What a Great Weekend!

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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! 😀 😀

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Industrial Softball Tournament!

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This was a great weekend, spent with family down at the ball park. We started off Friday night with a game at 8:30pm. We won that game by one point, keeping us in the winners bracket for the next day.

Saturday we started bright and early with a game at 9:15am. We promptly lost that game in the wet conditions, and weren’t feeling the best at that point. The next game couldn’t have been a more fun match up, because we played our other company team! We beat them pretty convincingly, but it was fun all the same. Now up until this point I hadn’t hit the ball very well. I was 3 for 11, which is terrible for me. I was in my own head and needed to snap out of that. Everett was my official bat boy all weekend!

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He really wouldn’t let that thing go haha. Later Saturday we played one last team. We beat them by 26 points and we were ready to play again Sunday morning. I hit really well that game and the rest of the tournament. What was interesting, was that my brother’s team lost and now had to play us in that game. We got there and the nerves were there. I knew their team was good, and I knew we had to hit well to win. In short we did. We won the game by a few runs, and secured a 3rd place finish.

Next on the agenda was the team that beat us before. We again had to show up and play the way we did the two games before. We did fall short yet again and lost to the same team twice. :/ we really wanted to beat these guys and didn’t get to. It just wasn’t happening, we had too many mistakes in the field and gave up too many runs. As far as my hitting went the last three games I went 11 for 11 with three home runs. That brings my overall stats for the weekend at 14 for 22 with three home runs. That is much better than what it was looking like at the start. We did spend the rest of the day watching that team lose terribly to the team that won it all, and that was fun! 😀  Everett was just chilling in his cousins little chair.

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Watching the games and having a bottle haha. 😀

We finally got together and had a family picture. My brother changed his shirt to root for us when he got back to the fields. My dad was on the other company team, and Everett and I.

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And finally, my main man and I holding the third place trophy! 😀

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That was a great way to spend the weekend. It was full of family fun, and great food. There were highs and lows but at the end of the weekend we were all proud of what we accomplished. 😀 😀

Great Surprise & Happy Birthday To Me!

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I was sitting at work Friday trying to figure out if I wanted to even try to cut the grass in the heat after work. When out of no where I receive a text from my brother. About four weeks early, my new niece Bridget Jo was coming into this world! We all now assume that the due date was a bit off as she is of a normal height and weight. She was 6lb 13.3oz and was 18.5in long. She was born at 2pm on the dot, Friday the 13th! My plans to cut the grass took a back seat, to visiting them in the hospital.

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Everything went well from what we know and we look forward to watching her grow, like her sister!

I must admit I have more pictures for this post, from this weekend. Do you think for a second that I could transfer them from my phone to my PC when I needed them? NOPE, me either! haha If they come though I’ll post them. As I was typing this those first set of pictures came through, but none of the other ones. Darn computers! 😀

So as you can tel our Friday was exciting! Saturday was busy. We headed out to a local park near my wife’s family, for her family reunion. Her uncles were back in town and we wanted to see everyone. Everett had a great time on the playground. Afterwards we stopped in to see her dad, and his family. We don’t make it out to see them as long as we want to so I think we are trying to plan a weekend just for them in the near future. Once that was said and done, we headed to yet another party. My cousins co-ed bridal shower. It was also at a nice park, with games and volleyball. They had a silent little aution that was put together by the wedding party, as well as a somewhat catered bbq for dinner. It was pretty freakin delicious! 😀

Sunday, my brother and I woke up and had a double header in our slow pitch softball league. If you can remember back a bit, I have been telling them that I’m the reason we have been winning, since the only two weekends we have lost were the two I missed being in Colorado. I’m glad to say that I will be saying that heading into the end of season tournament in two weeks, because we won them both again. This year out of 17 teams we are 4th with a record of 12 and 4 I believe. We were 2 in 4 after the 3rd week, but have won the last 5 weekends in a row! We will be seeded in the ‘A’ league for the tournament and hope to do as well as we can. If it stays as hot as its been I’m ok with only playing a few games haha. After our games we stopped at my brother’s house to have a nice family lunch for my birthday.

