Discover The Dinosaurs!

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I have been keeping very busy at work, which is a great thing. It makes my entire day go by so fast! I am already ready for the weekend haha. I have been working some more on the UPS upgrades at work and even created a nice spreadsheet to present my work when the time comes. I have also been working closely with a company in Florida, to repair and replace our IBM terminals in the shop. They are old and have to be, to work with our somewhat dated system. Lastly I have finally placed my April order to replace workstation PCs, and even got some monitors and battery backups! πŸ˜€ I kinda squeeze those things in sometime for stock purposes. If someone needs something I try my best to have it.

Speaking of the weekend a bit ago, our Saturday just went from fairly dull to something I am looking forward to. My wife has a baby shower in the morning for one of her friends so I’ll travel with her to that and just kinda hang out. Afterwards, I just bought tickets to “Discover The Dinosaurs: Time Trek” It will be at a local convention center. I’m not sure Everett will ever remember such a thing, but it fills the time gap that we have.

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Here is the write up for the event:

At Discover the Dinosaurs: Time Trek, you’ll be transported through our special Time Lab where you can observe enormous prehistoric dinosaurs and glimpse at mythological, magical dragons. This experience is all about hands-on family fun! Kids will love the larger-than-life creatures, and activities like Design-a-Dino, Prehistoric Poop, or the Race Through Time Labyrinth will keep everyone entertained. Families can compete in the Cretaceous Challenge Zone, visit the Time Trek Theater to meet baby dinosaurs, and test their dino-knowledge in our family and individual trivia contests.

PLUS at our Dragon Edition events, we’ve incorporated famous dragons and lore from three very distinct cultures – dragon legends are thought to have started with the discovery of unknown dinosaur fossils!”

I think it will be pretty neat. I’m not really going in with any expectations, so i can’t really be disappointed haha. I’ll be sure to take some pictures and show you all what it was like.

After that fun, my wife scheduled a photo shoot with a couple. We will meet them at the desired upon location around 6:30pm and then travel home. So you can see we really packed that day with plenty to see and do.

On another note I was please to receive a phone call from the garage door people, telling me that they came to my house and fixed my door! I’ll get the bill in the mail, but they fixed it! It hasn’t worked since we moved in over a year ago, and I just got around to having it fixed. I have been picking it up and putting it down this whole time for my wife. It will be amazing to click a button and have it actually work haha. they changed out the gear box and attached the missing arm that connects the motor to the door. They were going to go back and apply weather stripping to the sides to eliminate the gaps on the sides. I’m not sure I have ever been this excited about a garage that I don’t even get to park in. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

That is all for me today, I hope you enjoyed the post. I’ll be back again tomorrow, I hope to see you then! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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I’m Back! (Pictures)

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I bet you thought I died haha. If you can recall I was feeling really crappy last week. I mentioned it Monday and Tuesday. Wellllllll, It wasn’t getting better so I took Wednesday and Thursday off. I wanted to be well enough to enjoy the holiday with my family. I’m still hacking and sniffling here at work today but I’ll be ok. My wife is now sick and Everett is still yucky as well. We did make it though and we did have a great time, so I’ll jump right in!

Saturday was our busiest day, by far. My wife had a sunrise photo shoot at 7am. I was home getting Everett ready for his first swim class! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ When my wife got home we were pretty much ready to go. Here is my boy in the YMCA parking lot.

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We took him into the family changing area where we met my mom, brother and his little girl. Everett was checking everything out so he wasn’t very animated haha. But look at that little swim suit! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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He was a little hesitant at first, but warmed up quite nicely. It was only 30 minutes but that seems like an eternity once you are in there. The girl standing next to us is the instructorΒ  (not just a random creeper haha)

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Part of the way though they put these floating letters and noodles in the pool for the kids to hang on to. Everett was getting used to laying on his back in this one. He did get there!

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Once we were done at the pool we had to hurry home and take showers. We were right back out the door to go to my cousin Austin’s baby shower. Here is my cousin, my aunt, and his new baby boy Koen! He is a cutie with big cheeks. (Fun fact: He is almost 3 months old and weighs as much as Everett haha)

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Again, after the baby shower we hit the road and went to My wife’s families house for Easter. When we got there he had these ears put on him haha.

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Everett’s grandpa and his family came over for dinner, which was a nice treat.

