Around The Water Cooler!

Hey Everyone!

A bit late today but never the less, I am here.

I had a few unexpected events happen today. First I was asked by my coworker to go give blood. It was out of the blue and I hadn’t done it in a while so I figured, why not? So around 10:45am we left the office ans went and gave blood across town. It was at his wife’s place of business so it was laid back and kinda fun.

Later, after we arrived back at the office, I was invited to go out to lunch with one of our vendors. This particular vendor comes from an hour and a half away and hits multiple client spots all in the same day. This time he was taking us out to lunch and just chatting about our current projects. We went to a nice little dive in town that I had never eaten atΒ  before, surprisingly. I ordered a turkey panini with cajun french fries. It was really good! I’m going to have to take my wife there some time soon.

In other news Everett woke up today not feeling well, I guess. My wife called me and told me that he was just laying and staring. He wasn’t very active and looked like he wasn’t having a good morning. 😦 He seemed fine last night and slept all night without any issues. She thinks that he may be just teething and we both hope it is nothing more. I just text her and she said he was playing a bit more than he was, so hopefully he is feeling better.

This weekend we have a few things to do around the house, like taking down our pool and possibly our umbrella in the yard. Saturday we have my niece’s second birthday party, down at the park where we play softball. It should be a good time, and if Everett is up for it, he can play with his cousins. I’m not sure if we have anything going on Sunday, but we may go work on the cabin some more to try and button things up for winter.

That is all from me today. I hope you all have had a great Friday, and I hope you have a great weekend! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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Great Weekend With Family!

Hey Everyone!

We had a great, hot, weekend. πŸ˜€ Saturday morning my wife’s grandparents came into town to see us and Everett. They hung out and chatted with up for a couple of house. It was nice to see them, and they love to see Everett.

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(Don’t mind the crap in his hair) It is probably from this…

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Later that day my brother had a somewhat impromptu diaper party for their soon to be baby. We were going to go to camp, but they decided it would be easier to have it at my parent’s house. It was hot for most of the day, but felt good to have a little fire once the sun went down. We had family and friends there throughout.

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After the busy day, and knowing it was going to continue Sunday, we headed home and went straight to bed.

Sunday morning my brother and I had two back to back softball games. One at 9am and the other at 10:15am. We thought since it was early in the morning that it wouldn’t be so hot….we were wrong. haha. Before the first inning we were sweating through our shirts. We played both games and won! I went 5 for 8 batting with one big home run. That is a decent day for me. Definitely not the best but the only times I got out were hard hits, they just happened to be right at the outfielder. :/ Unlucky.

After, I went home and got showered. We had to turn right around and head out to my great Aunt’s house. Her daughter turned 70Β  so they had a big party for her.

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Like always there were quite a few people there, and a ton of great home made food. My niece was there as well as my cousin Hannah’s baby girl Olive. They live in Ohio, I believe, so we don’t see them as often as we would like. So we had to get a few pictures of the kids together, having a good time.

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Everett was sharing his veggie straws with Olive before we left.

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It was a great day, and nice to see everyone.

Today is back to grinding. We have a nice day off on the 4th to break up the week so that is nice. What do you all do for the 4th? We watch the local parade, have a picnic with family at my parent’s house, and watch the fireworks.

My current situation is writing this post and watching the Brazil v. Mexico game on my second monitor.

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I know it is a bit small, but that is what you get for trying to have a 3840×1080 picture in your post haha.

I hope you all have a great Monday! I’ll be back again tomorrow, and hope to see you then! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

I’m Back! (Pictures)

Hey Everyone!

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˜€

Normal Thursday!

Hey Everyone!

We had another quiet evening at home last night. Everett slept a bit better last night so that was nice. I was even able to squeeze in a a few games of Rainbow 6.

Tonight our new plumber comes I hope he quotes us lower than the other guys. Fingers crossed.

Everything else in life is slow going, it seems. All projects are on hold for monetary reasons. Soon to be weather reasons as well haha. We are still hoping to have the basement waterproofed this spring, and I would like to spray our fence with stain this summer. This of course on top of finishing up the garage.

This weekends plans have been expanded. Sunday we are going to my wife’s families place to get a few pictures of Everett with his cousin Cater. We will double up and get some family shots as well. This being said I need a hair cut badly, after my botch job from the time before. You know, when I looked like Jim Carey from Dumb and Dumber! haha πŸ˜€ It is funny now but man was it awful in the moment.

I have started watching the first season of Travelers on Netflix. I’m not sure how I feel about it yet but it could grow on me. If it does I hope that they keep making more seasons of it. With my luck I will like it and then it will never be renewed.

That is really all I have for today. That is the thing about a real life blog, is that not every day can be full of fun and entertaining things. That is too bad huh?

Anyway I’ll be back tomorrow morning for “Coffee Talk” I’ll see you then! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Birthday Weekend & Ingress Meetup!

Hey Everyone!

I have a few pictures here to help me tell you about my fun weekend.

