Sunday, December 25, 2005

Christmas

Its been a while since the last update (5 months) due to school. The good news is its my last semester! Who Hoo! Here are some Christmas pictures.
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Thursday, November 24, 2005

Thanksgiving

We spent the holiday in Richmond with Rory and Sonya and her family. It was a great relaxing weekend. The men were able to slip away and have a lot of fun riding dirt bikes, shooting guns, and golfing.

We brought our guns down and Rory's brother in law brought his guns. Among his were two old Russian rifles; a Mosin-Nagant and a SKS-45. We had 5 rifles and 2 hand guns. I picked up 40 small plates from the Goodwill store that we used as target practice. I was able to hit consecutive targets about 150~200 yards away standing with our 25-06 rifle. We were shooting for a good 3 hours. My shoulder felt like hamburger meat which is undoubtably the reason why I came in second place golfing the next day. Rory (who mostly shot pistols - not rifles!) managed to beat us all by a few strokes. I'm catching on to you Rory!!!

Monday, October 31, 2005

Halloween


No big suprise that Logan dressed up as a kitty this halloween. I think the spirit of our late Hobbes has taken over Logan's body, he sometimes meows in his sleep and asks us to pet him! The costume was made by Tiffany's mom from when Tiffany was little, she and several siblings wore it so it's quite old but still in great condition. Logan was a little hesitant about putting on face makeup for whiskers and a nose, so Tiffany said she'd paint Daddy's and Mommy's face to make him more comfortable with it. I protested and put up a good fight, but in the end, I was defeated. Here's pictures of us crazies.

Saturday, October 1, 2005

Scuba Diving

I had the chance to go scuba diving in the Atlantic off the coast of Ocean City, MD. The day started VERY early at 2:20 am when I had to wake up to meet up with the rest of the diving crew, we then had to drive three hours to get to Ocean city. Luckily the day was beautifully calm, with only a slight cool breeze, no waves, and clear skies overhead. This all meant... no sea sickness! Yea!!! (If you remember, the last time I went diving on the ocean I spent most of the time tossin' my cookies.)

The original plan was to dive on a wreck called the China Wreck. It is a unknown boat that wrecked sometime in the 1800s and was carrying a large load of British china. Its only under 40' of water so it allows for divers to spend a long time on the bottom. Because of the high possibility of finding china, it is a very popular dive location. Most of the china on the surface has been salvaged already, but we were planning on dredging out the sand on the wreck and finding china buried underneath. When we got to the wreck site the current was way too strong and would've swept us away from our boat, so we had to can the dive. Bummer!

Instead we went to another wreck, the Manhattan. The Manhattan didn't have anything cool to salvage off it, but at least we got to dive. It was 90' under the sea and had plenty of fish and lobsters hiding in the wreck. A few guys grabbed several lobsters on their first dive, for some reason I didn't even think of looking for them. So on the second dive, I scoured all the little caves in the wreck and saw a couple but they were out of reach. Next time I go I'll be sure to bring a spear gun as well, there were plenty of large black sea bass, tau tog, black drum, and flounder swimming around.

Overall I was a awesome day, very tiring but awesome. I didn't get back till after 10:00 pm, and slept like a rock at night. Tiffany was happy to learn that there were no sharks this time... bummer ;-)
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Thursday, August 25, 2005

National Zoo

We made another trip to the National Zoo in DC with Trevor, Maria, Maria's mom and her two grandchildren Ethan and Matthew.

Saturday, August 6, 2005

Camping

We drove down to Richmond again to go camping with Rory and Sonya and their familes. We stayed at the Twin Lakes State Park for one night only (Church obligations on Sunday). It was a fun trip but very hot and humid! Fortunately there was a beach on one of the lakes that provided a chance to somewhat cool off and go fishing (but no catching this weekend). Somehow Tiffany and I forgot to take pictures until the second day, so thats all you get! :-p
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Saturday, July 30, 2005

Old Ellicott City

Heres another group of pictures from a trip to Old Ellicott City

Friday, July 22, 2005

Calvert Cliffs


The Calvert Cliffs are clay cliffs that line a part of the Chesapeake Bay. The cliffs have slowly deteriorated, falling into the bay. Buried in the cliffs are all sorts of dinosaur type fossils (mainly dinosaur sharks teeth, from when the region was underwater) that also fall into the bay and wash up onto the beaches. After venturing on a fun two mile hike to get to the beach, everyone is welcome to sift through the beach to find and keep whatever they find. I managed to find 7 very small sharks teeth.

Sunday, July 10, 2005

House Pictures

Monday, July 4, 2005

July 4th 2005

We spent the weekend in Richmond Virginia with Rory and Sonya and their in laws. It was a great relaxing weekend full of swimming, backyard fireworks, and a parrot! Dad especially loved getting a flat tire in his car 150 miles away from home with all the car shops closed for the 4th!

