Good Surprise!

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Last night I tried working on my lights again, and boy let me tel you it was awful! I tried thinking about what needed connected and where. I tried putting the knob and tube wire that I had to the hot wire from the additional run, and it popped and flashed and I was done. Nope, a whole lot of nope after that. I’m at a loss, as to what to do. I hope to find someone to give me a hand that has a clue about what they are doing. I really don’t want to rip it all out and tear down a wall or my ceiling so I hope I find someone.

Today I got some good news about my current position here at work. I was bumped from a category ‘B’ position to a category ‘A’ position. That starts me off at the lowest rate for that and from there I will get reevaluated at 9 and 18 months from when it starts, to get me to the mid range. From there I can get to the top of my category by merit raise only. If I get to a point where I cap out before I get a new position I believe there is a way to change my job description and open up a new set of ranges.

I just realized today that Monday is Labor Day. I get a nice long weekend! I can use that for sure. I’m not sure about the weather yet, but if it is nice it would be a good idea to work on the cabin. We will probably get together with my family and have a cook out or something. We may just have a quite weekend at home, I’m ok with that too!

That is all for me today! I’ll be back again tomorrow, and after that I’ll see you again Tuesday! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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Monday Photo Dump!

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Welcome to the start of the week! We did quite a bit this weekend. Friday we went to Pizza Hut with my parents for dinner and Everett was being a normal goofball.

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Saturday morning we headed back to the cabin. We are hoping to have the beds in before the start of the hunting season. We added stairs to the front and added boards to the ceiling. Some of the wall pieces are missing, because they are all pieces we have to cut to a custom size.

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This area will be the bed room, with bunks on the right and left.

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This next one is looking from the kitchen area to the bedroom. We have that half wall up to divide the room.

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While I was at camp my wife’s two friends came into town. One of them has a little three month old. We got ready and went to the county fair for a few hours.

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Next is a must have golf cart. Just sayin. πŸ˜€

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Towards the end we lowered Everett’s stroller and he passed right out!

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Sunday we went out to visit my wife’s dad. He has been in a nursing home for a little bit now. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s a while ago and can no longer live on his own. It is pretty sad because he isn’t very old. He remembers us and Everett and loves holding him.

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We were able to meet with his wife and their kid Remi and take him to the courtyard. The kids ran around like crazy.

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The lady in the wheelchair is Lois. She has sort of been watching over my wife’s dad while people aren’t around. She came out with us and loved seeing the boys.

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Everett and Uncle Remi are playing here with some cars on the little bench.

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Later to round out the day and make the most out of it we met with her grandparents and brother’s family for lunch. It was at a very nice golf course in the area. They have great food and service.

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If you have your volume on you can hear Everett slurp up his noodles haha. if you look close you can even see his top teeth! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Once we got home, we got in our comfy clothes and watched some New Girl. Everett has been looking though his legs so my wife was doing it too and he was laughing hysterically.

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That was our weekend! We did a lot and it was, like always, worth it. I hope you had a great weekend too! I’ll see you all again tomorrow! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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˜€

Christmas #2, #3, #4!

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This is going to be somewhat of a picture post, since it was super busy this long weekend. I hope you had a great holiday weekend. Well We better get this started!

Sunday we celebrated Christmas #2 It was with my wife’s grandparents, her mother, and her sister. They made the trip even though there was supposed to be a big storm. Thank fully we didn’t get much of it. Side note, speaking of storms check out Erie, PA. I live about an hour and a half from there and they got record breaking amounts of snow this weekend. like over 50 inches in two days. Wow!

Everett is hanging out with his great grandma and her nice boot, in this first picture.

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Later we decided to get the party started and do some gift giving. We, of course, needed a picture of our baby in front of it all. A little drooly but still cute!

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Although he really doesn’t know what is going on, and only wants to eat everything he touches, it still looks like he was pretty excited. He knew this wasn’t a normal day.

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Have you ever seen a 7 month old so excited to get a couple of DVDs?!?

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Opening gifts with his mom and grandma they decided it would be best for him to wear a ribbon until he could find a nice hat!

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Once he found a nice hat the ribbon was replaced and all was well within the baby world.

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I’m not sure he knew how to conquer this next tower of gifts.

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The rest of the day was spent catching up with one another and having a nice meal. It was nice not to have to travel back for Christmas for once. His aunt got him this nice Teddy Bear and it was a challenge to get him to pose in anyway with it. It was his veryΒ  first Christmas morning, and Christmas #3 was held by just the three of us. πŸ˜€Β  He was trying to eat the tags and bow the whole time. haha.

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Later that day we prepared for Christmas #4 with my side of the family. Thankfully they only live one city block away. Before we left we tried to take a few family selfies, if anything they are memorable.

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My two brothers, my parents, sister in-law, niece, and brother’s girlfriend were all at my parents house as well. Here is my dad feeding Everett his bottle.

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We again had a nice meal and were able to catch up with one another. We also had the Steelers game on since the rest of my family are Steelers fans. Makes sense right? I’m the odd one out. We loaded the car at the end of the night and headed home. We had our first Christmas experience as parents and I would say it was a huge success. We will have to do it again sometime πŸ˜‰

I forgot to mention the boy got a ball pit! At first he was pretty terrified and I almost passed out blowing it up, but he came around and so did I!