That brings us to today, by actual birthday! Woo and Nooo, all at once. I am the big 30 this year. It is bitter sweet. I think this is about the age where as a younger boy I thought that was the age of old people haha. Something about it makes it a bit sad. The rest of me is fine with it. I know I have a somewhat older than myself audience, and by no means am I trying to say that I am ‘old’, but I think this is a milestone year for most where they feel a little more divided from the younger generations. Just a day ago I could play ball with a 19 year old and it seemed pretty normal, all of a sudden its a teen and a 30 year old man haha. I’m not really too bothered by it. 😀 My wife and son will go have a nice dinner tonight to celebrate. I didn’t really want a party of any kind so we are keeping it quiet tonight. Just the fact that our family is growing and I got to see everyone is A OK with me! 😀

P.S. Totally unrelated, I put in the last damn piece to that crazy UPS project this morning. I have had to wait and wait and wait to do this thing and I did it! Everything is looking good and I’m going to wash my hands of it all haha.

That is all for me today! I hope you have a great day today, because it is my birthday! 😀 I’ll be back again tomorrow, and I hope to see you all then! 😀 😀

Coffee Talk!

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It is nice and early at about 7:35am, I just rolled into work and grabbed my coffee. I gotta let you know that I got super busy at work yesterday, and I will be very busy today, with any luck that will move my day along nice and fast.

Another thing you must know is that today is Friday the 13th. I personally don’t believe that a day can bring bad luck, but it is fun to dabble in the day. You can scour the internet and find people claiming origins back to biblical eras, but lets be real the only reason it blew up was due to the slasher movie “Friday the 13th” You had Jason Voorhees scaring the crap out of people, and made that movie a cult favorite for a decent audience.

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Creepy right? Here are a few links to some further detailed explanations of the origins of the day (if you are interested):

https://www.livescience.com/49806-origins-of-friday-the-13th.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friday_the_13th

https://www.history.com/topics/friday-the-13th

I will be going about my day as normal, but if something unlucky does happen, I may at least think twice about the day haha. 😀

Are you a believer of luck, good or bad? I mean at its simplest definition is is really anything that happens by chance, but do you believe that something like a day of the week labeled with a number that we have determined can bring different kinds of luck? Let me know below!

I’ll see you all again on my 30th birthday! (Monday) 😀 😀 I hope to see you then! 😀 😀

 

Back To Work!

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Yesterday was fun but now it is back to work for two days. I’m not really sure how I feel about it. It isn’t the end of the world and most people have called the rest of the week off, just because they can. So it’s a bit slow here anyway. I have had to replace some terminals in the shop, and let me tell you it is hot out there. From the moment I walked out onto the shop floor I have beads of sweat running down my back. It is awful.

Anyway. The parade was a blast. It rained for about 10 minutes then got nice out again, it was sort of refreshing. We sat where we always have, that way people can find us. My wife’s sister came down as well as my aunts and uncles.

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This is the only real picture I took at the parade. That is my cousins wife Cassie and their new baby Cohen. He just woke up from a nap and they realized there were other little people there haha.

After the parade we had a great time at my parents. We grilled hot dogs, hamburgers, and sausage. My cousins, brothers, and I played a few games of Kan Jam and beat the heat in the shade of a large trees in their yard.

The hardest part of the day, for me, was trying to stay awake long enough to go watch the fireworks. My wife and Everett opted to stay home and sleep, since it was a Wednesday after all. I fought the urge to sleep and lazily made my way to my older brothers house where we watched the fireworks, in kayaks, on the pond.

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I was instructed by a Google search to use the Pro setting on my phone camera to get the best results, for firework photography haha. I set the ISO low, and some other crap, and I think they turned out pretty ok. 😉

Then it was off to bed, only to be woken up at 4am to a screaming baby. the poor guy was hungry, and cranky. He stayed in bed with my wife while I got ready for the day, then I fed him some breakfast and took him to daycare for the second to last time. His last day is tomorrow and it is a bit bitter sweet.

That is all from me today, I hope you all had a great 4th of July! 😀 I’ll be back tomorrow morning with any luck, for a ‘Coffee Talk.’ Hope to see you then. 😀 😀

May 1st!

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I don’t have too much for today, so we can just enjoy the fact that it is now May! Hopefully most of us are having better weather now and that will stick with us throughout the ensuing summer.

