What a Great Weekend!

Hey Everyone!

We have made it back to Monday. I did not want to get out of bed this morning. The morning temperature is perfect for sleeping all day. I made it to work and have been busy all day! I haven’t sat down until lunch. I’m kind of exhausted. :/

This weekend was fun! Saturday my sister in-law came in to town to hand out with her sister, and it was my mother’s 62nd birthday! There were 9 adults and 3 kids at dinner, thats quite a bit. Everett was dancing to the juke box the whole time we were there.

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After that we headed to my parents house and had brownies and ice cream.

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Sunday morning we got up and had some breakfast and hung out in the living room, before my wife’s sister left.

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My wife wanted to edit some pictures, since we took some family ones the night before. Everett had other plans.

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We decided that it was a beautiful day and that we were going for a bike ride. Here was Everett’s riding outfit!

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We went down to the local bike and hike trail and rode most of it and back to the house. I’m guessing that it was about a 4 to 5 mile ride. It was perfect weather for it.

Later that evening we accompanied my wife while she took some senior pictures for a girl that came from over an hour away. I took a couple behind the scenes shot for her.

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Everett and I were playing with the rocks and in the grass while she was busy. Here is looks super cute trying to come down the hill.

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He had a less than graceful way of getting down said hill…as you can see.

Annnnnd that was my weekend! I hope you had a great one as well. I’ll see you back again tomorrow! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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Gender Reveal & Playground! (Pics & Vids)

Hey Everyone!

We had a pretty exciting weekend, with a lot going on. I’m proud to say that I took pictures and videos of all of it. Go me! Saturday morning my wife’s went out of town with friends and I took Everett to my brother and sister in-law’s gender reveal. They were announcing the gender of their second child, they already have one girl. It was out at a hunting camp in the woods. Here is Everett holding a pink balloon, I guess we know what his guess was! πŸ˜€ (Sorry it is a little blury but he was on the move)

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Everett and his cousin Rory played on the floor while we waited for everyone else to arrive and eat.

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Here is my brother holding Everett.

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This one is a funny comparison. Everett, Rory and Pepper the 2 year old Great Dane haha πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ (Both of their Great Danes were there but I only caught the one)

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On to the more exciting stuff! Here is the box my brother made to reveal the gender. Inside of this box was Tannerite, and on top of the Tannerite was a bag of colored powder. My brother’s goal was to shoot the Tannerite through the box and have it explode the color all over the place. (For those of you unaware of what Tannerite is you will soon find out.)

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Here is the video I took. ( I set my phone on a chair and backed up haha, I wasn’t that close) (SOUND ON)

By now you know they are having another girl haha. Here are a few pictures I took after the reveal.

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We set Rory up on the stump, she’s a cutie!

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We finished the afternoon up there and had a relaxing evening at home, once my wife was back.

Sunday started like any other, lazy and sleepy. I was trying to get a few games in, before Everett woke from his nap but that didn’t last too long.

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My wife had him downstairs after that and she sent me this picture haha, that hairdo! πŸ˜€

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It was nearing 3:30pm and we were experiencing some cabin fever, so we decided to take a walk. It was about 43 degrees F, but the sun was shining.

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We were going to walk our normal distance, but liked being out in the fresh air after being cooped up all winter. We took Everett, and our dog, about a mile down the road to the local playground. This was his first time at a play ground. He was able to enjoy his first time on a swing. πŸ˜€

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This, of course, followed by his first time on a slide! πŸ˜€

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He did enjoy both, but wasn’t sure what was going on at first. We had successfully had a play date at the playground!

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About half way home again the poor little guy was all tuckerd out!

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We stopped and saw my parents on the way home, since they live a city block away from us, and headed home. We had some home made burgers and beans for dinner and watched a little March Madness before going to bed. Overall it was a very pleasant weekend. We can’t wait to get outside with him more now that he is a little bigger.

That is all for me, I’ll see you all again tomorrow! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

 

What A Weekend!

Hey Everyone!

This weekend was a fun one for me. I didn’t just sit at home the whole time and wish the weather was better.

We were trying to dodge the Flu though, and I think my wife lost that battle. I for one, am still doing fine for the most part. I have a stuffy head, but she is feeling all the aches and pains. 😦

We can start off of Saturday! I woke up bright and early and got ready, like normal, because….I had a Masonic seminar most of the day. It was about an hour and a half away and my cousin and one other guy were going with. We left our city at about 7am and teh meeting started at 9am. I corresponded with my wife’s grandpa, so I could drop offΒ  our documents for taxes. Two birds. One stone. πŸ˜‰ We arrived a bit early, like you should, and signed in. We continued down aΒ  line of tables and got our folder with information for the day and then the good stuff. Next came the doughnuts and coffee! I had too many doughnuts and that is all I’ll say, but they were good.

