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The Time Mama Brought Home Kittens

Yesterday our family grew from four to eight when Randa brought four kittens home from the barn.  Wow, that was fast! The plan is to only keep two and give the others away for adoption.   A few weeks ago we discovered a black barn cat that looked like she was nursing so we searched around and […]

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The Time We Started the Plum Family Farm

By the time the Plum Family Farm reaches its peak, I don’t even think I’ll be alive to see my entire vision of thousands of Fraser Fir trees flourishing in our backyard.    Morbid?  Nope.  Visionary?  You betcha.   You see those two kids on the right of the page over there? ——–>The Plum Family Farm is being […]

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The Time I saw Tiger Woods at the Masters

When my Dad and I visited Augusta National Golf Club for the Monday practice round, we decided the golf course would be the star that day, not the players.  We drove 4 hours and spent a few hundred bucks to see the beautiful course we had seen countless times on TV and if by chance we […]

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The Time Disney World Taught Me a BIG Lesson

We’ve been back from our Disney World vacation for a few days so I feel ready to do a blog post about our trip.  I wanted to wait a few days to decompress and look back on our journey before writing about it.   Before I tell you the lesson I learned, lemme quickly tell you […]

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The Time We said Goodbye to Leroy the Cat

To Sydney and Trey…most of the posts on this blog are for you guys to read later on in life.  It’s been one of my favorite things to do for the two of you, I hope you enjoy reading my stuff.  You might not enjoy reading this post tho because it’ll probably bring back some sad […]

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The Time Trey Showed Us the Way

It’s been a couple months since Trey started preschool, we’ve definitely noticed some changes in him.   Leading up to preschool, Trey chose to wear dresses, pretty pink colors and colorful shoes.  He’s even said he wished he was a girl on more than one occasion.  We’ve always been supportive of letting him be who he wants […]

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The Time We Both Got Stung by Bees

I know what you’re thinking…big deal, right?  Lotsa people get stung by bees together, especially if they’re messing around with a nest.   But we weren’t messing with a nest.  We weren’t even together…that’s the weird part.   I was at home cutting the grass and I got zapped by a bee as I was cutting near […]

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The Time You Saw A Total Solar Eclipse

Back in April Mama asked me if I wanted to take a day off work and come with you guys to view the total solar eclipse.  I said no.   Big mistake.  Huge.   I remember seeing the eclipse of 1979, not with my own eyes…but on TV.  I can remember my parents telling me not to […]

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The Time Sydney Lost Her First Tooth

It finally happened!  And it was a strawberry from our garden that did it.   A few weeks ago we took Sydney to the dentist because her adult bottom front teeth​ were starting to come in but her baby teeth hadn’t come out yet.  Her baby teeth were loose but they were a long ways from […]

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The Time Sydney’s Words Knocked Me Off My Feet

So things have been going pretty good with my new crate business, especially the month of December.   Hardly a day has gone by without an order, I’ve managed to keep up with timely deliveries and so far the friends who’ve purchased crates seem very happy with their orders.  I even managed to get a wholesale […]

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The Time Sydney Won the Principal’s Award!

What:  Principal’s Award When:  Kindergarten 11/2/16 ​Who:  Sydney!   Me, Mama, Trey and Bubby watched with happiness as you accepted the Principal’s Award as one of the top students in your class.   Great job, love!!​ Our hearts are full.  ​

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The Time Sydney Said She’s In Love

Last week Sydney started kindergarten, this week she said she’s in love.   Sounds about right.  Yesterday she got in the van after school and told Randa she’s in love with Hunter, a blonde-haired boy in her class.  I haven’t met him yet but I’m planning on calling his parents this week to find out his […]

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The Time Sydney Started Kindergarten

It’s 9:30pm on Monday night, today was day one of kindergarten for Sydney and now our family routine is completely out of whack.  We’re usually just getting the kids out of the bath and starting bedtime stories but tonight Sydney and Trey have already been in bed for nearly an hour and a half. Randa is already […]

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The Summer of ’16

A few months ago Randa decided she wanted to give the kids their best summer ever because Sydney is starting kindergarten soon and all of our lives are going to drastically change.   Next week the kids will be going to bed earlier, waking earlier and Sydney will be gone at school all day while Randa […]

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The Best 4th of July We’ve Ever Had!