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Lastly here is my baby boy hanging out in his crib yesterday as happy as could be!

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Again I hope you all had a great weekend, and were able to spend some time with your loved ones. If it is as bitter cold as is it here, bundle up and stay safe. If not, well…I’m jealous haha. Have a great day! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Coffee Talk!

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It is 8:05 am and I am starting my early morning ‘Coffee Talk’ off right. I just had my first cup of coffee and I am ready to end this day! haha.

I get a nice four day weekend and a ton of family time this weekend, so the quicker this day goes the better. That being said today won’t be a bad day by any means. Here at work they are having an ugly sweater contest, that I failed to enter. :/ I know, I know. I was late to the game and tried to find one last night. I went to five different stores and failed each and every time. Maybe next year. We are also having a Christmas luncheon. Most departments in our company agreed to bring in certain items and we will have a nice lunch.

I’m guessing my day will be pretty lack luster. Not may people like to report any issues on a Friday, and definitely not on a Friday with a long weekend. After lunch my wife will be bringing Everett into the office. He came in when he was just a month or so old, and I have had some requests from some employees to see him again. She works a half day-ish today so she is bringing him in.

Speaking of Everett, he is exactly seven months old today! It is hard to believe, I know, but it is true. He is sitting, rolling, and working on crawling and standing. To be honest I see him standing and walking before he crawls haha. He has mumbled a few things that sound like words, and has started to gnaw on some solid foods.

What are your plans for the holiday weekend? Are you doing any traveling? How many people are you going to see? Do you have any fun holiday traditions? Let me know in the comments below.

Remember I will be back Wednesday the 27th with, I’m sure, a giant weekend update. I’ll see ya then! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Rambling On And On!

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My finger is a bit better today. I don’t have it shipping taped up with a paper towel haha.

Work today have been pretty busy. I haven’t had a on of time to think of something to post about. I had to fix a linking issues between three Excel documents, connect our new RF Gun to the network and be able to lock it down, and help our head sales guy use his OneDrive for the first time.

It is quite a bit of time for each, and after lunch I have to meet with a girl in Purchasing to work on her macro enabled Excel sheet. It is a sheet that I made and it is only not working on her PC from a certain person. I have walked with it through all the steps multiple time and haven’t found anything to be wrong with the way it is being sent. That leads me to believe that it is something missing from her PC. Again it isn’t straight forward because it is happening only with this one other person, and not everyone else. I don’t know it has been boggling my mind for weeks now. With any luck I can get it up and running for her again.

Our company hands out Turkeys each year as a little gift. Today is that day! They go out and buy like 300 Turkeys for each person to have one. I usually give mine to my wife’s family so they don’t have to buy one. I usually help eat my dad’s since we both work at the same place and celebrate the same holidays together haha. It is a really weird thing to do but pretty neat too.

This weekend we are having the rest of my wife’s family come down and celebrate Christmas with us and I keep forgetting that I have a four day weekend coming up. I’m super excited about that.

All of that being said I won’t be posting until Wednesday of next week, well after tomorrow. I also cover a co-worker that next Thursday and Friday so I may or may not post then either. It is up in the air. I’ll try. But if I can’t I’ll be rolling into the New Year! Woooo.

I’ll see you all again tomorrow, hopefully for a true ‘Coffee Talk’. See ya then! πŸ˜€

Long Thanksgiving Weekend!

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It has been a long while since I posted. I was off for a whore four days! It felt like forever in some ways and in others it seemed like no time at all. Thursday we spent the day with my family and had a traditional lunch/dinner. For the most part it was a good time. We ate and stayed a bit later to watch a football game. The only hiccup came during that lunch/dinner. My mom, despite being told multiple times not to, tried feeding our son real food. We both told her not to around the same table and she sat right there and did it anyway. Who does that? So I had to yell at her right then and there and take my kid away from them. I’m not really sure what would go though her or anyone’s head in that moment that would let her think it was still OK to do?!? We were understandably furious and it took about every ounce of energy to not pack up our things and leave right then and there. It was over as quick as it happened and we moved on with our day. Here was the nice table setting and my parents village.

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After lunch we sampled some fancy fruity beer. My dad got this from a friend of his that passed away. It wasn’t a gift or anything it was just in his refrigerator when they all went to pack up his stuff.

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It was really good. I guess it is kind of pricey so I will probably never have it again but it was yummy. The rest of the time there was spent watching the game and watching the kids play.

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My mom made that ‘Cars’ blanket for Everett and he likes all the colors in it. Here is my niece playing with some blocks. She likes to give them to people over and over again haha.

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She has developed quite the mullet, that you can see in the next picture. Also my older and younger brother.

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We got home somewhat early and decided to whip out the large coloring book. My wife brought it from my parent’s house, since some of our stuff is till over there. We are slowly getting it all out. Any way here is the one I did. My wife never can finish one haha.

