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20130426 campfitchWell I was lucky enough again (thanks boss) to be able to go on another field trip with Brandon's class this last week.  It was a 3-day trip to Camp Fitch in Erie, PA.

Like Camp Christopher, there were lots of learning experiences and great times with all the kids. Having Lake Erie as our resource for several events was a great perk. Even the cool, wet weather couldn't keep us down. I look forward to every trip I can go on with these kids.  

Below you can find a photo gallery of the trip, as well as their stab at the Harlem Shake.

Camp Fitch Photo Gallery

2013 04 12 Nate SchoolThe Record Courier took a photo of Nate's class for collecting pennies for St Judes. Below is the article caption.

St Pat students collect pennies for St. Jude's.

During Catholic Schools' Week, the classes at St Patrick School in Kent competed against each other to collect the most pennies as a service project. The eighth grade, a class of 28 students won by raising an average of $5.94 per student. The class selected St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to receive all money collected, totaling $851.47. Representing the eighth grade are, from left, Anna Gruber, Jacob Schettler, Nate Giunto, Grant Kersh, Matt Perison, Allison Bailey, Gia Broska and Mogan Thorn. St Patrick School participates in the Math-a-Thon each year to raise money for the hospital by completing math workbooks for donations.

20130407 springhikeThank God spring has finally gotten here. It was an awesome day to be outside so I took my boys and a bunch of the nephews and niece on our spring hike. Nate, Brandon, Jacob, Abby, Dylan & Nick.

We went across the street again since there's so much more room to get lost. We hiked all the way through the woods and came out across from St Joan of Arc Church. We had some snacks and a water break at the church pavillion before we headed back.

When it was all done we "google earthed" our path and found we hiked 5.5 miles. It tooks us almost 4 hours with our numerous stops to throw rocks and check out snakes and dead animals along the ways.

Here's a photo gallery of the hike.

20130310 primantibros40 years old. Ugggh. Or 40 years young. I only feel old when I think of how many years 40 actually is, and that I'm half-way to my expected life expectancy of 81.4 years, minus my mayonnaise intake.

Jean surprised me with a weekend in Pittsburg without the kids. I love em, but was looking forward a getaway so I was very happy when we kept driving right out of town instead of a quick run to the store as I was told. She packed my clothes, bags and everything and hid them in the trunk!

We had a great time bopping all around Steelers country. We used the subway several times much to Jean's dislike at first. Highlights included the 3-Rivers Casino, Contemporary Museum of Art, Monongahela Incline and eating an 'almost famous' sandwich at Primanti Brothers.

Next time we'll visit when the weather is nice so we can enjoy the city more.

Thanks for the surprise Jean!

20130104 brandonsurgeryBrandon sure seems to be a magnet for oddities. The day before New Years Eve he was playing in the basement wrapped up in blankets like a burrito. After an unfortunately hard drop to the ground, he felt a very sharp pain that he said we should go get checked out.

After the ambulance trip to Akron Childrens hospital we found out that he ruptured his spleen and had been bleeding internally. Shortly after being admitted the surgeon was worried about the amount of blood in his abdomen so they took him into surgery. After undergoing laproscopic surgery and removing 700ml of fluids and finding out there was no more active bleeding, the surgeon closed him up and made some really cool bandages.

It was a very scary time for the whole family. Jean, Brandon and I watch the New Years ball drop from his hospital room, and thanks to technology facetimed with the whole family at the Wagners.

Thanks to Dr. Perry and thanks God for getting Brandon through this emergency. Love you buddy and continue to heal.

Just a simple little entry to take advantage of Brandon's non-accomplishment.  

Today... just now.... at 12:12pm, he is 12 years old on 12-12-12.

That's it. Happy birthday B.

20121122 thanksgivingairsoftIt was a beautiful Thanksgiving Day this year. Perfect for the kids to go play outside so they decided to have an airsoft war. They use the whole compound and it makes for some pretty intense games. I had to lend Brandon my gun so he wouldn't get whooped.

I went out in harms way into the battlefield and got some random shots.  So much fun, I had to share with the world.  I love their makeshift shields. Watching this box walk around with legs sticking out from under it was pretty funny.

Thanks Mom and Dad for feeding the army of 17 of us today.  My 3rd helping really hit the spot. Life is good.

Here's a photo gallery of the war.

20121116 tourdebrimfieldWell there's not much to say except it was another great Tour De Brimfield outting this year.

The day before the tour, I had a random couple from Brimfield Google "Tour De Brimfield" after seeing it on Sully's sign and found my web site. They then called me! Pretty funny.... and creepy. After a little inquiry to convince myself they weren't stalkers, I told them to show up and wear a red shirt!  So they did.  The "googlers" ended up fitting right in (ie: drink beer and sing loud.) and are now part of the tour.

I counted 51 during our group photo so that's a new record. Mark and Joy should be proud.

I went to prepare a photo galley of the event and quickly saw there was not many showing people at their best, so I opted not to put together a gallery.

I don't have a top 10 or bulleted list this year but if I did, #1 would be "Katie going to get into the cars to drive to the next bar after the first one." Rookie!

Name tags were fun (thanks Kate) even if mine said "Dipshit".... and uh "Delicious" in this photo, whoever's that was.


