is a picture just in case you forgot what he looked like.

September 8, 2008  -  We left for a three week journey across parts of Western and Central Europe.  We took a laptop and posted updates on our journey whenever we had access to the web.  This was a great trip with stops in the Netherlands, Germany, France and the Czech Republic.  We took over a thousand pictures along the way, with a selected few posted here.  Take a look at our Europe 2008 travel page for text and pictures from various stops in the four countries we visited.

August 7, 2008  -  Colleagues from my former office invited me to join them on a canoe trip down the Huzzah River.  It's become an annual tradition.  Like in previous years, this was a fun excursion, with lots of sun, excitement, food, beer, and laughter.  Take a look at some of the pictures.

August 2, 2008  -  Yes, it's true!  Arno still plays soccer and participated in the Mid America State Games once again this year.  The team failed to win the "Gold" again this year but managed to play a good game anyway and had fun trying.
The few, the proud! The 2008 Saint Louis United Football Club (Senior Division)
Take a look at the team picture!

July 30, 2008  -  Little Charlie comes for a three day visit.  Grandma and Grandpa needed a Charlie fix before the little munchkin has to go back to school.  It was a fun filled visit.  Some of the many pictures...

July 4, 2008  -  We spent the 4th with friends and watched the fireworks display at the flooded St. Louis Riverfront.  The next day we visited with with Arnie and Rebeccah.  Here are some of the pictures from that day.

June 19, 2008  -  We join our friends Steve and Barbara for a canoe trip down the Current River.  It was relatively mild and sunny for most of the day and we only heard a distant rumble of an afternoon thunderstorm.  Nobody got hurt, nothing was lost, it was all good!

May 11, 2008  -  Momma's got a brand new bag... Ermmm, I mean bike. 
Cherie posing on her new Retro Schwinn Cruiser and a new outfit.
Check out the new Mother's Day outfit and bike.

April 25 2008  -  Guess who is already 8 years old today.  If you go back to this date in the year 2000, you will know.  Anyway,
Allison and her big sister posing for a picture. Allison celebrated her Birthday with a sleepover the day before. You can tell she didn't get all the rest that she needed,
here is a picture of the birthday girl
with her big sister.  Happy Birthday Allison.

April 7, 2008  -  Our friends Marla and Gary came for a visit to Saint Louis.  It snowed in Nebraska the day they left, and it rained like crazy here.  We still managed to have a good visit that included some great food, long walks, dinner with yet more friends, and an obligatory visit to the Arch.

March 28-April 1, 2008  -  We had to get away from the horrible St. Louis weather for a few days, so we packed our bags and headed for beautiful Sedona, Arizona.  View these pictures at your own risk!  You will be tempted to put the house on the market and head west.

March 23, 2008  -  Little Charlie spends part of her spring break with us.  Summer and Allison's break was the week before, but they still got to spend some time together.

March 13, 2008  -  We travel to Kehrs Mill Elementary School to see
Allison performing a song and dance routine with her classmates.
Allison perform
with the rest of the 2nd and 3rd grade kids.  Allison never missed a beat and made us all proud.

February 19, 2008  -  Guess who's 6 years old today?  That's right, it's our little Charlie.  Happy Birthday Charlie!

February 1, 2008  -  A major snow storm hit the St. Louis area last night dumping as much as 8 inches of snow on our city.  I went out to take some
The scene in front of our house on February 1, 2008.
early morning pictures
, before starting on the chore of shoveling some of this stuff.  What ever happened to Global Warming?

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Christmas Activities - 2007  -  As the family circle grows larger and larger, we are forced to split up some of the activities.  This year the largest event took place on the 23rd at the Stern residence and was hosted by Jim and Jessica.  We had a marvelous Christmas Day dinner at Arnies in Chesterfield, and because of weather and other obligations, the Columbia Clan had their own Christmas Day activities.  Here is just a sampling of the many pictures that were taken.

Thanksgiving 2007  -  We celebrate the day with fellowship and a very nice dinner at Arnie's residence in Chesterfield.  Rebeccah was in charge of the meal this year and she did a wonderful job.  Chris and Jenn made the trip from Columbia and Steven, Jeremy and Shirley were also on hand.  Look at some of the pictures...