This is a big month for us as a family now. Everett’s birthday is in May. Mother’s Day is in May, Our dating and wedding anniversaries are also in May. So it is safe to assume that May will be full of friends, family, and good times. This May is special more so because it will be Everett’s first birthday. We are pretty excited and sad at the same time about that one. We are going to have a party for him and invite our family and friends, for a nice time. We are also going on a nice vacation in May. We are heading to Colorado! We are taking the cheap route of driving a small vehicle, and staying with family. It will be awesome, I really can’t wait much longer for that. I’m not sure what we will do there so if you have any suggestions feel free to throw them my way?!?

On another note I was able to finish hand painting the inside part of our back landing. This means I’m good to use the paint sprayer again and not worry about painting the house haha. I hope to maybe get some of that done tonight, as well as find out if I’ll need a bit more paint. Once the painting gets done I’ll have to get my dad’s power washer and spray down the garage and out back deck since we are having people over. We have done a bunch of yard work in the past 2 years and haven’t cleaned that area yet, so it just has some dirt and what not over it.

That is about it. That is our month in a nut shell. I hope you are planning some cool things for this summer. I’ll talk to you all again tomorrow! 😀 😀

Successful Weekend!

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We had another very successful weekend visiting family. We traveled a bit and visit my wife’s dad and his family.

Before we left, my parents also came back from an early weekend trip to see Tim Tebow play in the AA league! They sat right behind first base and their dugout. It is always neat to see someone in action that was once at the top level of any sport. If you didn’t know he was a great college QB (football) and was drafted by the Denver Broncos where he on;y had a small impact. He is now playing baseball and enjoying that. Here he can be seen stretching out that hamstring haha.

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We went shopping first to find outfits for that photo shoot we are doing later in May. Once we were done with that we met at her dad’s house. Here you can see that Everett is very interested in what his Uncle Remi is doing on the cell phone.

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We attempted to get a couple family pictures, but the weather was not cooperating. It was freesing cold and starting to sleet. That combo with two small children was a no go. We tried it, but it really didn’t work haha.

Once we ditched that idea we sat down for some homemade dinner. It was great! We had a nice Cesar salad with a baked pasta dish. Here you can see Everett trying to eat food or the big fork haha.

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We finished Saturday up with my wife getting highlights in her hair, compliments of her mother in-law.We stayed up later than we should have and didn’t get to bed until about midnight. Which may not see like a lot, but when your average bed time has become 9pm you are really draggin ass the next morning haha.

Sunday morning came all to quickly, and our boy can testify to that haha. Even though he did sleep for a while we was still tired, and fell a sleep on me and his grandpa.

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Once we got up and had some breakfast and coffee we all got our hair cut. Literally everyone except the hair dresser herself got their hair cut lol.

So here is Everett sporting his new do! Gah he is handsome..

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We hung out at the house most of the day and once it got nice out we headed to the porch. It was one of those days where it feels good to be in the sun and the breeze was just a nice way to keep the balance.

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After we left we stopped to get some ice cream for the ride home and off we went.

Once we were home and mostly unpacked I got a strong urge to do stuff. Don’t ask me why! I got all the yard stuff out and cut the grass, ran the weed whacker, and blew away the clippings. I then started to hand paint some of the hard to reach areas of our fence, and then shop-vac’s up the leaves on our patio. It was a lot to do in a short time, but all is well that ends well.

Today I am back at work and getting in the swing of things.

I hope you all had a great weekend, and I’ll see you again tomorrow! 😀 😀

Holy Moly!

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Holy Crap!

I absolutely meant to have a post out yesterday, but I got hammered with stuff to do. Like really hammered. We have our annual profit sharing meeting today at 10:15am, so it only makes sense that all of the presenters haven’t finished their presentation… I was running back and fourth from our main building to our recreation hall, helping four different people with different aspects of their presentation. lol. One guy wasn’t done with his PowerPoint. One guy couldn’t get his videos to play. Another guy was using the wrong slide format. The President of the company didn’t know how to get his .gif the right way and wanted the screen to be bigger haha. It was a mess. So needless to say I was too busy to do anything during or after lunch.

In the morning while all was well, I was able to automate our list of PCs in the building a bit. I set up macros to retire old PCs with a click of a button. I also set up a button that brings up a form to add a PC to the active list, and then organized the workbook to look nicer. That part was fun.

Heck even this morning I have been hit with a curve ball! I walked into the building and was immediately called by one of the guys in accounting. His PC wouldn’t boot up and would flash a red LED. Doh! That means it was seeing an error on his mother board. This could be nothing, or it could be awful haha. Thankfully with a little tweak here and there I got it working again but that was scary for a Friday morning.

