Around The Water Cooler!

Hey Everyone!

Last night we ran to the store, and ended up picking up some slippers for Everett. They are too cute not to share so here we go!

That was last night as well as him climbing on his Diaper box and dancing to the theme from Gilmore Girls.

This morning he was still loving them.

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I hope my boy can brighten your Friday! I hope to see you back again Tuesday! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

 

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I’m Back!

Hey Everyone!

I have been gone for a week and it feels like an eternity!

I’m really not even sure where to start, or what you guys want to see? For those of you who may not know, my little family and I drove from Pennsylvania to Colorado last weekend. We drove back this weekend. It is a 22 hour drive and took us two days each way. We were able to stop along the way in/around Des Monies Iowa to rest for the night both ways.

While we were in Colorado we stayed in Aurora. It was mainly on two major highways and that was that. What was nice was that we could go North or South at our leisure. We bounced around from Boulder to Colorado Springs, to Denver. Depending of the weather that day and the family that we could meet up with.

The first full day we were there it was rainy and crappy so we went to the Morrison Natural History Museu.

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This place was really neat, they had real live dino nerds give you a tour of everything. Most things there were found right in Colorado. While we were on our tour there was a giant storm and some hail. Thank goodness we were inside!

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The next day we headed to Colorado Springs where we took a trolley though Garden of the Gods, and drove up the over 14,000 ft Pikes Peak!

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It was pretty exhilerating driving up Pikes Peak. Once we were at the top we did feel dizzy due to the altitude, but we snagged some great pictures while we could. We also had some fresh doughnuts while we were up there.

I believe Wednesday we took the whole day and went to the Denver Zoo! It was so much fun. Everett had never been to a zoo before, and this one and the other are both on the top 10 best zoos in America.

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This zoo was really cool and freaking huge! We ended it with a Peacock and ice cream. If you are wondering what his shirt says its: “I flexed so hard the sleeves came off” haha. πŸ˜€

Lets see….hmmm.. what did we do Thursday? Ah that’s right. We went to the Pearlt Street Mall in Boulder! It was about 5 city blocks of a walking mall. The weather was great and we did some shopping. πŸ˜€

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This place was beautiful and full of people and neat shops. πŸ˜€

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My personal favorite spot was this store that was dedicated to honey! They had all sorts of kinds to try, and even sold Meade.

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Everett was not a fan of these water things haha. he didn’t make a single face other than that one haha. πŸ˜€ Later that day we met up with my wife’s uncle for dinner in Longmont.

Friday we met up with my cousin in Colorado Springs, where she cooked us an amazing breakfast. We hung out there with her and her three little kiddos for a bit before heading to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo! You guessed it! It is on a mountain.

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At the zoo they donate $0.75 per each visitor to help wildlife. We got to drop them in this thing to pick and choose the cause we helped. It is a great idea.

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These misters should be in every zoo haha. They saved the day! πŸ˜€

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I had to take a selfie with a Giraffe, we were able to feed and pet them so we became friends fast. πŸ˜€

The whole week we had great food! We ate all over and never the same place twice. Most places we had never been to before. We ate at a steakhouse, IHOP, Bean Sprouts, BJs brewery, EdelweissΒ  (German), At both zoos, Bent Fork, Boulder Beer, and lastly a Joe’s Crab Shack.

Food Overload Below!

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We Started the drive home Saturday a bit late on purpose, because part way through we met up with another photographer from a Facebook group that my wife is in. She and this other girl swapped family photo sessions. It was really neat. We met them in some park in Omaha Nebraska. We changed into nice clothes in the parking lot haha. I don’t have any of those pictures yet because neither of them have edited them yet, but I’ll share when I have a chance too! πŸ˜€

We stopped in Atlantic Iowa for the night, around 9:30pm. We only got to ‘sleep’ for a couple hours before Everett was screaming his head off, so we left Sunday morning around 3:45am….We drove until we got home around 7:30pm. That was a long day, I’m sure you could guess haha. We made it. It was a blast. We will cherish those memories forever!

Thank you for reading though this huge post. I’m still super tired and surprised I made it into work today! I hope to see you all again tomorrow! (I’ve missed you) πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Happy Birthday Baby Boy!

Hey Everyone!

Today is the day. My boy is one year old today! It has all happened so fast in our minds, when in reality it was a whole year haha. He has grown so much from the moment we first saw him!

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He was the cutest little baby we have ever seen, partially because he was our own. But lets be honest, he’s a cutie!