October 31, 2007  -  Halloween in Chesterfield and Columbia

October 20 2007  -  Christopher took time out from his teaching duties in Korea to pay us a visit, dividing his time between family and friends.  He spent most of his time with us but also got to spend some time in Columbia with his sister and in Chesterfield with his brother.  He played soccer, went on a canoe trip, attended the wedding of his cousin Amy, and ate lots of western food.  Together, we took a lot of pictures, some of which I selected for a slideshow.  Enjoy!

October 4-7, 2007 - Our friends Garry and Karlyn came all the way from Riverside California to visit us.  We did a lot of the tourist type stuff but also took time to just hang out and enjoy each others company.

September 13, 2007 - We picked a great day weatherwise for a scenic canoe trip down the Current River with friends Steve and Barbara.

September 8, 2007 - A weekend trip to Chicago with some of my soccer
In the Soldiers Field parking lot after the game with Eduardo, Jeff and Bob.
hooligan friends
to watch the USA vs Brazil game at Soldiers Field.

Labor Day 2007 - Jim and Jessica Stern hosted a terrific party at their home. Come and look at some of the pictures.

August 4-5, 2007 -  I participate in the annual Missouri State Show Me Games along with a wonderful group of guys from University City and surrounding area. 
State Champions again in 2007
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to see a picture of our team, tournament winners in 2006 and 2007!

May 31- June 4, 2007 - Jennifer and Chris went to Las Vegas for an Art Show and left little Charlie with us. Aside from the usual activities such as the Zoo visit, swinging, and eating her favorites, Charlie also got to hang with some of the St. Louis family on Sunday at Arnies. ...more...

May 28, 2007 - Cherie and I run the University City Memorial Day 5K Race. It seems to get harder every year but once again we persevered and carved yet another notch on our running shoes. ... A picture of the sweaty couple after the race...

April 25, 2007 - We celebrate Allison's 7th Birthday! Because she is someone pretty special, she gets pretty special treatment and two seperate celebrations. The first one was at her Dad's home and it involved her Dad, sister Grandma and Grandpa. Rebecca and Paul were also on hand to help her celebrate ... more...

April 7, 2007 - Charlie came to visit us for a couple of days while her parents were enjoying a brief holiday in Colorado. We missed taking pictures at the annual Easter Feast at Shirley's but we'll make up for it next year. I did get a few nice pics of Charlie and her cousins...

February 18, 2007 - We celebrate Charlies 5th Birthday just one day ahead of schedule. We made the trip from St. Louis with Arnie and the girls. Jennifer and Chris did a terrific job with the party. The theme this year was taken from Peter Pan. Take a look at the slideshow...

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Christmas 2006 - Christopher took time off from his duties in Korea to spend a couple of weeks with us and visiting with friends and family.  It was great having him home and we hate to let him go back.  Having him with us made this Christmas special and we had a great time visiting with family here in St. Louis and with Jenn in Columbia.  I put a little slideshow together with pictures from both the St. louis and Columbia festivities.  Happy Holidays!
To view the slideshow >>click here<<

Dec 1, 2006 - It all started with a lot of rain, then turned to freezing rain, then sleet and finally snow.  We got nearly two inches of ice accumulation here in University City topped with a couple more inches of sleet and snow.  The storm left over 500,000 people without power here in the St. Louis area.  Central Missouri didn't get that much ice, but they got almost 2 feet of snow.  Take a look at the pictures...

October 31, 2006 - We celebrate Arnie's Birthday and Halloween.  Unfortunately, if you are an adult and your birthday falls on Halloween, you don't garner much attention.  Still...

Happy Birthday Arnie!!!

October 19, 2006 - Cherie and I had an invitation to join my Brother-in-Law Mike in Southern California for a Anniversary/Birthday celebration.  It would have been his and my sister's 51st anniversary and his 39th+++ birthday.  No matter the reason, it never takes too much arm twisting to visit SoCal at this time of the year.  The weather did not disappoint, nor did the pleasant company.  We met Mike's friend Anita, and had the pleasure of hanging out with George, Brian, Lorie, Jeany and many of the friends that came to the party.  Unfortunately, Mike's brother Joe was not able to make the trip.
Take a look at some of the pictures...

September 12, 2006 - We take a short trip to the Lake of the Ozarks to visit with friends and take in the early fall scenery.

