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Our son Benjamin is 10 years old, loves soccer, sports, and Legos, and is an avid reader. Several times we have found him after taking a shower, wrapped in a towel, crouched down, heavily engrossed in reading a book instead of getting dressed for school. Our daughter Gilly is 4 years old. She is a clever little stinker, and is just learning how to read. She loves to dance and wants a "Spiderman, Cinderella, This past August we had another baby, a little girl we named Maris. She is an angel and just loves to be held while she watches all the commotion going on around her. She is trying her hardest to crawl but can't manage yet.

We greatly enjoy music and have purchased 1,000s of songs online (what a treat!). Liana was a sound engineer for a band for more than a year and we both played tuba in the band, even after high school. Ben plays trumpet and is getting lessons from jazz great Stephen Vaughan.

We greatly enjoy hosting dinner parties and are really looking forward to moving from our small apartment to a real house with a large living room and fire-place so that we can again host some relaxed dinner events. Liana and I both love to cook and really enjoy a tasty meal and good conversation. No TV! Just a fireplace and some smooth jazz plus some guests who are inquisitive about the world. A fireplace is key. I have enjoyed building a crackling fire since I have been about 10 years old and fortunately Liana and the kids enjoy a good fire as much as I like to make one.

Although we very much enjoy traditional American cuisine, our favorite choice is Indian fare. When we lived in Cincinnati we had the luxury of a good half-dozen great Indian restaurants with great weekend buffets. Those were some of our best dates, once I had an entire plate of Gulab Jamin for desert. Yummy! Unfortunately there aren't as many Indian restaurants here in Ann Arbor and since there are no Indian students in my research program I have had to learn how to cook our favorite Indian dishes. We also enjoy Thai, Mexican, Chinese and African foods. Greek, middle-Eastern, Russian...actually we just enjoy food, period! Food made by people who enjoy to eat. We do our best to enjoy a wide variety of foods despite our young (very picky) children.

For the past two years I have made all the bread for our family. I use a Panasonic bread machine and make my own mixes. The family loves my chocolate cherry bread, my fruit nut breads, and my multigrain specialties. Liana really appreciates my tomato cheese bread and makes the best grilled cheese sandwiches with it. The whole house smells great and I can put in enough nuts and dried fruits to really make a tasty treat, not like those sparse breads you buy at the store. They also make great gifts for those whole like specialty breads.

Every year for the past four years we have gone camping in the U.P. (the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where we camp on the beach and enjoy fresh pasties and cheese curds. Often we can make it over to Mackinac Island where we enjoy fudge and biking (and thus our net caloric consumption is zero). This past year we traveled in a rented RV across the entire United States. We really enjoyed it (especially Ben and Gillian and the cozy "cabin-over cab" design) and so we plan on purchasing one in the next year or two. We plan on driving the Alaskan highway through Canada in a month long adventure and also would like to drive up through Canada to Newfoundland.





/făm'ə-lē, făm'/
n., pl. -lies.

A fundamental social group in society typically consisting of one or two parents and their children.

Two or more people who share goals and values, have long-term commitments to one another, and reside usually in the same dwelling place.

  1. All the members of a household under one roof.
  2. A group of persons sharing common ancestry. See Usage Note at collective noun.
  3. Lineage, especially distinguished lineage.
  4. A locally independent organized crime unit, as of the Cosa Nostra.
    1. A group of like things; a class.
    2. A group of individuals derived from a common stock: the family of human beings.
  5. Biology. A taxonomic category of related organisms ranking below an order and above a genus. A family usually consists of several genera.
  6. Linguistics. A group of languages descended from the same parent language, such as the Indo-European language family.
  7. Mathematics. A set of functions or surfaces that can be generated by varying the parameters of a general equation.
  8. Chemistry. A group of elements with similar chemical properties.
  9. Chemistry. A vertical column in the periodic table of elements.
  1. Of or having to do with a family: family problems.
  2. Being suitable for a family: family movies.

[Middle English familie, from Latin familia, household, servants of a household, from famulus, servant.]