So I’m hoping the rest of my day just breezes by once we have our meeting. Most people just leave work after since they won’t get much done anyway. So it should be fairly quiet. Fingers crossed.

We will be traveling, yet again this weekend to go spend the weekend with my wife’s dad and his family. He is only 50 something, but has been diagnosed with Alzheimers :/ shitty I know. So he has been slowly losing it since I’ve known him. It has been getting worse by the day and progressing faster now, so we want to be sure to spend some time with him, as we don’t normally get to. Everett, and possibly myself, will get our hair cut by his wife. We both desperately need a trim. there son is only 2 or so years old so he will be fun to chase around as well. It’ll be a good weekend. Then it will be back to painting that fence of mine!

That is all for me this morning. I hope you all have had a less stressful couple days than I have! I’ll see you all again Monday (The last day in April) 😀 😀

I Started A Thing!

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It would appear that I kept my ‘Productive Weekend’ going strong yesterday. I stopped at my dad’s house after work and picked up his paint sprayer. I have never used one before and really wasn’t sure if I was capable of doing a good enough job. My intentions were to try a small area out of sight to test my skills. That happened to turn in to me painting the whole outside of my entire fence!

Here is the inside for comparison. It is just treated fence wood from Lowes that has been out in the elements for over a year.

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The Red that is in the last picture was there previously so we did our best to color match that.

Here is the main spot in our driveway painted

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By the gate

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And going up the stairs (That is only there because my dog decided to jump the railing…

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I also did the back behind my garage and across the back of my yard, until I ran into my backdoor neighbors bushes, and the front part facing the road on the other side. I would like to get the rest of the back pained but I’ll have to fight with their bushes like we did putting the fence in haha. I just like a complete job is all.

I would like to have the rest of it painted before Everett’s first birthday party. the hard part will be up there by the landing. I tried to cover the siding as best I could, but some the paint took off with the wind and speckled some of the siding a bit. I’ll have to see if a pressure washer will take it off. After all it is latex paint, who knows haha. I may hand paint the inside by the landing to avoid that entirely, it will just take quite a bit longer.

That is all the excitement from yesterday, it is raining today so I won’t be able to get back at this for a while. It will be eating away at me for sure. I hope you enjoyed this little post, and I’ll see you all again tomorrow! 😀 😀

Tuesday Lull!

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This is the most Tuesday, Tuesday that I have had in a while. Its definitely not a Monday, nor is is the slight rush of hitting the middle of the week. It is a very normal day. I haven’t had one of those in a while.

It is moderately busy at work. I have been working closely with UPS to find a solution for our shipping department. We hit a snag early on but looks like things are back on track. I have an issue that has been bugging me for weeks in Excel. I can’t seem to figure it out. I made a sheet for the company to use to replace the old way of sending around purchase requisitions, and it has worked flawlessly for three years now. A month ago I had a user tell me his wasn’t working, even though everyone else is still able to use it just fine. I am completely stumped on why this is. I have been racking my brain, then sleeping on it, then racking my brain some more with no avail. :/ I have since posted my issue up on a forum in hopes that someone may be able to provide some “outside looking in” perspectives. If you are an Excel guru hit me up haha, I have questions lol. 😀

The family is doing better. My wife is still stuffy and has a headache, but I can only believe that that will pass in a day or so. We are going to be over this sickness just in time for good weather I hope! It will finally be 60 degrees here in a day or two. WOO! 😀 My poor flowers have been more than frost bitten. I went out a week or so ago and got rid of all the dead stuff and made room for the flowers to pop up, and they did. Since, they have been covered in snow two more times! If they make it through I’ll be surprised haha. Speaking of better weather, we should be getting back out to camp when it clears up. We have to finish that damn cabin! We need to insulate the ceiling and finish siding the peaks. Once that is all done we can work on the inside stuff like the counters and bunks, as well as get the wood stove in place.

Softball is going to start up soon too. I’m not sure if I am going to play or not. Part of me doesn’t want to, because there ends up being too much drama from our teammates (They are a family), but part of me wants to keep playing with my little brother. It is one of the only things that we do together. He told me I better play haha. Who knows! I have a lot going on this summer and if I play I’ll have to let them know that it is my last priority.

That is all for me today. I’m glad you stopped by, I’ll see you all again tomorrow! 😀 😀