The meeting was for people looking to move through the ranks in lodge. It covered everything, in basic form, you would need to run a lodge as a Worshipful Master for a whole year. We were able to asks questions in an open format and have a couple good conversations. There were mentors and District Deputy Grand Masters there from all over the state. So, lots of knowledge there for the picking! These type of events are fun, because you can really get a sense of how big the organization is and how big of an impact they make on the community. For lunch we had some homemade sloppy Joe’s, egg salad sandwiches, veggies, soup, and apple pie. Afterwards we had a presentation of organ donation and blood donations. As a Mason, signed up for the blood club, you are able to ensure that if you ever need blood that we will get it. This is of course after insurance pays for what they can. It also covers your immediate family, so that is very nice to be a part of. We finished up our little lecture and were out of there around 1:30pm. We waited around a bit and my wife’s mom brought over some frozen goods we should have had the weekend we didn’t go back. I guess you can retract my previous statement and say we killed three birds with one stone. πŸ˜€

Sunday we wanted to get out a little bit since, other than my meeting, we had been cooped up for a while. Everett has gotten over the Flu and we figured some fresh are was much deserved. The weather was somewhat chilly but it felt good to me, with the appropriate attire. So we went for our first walk all winter! We made sure to bundle Everett up as best we could:

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We were able to sit him up more since he is bigger. He seemed to like being able to see more. I was wondering how much he would remember since developmentally he hadn’t really been on a walk in months. He can now see further and start to understand his surroundings. We also had to stop and take a nice family photo along the way:

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Everett didn’t seem overly thrilled but I assure you he had a good time. Our dog was with us too but good luck getting her to hold still!

After our walk we watched a movie, which was not particularly good. I would have reviewed it but I am fairly busy at work today. I can tell you it was Spectre, the James Bond flick. I know it is a couple years old, but I can tell you that IMDB.com has it at a 6.8 I would go lower than that. It was very disappointing in my eyes. The story was there but just about everything turned me off from it. Either way it was nice to stop doing everything and watch a movie. The rest of the day my wife edited some pictures, Everett played beside us in the attic, and I was able to get a few games in. Over all it was a good weekend.

Today I am jam packed with things to do. I have to collect a urine sample from our female dog, and get it tested again to make sure her UTI is gone. Then it is off to Everett’s nine month appointment. This is where he will get a ton of shots and be mad at us for a short time haha. By the way….Everett is nine months old, I failed to mention that last Thrusday! Woo!

That is all for me today, I hope you all had a great weekend, and I’ll see you back again tomorrow! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Zac Brown Band & Cabin Build

Hey Everyone!

I am back from my long weekend!

for those who may not know, my wife and I went to a Zac Brown Band concert she won tickets to. Β The concert was Thursday evening at 7 pm, at Youngstown State University. I guess it was the first time they have ever had a concert, and people we having a blast.

The band Midland was the opener and play for about an hour. Here was our view, mind you it was still the opener and daylight so the stands weren’t full yet.

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Here is a quick clip of Midland from Thursday playing there no. 1 hit ‘Drinkin’ Problem.

The rest of the night was awesome. The Zac Brown Band is great live! They even covered Bohemian Rhapsody, I didn’t expect that. It was looking like rain and that held off. It was a ton of driving for one night but it was all worth it.

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The pictures aren’t great but I wanted something haha.

Here is a clip of their super famous song ‘Chicken Fried’.

You can really tell the crowd was into it. If you make it to the end you can see that they continue to just do awesome instrumentals for a whole minute.

We made our way home and arrived after 1 am. We went right in, thanked my mom for watching our son and hit the hay!

Friday was spent relaxing. Saturday and Sunday I went with my dad and brother to get some more work done on the cabin. We started on the ends first.

Here is my brother adding the first piece of plywood.

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We have arch gaps to fill at the top but the windows are all in and framed.

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The other side done the same, with the bigger window framed.

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Here is just a shot of the outside.

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Next we worked on framing in a couple of french doors that we no longer needed. They will not be doors at all, rather just tall windows with builtin blinds!

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Here is where they will go, one on each side.

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Here they are mostly framed in, and I figured I should get a picture now or else I would forget. The first is with the blinds closed then open. It should be a great feature for light and style.