Friday My wife took me out for an early birthday dinner at the Still House. We wanted to do something alone since on my actual birthday we spend it with family. I got a nice moonshine cocktail with dinner. I think it was black cherry shine, with unfiltered back berry juice, mixed in some sort of sprite or 7 Up. It was delicious either way. My diet/healthy lifestyle took a back seat this weekend. I had a very good black and blue burger with pizza logs that night.

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Saturday I took my time getting up, but was still up by 7am with my baby. I eventually got ready for the day. We had our annual Ingress picnic, in Kane Pa. this year. I made sure to get a corny ‘about to be on the road’ picture for you all haha.

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I made my way to Kane to meet up with the other members of the Wardens of the PA Wilds crew. We had eight people there this year. There was supposed to be a few more of us there, but little things pop up in life all the time. We met in one of the local parks, where we would do most of our game play later in the day. We soon left and went to Bob’s Trading Post for some pizza, and to wait for the other crew members to join us. I had not ever been to the trading post, but the food was delicious, and the outdoor seating was great for a nice day.

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The rest of the afternoon was spent playing the game around Kane and basically stocking up on all of the gear we could need in the near future. Over all the day was a success. The weather held off, the people were great as usual, the food was spectacular, and we did what we went there to do! πŸ˜€ I can’t wait until the next meet up.

Later that day I took a drive with my wife and baby. With Ingress still running through my veins, I wanted more. We drove out to a few scenic locations, while I blew up a few links and fields. But while we were there we took in some of the sights.

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That was a great way to close out the day.

Sunday morning I woke up with this little guy.

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It was also my 29th birthday! Woo, getting older!

I had my coffee and Everett and I watched some Longmire on Netflix. I didn’t have much time because our first softball game was at 9am. I pitched both games and made a few really nice plays from the ‘mound.’ We won the first game easily beating them by 10 in the 5th inning. We had a one game wait before our next game, so we hung out and watched the other game.

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The second game could have been very close, but we managed to keep our defense tight and our hitting average. We beat this team by 10 in the 6th, with a score of 20 to 10. So two convincing wins on the day, as well as decent weather. It did rain, for like, one inning then it stopped and got humid.

Later that day after I got all cleaned up, we headed out for my birthday dinner. Every year on our birthdays we get to pick where our family goes to eat. It is a nice tradition that has been going on for years now. I chose to go to the Forester. It is a small restaurant in the middle of nowhere. In the forest, go figure! Here is the little man in his flannel:

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I ordered the Flat Iron, which is a 10oz. piece of beef, with a side of perogies and veggies. Before I could do anything about it, it was gone….

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It was too good to not eat right when I got it. Afterwards we all went back to my parents house for ice cream cake! My niece Rory is pretty much interested in everything so here they are hangin out.

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We also decked her out with my older brothers hat. It doesn’t quite fit but she kept it on longer than we thought she would.

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That was a great way to round out the weekend. Once we got home it was pretty much straight to bed. I am still at work alone for the next two weeks, so we will see how this goes! Wish me luck.

I’ll be back again tomorrow, I hope to see you all then. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Very Busy Weekend! (Photo Bomb)

Hey Everyone!

I hope you read (looked at) my last post on the 4th of July parade in my hometown. There are a ton of cool pictures of the groups that participated this year. This post however is about the whole weekend in general! It was jam packed with things to do.

Lets see, where to start? Well Saturday we went to my wife’s friends wedding and the wedding venue was a doctors house that overlooked Lake Erie! It is absolutely gorgeous. Take a look:

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They had a lady there playing the violin during and after the ceremony:

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Here they did a unity “wine box” it is really a time capsule that they will open on their fifth anniversary:

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Here you can see their nice birch wood wedding arch:

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We were shuttled back to our car, by the Flagship Trolley. Funny story, we read the invitation wrong and didn’t realize there there was no parking. So we drove to the venue only to park outside of a long housing complex, and walk to the wedding. We were running late as is, from taking Everett to his grandma’s house, and now we had to walk to the wedding! We almost didn’t make it. The trolley driver was nice enough to bring us back to our car after the ceremony.

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After the ceremony we hung out and had a bit of a cocktail hour. My wife and I left a bit early so she could pump. We got to the church for the reception about an hour early. Once she was done we went inside to get seats only to find out that they didn’t have enough! So we left. There was no way that we were going to stand and eat or stay that late anyway so we went back to her mom’s to have dinner. There we had baked chicken, baked potatoes, and beans. Her grandparents came over and held the baby for a little bit.

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Before we left her grandpa had me take a picture of how high the corn is there. He was saying that it was much higher than where we live, and to show people the picture. So here ya go haha.

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Another thing was that he gave us a bunch of onions from his garden. After we got home I cleaned and ‘processed’ them, and got them in the refrigerator.

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So ended out Saturday! Sunday, like most summer Sundays, we had a double header in softball. We did win both games but they took forever, due to lack of defense on all teams part haha. Each game was like 30 something to 30 something. That makes for a long seven innings, but we managed to win them both. I think I went 9 for 11 with two home runs so I’ll take it! Immediately after softball, we ran home and got ready to go kayaking/canoeing. We put in by the Kinzua Dam and floated around for about three hours.