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He was small, but a healthy small. Everything about him did and still does light up our lives in a big way. We cannot imagine life without him. πŸ˜€

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It is hard to believe that he was created by the two of us. We often just stare at him in amazement and wonder. The fact that we have the ability to create human life is something that can’t be fully understood until, you yourself create it.

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There is no other feeling like it in the world. I’ve grown up knowing how and why people have children and that someday I too would want children of my own. There was never any real meaning or feeling behind those thoughts and words. I thought it was just something people did, because they were supposed to. It wasn’t until our baby boy was brought into this world that we started to realize the true impact he would have on our lives. I have never felt a bond or a closeness so strong before in my entire life!

To my son: Today at 5:20pm Everett Hugh you will be one year old exactly. Your mother and I love you very much and can’t wait to see all of the great things you do. We want to watch you grow, and learn all there is to learn, and see all there is to see. I’m sure we will be proud of the person you become. I’m sure there will be hard times, and things that we won’t see eye to eye on, but I hope you always know that we love you. We are not perfect, and for that I hope you can forgive us, but remember that we are only trying to do our best, to do what is best for you. We hope to raise you in a way that you can stand on your own two feet and take on the world armed with all of the tools you need to have a full and happy life.Β  We love you more than anything! ❀ ❀

My wife had an impromptu photo shoot with Everett a few days ago. I mentioned it in an earlier post I’m sure. So what better time to share them with all of you then on his first birthday! πŸ˜€ Please enjoy these amazing photos!

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AND! My favorite…

 

 

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Gosh I cannot get over this kid! (nor do I want to!)

Here is a link to my original post introducing Everett into this world: Here

I hope you all have enjoyed this little post. I am thankful everyday that you all stop by to see what is going on in our lives. πŸ˜€ I’ll be back again tomorrow, I hope to see you then. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

New Hobby!

Hey Everyone!

Yesterday was our anniversary, and thank you for all of the kind words! We both know and understand that material items aren’t what creates/prolongs a relationship, but we like to do something a little extra for things like this.

My wife asked for a bike years ago so that we could go riding together. I was never able to get her one. Our life then got really hectic with moving and a family. I’m glad I could finally get her one! It is a nice new Trek, in a California Blue. It is a 13″ because she is a shorty haha.

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She surprised me with a Ukulele, but not just any Uke! It was the Kala Waterman. You have most likely never heard of it, and that is ok. It is a plastic Uke, but not really a toy. It is totally see through, can take a beating, and best of all is water-resistant! I have wanted one since I knew they were a thing. πŸ˜€

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It is great for camping our floating down the river, which I plan to do both this summer! πŸ˜€ It is a soprano size, so the smallest of the main sizes. It is the traditional size.I absolutely love it! It doesn’t sound like an amazing instrument, well because it isn’t meant to. It does hold a tune and is great to take with you.

So with my wife having a bike now, we can ride right? Well not exactly. What about our boy? We hit up the Wal-Mart and were able to find him an infant helmet that he modeled for us at home haha.

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He isn’t exactly a fan but we did manage to get a few of him smiling haha. He just has to get used to it is all. He doesn’t like that he can’t just rip it of. We looked or a cradle seat for the back of my bike but they didn’t have one. We then hit up the local cycle shop and they didn’t either. They were however able to check for me and let me know what options I have. They should be calling me today and if the price is right I’ll be getting one. Theeennn, we can go for a ride! πŸ˜€

That is about all we did yesterday, besides watching Holes on HBO Now haha.

I’ll see you all again tomorrow morning! Hope to see you then. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

3rd Wedding Anniversary! <3

Hey Everyone!

It is the middle of the week and it is also the third wedding anniversary for my wife and I! With Mother’s day, Everett’s birthday, and this all so close to each other it is a bit over whelming, but May it going to always be a busy month for us now. πŸ˜€

My wife Jordyn and I met in college, and started dating shortly after, in 2011. She would spend most days during the summer at my college home. Within the next semester we started living together in a house with 3 other people, her friends/sorority sisters. We hadn’t gotten sick of each other yet so we kept moving forward! We soon moved to a place on her grandfather’s land not too far away, where we lived for about 2 years. I was in and out of working multiple jobs, and then decided to go back to school during that time. She was finishing up her bachelors and starting her masters program. When I finished school I began to look for a job, which ultimately led us back to my hometown. This being about four years ago now. We lived with my parent’s in the upstairs of their house, with our dog and cat. My wife made this all work out by driving over an hour and a half a few days a week, to finish her masters program! We didn’t want to be apart for days on end. At this time we had been engaged and eventually got married May 16th, 2015. In November of 2016 we closed on our house and that is where were are currently. During that time is she had been pregnant for a few months, and had our baby boy soon after on May 22, 2017. Here we are a year later!