August 6-12, 2006 - A visit from little Charlotte.  She drove back from Columbia with us and first spent some time with her cousin Allison, and then stayed with us the rest of the week.  We talked, baked, shopped, played on the swingset and the City playground, swam and visited the zoo.  It was fun!

August 5-6, 2006 -  I participate in the annual Missouri State Show Me Games along with a wonderful group of guys from University City and surrounding area. 
Missouri State Games - 2006 Champions
>>Click Here<<
to see a picture of our team, he 2006 tournament winners!

July 28, 2006 - After rebounding from one of the worst storms to move through the St. Louis area in some time, Cherie takes a few days to visit our former neighbor and
Cherie and Ruthie on Broadway.
friend Ruthie in New York
.   The storm hit on the evening of July 19, causing widespread destruction and leaving nearly half a million people without power for a week.  Our power was restored after 2 days, but the cable company wasn't that fast to respond, leaving me without cable TV (that's acceptable) and without my broadband connection (not acceptable) for 8 days.  The storms brought very little rain but rained down a ton of debris.  The damage was only minor at our home, but many weren't so lucky.  We lost some large trees in our neighborhood streets and parks, and it will take several more weeks to clean up the mess.

July 19, 2006 - The St. Louis National Weather Service Office on the now traditional annual canoe trip.  Perfect day for a weatherman outing.  The daytime highs were around 100 degrees, and that evening we had severe weather move through the area that left many St. Louis residents without power for over a week.   Come and look at some of the pictures from the trip.

July 2, 2006 - Cherie, Arnie and I take a very short trip to Chicago to attend a Pfaff Family gathering.  Not all were able to come, but most of the Chicagoans and some out-of-towners were able to attend.  The Slideshow pictures show activities ranging from a gathering at the hotel, to brunch at Bruce and Lisa's home, to dinner at the restaurant banquet were we all gathered for some good food and fellowship.  I have to apologize for the quality of some of the pictures.  A combination of dim lighting, fast moving subjects and an inept photographer all contributed.  Some of them did turn out OK though and if you are interested in obtaining the original (higher resolution) image, please contact me, and I will send it to you.  The slideshow images were all resized for posting.  If you have some digital images that you would like to include, send them to me.

May - June, 2006 - Cherie took a trip to Paris with her sisters, Carla and Shirley and her niece, Ariel.  I was concerned that this trip might deepen the rift in French/US relationships, but it turned out OK I guess.  Our embassy is still open, and they all made it back without problems.  Rather than staying in a hotel, Cherie rented an apartment in the 11th Arrondisment in Paris.  It turned out to be a great find, convenient to mass transportation and within easy walking distance of shops and Cafes.  Between the four of them, they took several hundred picture.
1.  Here are just some of Cherie pictures in a slideshow...
2.  Ariels scrapbook (produced by her sister Jessica)...

May 29, 2006 - Cherie is in Paris, Chris in Korea, and Arnie had other obligations, so I was forced to do the University City Memorial Day Run by myself this time.  A warm day and a huge field of runners.  I ran slower then ever before but did manage to finish the 5K without stopping to walk.  My neighbor
In Front of the house after the U City Memorial Day Race
took this picture
upon my return home.

April 25, 2006 - We celebrate Allison's 6th Birthday with a small gathering at a local restaurant.  Arnie, Leslie, Summer and Grandpa and Grandma were on hand to help Allison celebrate.  >> Click Here << to view a slideshow of the event.

April 1, 2006 -  We travel to California to help Mike celebrate his retirements from Customcraft Furniture.  Mike and Christine started the Company 43 years ago and made it the successful enterprise it is today.  To see some of the pictures from the gathering, >>Click Here<<

March 19-24, 2006 - It's spring break for many, and Summer and Allison get to spend their break with Grandma and Grandma.  If you want to see how they spent most of their time, >>Click Here<<

March 3, 2006 -   Arno Retires from the National Weather Service.
The occasion was celebrated with a party, brunch and fellowship with out-of-town company.  Lets hope the years to follow will be as much fun as this weekend.

February 12, 2006 - We celebrate Charlies 4th Birthday in Columbia.  Summer and Allison made the trip with us.  It was a nice party with lots, lots, lots of kids!  Happy Birthday, Charlotte!