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The rest of the night was spent playing with the three little kids that were there. We hit the hay early because we were drained and still were getting over some sickness. Sadly my wife woke up Sunday feeling worse. :/

Everett was enjoying some pancakes and yogurt bite in the morning.

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Again we got ready and headed out. We were going to Erie to my aunt and uncle’s house for our other traditional Easter lunch. There were 8 children there under the age of 8! that hasn’t happened since all of my cousins and I were little. It was awesome having that many people there and seeing the next generation of little ones. The best part is they all seem to get alone and play like crazy.

After we ate I helped hide Easter eggs in the yard and my wife got Everett ready to go. He wasn’t feeling it haha.

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Here we go!

This is His first ever egg hunt so it was pretty fun.

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Once all the kids came back in the house and got their candy sorted we tried to get them all on the couch for a picture. This was chaotic, but fun!Β  This is about as good as any picture got haha. The second one on the left is my niece Rory and she was not having it haha. It was still pretty funny.

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Everett was looking out the window with one of his cousins here and it was just too cute to pass up.

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Lastly for Sunday, before the long drive home was another shot of my newest baby cousins Koen, again. He was dressed in his little bunny outfit. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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We woke this morning feeling groggy and out of it. I made it to work, still not feeling the greatest, but I have to power through. It can only get better from here right? haha.

I have missed you all, and hope you had a great holiday weekend! I’ll be back tomorrow, and hope to see you then! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Motivated & Busy Weekend!

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I made it to work today! I really wasn’t sure if I would. I was debating about sending my boss that e-mail at 9pm saying that I wouldn’t be there. I decided to take some NyQuil and sleep on it. I woke up again still feeling crappy but I didn’t have a sore throat or anything so it didn’t get worse. I figured I’d give it another shot. So, here I am.

I actually got really motivated after I got home last night. I didn’t take any pictures because I was still really out of it, but I weeded my flower beds. Well, some of them. I have a bunch, so I was only able to do the front yard ones that people will see. I noticed that I had some flowers already poking up and figured if I don’t clean these up now it will be harder to do later. I grabbed my rake, gloves and hedge trimmers and took two car loads of yard scrap to my parents house. I dumped it all over the bank by the creek. It was a bit windy and only about 45 degrees but it was sunny and it felt good to be outside for a bit. It probably didn’t help my sinus issue any haha, but It boosted my moral. πŸ˜€ It will be nice to see the flowers and things again, after a long winter.

My head is still pounding and my nose is still running like a leaky faucet. I hope I am able to get over whatever this is before the weekend. I have plenty of things going on that I don’t want to miss. If Everett is feeling better, which he should be, he will have his first swim class. We have a baby shower Saturday as well. After that we are going to celebrate Easter with my wife’s family. On Easter we are going out to my one aunt’s house for a large family lunch. We have been doing it for years, and it gets us out and about.

That is about all for me today, I hope you all have a great day. I’ll see you again tomorrow! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Gearing Up For The Baby!

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Today has been baby centered, fully. All for good reasons , no need for alarm.

This morning, my work held a small baby shower for my wife and I. It is pretty awesome that they do that sort of thing. It was during break and usually gets extended because everyone is still there. My wife came in to work just before break. The work bell rings and we all met up in the kitchen/dining area of my work. They had bought a full, big cake for everyone to enjoy. It had little booties and rattles on it. They asked a couple weeks ago what her favorite type of cake was and that was what they ordered. She picked lemon in case you were wondering.

They took a few pictures for our Human Resources department, and then presented us with a gift basket. I was full of goodies! We got things like lotion, oil, cream, bids, towels, and diapers. All great things to have more of. They told us that they had a few other things for us too but that they hadn’t come in yet. The girl in charge was mad at FedEx for not getting the items here in time and gave them a piece of her mind, behind closed doors of course haha. She is a girl who has just had two babies of her own so she knew what to get. We also gave them a copy of our most current registry. She is going to just bring the rest in to work when it gets here. That is totally fine with us. The thought really does count in this scenario. Most companies don’t go above and beyond for their employees, like this one does.

We are going to send the company a nice card thanking them again for putting it all on and for the gifts.

