Friday, December 31, 2004

New Years Eve

The little boys had more fun that the adults did on new years eve. They got out the kazoos and hats and had a dance party downstairs. When 12:00 rolled around that night all the adults were doing there own thing and we missed the ball dropping! What a bunch of party poopers we are!
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Saturday, December 25, 2004

Christmas

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Friday, December 24, 2004

TRAINS!

In case you hadn't heard yet, Logan LOVES trains. Every year our local fire department puts up a model train display as part of a fund raiser. We took Logan, Jason, and Bradley this year on Christmas Eve. Logan could barely contain his excitement! He had a fit when we finally pulled him away. :-)
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Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Hershey Park

While Trevor and Maria were out here to visit their family we joined them in going to Hershey Park. Hershey Park is an amusement park in the summer, but they put up lights and offer rides during the Christmas season as well.
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Thursday, December 2, 2004

Family News

Mom and Dad have left the country! Yesterday morning Mom and Dad began their long flight to Cambodia. They went to pick up Shawn after finishing his mission and will be there for two weeks. Most of their time will be spent in Cambodia but they will also visit Thailand, I can't wait to see some pictures. All three of them will return on the 17th of this month. When Shawn gets home it will definitely close a large chapter in our household. All four sons have gone on missions, with the last three of us almost being gone concurrently. Shawn's return will signal an end to eight years of missionary service from our house.

On a side note, while Tiffany and I were out shopping yesterday we happened to drive by our local McDonalds. Logan caught a glimpse of the golden arches and started saying "Nuggets! Nuggets! ... Fries! Fries!" I swear we don't go there often! Maybe once a month at most! Its scary how fast kids pick up on things...

Thursday, November 25, 2004

Thanksgiving

Here are some pictures of Thanksgiving Day.

Saturday, November 13, 2004

Bald Eagle

There has been a bald eagle hanging out at the pond across the street feeding on a dead dear the past couple of mornings. I've tried taking pictures of it but I can never get close enough before it flies away. So I used my video camera that has a much higher zoom to get some decent pictures.
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Friday, October 29, 2004

Trunk or Treat 2!

We spent Halloween weekend in Virginia with Rory and Sonya. Their ward celebrated Halloween at a local zoo, it was a ton of fun.
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Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Trunk or Treat!

Our ward celebrated Halloween this year with a Trunk or Treat Tuesday night. Logan dressed up as Peter Pan, and we decorated our trunk with spiders, spider webs, and dry ice fog. Later at home we had fun playing with the dry ice as well.
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Saturday, October 23, 2004

Alonzo Stagg Hike

The Alonzo Stagg Hike is a 50 mile hike along the C&O canal that our ward participates in every year. I had tried it once in high school but did it just to socialize with friends, so I only went a few miles. This year I was determined to finish it. The hike starts at 9:00pm Friday night, and in order to officially complete the hike and receive a medal you have to finish all 50 miles by 3:00pm Saturday afternoon. That's 18 agonizing hours of walking - it was a VERY long night. About 90 people started the event and only a handful finished it. I was able to keep a steady but moderate pace the whole time and was able to avoid any serious blisters (good socks make all the difference in the world.) I walked the entire time except 3 miles that I ran and managed to finish in 16 hours. Luckily, I was able to hike with someone who was at the same pace as I was, or else it would've been a lonely 16 hours. It was the most excruciating thing I've ever done - the last 10 miles were absolutely torturous. I was barely able to move for the next two days (I had to hobble around) and still today, 5 days since finishing, I have knee pains and blisters on my feet. I'm certainly glad that I did it once... but I'm never doing it again.
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Monday, September 6, 2004

Petting Farm

We finally visited a little petting farm only a half mile from our neighborhood. They've set up all sorts of fun things for kids to play with. Logan thought all the animals were either a dog or a moo. There were plenty of tractors there, some real and some play tractors, and Logan had to see them all.
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Saturday, September 4, 2004

Outer Banks, North Carolina

Paradise has been found! We were able to spend a week on the Outer Banks (OBX) in a wonderful beach house courtesy of mom and dad. The Outer Banks are a chain of islands 130 miles long that sit just offshore of North Carolina, and is only a 6 hour drive from here in good traffic. It was a great break for me, sandwiched between the end of the summer semester and the beginning of the fall semester. We managed to avoid any hurricane destruction in this terrible hurricane season. Three hurricanes occurred while we were there (Frances, Gaston, and Hermine) but non were in our immediate area. Gaston dumped some rain on us and although Frances was well out to sea she still hit us with some good winds and big waves. We had a deep sea fishing trip planned but it was canceled once then rescheduled and canceled again due to different storms. Somehow Dad and I managed to slip in our scuba diving day between the storms. I finally was able to dive in the ocean instead of frigid cold quarry water. We had a great time visiting lighthouses along the shore. The ocean off the outer banks can be very dangerous at times and so lighthouses dot the banks to warn ocean goers. We only visited a couple, but we were able to climb up the famous Cape Hatteras lighthouse which was incredible.We also visited Kitty Hawk where the Wright brothers first took flight over a hundred years ago. Other activities included shore fishing, collecting sea shells, playing in the ocean, relaxing, and visiting the unique shops along the banks. It was the best vacation Tiffany and I have ever had!