January 8, 2006 -  Wow!  Has it really been that long?  Yup, it's true!  Cherie and I celebrated our 40th Wedding Anniversary on this day.  We celebrated with a special dinner, quality time together, and with travel plans in the near future.  Here's looking at the next 20+ years!

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December 29, 2005 - Summer was nominated earlier this year for the Young Achievers Leadership Award by her teachers and counselor. We found out today that she got it! Congratulations Summie!

Christmas 2005Come and look at the pictures from various Christmas Gatherings

November 24, 2005 -  We celebrate Thanksgiving DayCome and look at some of the pictures.

November 8, 2005  -  Chris has started a Blog and has promised us frequent installments and pictures.  We are all very anxious to hear more about life in Suwon, Korea.  Come and read his Web Log!

Halloween 2005 -  Come and see some Halloween Pictures

October 29, 2005  -  We get together to bid our son Chris, farewell!  He is leaving for a teaching assignment in Korea.  Friends and family gathered at Growlers Pub to wish him their best.  >>Click Here<< to view some pictures from the event.

October 1, 2005 -  We flew out to California for a "Celebration of Life" in honor of my sister Christine.  Click here to view her memorial page or a slideshow of the Celebration of Life gathering.

September 10-11, 2005 - More soccer news!  This time we traveled to Belleville, Il for the regional Prairie State Games.  It's a 2 day tornament and we almost won it all.  We came close however and brought silver medals back to University City.  >> Click Here << to see a picture of the gang on day two. 

August 29, 2005 -  My sister Christine passed away after a long bout with cancer.  More on her Memorial Page.

August 6-7, 2005 - We make our annual pilgrimage to Columbia to participate in the Show Me State Games.  I've participated in these games since the early 80s, starting in the over 30 competition and gradually working my way through the different age categories, culminating in the 50+ competition.  One of these days I will have to give it up and play something more suitable for a senior citizen...  Naw!!!! Come see a picture of the University City 50+ team.

July 10, 2005 - Our annual Waldron Avenue Block Party

June 18-21, 2005 - We took a short trip to Denver, Co to explore that city as well as Boulder and the surrounding area.  We took lots of pictures, some of those are included in our little Slideshow.

June 4, 2005 -  Pictures from Summer's Dance Recital

Memorial Day Weekend 2005 - The boys and I along with some of our friends visit the Windy City for a USA vs. England soccer match, great food, and fellowship.  On Memorial Day, we ran the University City Race.  Click Here to see the slide show.

May 2005 - Our son Christopher graduates from the University of Missouri.  We celebrate the event with a BBQ at Chris and Jennifers home in Columbia.

April 2005 - We celebrate Allison's 5th Birthday at the Faust Park Carousel.

Easter Sunday 2005 - A major gathering of the clan at Shirley's house

New Year 2005 - We celebrated New Years Eve and New Year Day in a rather quiet fashion. For a brief monologue and a picture of our newest family member, click here.

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Christmas 2004 - This is how we spent our Christmas. Our son Christopher was staying with us over the Christmas break and Jenn and Chris came in on Christmas Day. Unfortunately, young Clayton was not with them, spending his Christmas Day with his Mom instead. Cold weather but great fellowship.

December 19, 2004 - We take a trip to Las Vegas with our friends, the Camengas

December 4, 2004 - Our favorite gift shop and Gallery Poppy celebrates the annual "Living Windows Festival". There's more to this story however...

November 25, 2004 - We celebrate Thanksgiving Day.

October 31, 2004 - Halloween and Birthday celebrations in Columbia and St. Louis

October 26, 2004 - We go to see the Rock Bottom Remainders with our friend Barbara. The picture shows Cherie and Barbara with author Kathi Goldmark and publisher Sam Barry (Dave's brother).

September 11, 2004 - After placing second in the prestigious Missouri State Games, the Hellbenders took to the road and displayed their talents at the Prairie State Games in Belleville, Illinois. No gold, no silver, not even the bronze. We finished in 4th place this year but are determined to place in the top 3 next year.

August 14, 2004 - Little Charlotte spends the day with Grandma and Grandpa

July 31, 2004 - I have participated in the annual Missouri State Show Me Games ever since the games started back in the 80s. This year was no exception. Along with 12 other hearty souls, we played in the "over 50" Governor's Cup Soccer competition. This year, like last year, we brought home the silver medal. Maybe we'll get the GOLD in 2005.