Saturday, June 18, 2005

Day Out With Thomas

Thomas the Tank Engine does a tour of the country and he stops in Strausburg Pennsylvania several times this year. Being a Thomas fanatic, Logan really enjoyed this trip.

Thursday, June 2, 2005

Trip to Othello

After nearly two months being without Tiffany and Logan, I finally flew out to Othello after finishing the semester of school. Logan looked almost completely different when I first saw him. At the airport he was a little shy around me, but then in the car he kept saying "I love you daddy" and after 20 minutes he said to Tiffany "Mommy, give daddy kiss?" So Tiffany pulled into a gas station and let him out so he could give his daddy a kiss. I was only there for a week unfortunately, summer school was right on the heels of the ending spring semester.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

U2 Concert

My friend Regina and her husband Tony were kind enough to give me one of their spare U2 Vertigo tour tickets for a show in the Meadowlands in New Jersey. The concert was by far the best I've ever gone to. Even though I didn't pay for my ticket, I would definitely shell out the money to go see them again. Like usual, I didn't let you down in the pictures department. Even though cameras aren't allowed, I (and everyone else) snuck one in.
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Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Pictures from Tiffany

As many of you know, Tiffany and Logan have been in Utah and Washington recently seeing family and Melissa and Devin's new baby. She sent me back many pictures of their trip.
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Friday, May 6, 2005

Fishing

I went out again with Rich and some other friends from church. We left the docks a little late, around 7:30, but got all six of our fish in the boat by 9:30! It was another quick day of fishing. All fish were good sized, about 34"; none were monsters but none were small either. It was another great day on the bay. One of these days it better be sunny though!
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Saturday, April 30, 2005

Fishing

I went fishing again this weekend with our buddy Rich. The day was mostly cloudy with an hour of light rain thrown in, but the fishing couldn't have been better! I was able to convince one of my school friends, Regina, to brave the weather and I'm sure she's glad she did. We left the dock at 7 am and caught our limit of fish (1 per person) by noon, and were back at the docks by 1 o'clock. The average size of fish was 36", with one mammoth 44 incher that weighed 40 lbs. It was a great trip.
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Here's a report of the day from Rich's web site http://www.seabirdsportfishing.net/

"Fishing Report 4/30/05 Another fantastic April day on the Bay. We had our limit of 6 nice fish by 11am, and we also released a 30" fish that bit as we were bringing in the lines. Quay reclaimed the title of SeaBird Master Angler by hauling in a 44" beauty. And when I say hauling in, I mean hauling in, because the reel exploded in his hands before the fish got to the boat. We had to finish the battle in hand-to-fin combat. A really nice grade of fish today, with all but one of the keepers being over 36". Even the smaller 34" fish was fat and feisty. This has been the best April fishing season I've ever seen. I hope they stick around for a while longer! "

Thursday, April 7, 2005

Anatoli Karpov

Anatoli Karpov was the World Chess Champion from 1975 to 1985. He gained the title from Bobby Fisher in 1975 after Fisher refused to defend the world title. He held the title until 1985, when he was defeated by Gary Kasparov. My school (UMBC) won the national championships in chess last year (our only real claim to fame... OK, if you call that fame) and has always ranked highly in national championships in years past. As a result, we often get world class chess players who visit our school. Karpov came by for a couple of days to tutor our chess team, give public lectures, and play some games with the public. I don't play chess that much anymore (I did when I was younger), but it was still a very neat experience.
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Saturday, March 12, 2005

Russian Party

We were invited to a Russian party by one of my russian classmates. Many other Russian students and even our teachers attended. We had a great time eating, singing, chatting, toasting and doing all sorts of other fun stuff. Russians certainly know how to throw a party. Logan even got in on the fun!
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Tuesday, February 1, 2005

Logan's New Bed

We decided that it was time for Logan to start sleeping in a big boy bed. We didn't actually get a new bed, but instead just took off the front part of his current bed so that now he can get in and out whenever he wants. He slept great in it the first night, then the second night he fell out, and the third night he got out of bed 5 times and came into our room because he wasn't sleepy yet! Overall, he's adapted really well to it.
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Friday, January 28, 2005

Logan's Second Birthday

We had a "Thomas the Tank Engine" theme birthday party this year for our little two year old (check out Logan getting the invites ready.) Logan had a blast playing with a lot of the little boys and girls from church. He got more train presents than he knows what to do with! We also went to Chucky Cheeses for the first time and I'd hope the last time (Tiffany says we're going again)... Logan picked up some bug and was sick the next day.
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Wednesday, January 19, 2005

First Snow

We finally got our first decent snow fall of the year. We made sure to take Logan sledding!
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