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It is moving right along. Once we frame in the real door, and cover the two ends we are going to seal it up. We are going to caulk the floor gaps, and use expanding foam around the roof and walls. Next will be to insulate the inside all while having the other people putting on the siding. from there we are going to put Amish rough cut wood on the front, and plywood the inside. Then it is just a matter of building the interior, as far as bunks counters, and moving in furniture. Still quite a bit to do but it should be ‘livable’ for a weekend by first snow.

I had a jam packed weekend, but it was all a good time. I hope you all had great ones as well. If you get a chance check out my last post. It is a short film review that I was requested to do. Kinda neat actually.

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

Animal Park & Weekend Update!

Hey Everyone!

I’m sorry for not getting a post out yesterday. We had something exciting happen! My wife entered a contest a while back for some Zac Brown Band tickets. In short she won! this being said I had to leave work at noon, pick up the baby, and drive a ways to go pick them up.

First I have to update you on the softball tournament. I hate to say it but we did terrible and I played like crap. I ended up getting frustrated with my personal performance and didn’t have a good time. Once we were out of the tournament I was able to calm down and enjoy watching my brother’s team fight their way to win second place! That is pretty exciting. The food was great and the weather was cooperative.

Back to leaving yesterday. We decided that if we had to make a round trip of 5 hours worth of driving, that we better make it worth our time. We went to an animal park and had a blast. One with the pictures! (This place is amazing)

We were able to feed the camels, water buffalo, deer, elk, zebras, ostrich, and more!

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I had to fight with this camel for my food bucket, as he tried to steal it out of the truck haha.

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Above you will notice that most animals don’t have their upper teeth for safety.

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A ton of Koi fish!

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The baby zebra below is only one week old! How cute. πŸ˜€

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Next we hit up the small petting area.

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Kangaroo Jack, just chilling waiting for the rain.

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One more for fun! Feeding this guy was pretty scary. He went in hard and headbutt my hand each time. lol

After we went and picked up the tickets to the concert and went home. I had little time to get over to the funeral home, when we got in to town. My second family growing up had a loss in the family. We were instructed to wear bright clothing and make it a celebration. She was an amazing lady and she will be sorely missed.

That is all for today, again sorry I missed the post yesterday! I’ll see you back again tomorrow! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

What Would This Cost? And In What Ways?

So science!

Scientist have discovered that giving mice a dose of a certain molecule allowed them to run 100 minutes longer with out any training first! That is insane first off!

These same scientists, have come up with a compound called GW1516 that could benefit humans, in many ways, potentially. No tests have been done on humans up to this point. They have found a gene within us called the PPAR Delta and activating this particular gene would not only allow you to run farther with out becoming exhausted, but could also help diabetics by helping them respond better to insulin. Another interesting point is that when this gene is activated by regular exercise or otherwise it helps us burn fat not carbs. Keeping the energy from carbs in our system longer.

The idea here is that since normal exercise all ready activates the PPAR Delta gene, they can find a way to activate it without exercise and still get the same results. This can help medically but also raises some questions. Some questions that come to mind are:

  • Would the FDA every find a way to regulate this?
    • Off the top of my head, initially, I would say this would be a nightmare for them to figure out
  • In turn how much would this cost if it became a medical procedure
    • If this type of thing ever hit the market, I would say only the rich could afford it. They could pay an outrageous amount of money so they never have to work out again, while the people who could really benefit from it would be out on their asses.
  • What could the side effects be, to having this gene active for long periods of time?
    • I would assume that there is a reason this gene isn’t normally active except during exercise. I couldn’t even guess what prolonged exposure to an active PPAR Delta gene would do. It could lead to deterioration of other part of the body. Who knows!
  • How would this change ones daily life?
    • From what they say you can essentially be a fat slob without the fat part haha. We would be in a world like the movie “Wall-E.” All jokes aside medically we could be closer to finding cures for different diseases. Everyone with access to this would be able to run longer and get fit faster, and skip the “hard part” of getting in shape slowlyΒ 
  • How would sports, of all kinds regulate this? (Since they crack down on PIDs)
    • As of right now I wouldn’t think any professional sports would allow it. As long as it is still considered a drug, even a healthy one, it is still outlawed. It would be monitored and cracked down on, in my opinion. Also those guys are generally healthy anyway so why would they need it unless they wanted an edge that they shouldn’t have?

Those are my initial thoughts on this. It is amazing to see how far science has come, it truly is! Every time there is a break through there is happiness and freight. How far can we go? Should we go? Did I miss something? What questions would you have? Let me know in the comments below!

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