July 19, 2004 - Summer goes to Summer Camp. Our Summie gets to spend two glorious weeks at Kamp Kanakuk near Branson Missouri. We saw her off at the bus here in St. Louis and have been monitoring her activities at camp via mail and the camp website.

July 4, 2004 - We have Family and Friends over for a Independence Day BBQ

June 18, 2004  -  We all get together for a short but enjoyable family vacation.  We head down to Beaver Lake, Arkansas for a long weekend.

April 25, 2004  -  Allison celebrates her 4th Birthday at her home in Chesterfield, Missouri.

March 14, 2004  -  We take a trip to warm and sunny San Diego

February 2004  -  Charlie celebrates her second Birthday with friends and family in Columbia, Missouri.  Her grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins came to help her celebrate the blessed event. 

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Christmas 2003  -  Christopher came in a week earlier and stayed with us.  Chris, Jenn and Charlie came in Christmas evening, and Ted and Gail made the trip from Florida to be with everybody. Come and look at some of the pictures from the activities on the 24th and 25th.

November 27, 2003  -  We celebrate Thanksgiving Day in Columbia with Jennifer and Family.

October 31, 2003  -  Come and look at some of our Halloween pictures

October 2003 -  There is no better time of the year than the fall months.

September 2003  -  We make another trip to New Orleans for some sights, food and fun.

July 31, 2003  -  We receive a couple of German visitors.  The timing wasn't the best because the boys arrived the same day my Mother-in-law passed away, but the trip had been planned for some time and we made the best of it.  Take a look at some of the pictures from the visit.

July 31, 2003  -  My Mother-in-Law, Alleen Stehlick passed away from an acute case of pulmonary fibrosis early Thursday morning July 31, 2003.  She is survived by 6 children, 14 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. She was 88 years old. More information on her Memorial Page.  This sweet lady will be missed by relatives and friends alike.

July 6, 2003  -  We brave the heat and humidity to get together with friends and family to celebrate the 4th of July weekend and the completion of our deck.  Come and look at some of the pictures.

June 21, 2003  -  We take a trip to Columbia to visit with family and friends and to participate in the Missouri State Games.  A great weekend.

June 1, 2003  -  Took a trip to Columbia to visit with Chris, Jenn, Clayton and Charlotte.  I also brought a group of soccer players with me to play a friendly game against our friends in Columbia.  We didn't take any pictures on this trip, but I can't resist posting some
A collage of recent pictures of our little Charlie.
recent pictures of little Charlotte
.  Enjoy!

May 3, 2003  -  We celebrate a block party in our University City neighborhood.

April 25, 2003 We celebrate Allison's 3rd Birthday

April 2003  -  I make a trip to sunny southern California to visit
With my sister in front of their home.
my sister
for a week.  It was sunny but cool.  We were actually having warmer weather back home which promoted record growth of lawn and shrubs while I was gone.  No lawn elves stepped in to help out.

March 23, 2003  -  We celebrate Christopher's Birthday.  Chris Stevens and Jennifer also came in from Columbia to visit for the weekend.

February 19, 2003  -  Charlotte Olivia celebrates her 1st Birthday.

January 25, 2003  -  Cherie's Dad, Oscar M. Stehlick passed away in his sleep during the early morning hours.  He is survived by his wife, 6 children, 14 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. He was 84 years old. More information on the Memorial Page.

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Christmas 2002  -  The weatherman brought us "White Christmas".  It didn't hamper our activities though.  There were visits and dinners and walks in the snow.  For more info, visit our Christmas Page.

December 2002 -  We make a long weekend visit to my sister and brother-in-law in California.  It was a good time to leave the frozen tundra of the Midwest and enjoy the California sunshine and the hospitality of our hosts.  Thank you Mike, Christine and Tiger for a wonderful time!

Thanksgiving Day -  We celebrated Thanksgiving at Arnie's with a terrific meal and fellowship.  All three of the granddaughters were together for the occasion presenting lots of photo opportunities.

October 31, 2002  -  We're celebrating Arnie's Birthday and the kids are enjoying the Halloween activities.  The leaves are turning and there's a definite chill in the air.  It's fall in Missouri.

