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August 13th, 2008 · No Comments

Aida took her first trip on a plane last weekend August 7-9 to see her family in Solvay.   Aida did real well on the flights, we were concerned about the take offs and landings with the pressure changes, but we gave her a bottle and she went right out to sleep.  The passenger’s were amazingly cordial and several asked if we needed any help carrying all of our carry-on luggage and stroller onto the plane.  We had these nightmare visions of Aida crying the whole time and irate passengers giving us stern glares, but it turned out to be a real pleasant flight.  My brother picked us up at the airport around midnight Wednesday and had some wine at Dad’s house and then called it a night.

On Thursday, we spent the day doing some visiting, Aida got to meet her Great Grandma! did some walking around the village and had a nice dinner at my brother’s house.  Aida got to play with her cousins Autumn and John Anthony and she showed off her mobility crawling and scooting all over the place.  Mixed in a little Guitar Hero before the night was out.  Friday was more visiting and drove around the city with Dad.  We had lunch at Weber’s, Jan and I had the reuben’s, Aida was stuck with her bottle:)  Sorry sweety, soon enough you’ll be indulging.  Friday night we had dinner at the Solvay field days where we got to sample the polenta, a la Solvay Tiger’s.

Saturday the festivities began!  Started the day prepping for the party at my brother’s house.  Uncle Bill got out his chef’s hat and smoked 8 racks of seasoned ribs and had about 600 of the sweetest tasting clams for steamer.  Before the night’s party, we headed back up to the field days for the parade, Aida got to march in the kiddy parade…6 months old and she’s already marched in a parade…jeeez, I think that was the first parade I ever walked in….kid’s grow up so fast these days!  We stopped over Brusa’s house and saw some old friend’s from high school, then back to my brother’s for the party.  This is where the details get a little hazy, not sure if it was the Yuengling on tap or the gallon jug of Jack Daniel’s, but had a great time.  Couldn’t ask for a better day…Family, Friends and great food!! 

Big thanks to my brother for going all out and hosting an awesome party.  Hope it becomes an annual event.,

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Uncle David

July 31st, 2008 · No Comments

Hi Uncle David, If you read this, you have found my blog!!  If you click on the “Photos” at the top, there are links to pictures of Aida.  Take care and be sure to post a comment below.  Stay in touch, Mike 

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A new toy

June 1st, 2008 · 2 Comments

Dad got himself a new toy!  The Sears Craftsman pressure washer, capable of 3000 psi of damage.  I already started blasting the house getting it ready to paint and even tested it out on the concrete walkway.

Yeah...3000 psi of destruction.

If you could see what the trim on the house looks like right now after using the pressure washer there’s no turning back now for me from doing the painting, in other words, I’m all in.  Need to get the paint brushes out and ladders ready cause I’ll be painting for some time now. 

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4 months along…

June 1st, 2008 · No Comments

Aida had her 4 month follow up visit the other day and we are very blessed that she is doing great.  She came in at a healthy 15.1 lbs, 25″.  

Our pediatrician once again told us she was just ‘perfect’, which could mean that she IS perfect, or, our pediatrician, wise beyond his years, learned early on, tell parents their kids are ‘perfect’ and the rest of the visit will go fine.  In either case, she is doing well, growing, and is healthy.   It wasn’t all smiles though as Aida also required her 4 month set of vaccines, which is another area of debate as of late.  Not to go into too much detail but basically there is a vocal minority who believe autism is linked to thimerosal (mercury) perservative found in vaccines.  I’m not one of them, in fact, right at the time of her visit, Time had this article, which gives a fairly in depth look into the debate and comes up with a couple of important conclucsions:

  1. vaccinate your kids.  (even the researchers that published the potential link between thimerosal and autism and backed off their claims and have said not to based their conclusions as fact)
  2. thimerosal has not been used in the majority of vaccines since 2001.

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This video is for mommy when she’s at work mvi_1213 


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May 14th, 2008 · No Comments

The exterior trim of the house needs to be painted this year and I need to decide if I’m going to do it or hire someone.  We got an estimate today from Chavez, I don’t think he has a website, and he quoted us $1250 which included removing the gutters (they’re crap and need to be replaced), pressure washing the trim first, scrapping, priming, and painting, said it would be a 3 day job so the estimate doesn’t seem that bad….but, I’m very much a do-it-your selfer.  I like the idea of pressure washing first cause the trim definitely needs to be cleaned before you can paint it, so if I did it I would need to either buy one or rent one, then there’s the need of 25-30 foot ladder, another expense and what am I going to do with this ladder after after I paint and where am I going to store it.   Then the obvious, the BIG IF, what if I’m up there painting the trim on the second story and a Tarver runs into the ladder and I going sailing down 30 feet and end up with a broker tailbone, or worse, a broken heart, then how would I love Aida :(   A decision is not immediate, every other day has been rain so I want to wait to at least the summer with some hot dry days to either do the work or have it done. 

