Birthday, Cabin, & Dam!

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We had a very busy weekend. It all kicked off Saturday morning. My wife got up and got ready to go visit with her dad and get her hair done. Everett and I were flying solo most of the day.  Once the both of us got ready we headed out my niece Rory’s second birthday party! It was pink and Minnie Mouse themed in many ways.

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She got a nice 6V four wheeler that Everett and the others were all curious about.

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Being a bit shy, like he is, he stayed away from most of the other kids. I think a lot of it has to do with the small age difference. It won’t matter in a year but right now they are talking and running around better than him still. He did get some one on one time with that four wheeler though haha.

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I plopped him down on it twice and pushed the button to make it go for him, while we drove it around in the grass. He seemed to like riding it. Later we headed over to the nearby play ground for some more fun. Here is Everett, who climbed up the stairs on his own, and his cousin Rory.

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Then my brother Nathan followed Everett through the tube haha. Everett wasn’t sure what to think about that.

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This was his way of telling me that he wanted to go down the slide.

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We hit that slide about 20 times. Then just another shot of him climbing those stairs again.

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My grandparents came down too. They were at our other cousins second birthday party just before and made it down to Rory’s. Everett was trying to put his great grandpa’s cane in his cup holder haha.

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Here is my grandma holding my other niece Bridget who is just over two months old, and my dad and brother holding Everett.

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Rory and Everett were on a path right to each other in this picture.Rory tried to kinda hug/kiss him in passing haha.

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Then just real quick another picture of my baby niece! 😀

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Everett and I finished out the night doing some laundry then hanging out at my parents place so they could see him some more.

Sunday we had quite a bit going on. I headed out to camp only for a couple hours, since what my dad decided to do with the ceilings looks terrible. We made progress never the less. My brother’s friend Dave came to help out as well.

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We added 24 more cross supports to attempt a flat ceiling. This is where we all got mad. My dad decided that we wont’ put the boards flush and that they will just overlap and be rounded. Which is very ugly and we all hate it but he doesn’t seem to care. :/

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Here you cal see that they are just putting them up and leaving the extra. Why? Again, no one knows. Its ugly.

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Later I met with my wife while my mom watched Everett at home, for some pictures. She want to start advertising ‘Adventure Themed’ engagement and wedding pictures. She got a sister of a friend of hers to come down after their wedding to get these taken. I take some behind the scene shots for her to have as well.

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The last spot in that tour was at a boat launch where we put them in a row boat and I took the drone up and took some shots from above that I don’t have back yet. We mad it home, had some dinner, and got ready for bed.

I told you we were busy haha. I hope you had a great weekend, I know we did. I’ll be back again tomorrow, hope to see you then! 😀 😀

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Family Weekend!

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We took most of the weekend for ourselves and did what we wanted to do. We started it off Saturday morning by going out to the dam.

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That picture is from an overlook way above looking at the back side of the dam.We later went on some trails with Everett.

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We let him get out and stumble around a bit while I climbed up some of the bigger rocks in the area.

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After the hiking part, we stopped at the beach part of the dam where a Tango race was going on. I didn’t get any pictures there unfortunately. It is a time trial race involving teams competing in swimming, running, biking, kayaking, and orienteering. Our company always has a team in and I really didn’t know it was going on this weekend. It was fun to sit by the beach and watch people getting in and out of the water.

Later that day I needed to scrub out the inflatable pool we bought and move it to a better location. In do so I had the hose on and guess who wanted to play with it? You guessed it Everett.

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Sunday we started slow and picked it up a bit. We stayed home most of the day. Everett finally reached the top of the couch in his climbing adventures.

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Once we did get up and moving, I shoveled out all of the lava rocks, that were there for landscaping out grill area. I took two truck loads of rocks, weeds , boxes, and junk over to my parents house. They can use the pavers and things that I brought over. The lava rocks can be used around their fire pit and the weeds I dumped over the bank.

I was antsy to do more but didn’t have the right stuff to do anything, so we went to visit my parents when they returned home from a reunion they went to. It was nice to sit with them and let them see Everett.

We came home for the final time, and watched a movie before heading to bed. it turned out o be a busy weekend, but busy the way we wanted, so that’s ok with us.

That is all from me today. I hope you all had a great weekend, and I’ll see you back again tomorrow! 😀 😀

Nice Night To Go To The Dam!

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I was planning on going home after work and just cutting the grass. Sounds pretty boring right? My wife called me just before I left and asked what I was doing after work. She suggested that we go for a walk at the Kinzua Dam. I told her that I wouldn’t pass up an opportunity to do something with our family for cutting the grass haha.

Once I picked him up from daycare and got home, we got him ready to go!

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It is a little hard to get a picture of a baby that keeps moving, my apologizes haha.

We took off and made our way there. We went to a spot that wasn’t as much hiking, but rather a leisurely walk with some pre-made stairs and what not.

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Once you get closer to an overlook you can see the reservoir beyond the trees.

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Lastly you are greeted with this amazing view! This is a beautiful place anytime of the year. It is always worth a visit. We come here as often as we can, when we remember to actually do it lol.

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Of course with any small day trip you need a few family photos. It was very bright, as you will see. It was clear and sunny.

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We tried again back in the woods to get away from the direct sun light and we managed to get him to look and not cry haha. That is a win win if I’ve ever seen one.

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I love my little family and taking trips like this. They are the most important things in my life and I would be lost without them. The trip was great and was a much better way to spend the evening. 😀

Tonight I have a Masonic 3rd degree. It will take most of the evening and be late. It is the longest degree and the last degree to become a Master Mason. It will be fun, we are hoping a few of the NY guys come down to see it done our way.

This weekend it our Alumni homecoming and we will be going back for the festivities and to see friends. I’ll keep you posted! I hope you have enjoyed today’s post and I’ll see you all tomorrow! 😀 😀

Very Busy Weekend! (Photo Bomb)

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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! 😀 😀