September 9, 2002A friend and colleague visits for the weekend.  Our friend Marla (also employed by the Weather Service at the Hastings, Nebraska Office) stayed with us for a few days.  We used the opportunity to get together with other friends for a very enjoyable weekend.  Activities included long walks and talks, a barbecue, bicycle tour, a tour of the city, and a lovely dinner with our neighbor and friends from the airline industry.

September 1, 2002  -  The summer heat is slowly fading and we're anticipating the cooler nights and moderately warm days of the fall here in the St. Louis area.  In light of the plight of the airline industry, Cherie has given up on waiting for a recall and has gotten a realtors license and a position with a local broker.  Christopher has moved to Columbia to go back to school full time, and Jennifer is glad to have some family so close.  We spend a lot of time and energy working on the house and yard now that our travel has been curtailed.  Everyone is in good health and our kids and grandchildren provide us with much joy and entertainment.  The economy sucks, but life is good. I'm going to share some recent pictures of the girls.  They are all growing up very fast.

August 25, 2002  -  Another friendly against the Columbia Team.  This time we met in St. Louis.

June 29, 2002  -  Waiting for the World Cup final this weekend.  Hate to see it coming to an end.  Until the next World Cup game in 2006, I'll have a beautiful crop of granddaughters I can watch growing up.  Here are a couple of pictures you don't want to miss.  These are just a few days old.  One of Charlotte strutting her stuff, and one of Allison and Summer.  Allison has to have wear a cast on her leg for a couple of weeks after taking a fall.  Her sister doesn't look to sympathetic, figuring this is just another one of Allison's schemes to draw attention.

June 23, 2002  -  A group of soccer fanatics make the trip from St. Louis to Columbia to play a "friendly" against the Columbia Senior "All Stars". The day was warm and so was the hospitality of our Columbia friends.

June 17, 2002  -  The family gathers at Arnie's home for a Father's Day celebration.  Jenn and Chris drove in from Columbia, and Leslie, Christopher, and all the grandkids were there to make this a special day for all the dads.  We ate, fellowshipped, and watched World Cup Soccer together (A family obsession).  I'm sorry that I couldn't post any more pictures.  My camera lost battery power and I was without spares.  You'll have to look back in here for recent pictures of the ladies.

May 26, 2002  -  We celebrate Memorial Day with a barbecue at our home in University City.  All the kids and grandkids were present, and the weatherman gave us a beautiful day to work with.  

May 3, 2002  -  A day off during the week.  The sun is shining bright, the temperatures are in the 60s.  What to do?  Take Allison to the zoo of course.  Leslie was OK with the idea and we went and picked Allison up in the morning and returned her in the afternoon.  The zoo turned out to be a lot of fun for all of us.  Come take the tour with us.

May 1, 2002  -  In order to make room for more pictures for the grandkids, I had to go to another host and took on a new domain name.  From now on the Perlows are at their new cyber home at   But then, you already knew this since you're here looking at this.

April 25, 2002  -  We celebrate Allison's second Birthday with a gathering of family and friends.  No longer the baby.  How time flies.  Good thing we have another little one following right behind her.  Let's just keep it going.

April 2002  -  We convinced Jim and Tina to take a weekend excursion to New Orleans with us.  We managed to get a couple of rooms at the edge of the French Quarter.  It's a busy season and we were glad to get something close and at a reasonable rate.  It wasn't a 5 star, but it served it's purpose.  We spent many hours and covered many miles walking through and exploring the French Quarter and Garden District.  As always, it was fun company and a great time.

Easter, 2002  -  Jim invited everyone over to his house for an Easter meal and family fellowship.  Both his side of the family and Tina's side of the family showed up in force, and a head count revealed over 50 visitors to his home that day.  Jennifer and Chris drove in from Columbia with  the baby.  Cherie's sister Joan and her family drove up from North Carolina to visit.  Nice to see everyone there.

March 4, 2002  -  Nothing newsworthy to report from the homestead, but I did post a few more pictures of baby Charlotte.  It's very cold here right now, but spring is right around the corner.  We're waiting for the renewal that spring brings and hopeful news from the airlines recalling the furloughed flight attendants.  Cherie is getting cabin fever.