The Beach - Lighthouses - Kitty Hawk - Beach House - Fishing - Scuba Diving

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Sight Seeing

While all the relatives were here, we went to see several sites and cities around the area. We all went to the Inner Harbor in Baltimore and Washington D.C.. After a few went home the rest of us took a trip up to New York City. I had a great time driving a mini-van through time square and around Manhattan. It was actually fun, but not something I would really like to do again. Melissa, Devin, and Tanner got into the Late Show with Dave Letterman while Tiffany and I stayed outside with Logan. Overall it was a fun and tiring trip!

Baltimore - Washington - NYC

Monday, August 23, 2004

Chesapeake Bay Fishing

Tiffany's family was here so I arranged a fishing trip with our good friend Rich. Jim, Devin, and I were able to go. Trevor wanted to skip out of his honeymoon to go, but we all know what would've happened if he did that. We left in the afternoon for some evening fishing and headed out 20 miles from docks stopping to fish if we saw anything along the way. We had a decent catch with about 50 blue fish in the cooler, a couple of croakers, a couple of rock fish, and one spanish mackeral. We had some excitement when a skate was biting our lines. We had two lines broken by them, and then we brought the third one into the boat. It may have been one skate on all three bites since he had another hook stuck in his mouth. All in all, it was a fun evening.
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Saturday, August 21, 2004

Marriage of Trevor and Maria

Trevor and Maria were married August the 21st, 2004 in the Washington D.C. temple. They held one reception on the 21st near Maria's home in York, Pennsylvania and one in Othello on the 28th.

Thursday, August 19, 2004

Tiffany, Logan, and Family Return

After a month long stay in Washington, Tiffany and Logan returned and brought back nearly all the Tiff's family with them for Trevor's wedding. While in Othello, Logan developed an insatiable addiction to tractor rides which he also brought back with him. He enjoyed playing outside all day long, drinking lots of 'pop', learning new words, and mooching a tractor ride off of anyone he could. He also got his first hair cut from Tiffany's cousin Michelle while sitting on the tractor. Tiffany took lots of pictures for me to post here. Did I mention Logan likes tractors?
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Thursday, July 8, 2004

Scuba Diving

I finally took Dad up to Delta, Pennsylvania to go scuba diving. This is the same quarry that I went to for my scuba certification through school. The weather was perfect- sunny and cool. Hardly anyone was there to muck up the water so we had decent visibility. I bought a cheap-o underwater camera from wallmart that I could use in the shallow water. The camera didn't take good pictures though and we only got a few to print clearly. We ventured off to some places in the quarry where I'd never been. We decided to swim down a line tied to a buoy and see where it took us. As we descended past 40 feet (which was the deepest we'd gone yet) and still couldn't see the bottom, we started wondering just how deep we were going to go. When our depth gauges reached 60 feet we began to worry a bit. By then it was VERY cold and VERY dark. We gave each other a look as if to say "Do we want to go down any further?". I then shone my flashlight down the rope and finally saw where it tied off to something on the bottom. When we got down our gauges read 70 feet. It was so dark we could hardly see each other and we were right next to each other. I couldn't even tell what the rope was tied to, I think it was the bow of a boat but I wasn't going to swim around to find out. After we fuddled around for a minute trying to balance ourselves and checking our gauges the water began to turn pitch black with all the mud we were kicking up and I gave the signal to start to ascend, which dad was happy to see. After getting out we asked my scuba instructor how cold the water gets down there. He said it stays around 42 degrees, which is why we felt the cold pierce our wetsuits so much. 70 feet out in the ocean is a piece of cake, but in this quarry it's about as deep as I want to go (one place goes down to 102 feet - NO WAY!)
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Tuesday, July 6, 2004

Home Alone (not really)

Tiffany and Logan have left me for a whole month! They flew back to Washington State to make sure Logan knew who his other grandparents were. They'll be back August 19th and they're bringing everyone with them! Tiffany's family will be out here for a few days to see their son Trevor get married in the Washington DC temple. We're so excited that they're finally going to get to visit us here! We're already planning the fishing trips!

Sunday, July 4, 2004

July 4th 2004

We were able to get onto the Bolling Air Force Base in Washington DC through Mom's work. The rain held off and the crowd was small on the base. Bolling Air Force Base is where the President's Marine One helicopters (we saw 3 of them in the hanger) are stationed and we got to watch them fly their drills right over us!
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Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Gone to Louisiana!