We have been through quite a lot, with school, friends, family, financial distractions,Β  distance,Β  and a child, but have come out better for it. Each day I believe that we are stronger as a couple, and hope that continues for many years. She is everything I have ever wanted in a partner, and more. I couldn’t imagine living a life without her or our fairly new little family. She supports me in too many ways to mention, all while being my very best friend. For that I thank her.

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That is it for me today! I just wanted to give a shout out to my amazing wife today, and let you all in for a sneak peak of where we came from and how we got here. Thanks for reading! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Mother’s Day Weekend!

Hey Everyone!

Soo Happy, belated, Mother’s Day to all of you moms out there!

We had a rainy weekend, but we made the best out of it. Everett was waking up 5:30am so a bit earlier than normal and throwing us off a bit. Saturday morning was lazy, we watched some TV and what not, nothing crazy.

Later we drove a bit out of the way and went to a place with a few big green houses. We picked up a couple of hanging basket ferns for my wife and I grabbed a nice hanging flower basket for my mom. Of course it was raining but it was all ok.

We still had a few minutes before our reservation for dinner so we stopped at a TJ Maxx and Michael’s, where my wife picked up a some stuff for her mom and a few things for a project she wanted to do.

When the time came we headed over to the Fuji Steak House.

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It is a Hibachi style restaurant. So we are big fans haha.

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This was Everett’s first time at a place like this. He was having a good time.

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He wouldn’t let go of that rubber from for anything though haha. The first time he lit the grill on fire he didn’t know what to thing. He was mesmerized by the guy cooking the food and all his tricks with the utensils.

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I picked up a fruity girly drink while I was there too, but it was delicious haha.

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Once we came home we just spent some time together and watch a movie or two. We also got word that our normally scheduled softball games were canceled due to the weather, so we decided to have breakfast Sunday. This was with my whole family. we normally can only do dinner because we have games during the day. So Sunday morning came and I had hung up her hanging baskets.

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Around 8:30am we went to a local spot for a nice breakfast. My brothers and their families were there too. In total we had 8 people and 2 kids.

Afterwards we took some pictures outside of the restaurant.

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The only person not in the photos was my dad, because he was the one taking the pictures haha. We then gave my mom her flowers.

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It is a big pretty basket so it filled that trunk! After we headed to Lowes to get the rest of the stuff for my wife’s project. I spent the day at home, watching movies, hanging pictures in the hall and other little things. I made spaghetti for her for dinner to end the evening.

Overall it was a great weekend, despite the rain. I hope you all had a great weekend as well! I’ll be back tomorrow, and hope to see you then! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

2 Year Anniversary! (Coffee Talk)

Hey Everyone!

We made it, Friday! It is here, finally!

I feel like this has been the most drawn out week I’ve had in a long time.

I have a few things to cover today.

I took last night off from outside work. It was kinda rainy and I just needed a quick break. I’ll be back at it after work today. My brother is going to drop off his Jeep after work. I’m going to take his doors off and hinges to paint them. He wants them painted in that bed liner that I painted my whole truck in. He has one of those 4 or 5 door Jeeps, so it’ll have about 10 hinges. I’m just going to set the doors in the garage and park it in there. I’ll lay the hinges on some cardboard and spray one side at a time.

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It is Mother’s day weekend. I will celebrate with my wife and son Saturday. We are going to a restaurant of her choosing and getting some hanging baskets. While we are getting those baskets I’ll grab one for my mom. Sunday we will most likely have dinner with my mom and brothers.

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Lastly, I will be celebrating 2 full years of blogging this Saturday as well!!! 2 Years, I never thought I would be doing this a week after I started to be honest. This is crazy to me. Lets see.

-After this post, I’ll have 474 published posts

-I have 514 wonderful followers, thank you all! πŸ˜€

-I’m receiving over 1,000 views per month

-I have been nominated for 5 separate blogging awards

-I have put out 13 review posts of Movies, Apps, Technology, and Gadgets

-Surprisingly enough, 13 posts of Current Events and News

These past two years have been amazing and you have all driven me to continue doing this. I’m glad that I can come on here and vent, rant, write about my everyday life. I have been able to document my son’s birth and growth. Most importantly you are all very kind and supportive, in your comments and advice. I have come to love blogging and never thought I would. Thank You! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

 

Ill, Disaster, & Bringing It Back!