20121111 pumkinshotgunWell we still had a couple pumpkins laying around from Halloween so I decided to carve one of them today.... with my shotgun.

Took just a single 3-1/2" turkeyshot and it came out pretty nice.  Below is a small video of the carving. Sorry about the low quality of the video. My basic point and shoot does have a slow motion setting but it's terribly low resolution to keep up with the framerate.  Still pretty cool. Aly wasn't thrilled about it when she got home... I didn't realize it was her favorite pumpkin.

20121027 cheercompetitionA little congratulations to Aly and the rest of the 5th & 6th grade cheerleaders on winning 1st place in the cheer competition today in North Royalton.

Congrats to Nikki and all the other coaches on keeping the pom-poms in line. I know, there were no pom-poms.

20121001 whatido

For a living that is.  Even my mom has asked me what exactly I do since not too many people know what a graphic designer does. So I figured I'd whip up this little blog article to slightly answer the question... what i do... which is basically turn word docs and digital camera photos into pieces of advertising using a few mouse clicks and a little creativity.

(For Normal Desktop Computers)

(For iPads & Smart Phones)

20120929 akronmarathonWell you can check this off the list of things I figured my wife would never do.  Run... and run alot. Jean was part of a relay team in the Akron Marathon this weekend. She ran with her cousin Joy Salberg, Angela Novotny, Mike Marsinek's cousin Jeff and Angela's cousin Mel. She ran the first leg of the race of 3.9 miles with a time of 41:01. Yes, 41 minutes of straight running, and that's with fighting the 15,000 person crowd in the beginning of the race, which is another thing on the list of things she won't be involved with. I'm pretty proud of her as she just began running this year. Her facebook post below sums it up.

It's not the half or the full, but for me, it's a HUGE life accomplishment. Prior to May 1 of this year- I didn't run AT ALL!!!!!!! Today I had the honor of running the first leg of the Akron Marathon. It was a totally surreal and amazing experience!!!! Seeing all those people at the starting line, fireworks booming over head, people everywhere, bands playing- and me being able to run 4 miles for 4 beautiful inspirations- just breathtaking!!!!!!!!

20120917 minidvSo during my googling for a service to transfer my 29 MiniDV tapes to DVD, I stumbled upon an eBay store.  There were several stores actually but this person's was the best price by far at a whopping $2.99 each. 

After some review checking and fine print reading, I bought a single tape transfer and sent $2.99 to the seller for the 'Buy it Now' via paypal. I then mailed my tape to the seller for a couple bucks and my part was done.

A short week later… I received my original tape, successfully transferred onto a DVD as advertised. Upon looking at the return postage, I noticed it cost the seller $3.31 to send my tape and DVD back to me. Hmmm.

RECAP: The seller, received $2.99 from me, which eBay AND paypal took their cut of it. The seller then took an hour of his time to transfer my tape to one of his DVD's, packaged it all up and mail it back to me for $3.31 postage, plus his packaging material costs!

I've given up on trying to rationalize how this is possible and the only thing I can do is write it in my blog.

Maybe he's hoping to stumble across some secret home-made movies to hold ransom over somebody some day? All he has from me is some three year olds singing God Bless America and WAY too many minutes of vacation bible school dancing, so I don't think I'll be paying anything to make those go away.

I seen in his reviews he's done hundreds of these so I can't help but to give this person free advertising to give him more 'business'? http://www.ebay.com/itm/MIniDV-to-DVD-Transfer-Service-Camcorder-HD-Mini-DV-/160433357399?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item255a92c257

Late Note: Out of conscience, I sent him an extra $5.00 to cover his DVD and shipping cost ..... maybe that's his motivation?! I also found the cable to connect my camcorder to my computer so I did the other 28 tapes myself. :) If you have some MiniDV's you want transferred, give me $20 each and I'll do it …. and if it gets mailed to you from Illinois, don't ask any questions.

20120901_labordayJust a little entry to tribute another successful camping trip with good friends. Congratulations to the Marsineks for moving up from a tent to a pop-up. Even though Round-up Camping Resort wasn't all we hoped, we still had a blast. Honestly, you could put us all in the middle of a 1,000 acre field and we'd have the same time... as long as we had a campfire and some beer.

My top 10 things about 2012 Labor Day Camping


  • Batten down the hatches for Hurricane Isaac
  • Moral victories ARE better than victories
  • Another "heated" swimming pool
  • Sky Lantern - Heyoooooooooo
  • 3 trips home for forgotten things - just for my family alone
  • Good wood vs. bad wood
  • Golf cart parade
  • Propane torch from hell
  • Marsineks new camper they have yet to set up
    and finally...
  • I'll never make Jiffy Pop the same way again

Here is a very small gallery of the weekend.

20120825_warriordashWell it was everything it lived up to be. A 5k with a dozen obstacles including flames to jump over, barb wire over mud to crawl through and a bunch of other obstacles. Finished off with a hose down from a guy sitting on a tanker truck.

Jean's been training for months to be sure she could cut it.... and I trained.....well.... Monday for 2 hours.

It was pretty much the best time you can legally have with friends and this picture tells the story. Sticking together through it all, we didn't leave a brother/sister behind and it was a blast.

If you ever get the chance to do it...... do it, see you there next year!

Here's a gallery of the event. Warrior Dash Gallery.


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