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‘C’ league hockey

May 6th, 2008 · No Comments

oh what a night…the Chiefs, our C league hockey team lost our opening game 6-4.  Coming off last seasons dismal performance, we started our summer league with 2 new players and a new goalie.  After period 1 we were up 4-1, our team was playing good, our goalie was performing well, and I was feeling good that we put last season behind us and I had a goal and 2 assists to add to my encouragement that we would pull this one out.  Period 2 ends throgh with a 4-4 tie, not bad but not good that we gave 3 unanswered goals.  Period 3, well, that’s where our age has gotten the better of us last season, and once again we give up 2 goals and never our able to get back in the game.   But it was a good skate and 50 cent wings with several buckets of mini Corona’s and 2 pitchers of Blue Moon after the game at least made up for a poor performance on the ice.  Next game is 9 pm next Tues….I feel a win is coming!

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Pregnancy for dad’s

April 25th, 2008 · 2 Comments

First post since the big annoucement of us having a baby on the way, hmmmmm….just when was that???  Talk about entering a time capsule and having time stopped.  Forget about trying to use a thought experiment to understand the Special Theory of Relativity and how time travel works, just have a baby and the time it feels like it takes during the pregnancy proves you can stop time, and I wasn’t even the one who was pregnant!  This past year or so has felt like the longest time in my life, no question.   Throughout the pregnancy, it literally felt like my wife was pregnant FOREVER, I mean FOREVER.   I can’t explain it, but for expecting parents, or least from my perspective, expecting dad’s, waiting for your new baby to be born feels like you’re living through Ground Hog Day.  Maybe it’s an evil twist of nature in which since you are about to create LIFE, create the most precious thing you’ll ever create, you must pay for it by having to endore this endless waiting game.   What’s makes it even more apparent, is that I not only realized it during the pregnancy, but since our baby was born, events that took place in our lives seem like ages ago.   A friend of mine said he was going to the beach for their anniversary, I was said, ‘oh, what’s it been, like 5 years’, he’s said what the hell you talking about, we’ve been married for only 2 years.   So for all you expecting dads out there, just be patient, keep your head on straight, maintain a fake smile to all the advice you’re going to get and just give a polite nod, and above all else, limit the amount of time spend searching for information on having a baby, there’s just too much out there that is only going to confuse you.  Get a couple of books, talk to your wife’s docs, and enjoy the time, the result will be the most rewarding thing you’ll ever experience.

Our beutiful baby, Aida Grace.

Our Beautiful baby, Aida Grace. 

8lbs 11oz, 21″ January 28, 2008 8:36 pm 



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A baby on the way…

June 18th, 2007 · 4 Comments



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bean salad

July 23rd, 2006 · No Comments

3 Bean Salad:
1/2 pound fresh green beans, washed and cut into 1/3
2 rounded teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons sugar
1/4 cup red wine vinegar, eyeball the amount
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, eyeball the amount
1 (15-ounce) cans red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 (15-ounce) can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Take your first ingredient from the bean salad, 1/2 pound cut fresh green beans, and place them in the colander. Cover the colander with pot lid. Steam beans 5 minutes. Remove beans and cold shock under running water. Drain green beans and set aside.

In a bowl, combine mustard, sugar and vinegar. Whisk in oil. Add kidney beans, garbanzo beans, green beans and parsley to the bowl and toss to coat bean salad evenly with dressing. Season salad with salt and pepper, to taste, and serve.

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June 19th, 2006 · No Comments

THEY DID IT! Stanley Cup Champions!

I’ve been grippin’ all day thinking about the game, just hoping the Hurricanes would win the Cup. I had to spend Game 7 in Philly at the Fox and Hound bar to watch the game because of the DIA conference, but there i was, Canes cap on, representing the Canes. Even though I was at game 5, just wish I could of been at the game.

The most emotional thing for me was hearing ‘We are the champions’ by Queen being played at the arena after the game as they were celebrating the Cup. It was so emotional for me because as a Pee-Wee going up playing youth hockey, we won the season championship and after the game, we were skatiing aroung the ice with a trophy and the sound system had ‘we are the champions’ playing, I’ll never forget it.  But to here it at the professionaly level after a Stanley Cup victory, just too much.  It really solidified my love for hockey.  Hearing that song being played after the hardest trogphy in professional sports was won just made a real connection with me in that even though these guys are pros and playing for alot of money, they still are just kids at heart who love the game.  And it was that song, that cheesy song, that I was able to bond to these pro atheletes.


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