February 19, 2002  - Charlotte Olivia is born!  Jennifer and Chris collaborated to produce a truly sweet and beautiful little baby girl.  Actually, Jennifer did most of the work, with some excellent results.  The baby was born at 7:58 AM and weighed in at 8 pounds and 2 ounces.  She stretched out at a full 20 and 3/4 inches.  She, Mom and every one else is doing fine.  Come and look at some of the first pictures.

January 2002  -  Jennifer, Chris, and Clayton are eagerly awaiting the arrival of baby Charlotte.  See what they've done to the baby's room.

January 6 2002  -  A baby shower for Jennifer here at our home in St. Louis.  Friends and Family braved the season's first snowfall and came to celebrate the occasion.  It was "Ladies Only" and they captured the day with lots of pictures.   We will share a portion of them with you.  Jennifer received lots of love and gifts, and barely had room in her vehicle to haul everything back to Columbia.

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Christmas 2001  -  We actually stretched our holiday activities into 3 separate gatherings.  On the 23rd, we all met at Arnie's for a gift exchange and a very nice dinner since Jenn and family couldn't be here on Christmas day.  Christmas Eve was spent at Carla's home where most of Cherie's family met after an evening church service.  Christmas day was spent here where yet more gifts were exchanged, and we ate yet another big dinner.  Time to start our exercise regimen again.

Thanksgiving Day 2001  -  The weather was exceptional for our Thanksgiving Day at
Summer anxiously awaiting the rest of the family so she can get started on the meal. Allison seems to take it all in stride!
Arnie's and Leslies house in Chesterfield
, and so was the food.  It was a shame that Jenn and Chris couldn't be with us.  They were off visiting family in North Carolina.

October 2001  -  Progress on the new (old) home... From the yard to the attic space, slowly but surely we're making some progress.  The yard lost a lot of shrubs and trees and gained a lawn. 
Cherie was furloughed as a result of the 9/11 tragedy.  She misses flying, but is making herself useful at home and spending lots of time with her Mom and our grandchildren.

July 2001  -  From the burbs to the city.  We're moving!  The idea was to scale down and get away from the homogeneous sea of single family homes here in the suburb.  We found an old home (90+) in the city that we really like.  Forget about scaling down though.  The home is bigger and the lot is 3 times as big.  The move is scheduled for August.

July 2001  -  To help Jennifer celebrate her 30th Birthday, we take a little trip to Las Vegas with her and Chris.  They came into St. Louis for a BBQ on Saturday and we flew out early Sunday.  The immediate family was on hand to celebrate the occasion, and Jenn and Chris had some exciting news to share with us all:  "Jennifer is expecting a baby!"  The due date is in February 2002, so be on the lookout for lots of baby pictures.

May 2001 -  Cherie picks up a trip to London, England, and Arno tags along.  It's only for the weekend and way too short, but still a wonderful opportunity.  Arno travels first class while Cherie toils.  We forego sleep to tour the Brighton Beach area (where we stayed), and hang out with the crew (all of them first class).

April 2001  -  We just returned from a quick weekend trip to Las Vegas and turned right around and made a get-away to Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic.  Like Puerto Rico, it was tropical and we spent most of our time just loafing on the beach.  Our cat threatened to go on strike if we left him alone again any time soon, so I guess we'll wait at least a couple of weeks before heading out again.

February 2001  -  It's nice to have someone in the family in the airline industry.  We manage a 3.5 day getaway to San Juan Puerto Rico.  The weather in St. Louis was horrible when we left, and when we stepped off the plane in San Juan we were greeted by sunny skies and temperatures in the 80's.  This was our first trip to Puerto Rico and we enjoyed it thoroughly.  Beautiful scenery and very friendly people.  We'll be back.

January 2001 -  Trying to escape a very cold Missouri winter, we head to sunny California for 3 days to visit our friends Karly and Garry in Riverside.  We made some very enjoyable excursions to the Mission at San Juan Capistrano, and Medieval Times in Buena Park.  We also spent a day in Tijuana, Mexico.  Cherie's Mom made the trip with us, but stayed with her sister in Chino.

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Christmas 2000  -  The kids visited us on December 23rd for an early Christmas dinner and gift exchange.  Both Cherie and I are working over the holidays, and this was the only way we could all be together.  Even though we celebrated a bit early, it was a wonderful time.

