Feb 05 2013

Welcome to February 2013

Tag: Family,Fun,General,Lillian,SeanAndrewPaul C. @ 12:44 pm

We had some snow this weekend and the kids got to go sledding. Lillian LOVES to throw “snowballs” at anyone around her – so watching! She won’t sneak up on you though, because she loves to yell “IIIIII got you!” before she attacks.

We went sledding in the front yard too!

And made snow angels!

(Sean made one too, but wouldn’t stand for a photo)

Smallish gallery by clicking here.

Also, Sean has shown interest in cameras lately so I’ve decided to keep a gallery of photos he is taking. Click the image below to go to the gallery.


Jan 21 2013

Christmas and Other winter fun

Tag: Family,General,Holidays,Lillian,SeanAndrewPaul C. @ 1:39 pm

I had planned on writing a long blog post about Christmas and all the other fun things that went on in December, but I lost my mojo on it. It was a special Christmas – Sean came down form St. Paul and my mom and sister were able to come in from St. Louis. This was the first time I’ve seen Megan since last Christmas! I can’t tell you when the last time that happened! Unfortunately, the weather was predicted to get bad so they were not able to stay as long as they hoped.
Oh, we also had an extra house guest this time – and I don’t think Uncle Sean will be able to visit without her, or face the wrath of my kids – he brought his cat, Pinky:

Megan go to spend time with her first neice, megabyte:

And her Niece 2.0:

Uncle Sean got plenty of time with the kids (to the point where I think he was just about ready to go back to St. Louis and St. Paul maybe even a little early – potty training time with Lillian can over power the weak!):
These kids love books!
Lillian even shared her new princess hat with me:

But probably only because she got this really cool winter hat that she loves to wear:

There are more photos in the gallery. Click Here!

Will try to get more updates on here. I’m trying to use Facebook less and get more over here.

Dec 04 2012

November and December

So for Thanksgiving this year, we did something that Emily has never done in her whole life – we went to her dad and Colleen’s house in NY. Normally we bounce between St. Louis at my Mom’s and staying in Cinci with family coming into town. It was a long long trip, but quite fun! The weather held out until the very last day. We took a few pics, although we should have taken more (Emily’s dad took some so we will get a copy of those):

We left the Tuesday night before Thanksgiving and stayed in a hotel north of Erie, PA. It was Lillian’s first time staying in a hotel and she was NOT interested in going to sleep..at 1145pm. I rocked her until around 130am and she finally went to sleep.

We did the usual camp stuff – walked in the woods, road the four wheelers, etc. We got to visit with Emily’s Uncle Bob (a car enthusiast – Audi TT RS, so I got some car talk in) and Aunt Sue. Thanksgiving was delicious – stuffing with sausage in it? YUM! While we were up there, My good friend from college, Adam B. and his wife Kim drove up to visit friday – saturday. Haven’t seem him in years and it was our first time meeting Kim.

I also tried a local vodka made in Lake Placid, NY by Lake Placid Spirits called P3. This is bar-none the smoothest vodka I have ever had. So much so that when I poured it in a glass over ice, Emily actually asked me if I had watered it down! The final filtration process uses garnet! they have another vodka called 46 peaks that is filtered over diamonds. Only problem – its ONLY sold in New York!

Big thanks to my mom for lending us the Orange Honda Element for the trip!!

I flew to Minneapolis/St. Paul for my birthday this year to spend with Sean. Again, didn’t take many photos, but there will be other opportunities. We hung around his apartment a lot (because I had to work 🙁 )but we got out to the Mall of America, Best Buy Corp offices, I at a Juicy Lucy called Spanish Fly (Yum!), went to the mill district and took some photos, and we had our Birthday dinner at Manny’s Chophouse (where the maitre’d called Sean … my …”partner”. what? business partner right? hmmm). I made a small album of the photos taken. Most are from the mill district that has some “ruins” from the original mill infrastructure from the late 1800’s/ early 1900’s. Photos are not in any order because we took some with my cell phone using both normal and HDR mode; and others with my camera (well, Sean took most of those). Gallery:

We are doing Christmas in Cinci this year and I think My mom, Megan (and matt?), and Sean are coming down for that. I don’t think I have seen Megan and Matt since Christmas last year! Crazy! Will get pics up when that rolls around.