After that shower, my wife had a routine doctors appointment for the baby. She is at the point where she is now required to go every week until the baby is born. That means it is getting close! It is getting down to the wire and exciting. Her blood pressure is up, for her, but not for people in general so it was nothing to worry about. The babies heart rate was in the good range and everything is looking good. Just a little more waiting left to do then it’s time to rock and roll!

This takes me right up to lunch!

That’s all I have on this front for today! I hope you are enjoying the updates, and baby news, as much as I am. I hope to see you all back again Monday! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Baby Shower, Camp, Projects! (Pictures)

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Back from an exciting weekend, and I hope you are all well.

As you may know my had her baby shower Saturday and it was a good success. I wasn’t there for more than a few minutes before packing everything up and leaving but I have some shots of the ‘haul’. Here we have a shot of most of the things on the table. You can see we asked for books, so we will have plenty of things to read for him. We have some diapers, and regular baby stuff. It is hard to look at so much clutter, my chest tightens when I see it haha.

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I was able to get a few bigger items out of their boxes and throw them together that night. Here is the highchair that we got all assembled.I like to keep the instructions with everything because they fold and come apart so many ways now a days that I can’t keep it all straight.

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We also got this little swing thing. It can run on D batteries or plug into the wall. It swings back and forth as well as plays music and nature noises. It also vibrates, which of course requires more batteries.Oye!

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This was the advice board, where everyone was able to jot down a piece of advice for my wife. It is a pretty neat take, as far as set up goes.

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We were able to put most of the stuff in its new home and decorate a bit more in the babies room. It comes together much better with the globe on the shelf and the adventure blanket on the chair. The crib and everything was all made too but I forgot to get a picture of that.

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We finally got done washing and drying baby clothes for the first time, and put some of the stuff away. We kept the diapers on the floor because they are wrapped, along with the monitors since we have no stand to put them on yet. Some towels, and lotion are in those bins as well as stuffed animals. His little shoes are in the top left. πŸ˜€

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That was the end. It was a long day but we got a lot done. Sunday my dad, brother, and myself went back out to our camp. We had the goal of getting the roof rafter up, and we did! Check it out.

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Our camp is about 15-20 minutes away, for reference. We had to go buy 50 2×4’s take them up to the site to measure two of them for cuts. Once we did that we had to drive back home and make the cuts on all 50, and load them back up. We then left and went back to camp and put them up. It isn’t very fun to carry them through the woods haha. I think since you last saw we also have the floor joists in too! Our next goal is to get that dang roof up so the wood doesn’t warp more and get gross.

On one last note I have plans to take the dog to the vet tonight as well as buy supplies to make an indoor firewood rack. I drew up the design and the dimensions. It will cost me about $100 to get the lumber, stain, wood filler, screws, and wood glue. I already have nails and a nail gun for the panels if we chose to put them on. After that, if my wife approves I want to make an eight spot cubby storage shelf. Once we have that made or bought, we can put our baby monitor on it.

That was my weekend! It was very busy, but fun. I hope you all enjoyed your time here. If you like what you see spread the love!

I’ll see you all again tomorrow! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Finances & Baby Shower

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Like most paydays I have about $40 to my name, DOH! Once I get done putting money in my 401K, away for bills, away for my unborn child, and student loans I’m left with enough for gas in my truck haha. I love and hate payday, so I never know how I really feel. I love being to provide and keep my life fairly stable, but at the same time I hate feeling like I went to school to get a job, just to turn around and pay off school loans….

Here is a couple buttons I just need added to my keyboard here at work haha:

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It is getting down to the end our our fiscal year here at work and that means a few things. First of all if comes around the same time as tax season, which for me is a good thing because I always make sure I have a refund coming. Secondly, my work cuts us in on a part of the years profit, by cutting us all with a check based on time spent working, and job difficulty. Lastly, we get renewed vacation and wellness hours. It is like a freshening up! They do a good job of keeping the employees happy and healthy. I have basically all of my vacation spoken for, which is meh, but it is for good reason. I have half of it for our, once every five years, family reunion in August, and the rest will be used when my wife has our baby! It keeps getting closer haha.

