Blog Entry Archive


Time To Move : : October 18, 2007
We just got back from the mortgage agency where we signed documents for the purchase of a house. It has been a long process (too long) but it will be great to move into our new home. Kelly wanted a place where she could take the girls for walks and have plenty of yard for them to run and play. We also wanted to move into a decent school district in case we decide to send the girls to public school.
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A New Hobby : : June 27, 2007
I've recently (over the past 6 months) taken up a new hobby of sorts... that is to say I've begun drinking Scotch. I say hobby and not habit because I really only drink once in a while and when I do, it is something I truly enjoy. Below, I've listed a few that I've tried and several I'd like to try (with approximate prices for those looking for birthday gift ideas).
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Break Out Another Thousand : : April 30, 2007
Break Out Another Thousand is the term used by one Yamaha enthusiast to describe her jet boat. My buddy Nick and I traveled to North Carolina this past weekend to pick up a 1999 Yamaha LS2000 jet boat. Read on for a little more about the boat.
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More Pictures Posted : : January 9, 2007
I have posted a significant number of pictures for those of you who have been asking for them. 350+ pictures of the girls from June through October of 2006. November, December and January are coming soon so check back often!
She's For Sale : : June 1, 2006
I've been asked about a million times since the babies were born "So, when are you selling the sports car?" and until now, the answer has been that I don't have any plan to. But now, she's up for sale. Read on for a little more detail.
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They're Here!!! : : December 2, 2005
Well, the babies are here! The girls (Abigail Faith and Julia Rose) were born at 7:58 and 7:59 on Thursday December 1st. Read on for more.
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Our new Baby-Mobile : : August 8, 2005
We caved. We finally decided that our Saturn was just not going to cut it for two babies since we'd have a hard time fitting them, a stroller and just about anything else in the car so we gave in and started looking for something new (to us) to use when we take our babies out of the house. Neither of us is a big fan of mini-vans and we wanted something that could tow a car or trailer so we started looking at SUV's.
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It's a girl.... : : July 28, 2005
We had our official 20-week ultrasound yesterday. It's a girl... and another girl! Wow, two baby girls and they're coming very, very soon. We're both excited and anxious at the same time. The ultrasound technician took about 100 photos of the babies and measured many things to ensure they are growing properly.
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4th of July : : July 11, 2005
Well, we spent the 4th of July weekend with my parents and Holly, camping. We also spent some time looking at houses. To celebrate the 4th, we saw fireworks and went to the Ashland Balloon Festival. All in all, it was definitely a fun weekend. Make sure to check out the fireworks pictures as well as the balloon ones in the photo gallery.
Babies Again! : : June 27, 2005
I haven't posted anything new on here in a couple months... sorry about that. We just had another doctor's visit this past week and had an opportunity to see the babies. We also heard their heartbeats for the first time.
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Babies! : : April 22, 2005
Yes, we are pregnant!!! And it's twins! We don't know yet if they are identical or fraternal and we don't know what gender but we do know that they are a gift from God. We're both quite anxious about having two but at the same time we count it as twice the blessing. Read more to see the ultrasound pictures.
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Our New Old Car : : April 12, 2005
Well, this past weekend (4/8/05-4/10/05) was a bit of a whirlwind. We drove our Saturn SC2 to Buffalo for Holly to borrow this summer, flew out to Colorado and drove home a new old car. It is a 1991 Mitsubishi 3000GT VR-4 (1 year older than my current 3000GT). To find out why I would sell my 1992 to get this 1991, read on.
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Out on the left, tolerance is a one way street. : : October 27, 2004
It's a sad thing when such a climate of fear is imbued into a culture by those who declare themselves tolerant that those who they declare intolerant are afraid for their person or property. Such is the culture in which we live - a culture where threatening or bringing harm to the conservative is a way of life for the liberal. And it's all done under a guise of tolerance.
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I'm Feeling Sick : : October 5, 2004
I want to share something. Actually, two things. These two things have been on my mind for some time now and as I'm quite literally feeling sick to my stomach, I thought that I would share. The first is that a government which harasses its law-abiding citizens is a country in the wrong. Second is that not only does our government do this, they finance (535 Million Dollars, 350 Million Dollars, 2 Million 400 Thousand Dollars, etc) other countries whose governments practice religious and racial persecution.
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Hot Tub Time : : September 27, 2004
Kelly and I have made a deal to purchase her dad's hot tub very reasonably. It is rarely used at his house and would be used multiple times each week (if not daily) at our house. It is an Infiniti Spas "Vesuvius" model hot tub. It is a 6-7 person hot tub (8 fit comfortably if the lounger is used as seats).
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Transitions Young Adults : : August 24, 2004
Well, we've gotten involved (over the past few weeks) with a group here called Transitions Young Adults which is made up for mostly singles and a few couples from many different churches and denominations who get together for fellowship, prayer and Bible study. I've started a website to help us keep things organized.
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Building an Office : : August 12, 2004
Well, I'm finally building an office for 241. It's going to be a small, 2-desk office with its own private entrance built into the basement of my house. There are a lot of obstacles to overcome before it is complete - not the least of which are a wet basement and uneven concrete floor.