Hey Everyone!

Well it looks like we are all going to get sick like we thought. :/ My wife and I started feeling it yesterday or so. We are both at work today, because, well, you know. No time to take off haha. Well not entirely, but we have to be strategic about how we use it. I may be using some tomorrow, if I get worse, and she can’t take off to stay with Everett. By the way, he still have a slight fever so he is home the rest of the week. So if you don’t hear from me tomorrow, well, I’m not here. πŸ˜€ If I don’t take off tomorrow I’ll probably take of Monday, if I can, and If I’m still sick. I can only assume we are going to feel real bad this weekend, that is why I’m planning things this way. I really just hope that Everett doesn’t get this crap again after he gets rid of it.

In other news, my morning was going pretty well, until I spilled a whole cup of coffee on myself haha. It was a nice fresh cup, full to the brim. I think I went to grab at it, clearly missed, and dropped it. It went all over my desk on my shirt and pants, and all over my plastic floor mat. DOH! That felt good, thankfully I wasn’t burned in anyway. That would have been really embarrassing haha. Β  I do have a nice large stain on my shirt and pants for the rest of the day… :/ I’m going to try to stay in my office as much as possible the rest of the day. But heck with all that going on this morning, maybe I should have have “Coffee Talk” today lol. πŸ˜€

Keeping it scattered, I have been wanting to start drawling again. I am pretty good, nothing amazing I’m sure but I always excelled in most things art related. That being music, painting, drawing, stuff like that. I never continued much after the burden of real life bogged me down, but I would like to, even if just for a short time, get back into it. I have been thinking about bringing my wife’s secondary camera with me in the car, so that I can stop alone the road when I see an amazing landscape. I want to get a sketch pad and work on my fine lines and images. I had my ukulele out for a while and now I have it stored away with a dead tuner, so I haven’t touched that in a while.

I would love to get back into skateboarding, but I am for sure way too out of shape for that at the moment. I still have my last board, I could tool around on it this summer a bit. I may be able to even take it on walks with my family and dog. Who knows. I just want to bring back what used to give me so much joy. I have gotten too far away from things I used to love, and honestly still do. I just have excuses as to why I don’t do them anymore. I either don’t have time, or am just too lazy to do so. To be fair after a long day of work and with a new baby it is harder to find time, but maybe I can start squeezing some of this back into my life. Since college I have filled most of my free time with video games. I do love them too, but I have not done that other stuff because of it. Hell I even love working on cars, I just don’t have the money or the vehicle to fix or modify. lol

Hopefully I can work on these things. I hope you can reflect on things like this as well, and who knows maybe pick up something you put down years ago!

I’ll be back again tomorrow, maybe. I’ll see ya when I see ya! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Sunshine Blogger Award Nomination!

Hey Everyone!

I was nominated for the “Sunshine Blogger Award” by my new friend Lily over at Retrospectivelily.com .

I graciously accept, this nomination and want to thank Lily for the chance to be apart of this award! Please check out her blog for great posts about literature and much more!

Lets get into this thing!

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to bloggers who are creative, positive, and inspiring as they spread sunshine to the blogging community.Β 

Here are the rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or your blog.

On to the questions!!!

  1. What television show are you watching right now (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, network TV, etc.)? No joke, I just finished binging all 7 seasons of Game of Thrones! I am watching the Olympics on live TV, and The Detour.
  2. What are you reading right now?
    ….Um, about that. For real, nothing. On an honest note, not being religious I really want to read the NABΒ  cover to cover.
  3. Coffee or Tea? Black Coffee. At least two full cups a day! I got to lazy to add other things haha.
  4. Why do you blog? I have been asked this on multiple occasions. I started because I was bored with some free time at work. I had no plans no goals, nothing at all. I now write to chronicle my daily life mostly, and to throw in a few extras when I am able.
  5. If traveling were free, where would you like to go? I have friends in the Netherlands that I haven’t met yet. I would also love to go to the Ukraine, since that is where some of my family was born. I now sponsor a child in Zambia and think it would be a great experience to visit him and his family.
  6. Who is your favorite band or musician? Recently I have been big on EDM and never thought I would be. It helps me relax and focus. I enjoy Krady, Nicky Romero, Monster Cat, and Cell Dweller.
  7. What is your dream job? I would have to say being a CTO or Director of IT would be awesome. That is what I am striving to be currently.
  8. If you could only pick one for the rest of your life_books, movies, or television shows/series-which would you pick? Hands down I would pick television. They offer more content usually at an acceptable length. I am a huge fan of visual media and books usually don’t don’t do it for me.Β 
  9. What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given? Good question, I’m not sure anything has ever stuck. Maybe just the mindset of living below my means.
  10. What is the worst movie you’ve ever seen. Damn, that is tough. I try my whole life to avoid bad movies and now that I have to pick it is hard to do so. Not sure I can pick just one. I would say most parody movies are awful. Most of Will Ferrell’s later works are also terrible. I hate most movies with Vince Vaughn in them too haha. That is just a personal preference.
  11. What are your goals for this year? My wife and I have a huge goal of building or putting a house down and are currently trying to start that process. It is driving my crazy already so the sooner the better.