Happy 4th! This is one of the best holidays in the United States, it’s hard to go a couple of hours without someone saying Happy 4th to you…grocery store clerks, customer service reps on the phone and complete strangers usually finish off a conversation with a ​customary Happy 4th during this long weekend of celebration.   The […]

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The Time Sydney Got New Glasses

Three days ago Sydney went for her first eye exam, today she went back to the eye doctor to pick up her new prescription glasses. Randa and I both knew our kids would most likely need glasses because bats can probably see better than us but we weren’t expecting them to need them at such a […]

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The Time Daddy Almost Hoisted The Stanley Cup

We’re in the presence of royalty.   Sydney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins have the chance to win the Stanley Cup so for the first time this NHL post season the Stanley Cup will be in the building waiting for a champion to be crowned on Thursday night.   We’re cheering for the Penguins because it seems […]

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The Time Sydney Graduated From Preschool

One school year down and only 13 school years left! Yesterday we all sat in the church pews as a family and watched Sydney walk up the aisle, give her teacher Mrs. Murray a big hug and accept her preschool graduation certificate.   Yay!    We’re so proud of Sydney and all of her classmates because all […]

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The Time Daddy Took An Indefinite Leave From Golf

*for immediate release Today Daddy announced he will be taking an indefinite leave from the game of golf. The back pain he experiences after swinging a club is just too much.  Although he hasn’t played a round of golf since Myrtle Beach in 2015, spring usually means it’s time to get ready for the recreational golf […]

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The Time Daddy Wrote For The Vancouver Canucks

Hey Sydney and Trey…did you know Daddy used to write for the Vancouver Blue Fishes…err, the Vancouver Canucks?  It’s true, back in 2006-07 I wrote game stories and feature stories for my favorite hockey team! You’re probably wondering how I managed to pull that off?  Well, here’s the story of how a simple email led to […]

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If I Could Speak I’d Tell You…

If I could speak I’d tell you That everything’s okay. I know you miss the conversations We can’t have every day. I’d want the world to know That though this fight is long, I will speak my story some day Because I’m very strong. Sometimes I wish that I could play Instead of doing therapy, […]

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Childhood Apraxia Of Speech – The Fight To Be Heard

In honor of Apraxia Awareness Day (Annually on May 14th), I wanted to journal the past three years of our fight with Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS). I hope that family and friends will find it interesting and that maybe it will help someone else with similar struggles.  Trey is doing so well now that he has […]

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The Time Daddy Moved To North Carolina

An immigration visa interview has been scheduled for the applicant at the US Embassy/Consulate in Montreal on February 16, 2010 at 8:30 am.   That’s exactly what the attached notice from the United States Department of State National Visa Center said when our immigration lawyer sent the email to us on January 11, 2010.   We had a […]

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The Time Trey Graduated From Speech Therapy

Monday was a great day for our family because Trey officially graduated from speech therapy.  Yay!  Hi-fives everyone! We knew this day was coming because a few weeks ago Trey’s therapist, Ms. Kristen, said he was almost at the level of a typical 3-year old but there were a few things she still wanted to work […]

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The Time I Met My Future Wife

Randa and the kids are off to Dollywood again today so instead of smashing the van window like I did the last time they went to their favorite theme park, I thought I better do something that won’t cost as much.    And as you’ll see near the bottom of the post, I’m definitely all about saving […]

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The Time I Made My Dad Cry Happy Tears

Age: 13 When:  Summer of 1983 Where:  Ledgeview Golf & Country Club Conditions:  Sunny and hot Hole:  17th  Ball:  Wilson Blue Ridge​ Club selection: 5-iron Back in the summer of 1983 I was 13 yrs old and still trying to come to terms with knowing I needed glasses so I didn’t dare tell my parents I couldn’t see a thing beyond 20 […]

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