Speaking of the baby, we still don’t have a name, shame on us. My wife is having her baby shower Saturday, at the local coffee shop. We invited a bunch of people, but only a few are able to make the trip. We had a modest amount of things bought off of the registry, the rest I can get from parents at work. We have a few of her college friends coming and staying with us for the next few days as well. We don’t get to see a lot of those people anymore since we all went out on our own ways. The most we see of them is when we go back for things like homecoming, and fraternity/sorority weekends in the summer. So this is good to have a couple of them coming. Here is what the inside of the venue looks like, normally:

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I am hoping to get all the furniture paid off before the baby comes, so I can get some of the bills figured out better, and find out how I can start fixing some things around the house. I am not a fan of debt, and being in so much of it makes me stress out often. I know the school loans and mortgage are nothing I can just knock out, but credit card debt is different. Once that is gone I’ll feel much better. I really can’t wait for the weather to get better and stay better. I want to be able to work on the landscaping of our yard, and touch up some paint that has chipped, due to the winter weather. Well, and of course our crumbling steps haha.

That’s it for me on this wonderful hump day! Just remember after noon on Wednesday it is a downhill slide into the weekend! πŸ˜‰

I’ll see you all again tomorrow, invite your friends! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Weekend Activities

It’s Monday Again!

This seems to happen every week.

Over the weekend my family celebrated Christmas with my grandfather. He leaves for Florida soon and likes to meet with his family for Christmas, so we have been doing it early. This was the last year that we are doing presents since it is a bit out of control being the first of October. We will continue the tradition of meeting up and having a good lunch/dinner, and catching up with each other. My cousin Zach has two kids now and one was born a day before my brothers. So we had three babies to keep us all company. It is nice to see our family getting bigger and carrying through generations.

Yesterday my wife and I stayed out in that area because we had a baby show for her brother and his wife. Their baby is due later in November. It was a dreary day but we all made the best of it. It was in her father’s barn. There was plenty of room, food, and good company. We watched her open her presents and had to leave soon after to get home.

Later that evening I played basketball with some co-workers. We play every winter to keep us somewhat active through the cold months. This was the first meet up this year. We play for two hours with a small break right in the middle. The teams and games depend heavily on who shows up. Last night we had 9 people, so we played 4v4 and let one person have a breather after each game. After that I got home, showered, and got ready for the Steelers game. Most of my family are Steelers fans so I end up watching them quite a bit. Even though I’m a huge Cowboys fan! My brother came over with his new daughter and we watched the Steelers demolish the Chiefs.

This morning I was feeling pretty sore form the basketball games, but I felt good at the same time. This work day has been moving by pretty quickly as well. That is something I will never complain about.

My wife and I are still on the hunt for the perfect house for us. We are now thinking about finding a plot of land and putting down a modular home. If we can find the right spot for the right price we might be good to go. I know it is a lengthy process but we have to start moving soon, or we will start to go crazy.

That is all for today, I hope you all had a great weekend. See you tomorrow! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Short Day!

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The title is a bit misleading. I don’t have any shorter of a day, I just started earlier. I came in to work at 6 this morning rather than 8. So I’ll be out of here by 2:30pm woo! That being said I don’t have a ton of time to push out a large post.

I just saw on my Ingress scanner that an Enlightened agent is currently taking out all our portals in town. So first thing first, I’m leaving work and cleaning up his mess. Once I get home I’ll pull something out of the freezer to get ready for dinner. Next I’ll get into some comfy clothes, since its cold and rainy here today, and play a few games.

My friend told me to download Heroes of the Storm, so I did that last night. I’ll be giving that a whirl tonight. We will then venture on to playing a few games of Rainbow 6: Siege. Side note, I didn’t know that the “Operators” in that game came with a full backstory. Its great to see companies really taking the time to make a complete experience in a game.

Friday night after work my wife and I are going to check out, yest another house. This set up will be a bit different as it is for sale by owner. I really hope we find something soon. I swear we have seen every house in the area, and yet nothing that would be practical. I still have hope and we have a pre-approval until the end of November. That hope will stay with me as long as I feel like we won’t run out of time, since I really don’t want to apply for a pre-approval again. With the winter months coming though it gets scary because a lot of people stop selling until spring and my god we don’t want that.

Over this weekend my weird family will celebrate Christmas with my grandparents since they travel to Florida for the winter months. It is very weird but nice to see everyone and celebrate a holiday like Christmas early. My wife and I will spend the night out that way because we have a baby shower that next day for her brother and his wife. They are due in November.

Let me know what plans you have for this weekend, I’d love to see what everyone is up to.

Until tomorrow! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€