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This little guy was riding on our cooler the whole way haha:

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When we were all done we converged at my parents house for some pizza and wings and called it a night. I was exhausted, so it didn’t take me long to pass out.

Monday came right on schedule, and I woke up and got ready to go to camp. We were clearing some paths and working on the cabin a bit more. I was the one with the four wheeler and chainsaw clearing the paths. I only got one good before and after picture because I was in the zone haha.

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That was one of about four or five. My cousin, dad, and brother were back at the cabin putting in a framed wall with a window, and the only interior wall for the bedroom:

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You can see the window in the background of the second picture and the interior wall that will have a little shelf. After the cabin I gt home just in time to cut the grass and shower before my wife’s brother, sister in-law, and their baby got into town. They came for the fireworks that night, and stayed for the parade and picnic on the 4th. The only picture I have from the fireworks is of Everett wearing adult ear phones haha.

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I don’t thing his was impressed lol!

The next morning was the parade, again check out my first post dedicated to the whole parade. We met up with my aunt and uncle, their kids, and their kids kids haha. There were 17-20 of us there total. This parade was bigger and longer, because all of the Shriners came to this parade, and had a huge picnic in our area after. My grandfather, dad, uncle, and cousin are all Shriners and Zem Zem Hornets. You know the little yellow cars in my video. I think I will be joining this October so stay tuned for that! I love the Shriners and what they do.

After the parade we headed to my parents house for a family picnic. There were seven kids there and six or so of us younger adults, as well as all of our parents, so it was pretty big. We cooked burgers and hot dogs on the grill and had a ton of great food. Here we have my cousins little girl and my brothers little girl. They are a day apart in age, how cute!

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I was able to sneak a somewhat candid shot haha. I don’t like being that guy who takes random pictures so I only got one lol.

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My brother and two cousins played a combined 15 games of Kan Jam the rest of the afternoon. If you don’t have this game you are really missing out! It is super fun, if you are any good with a Frisbee.

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The goal is to get to 21 points and beat your opponent by 2 points. You take turns throwing a Frisbee to your teammate on the other end, and they help you hit it in the top, or on the side for points. If your teammate helps it hit the side its one point, if the thrower hits the Kan on their own its two points, and if your partner hits it in the top its three points. It you throw it in the top or that slot on your own its game over.

That was the end our our super busy weekend! I hope you enjoyed the holiday and the nice weather, I know we did! If you made it to the end of the post, let me know what you all did this weekend, I’d love to hear about it. Thanks for reading! I’ll see you tomorrow! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

 

Projects, Picnic, Softball, Blood Drive!

Hey Everyone!

I had a super busy weekend, but a successful one! There were a few minor set backs that were weather related so I had to find the best way to still get everything I wanted done. Over the course of the weekend I was able to fully redo the paint and carpeting on my porch and stairs. I have a few really neat side by side pictures below:

First is the bare wood floor after I ripped up the old stuff and after I put down the new!

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Next we have the terrible cemented stairs before and after painting. I know they suck but I hate cement and I was sick of it haha.

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Lastly we have the carpet down the stairs covering up the blemishes and protecting the stairs from future weather.

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I may go back through and paint over the areas where the glue is showing, but I’m not sure yet. It will probably chip off easy enough once it is super dry .

Saturday was our company picnic. We stopped off at a local drive in diner, and ate with my wife’s grandma and mother. They have great milkshakes and well, everything.

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From there it was off to the amusement park. We brought the baby, so some of the people I work with could see him for the first time. We also wanted to see how he would handle traveling a bit farther than normal. If you were wondering it went smoothly!Here are just a few shots of the park:

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Of course, we had to hit up my favorite ride. The train! I don’t ride rides so the train gives me all the excitement I need haha.

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Sunday was of course Father’s Day. This year I am a father, which feels super weird. My wife got me this awesome key chain. It is a really neat idea.

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I actually woke up Sunday and finished the carpeting on the stairs first, then went and played softball. Our games sucked. We played like crap in the field and had too many errors. We lost the first game very convincingly. The second game was against arguably the best team in the league and we should have beat them but we gave it away. That game ended with a score of 32 to 31 in the bottom of the 7th. :/

After ball my brother and I got cleaned up and headed to my parents house to celebrate the day further. We had burgers and hot dogs on the grill. The two cousins were there together so we had a few pictures.

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It was a great weekend overall. We had some heavy storms Sunday and rain on Friday but it was all good in the end!

Today At work we have a blood drive. I totally forgot all about, thats why this post is a bit late. I signed up to give double reds. I was surprised when the girl hooking me all up was a girl I went to high school with! I haven’t seen her in a full 10 years, so it was nice catching up with her while I was over there.

That’s all from me folks! I hope you had decent weather and were able to enjoy the weekend to the fullest extent. I may or may not be on here tomorrow. I come in to cover someone elses shift and have to be here at 6am blah! We will see. Have a good one! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€