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January 28, 2010

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Waving Good-bye to 2009

December 30, 2009

Dylan’s Favorite Commercial

December 10, 2009

Gee I wonder why!!?? Everytime we see this video he gets a huge smile on his face. Someday you know this scene will take place in some girls house somewhere about our Dylan….

Click Here To Watch (Yes it’s safe!!)

Friday Randomness

November 6, 2009

Cable TV/Internet/Phone has been a complete hemorrhoid in my life lately. I used to be a Verizon FIOS customer, a very happy FIOS customer but then one day it changed. All of the sudden one day it changed. My DVR would randomly reboot throughout the day and if it were in the middle of recording a show, you’d lose a big chunk of the show. I went through 3 or 4 “new” DVR’s from Verizon, all doing the same thing. So I got fed up, called Cablevision, got a good price and switched. One month later, with my tail between my legs, I called Verizon and schedule them to come and re-install their service. Verizon’s service might have its issues but Cablevision, YOU SUCK…PERIOD!! (I will miss MSG HD though..)

Speaking of things that suck… Trees and their leaves, you also suck. I have enough to do on the weekends but now there’s a whole backyard of leaves calling my name and Dylan’s and Terri’s!!

Dylan is a summer kind of kid. Getting out of the house in the morning lately now that we need a hat, coat and gloves hasn’t been the easiest task. I know it will get better but it’s a bad sign to be wishing for summer in November.

I can’t believe I am starting to think about and plan for Christmas lights. It really is true, the older you get the quicker the years go by.

Halloween…or is that Halloboob?

November 2, 2009

Halloween…was it a success? That seemed to be the first question I got asked as I walked into work this morning. Lets say this, I think Halloween was kind of a bust, or at least it was a bust for a while.

Dylan had soccer at the Y in the morning and then came home for lunch and took a bath because he was extremely sweaty and got into his costume after his bath. It rained a good part of the afternoon and after running some errands while it was raining, we got home around 4pm to find the rain starting to stop. Dylan put on the rest of his costume and out the door we went. When we started, it was still misting some, then for a brief minute of two, the rain really came down but then eventually it just stopped. Everything was going pretty well except that he wouldn’t go to a house that had anything “scary” on the steps, porch, door, etc. and by scary I mean anything Halloween. Then, we got to this one house which seemed normal, like it would be a normal stop on our route but he rang the bell and then the shit hit the fan. The guy who lived there answered the door in a scary mask. I was standing in the driveway waiting while Terri and Dylan went to the door, I wasn’t looking when he answered but all I heard was a hysterical scream and cry and saw Dylan trying to haul ass away from the house. The guy took off the mask, gave Dylan candy but it didn’t matter, from that point on he was done. He had gotten his M&M’s so he was a happy kid about that and just wanted to go home. We got him to a few other houses but Halloween 2009 ended shortly after the mask incident.

We ended up eating dinner at the mall, getting candy from a few stores still giving it out while we were there and eventually got to ride on a motorized Dragon, which made him very happy.

Last year, while trick or treating, there was this one house with a scary display out front. It was dubbed the “Scary House” for the entire year since but we didn’t go up to it this year (probably because of the idiot with the mask) but we ended up seeing the owner of the “Scary House” while across the street at another house. Lets just say that I have a new name for this house this year. While talking to her about how much of an impression her house made on Dylan last year, she lifter her arm out because she was walking a dog. Normally, there’s no issue when one does this but this woman, had no bra on and one of those shirts where the arm hole is like the entire side of the shirt. It makes one a little uncomfortable when talking to someone and their boob tries to join in on the conversation. I mean you’re in public, shouldn’t you cover up a bit?

All I could think of was this….

How was your Halloween?

Ooooo..An Update

October 12, 2009

Yup, I am still here. I’ve ignored this place for a little while but I’ve had some good reasons for it. I am writing a blog for the Blgouin Network that covers the New Jersey Devils so I’ve been throwing most of my spare time into writing over there. You can find Bloguin here or my site here

As for things going on around my life. Dylan is pretty much potty trained. His school was the driving force behind it as they called us up one day and asked us to send him to school in big boy undies with lots of changes of clothes. At first he had accidents and occasionally now he’ll have an accident here or there but really he’s been wonderful at going in the potty. He’s apparently been accident free for 2 weeks because he got to start swimming at school today where the rule is accident free for 2 weeks to be allowed to do that. So those of you out there going to do the potty training thing, everyone told us to just stick him in underwear and he’ll get it. We didn’t believe it but its true, it really did work.

Rooney: We rescued Rooney from a kill shelter from the help of a rescue group a few weeks ago. He’s a beagle/basset hound and he’s a good little dog. He’s fully grown, weighs 28 lbs and is just the perfect size. He’s got his issues tho, most abandonment issues. If we don’t crate him when we leave, he freaks out. Poor little guy and curses to the people in this world that treat animals poorly.

Playroom: Going slower than I had hoped but its all framed, the sheetrock on the ceiling has been started. I am hoping to really put a dent into the amount of work needed next weekend.

Birds = Composers??

September 17, 2009

8 Years…WOW!!

September 11, 2009

Yes, the video is from a football game but I won’t put up pictures or videos so that we can relive 8 years ago…

Music Wednesday: It Won’t Be Like This For Long

August 26, 2009

I found this song recently even though it’s a few months old now (it was released in February 2009). It’s from the latest solo album from Darius Rucker (Hootie!!) which is actually a country album. I’ve always found Hootie’s stuff very relatable and this song is no different. Anyone with little kids, or even big kids, will certain get what he is singing about. Not a day goes by that I don’t look at Dylan with amazement that we’ve already reached the age of 3. The song is called “It Won’t Be Like This For Long” and it’s about the stages in life. It’s VERY country which is very unlike me but like I said, I’ve always like Hootie & Darius Rucker and always found a connection into what they were singing about and this song brought a tear to the eye.

Henry, Hoopty’s and the Big Red Car

August 17, 2009

We spent the weekend with our friend Ari and Amber and their two sons Harrison and Elijah. We had a blast. We took the kids to Six Flags The Great Escape on Saturday and boy was it hot. I know Dylan had a blast jumping on all the rides and then making it over to Wiggles world.  While at Wiggles World he got to ride on the Big Red Car, something he had been talking about doing for days because we told him about it a few days before we went. In fact, on the ride up he kept mentioning it but we went up on Friday night and I think he was a little disappointed the Big Red Car wasn’t at Ari and Amber’s house. He got to hug Henry, Wags, Dorothy and the Captain, which I know he loved.

Saturday was a very HOT day, maybe the hottest day this summer. After we got back from the Great Escape, we jumped in their pool for a bit which certain made us feel much cooler,  ate dinner, put the kids to bed and watched Role Models, which was pretty funny.

Sunday we got up, played with the kids, talked about hoopty’s,  took some very tired kids to breakfast, returned to the house to play for a little bit more then got on the road for the trip home. Trip home wasn’t too bad, Dylan took a nice nap in the car and then played with his legos and water table when we got home. Thanks to Ari and Amber for being such wonderful hosts, can’t wait to do it again someday!!

We had a lot of fun this weekend but it was one extremely tiring weekend. I think next weekend is going to be more of the same. Saturday we’re going to the RenFaire for the day and Sunday is my nephew’s 6th birthday party.