We took a trip down south to visit Tiffany's family in Bogalusa, Louisiana. It's an eighteen hour drive one-way but the trip was worth it. Tiffany did a lot of family history gathering and I finally met some members of the my Mother in law's family. We stayed with Momo, went to New Orleans, enjoyed the fine southern cuisine, "smelled" Bogalusa, and overall had a very relaxing time.
Family Photos
Family Locations
New Orleans
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Sunday, May 16, 2004

Scuba Diving

I earned my Advanced Open Water Diver Scuba license today. I spent the weekend swimming with the fishes in an old quarry in Pennsylvania. I learned how to navigate underwater using a compass, and night diving as well as other things. Probably the coolest thing was practicing an controlled emergency swimming ascent from 45 feet at night not using any air (you learn you have a lot more air in your lungs than you think!) For the first time ever I don't have any pictures. Hard to believed isn't it?

j u ur4gggg ng54b 54b --- Logan chiming in!

Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Fishing on the Chesapeake

We took another fishing trip today with Capt. John and First Mate Rich. While the bay waters are still cold it's a good time to catch larger rock fish. We started at about 8:00am and caught our limit (7 fish over 28") by 2:00pm. Fish sizes ranged from 34" to 42". Dad, Rory, and myself went along with Steve from our ward. As always, we had a great time!

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Sunday, May 9, 2004

Happy Mothers Day!

We slept out in our tent in the backyard Saturday - Sunday Morning. Logan was a hoot to watch in the tent! The slightest breeze blowing the tent had him spooked for a while. After he finally settled down we read books and played card games. The next day we had a nice a peaceful Mothers Day, we hope you did too! Sunday evening a fierce lightning storm rolled in just before midnight. Surprise! - I decided to take some pictures

Saturday, May 8, 2004

Baltimore National Zoo

This past Saturday we visited the Baltimore National Zoo in DC. The zoo is free and isn't very far from the temple. We had a great time. Pictures

Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Trevor and Maria come to visit

Trevor and Maria came and went last week. They came to visit Maria's parents in Pennsylvania and were in the are for a week. While they were here we all went down to Washington DC and to an Orioles game against - who else? - the Mariners. I think the Mariners had a couple extra fans in the stadium that helped them beat the O's 7 to 5. The O's were able to come back the next night and end the series in a tie. Here are the pictures of their visit

Logan and I went fishing in the little pond across the street. We caught several blue gills and Logan wasn't at all squeamish touching the fish. He even threw one in my face! Here are those pictures some others.

Saturday, April 24, 2004

Update

It's been a while since we've updated anything. I've been busy with school and the weather has turned nice so we've been outside a lot. My hard drive in my main computer crashed as well, I nearly lost all my data (including all of Logan's pictures) but luckily I was able to recover everything. The new hard drive is up and running great now, so I should be able to post some new pictures soon.

Monday, March 29, 2004

Grandma is here!

My grandmother has come to visit us for 3 weeks. She has had a hard time adjusting to the cooler temperatures out here. We all hope it warms up soon!
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New Pictures

We haven't had anything out of the ordinary happen recently. My birthday was on the 20th of February and I spent the entire night writing a paper :-( . Fortunately the next day we were able to spend some quality time together.

Logan is getting in so many teeth. In the past two weeks 6 teeth have come in or started to come in. So he's had a few rough nights as of late. In some of the pictures you can see quite a few of them. With some warmer weather coming in we've been taking Logan outside a lot more. He loves to feed the ducks and geese at the lake near our house, to slide down his slide in the backyard, and to get pushed around in his little play car. We don't know what life would be like without him!

Here's the latest collection of pictures.

Richmond Virginia

We took a trip down to Richmond, VA to visit Aaron's brother Rory and his wife Sonya during spring break. We spent a couple days there and enjoyed visiting a zoo/park and hanging out at their new house and Sonya's parents house.
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Monday, February 9, 2004

Logan in a dress?!

As you can imagine, I somewhat hesitate to post these pictures. Tiffany had a spare choir dress around that Logan was playing with, so she decided to dress him in it.
Here are the shamefully funny pictures

Wednesday, January 28, 2004

Happy Birthday Logan!

Can you believe a whole year has gone by since Logan came into our lives? We have a little one year old running around our house now. We celebrated his birthday on the 27th because of my school classes on the 28th.
Here are the birthday party pictures

Friday, January 9, 2004

The Mormon Choir of Washington DC

I nearly forgot that I had taken pictures of Tiffany's last concert of 2003. Pictures of the concert and the very special Festival of Lights at the temple are available, as well as songs from two concerts for your listening pleasure.
The Mormon Choir of Washington DC

Tuesday, January 6, 2004

Trevor visits the Easterners

Trevor came out here for a week to visit a special someone in Pennsylvania. While he was here we visited the Inner Harbor in Baltimore and New York City. We all had a awesome time and wish all the others would come out here too.
Baltimore Inner Harbor
New York City

Monday, January 5, 2004

Ice Skating

Across the street from our house is a small pond. It finally froze over and I got to try on my skates that I haven't used in about five years. We bought some hockey sticks and pucks and Dad and I have had a great time playing ice hockey.
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