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That leads us to Friday. Friday we got up early and headed to my wife’s mom’s house. Once we wrangled everyone up we ate. Here is a picture of our nephew Carter and my wife’s grandfather Francis.

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We ate another traditional Thanksgiving lunch/dinner, and headed home.

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Saturday we were supposed to celebrate my older brother’s birthday, but we changed that to Sunday. We were also supposed to go pick up a leather couch for our house, but the lady who was giving it to us was sick. That will wait for another day. So, pretty much all day Saturday I laid on the couch with Everett while Jordyn was editing wedding pictures from the wedding we shot in October.

Sunday we went back to my parents house and met again with everyone on my side of the family for pizza and wings to celebrate my brother’s 35th birthday! Oh course we had ice cream cake from DQ to follow. He brought his new girlfriend, which is nice, because he is in a much better mood. He gets down about life easily and having something or someone in his life helps that. It must be getting serious because he is bringing her around a lot and he met her parents, so you know that is a big step.

Anyway that was my weekend, all in all it was a great way to spend my time off. I hope that we can all get and stay healthy the rest of this winter, fingers crossed. I’ll see you all again tomorrow! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

4 Day Weekend!

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This will be my last post until Monday. That will feel like an eternity. As you know I post here about every day so to go four full days in a row without will feel pretty weird. Work is about as dead as it could be today and half of the people who work here are off anyway.

I have been finding any little thing to keep me busy haha. I’m sure the last few hours of my day will drag on like they always do right before a long weekend. And accordingly I’m sure the four days will fly by faster than I can imagine. Of course this can be explained by the way we perceive time in different scenarios but we don’t’ have ‘time’ for all of that right now haha. That could take days and weeks to explain.

I looked at my snow blower last night and feel very accomplished. I fixed it! I was missing a ‘key’ that fit into a very small groove. That key was what would engage the gears and ultimately spin the wheels. With out this one little key you would not be self propelled at all.Β  I was able to figure it all out quick enough to run a test up and down my driveway, making sure that all of the gears worked as they should. And they do! Makes me feel like a real small engine mechanic haha.

I will be sliding into this long weekend soon and I will try to enjoy every moment of it. I can’t wait to see all of my family and spend time with them. Of course there will be great food and drinks as well. I hope you all have a great holiday weekend, no matter what your plans. I also hope that you stay safe if you are going out drinking, or just travelling in general. Until Monday! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Lazy Tuesday!

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Back on a very lazy Tuesday, that is more like a Thursday. Last night I was on baby duty while my wife had an online training. I wanted to work on the snow blower but could not bring our boy out so that was a no go. With any luck and effort I might get to it tonight. Might. After baby duty I was able to sneak away and play a few games of Rainbow 6 with my old college roommate.

Today has been slow at work. It gets like this near a holiday. No one wants to report anything or take the time to let us know something isn’t working properly. This is all well and good but it makes for a pretty boring day. On the other hand we are having lunch for a retired employee today. She was with the company for 17 years. She requested meatball subs and the whole deal, so I’ll have a full belly and want to sleep all afternoon haha.

We are one step close to Thanksgiving and my plans have remained the same. We will be at my families on Thanksgiving and my wife’s on Friday. I also realized that the first day of buck and doe season is Saturday the 2nd here so I’ll be heading into the woods on the first to stay in the unfinished cabin and have an early Saturday hunt. I don’t have enough time to take from work to go out more than a couple days so odds are against me getting anything, but if I do I want to get it processed where my boss does. His deer sticks and bologna is delicious!

Everett seems to have the majority of his illness behind him now. He is feeling much better and has gotten a bunch of mucus out the last few days. We hope we can keep him healthy over the holiday. We are going to be making sure that no one in our families have any sickness before we go over to their place. If they do we will be either very cautious or have to not go, which would suck.

I have no further communications for you at this time. I will see you all again tomorrow and thanks for stopping by! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Time For The Weekend!

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We are in the home stretch here! Labor day weekend is upon us.

Tonight is the clam before the storm. I was able to get the yard mowed yesterday. I’ve got it looking good. I ran through and grabbed a ton of weeds out of the garden and dropped them over the hill at my parent’s house. That leave tonight free, for anything. My wife and baby aren’t feeling the greatest so I doubt we will have much going on.

Saturday my dad is getting his old referee crew back together for a BBQ rib and college football party. There will be 10-14 people there having a good time. He is going to bring the TV outside so we can watch in style haha. I think it is all kicking off at noon, that should be enough time to sleep in, HA lies!, get the baby ready and have breakfast before heading over.

Sunday we are off yet again, to my wife’s dad’s house. He is having a pig roast. We haven’t seen much of that side of the family since the baby was born. Most of the people that will be there haven’t even met him yet. The food will be great, and so will the company. Hopefully the weather cooperates. Her dad and his girlfriend are getting married later this month.

Monday I have off and will be with the baby all day. My wife has to go to work sadly. It should be a nice relaxing day. I hope to get a few things done around the house.

If you are doing anything this weekend, let me know! I know some people go camping, some go boating.

I’ll be back Tuesday with an update on how it all went down. With any luck I’ll have a few good pictures to go along with it.:D πŸ˜€