September 2000  -  We celebrate Cherie's Birthday with a fantastic balloon ride over some beautiful countryside in east central Missouri.  The next day we had a great dinner complete with kids and grandkids at Arnie's and Leslie's.

August 2000  -  We decide on a last minute trip to New Orleans.  I think we've forgotten our last visit to the "Crescent City" in the heat of summer and have to learn our lesson all over again.  We stayed in the French Quarter and did all the tourist type things, including eating way too much.  In Rome you do as the Romans do...

July 2000  - 
Cherie posing at the graduation ceremony in the TWA Training Center
Cherie switches to TWA
and has to go through the training academy again.  She graduates and starts flying right away

May 20, 2000  -  Chris and Jennifer are married at the Jewel Box in Forest Park, St. Louis, Mo.  It was a great day and a joyous occasion for all.  You can look at some of the digital images of the wedding or peruse the original webpage the happy couple put together.

April 25, 2000  -  Another granddaughter!!!  Allison Reed Perlow was born at 10:27 CDT at St. Johns Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.  She weighed in at 7 lbs 12 oz at 20 inches.  Mother and daughter are both doing fine.  Her sister Summer thinks she's about the best little sister anyone could ask for.  This baby is mighty cute!  See for yourself.

February 2000  -  Another trip down to Texas to visit with friends.  This time our son Christopher joined us down there.  He spent some time visiting with
Christopher's friend Lonnie.
his old bud Lonnie
and all of us ate lots and lots of Mexican food.  We only spent one night in the Lone Star State, but got lots of visiting done.

January 2000  -  We made our annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas.  We met up with the Camenga Family and thoroughly enjoyed our time away from the cold Midwest winter and time with our friends.  We stayed at the Jockey Club Condos (compliments of the Camenga Family) with a great view overlooking the "Strip" and the Paris and Bellagio compounds.  We're probably not the conventional Vegas visitors, even though we did gamble a little, but we spent most of our time sightseeing, walking, and enjoying some of Vegas' extraordinary restaurants.

Happy New Year to you all.  Cherie was on "reserve" over New Years Eve, so we had no choice but to stay at home.  We spent a little time on-line chatting with our friends in California and Texas, and then toasted in the year 2000 with a nice bottle of champagne.  I trust that the coming year, and any part of the next century that you may be around for, are very good to you.

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Christmas 1999 -  Cherie and I both got stuck working over the Christmas holidays, so we celebrated with the kids (and Grandkid) the weekend before.  We enjoyed a very nice Christmas dinner and some pleasant fellowship.

December 3 1999  -  Yet another trip!  This time we're off to Houston, TX to visit with some old friends and attend the annual Teen Challenge Banquet.  This banquet celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the Teen Challenge program in Greater Houston area.  Several of the
Some of the Staff and Workers from the original Teen Challenge Center on Westheimer in Houston, Tx
former workers and staff
came from different parts of the country, including us.  We took advantage of the friendship and hospitality of our friends, the McBees, and stayed 2 nights with them.  We also had a wonderful barbeque at the McBee's on Saturday with nearly 20 people showing up for the occasion.  It was a good to sit and talk with old friends, some that we haven't seen in over 13 years.  We left with the promise to not wait so long to visit again.  It was a short but fun packed visit.

November 1999   We took a trip to Southern California to visit our friends Garry and Karlyn in Riverside, Ca. From there we took a little side trip to Tijuana, Mexico to do some shopping.  This was the first time we tested Cherie's travel privileges, and even though that meant flying standby, it worked out just fine.  To add to the adventure, we took Cherie's mother along for the trip.  She took the opportunity to visit her sister in Chino, Ca.  She had a wonderful time and proved to be a great travel companion.

August 1999  - 
Posing in her TWE uniform
Cherie finished her training to become a flight attendant.
  Even though the training course was very challenging, she passed the course and started flying in September.  She enjoys her work, even though it keeps her away from home quite a bit. Also in August... Little Summer is not so little any more.  she turned 5 and celebrated her birthday with all her friends at a "Chucky Cheese".

July 1999  -  A group of family members and friends gather at Beaver Lake, Arkansas for a week of fun and sun.  Temperatures soared into 3 digit readings at times, but we still managed to have a great time.

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