Oct 15 2010

Pumpkins & Leaves!

Tag: Family,Holidays,SeanAndrewEmily @ 6:45 pm

We walked down the street tonight to get our pumpkins. Sean picked out both his and Lily’s pumpkins. When we got home, we made a giant pile of leaves and Sean jumped in them and ran through them. He had a great time!! Click on the picture to see our fall cutie!

May 31 2010

He’s just too smart.

Tag: General,SeanAndrewEmily @ 7:38 am

So I was just telling Sean that we were going to go watch the Memorial Day parade in a few minutes, and that there would be kids, firetrucks, police trucks, soldiers, etc etc and that they would throw some candy at us and he would get to keep the candy. Of course, I thought he would be super excited about the candy part, but his reply was “I don’t need candy from the policeman, I have candy at home.” Classic.

May 31 2010

Big boy bed

Tag: General,SeanAndrewEmily @ 7:09 am

As you can probably tell, we’re trying to post a little more often on here…we’ve gotten terrible about it. We bought Sean a big boy bed awhile back, but havent’ pushed him sleeping in it. Yesterday he wanted me to set it up, so we did. He slept in it last night perfectly! He is so proud of himself and his ‘friends’ that slept in it with him (stuffed animals). We plan to dismantle the crib and remove it from his room today. Hopefully he’ll be ok with sleeping in his bed from now on!!

May 28 2010

The Big Split

Tag: General,SeanAndrewEmily @ 5:49 pm

Sean wiped out rounding a corner in our house and split his lip wide open 🙁

Poor guy.

Apr 15 2010

New photos and a thanks!

Tag: General,SeanAndrewPaul C. @ 4:19 pm

click the pics to go to the gallery.

Thanks to Alli and Stephen and Alli for sending Sean the train set! It was Stephen’s when he was a boy and Sean LOVES it. He named the engine Thomas and it went to dinner, the mattress store, and to bed with him 🙂

Apr 13 2010

Lots going on.

Tag: General,Paul,SeanAndrew,The HousePaul C. @ 10:45 pm

Emily and I finally got our taxes done this past weekend and now we are springing for a temprapedic mattress. We’ve slept on a few of those foam mattresses (on a cruise and at the local Episcopal diocese camp) before and really liked them. Now that Emily is pregnant, we need something more comfortable for her (and me?) to sleep on. Our current mattress is only 5 or 6 years old but it is super uncomfortable. We are getting it delivered on Saturday and I (we) are SO looking forward to it.
I’ve picked up three new projects for the summer. I am determined to get the garden we started last summer finished to some point – meaning its not some walled of dirt lot that its been:) The second project is to restore the grass in a number of spots in the yard that have become barren due to shade or poor soil. The third…and my most ambitious…is a truck. When I was at Murray State, my folks got me an 87 Mitsubishi Montero 2 door – the sport model (top o the line). We bought it from a guy on base from the “Lemon lot”. It was my first car I didn’t have to share and I loved it. I met Emily when I had the truck, installed my first stereo thanks to Kurt, and many other fond memories. So I bought another. I’ve scoured the net for years to find one…one that wasn’t way overpriced that is.
The problem with an 80’s truck is rust and carburetors. Both of which this truck has problems with. I am dealing with the rust with a wire brush, evap-o-rust, primer and other fun stuff, but I’ve only ever worked on fuel injected cars so this is new to me. I’m in no hurry – but next winter would be nice 🙂 Emily is a very patient wife…because I bought a second one for dirt cheap – it is a rust bucket but came with a boat load of parts and extras that I can use to rebuild my project truck.
Sean has been potty training for a number of weeks now and its going slowly. Some weeks he is spot on and we think things are turning around, then the terrible twos turn their head and he fights tooth and nail. He’ll learn eventually and we are proud of everything else he does.
Lots of stuff coming up in the next couple months so I’ll make sure to keep everyone updated!

Dec 22 2009

A few more pics

Tag: General,SeanAndrewEmily @ 7:40 pm

Here are a few more pictures from this morning that I couldn’t resist putting up 🙂

Click below.

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