Highlights 2011
My daughter Annie spent fall semester abroad studying Graphic Design at ISU's Rome Program.We went to visit her over Thanksgiving Break and had a fabulous time
annie at studio family at coliseum!
family at trevi fountain

Jen in her doctoral gown

Another reason this summer was special is because we had 2 different graduation ceremonies.
Daughter Jen received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor
(go Blue!) 
We are so proud of the new Dr. Walsh in our family!!  She  now has a post-doctoral
research position at Brown University in Providence, R.I.

Our youngest daughter Annie received her B. F. A. in Graphic Design from Iowa State University.
(The creative College of Design doesn't believe in graduation gowns : ) ).  Annie is going to the
University of Iowa for a graduate program in the Book Arts. U of IA was also where our middle
daughter Sara received her undergraduate degree in Structural Engineering, so you can see that
our family has to root for all 3 state university teams!

Annie's graduation

Iowa Irish Fest

The Fifth Annual 3 day Iowa Irish Fest (one of my hubby's favorite projects) took place in downtown Waterloo August 5-7. Lots of the extended Walsh family (and thousands of others) made it to town for the celebration. Mark this year's Iowa Irish Fest in your calendars (first weekend in August) for a great party!
Jameson's Pub
Besides the 15 or so Irish bands at the Fest, I went to about 25 other concerts this summer - U2, John Mayer, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, John Mellencamp, James Taylor, Band Perry, Darius Rucker, Jake Owen, and LOTS of Keith Urban concerts !  I enjoy traveling, so this summer I went to shows in Sioux City, Davenport, Biloxi, Jacksonville, Tampa, Columbia SC, Charlotte, Raleigh, St. Louis, Moline, Columbus, Cleveland, Toledo, Albany, Cincinati, Knoxville, Atlanta, Kansas City, and Omaha.
keith urban

keith urban toledo
Jake Owen

My favorite performer is guitar-god Keith Urban whose concerts cannot be beat.
Backstage this summer in Florence, AZBackstage in Florence, AZ
My Keith Urban Concert Hopping in 2010
Houston, TX
Bismarck, ND Pittsburgh, PA
Florence, AZ
Detroit Lakes, MN
Essex Junction, VT
Grand Junction, CO
Des Moines, IA
Wallingford, CT, TN
Greeley, CO
Indianapolis, IN
Fort Loramie, OH
Chicago, IL

Paso Robles, CA
Nashville, TN

Houston, TX Des Moines, IA Green Bay, WI
Dallas, TX Moline, IL St. Paul, MN
Uncasville, CT Omaha, NB Chicago, IL
Charleston, WV Las Vegas, NE Kansas City, MO
Roanoke, Va. L.A., CA Pittsburgh, PA
Milwaukee, WI Phoenix, AZ Columbus, OH
Tacoma, WA Wiinipeg, CA Cleveland, OH
Toronto, CA Joe's Bar, Chicago 2009 KU Concerts
My Keith Urban Concert Hopping in 2008
Roanoke, VA
Lexington, KY
Philadelphia, PA
Kansas City, MO
Cleveland, OH
Indianapolis, IN
Omaha, NE
Chicago, IL
Nashville, TN
Raleigh, NC
Pittsburgh, PA

Peoria, IL Nashville, TN

Backstage pass with Keith in Las Vegas in 2007. I am on the far right.

My backstage experience
Three weeks later my daughters & I went to the St. Louis show. Daughter Annie won a pair of backstage passes from a country radio station. She (in navy) and daughter Jen (in red) managed to stand on either side of Keith in their photo, so I was a little jealous!Daughters backstage experience

Backstage in Omaha
In 2008 backstage at the Omaha concert.
backstage with keith
In 2009 backstage at the Uncasville, CT concert.

Lexington show
Lexington show2
An unknown photographer posted photos online that just happened to catch me standing at the catwalk edge at the Lexington, KY Keith Urban/Carrie Underwood show.
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