Now, it’s time for another round of nominations and questions!

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The Utopia Universe

Wally-Truth in Palmyra

Lily-True North Nomad

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Sarah-Paul Sees The WorldΒ 

  1. What television show are you watching right now (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, network TV, etc.)?
  2. What are you reading right now, or what is the last book you read?
  3. Coffee or tea?
  4. Why do you blog?
  5. If traveling were free, where would you like to go?
  6. Who is your favorite band or musician?
  7. What is your dream job?
  8. If you could only have one for the rest of your life–books, movies, or television shows/series–which would you pick?
  9. What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
  10. What is the worst movie you’ve ever seen?
  11. What are your goals for this year?

 

Again I would like to thank Lily for this opportunity and award, please check out her blog! You won’t be disappointed.Β  πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Bachelor Party Weekend! (BABY UPDATE SOON)

Hey Everyone!

I know what must be on all of your minds. Did they have their baby? Where have all of my favorite posts gone? haha To quickly answer your questions, YES! We have had the baby. With so much going on I will save that post for when I come back to work. I should be back to work Tuesday the 30th. If I’m feeling frisky I may post about it the day before I go back. That way I’ll have the time to properly introduce my little healthy boy! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

By the way I felt the need to run the weekend update by you guys so I’m sitting here in a cot, in the hospital, beside my wife haha. Here I’ll prove it!

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This is far different from my usual set up. No desk, no PC, no chair haha. It was a long night but very worth it!

Anyway on the weekend. Friday I didn’t post because I left work half a day to get some things done before the baby came. I needed to pick up a few things. I ran to Wal-Mart and got everything I needed to change the oil in my truck (since I hadn’t done it all winter oops) It took a little bit to get set up, because it was the first time that I have ever done it at the new house. Yay for firsts! πŸ˜€Β  After that I cleared out my garage and got rid of all the junk that was left in it. In the process of dumping it all at my dad’s I grabbed our grill, and the air conditioner. Once I got home again, I installed the grill outside for my wife, and put the AC unit in the window. We got the laundry done and the house clean. That was the end of our busy Friday.

Saturday was my brother’s bachelor party. I got to the restaurant early and played some ukulele in the truck before they arrived.

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While I was still waiting I got a shot of how full my truck was and the outside of the place we ate.

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The food was great and the owner knows my dad. They used to work together so we chatted with him for a little bit before we left to hit the links! We are terrible at golf and nothing was to be expected haha. We lost more balls than we wanted but found more than we lost so that makes it all good. πŸ˜€

As you can see we are a rag tag bunch of guys haha. We did what we could. My brother beat us all which is fair, since it was his day.

After gold we ate at a local spot and headed to camp. We set up tents and got rocks from the creek for the fire ring. We played some corn hole and reminisced about past memories. It was a great night.

I was able to do something that I have been waiting for for a very long time. I was able to share a drink with my brother for the first time ever. He stopped drinking all together when I started for the first time haha. This was the first time we were able to share a drink together and it was a good feeling. I even have proof that he did haha.

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Sunday we made it to softball surprisingly. We had our first round of double headers. I was able to get a few pictures of my niece playing and hanging with her daddy.

We didn’t do so hot during the games. We dropped them both which is always a bit disappointing. It wasn’t any one players fault just an off day.

Now you are mostly back up to speed. I’ll leave you with a little bit of a cliff hanger for when I come back. My wife woke me up at about 3am Monday morning, and told me we needed to go to the hospital….

Thank you for reading, I have missed catching up with you all. I’ll be back soon with a proper introduction to my healthy son! See ya then! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€