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Pete's Birthday : : August 12, 2004
Well, as many of you know, July 31 was my birthday. We were just planning to go out to dinner with some friends at Chi-Chi's but Kelly decided to surprise me by having my parents come down to visit. So, they showed up at about 4:00 - just before we were headed out to dinner. It was a pleasant surprise.
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Web-CP.net : : June 28, 2004
Well, a few months ago I started a website called Web-CP.net to continue development on a control panel called web://cp. The official site used to be located at webcp.can-host.com. It seems to have disappeared (it's been gone for a few weeks so it may be permanent). So, that means that my site is just about the closest thing to an official web://cp website there is. Our discussion boards are located at here: web://cp and FlexCP Discussion Forums.
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Attic Changes : : May 10, 2004
Well, many of you know that Nick will be staying with us for a while. He's gonna take over the attic with all of his cool stuff and he even promised to share! We've been getting ready to have him move in which has involved us actually doing a lot of the things that we've been putting off because we're lazy. Read on to see what's going on.
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It's a Girl! : : April 23, 2004
Yes, that kind of girl! I'm officially an Uncle. My brother and sister-in-law, John and MaryFrances, had their first child on Wednesday - Islay (pron. 'EYE-luh') Ann. She weighed 7lbs, 3oz. Both mother and child are doing well. Kelly and I are both very excited for them - she is a beautiful baby.
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It's a girl! : : December 13, 2003
No, not that kind of girl. We got a puppy girl. Her name is Serena and she is the sweetest ball of fur you've ever seen. Her mom is an Australian Shepherd and her dad is a Newfoundland or at least part Newfoundland. She has the webbed feet and long black hair of her father and tan markings from her mom.
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Our First Fireplace! : : December 9, 2003
We went to Columbus this past Sunday with our friends Lorne and Jen to do some shopping. The guys went to Lowe's for a little while while Jen and I stayed at the mall. We met up again with some very exciting news - Lowe's had a fireplace in stock similar to the one we'd been looking at buying off of the internet for the same price. Getting it in the car, however, wasn't as easy as finding the fireplace.
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Before/After Photos of House : : December 8, 2003
We moved in at the end of March, and we've (mostly me, Kelly) been pretty busy painting and decorating the house. The master bedroom was NAVY blue (very dark as you can imagine). It took 4 coats of primer to get the blue out of the room. After priming, Mom, Ed and I did a "faux" finish technique called ragging. It took a long time to finish but it was well worth it.
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YFC Christmas Auction : : December 2, 2003
Well, about 2 weeks ago Kelly started volunteering with Youth for Christ. At that time, she started to organize Saturday November 29th's Christmas Auction fund raiser. Yeah, it was being worked on before that by other staff members but it wasn't really being organized yet. So, she put together most of the organization in a week and a half...
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Poison Ivy : : November 3, 2003
And I was doing so well.... I haven't had a case of poison ivy for years - mostly due to the fact that I lived in WNY but also because I avoided it like the plague. Well, I've gotten it again. I think I got it when I was digging around in our garden, laying down the new invisible fence for the dog. Hmm... well, I've got it on my hand, arm, and just a bit on my face. I have included pictures to help identify Poison Ivy instead of pictures of my allergic reaction - trust me, it's better this way.
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RadioPet Fence : : October 31, 2003
We finally decided what we are going to do for Bella - a RadioPet RP-50. This is one of those buried-wire pet fences with the "correction collars". Today we started by laying out the wire above ground and installing the transmission unit. I then tested the wire at various locations to ensure that it will work as expected.
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Upgraded My Computer : : October 15, 2003
Well, I've upgraded my computer. It was in need of some serious attention - it really hasn't been touched since the summer before my senior year of college. I removed my faulty GeForce2 MX220 video card (well, at least one of the outputs worked on that card) and replaced it with a refurbished GeForce 4 Ti4200 card. Now I can run the only game I play (Enemy Territory) at full resolution with all the graphic options turned up. Woohoo! Read on for more changes.
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Found our Camera : : September 30, 2003
The infamous missing digital camera has come home. It turns out, it somehow ended up in the boot of Dad's mustang and wasn't found until the end of the summer this year. That means it has been missing for more than a year. Well, we went back to Buffalo for the first time since it was found last weekend...
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Water Leaks : : August 18, 2003
This week while Mom & Ed were down visiting we had a storm. Actually we have storms most nights but this was a real storm. There were tornado warnings in many of the surrounding counties and we got inches of rain in a matter of an hour or two. We learned that we get serious water in the basement even with the french drain in the yard working hard....
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Trying to Camp : : July 9, 2003
Well, we had a bit of an odd experience a few weeks ago when we went camping. We went to Findley State Park in Ohio. When I was trying to check in they asked for ID proving I was over 18. I gave it to them. Unfortunately, Kelly's drivers license was stolen so...
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Our new Grape Arbor : : July 8, 2003
This is all about our new grape arbor. I don't know how many of you saw the arbor that was there when we moved in, but it was pretty bad. We decided that we would replace it with an arbor of the following dimensions: 8'W x 4'D x 7'H. It has lattice-work for the grape vine to climb and two benches to sit on.
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Moving In : : July 7, 2003
Moving into our first home was an experience. Things went fairly well and we are grateful for all of our family and friends who came from near and far to help. We had my entire family there plus Nick & Jess, Sarah, and tons of friends from Mansfield. Just packing up the apartment was a challenge - getting everything into boxes and ready to be moved.
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