Saturday, December 30, 2006

Photos of the Day:December 30, 2006

We had a guest today, and probably for the next 2 days. The neighbors gave us the opportunity to take care of Auggie, the labradoodle pup, for two days. Courage, our chessie and main dog of the house, was very tolerant as we set out on this adventure. Little Auggie is currently asleep in a crate in the girls room and all seems well!
Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Photo of the Day:December 26th

Christmas is 1 day old, but Courage still has that ol' Christmas spirit! He sat patiently and humbly while I snapped this reindeer photo. Everyone had a great holiday, though it's off to work for me tomorrow :o(

Merry Christmas, 2006

Well, the girls thought all was lost until this:

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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Photo of the Dat: December 12

Well, the tree is now officially up and trimmed with the help of our three monkeys! We are now officially ready for Santa.
Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Photo of the Day: December 7, 2007

Ahhh, winter came early today. Tempratures fell to the 20s and brought along a little snowfall...the first this year. I think we got about 1/2 inch today with little more expected.
The winter school semester is about through. 1 more class to go! I'm guessing 1 A in Graphic Design and hopefully a B in Art History.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Photo of the Day: December 1st

Wow, it has been a nice, warm Thanksgiving week...mid 60's for the most part. This was taken on Monday, Nov. 27. We escorted the kids to the bus stop, then Maura and I took the dog for a stroll at Alms Park overlooking Lunken airport. Unfortunately, the weather cmakes a downward turn today:o( Cold, windy and possible snow predicted for the weekend.

Maura's first listing!

Well, as reported earlier in the year, Maura quit her job with Recreations Outlet and began her career in Real Estate. It has been a rough road for everyone, but things are starting to blossom. We are proud to announce her first listing! WOO HOO! And even though it is in the (not so) thriving neighborhood of Finneytown, it's going to sell soon, dammit!

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Photos of the Day: October 24

We celebrated Daughter No. 2's birthday this weekend. The actual date is the 31st, but given the choice between a party or trick-or-treat, the party loses. Anyway, following tradition, we use the creepy hand candles for the celebration. It's the last year for those, as she is turning 10 this year.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Photo of the Day: October 17, 2006

Five deer wandered into the garden today for a little snack! God love 'em! They started in the neighbor's yard and casually made their way to ours without a care in the world.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Photos of the Day: October 5

Went to a local music festival called Tall Stacks in Cincinnati last night...saw and took photos of some bluegrass greats, Peter Rowan, Tony Rice, Jerry Douglas, Tim O'Brian and Del McCoury. It's one thing to hear them on the radio or CD, yet quite an awesome experience to see them in person from the third row!
Even though it's a very expensive eat and drink event, it was a great time, despite not having Maura with me. We are going again tonight with the gurls.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Photos of the Day: September 27th

There comes a time in everyone's life when a change is necessary. About a year ago, Maura entered a contest with the local paper for a makeover, and was chosen! The photos here show her before and after results. The final photos will be part of a contest, with the winner becoming a feature in the Cincinnati Enquirer in early October! Very cool. Notice the beaming on her face in the last photo!

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Photo of the Day: September 13th

Well, here's the typical morning routine! Getting ready for school, breakfast, the morning paper. It's a grand 'ol time indeed!
Today was a fairly cool, rainy day and one can definitely tell summer is about over. Soccer is in full swing as well as school. I'm in my 4th week, taking 2 classes this fall.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

In addition to our Boxer friend, our son Courage had a great time but really needed some water to refuel.

Photo of the Day: Sept 9th

In Cincinnati, we have this terrific dog park where the animals run free and truly communicate with their peers. This boxer was particularly playful. Multiply this dog by about 30 and you'll get the idea.
Our son Courage meandered about, but this guy was all ove the place!

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Photo of the Day: August 23rd

Ahh is in the air. In fact, it starts today for the girls, though it looks as if Courage is more excited! Actually, the girls could not wait to get out the door this morning. The weather was nice and cool.
I started back at NKU yesterday...the oldest one in the class! WOOHOO.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Photo of the Day: August 1

There's some serious braiding going on here! The girls are getting some extensive hair stylin done tonight after a long day at the pool. Temprature: 95 degrees with more to come tomorrow. We, as well as the rest of the nation, have had a heat wave for the past three days with no end in sight.

In other news, school starts for me on August 22nd, and for the girls on the 24th or 25th. I'm taking two more classes this fall. Frankly, I think everyone is ready to break the monotony of Summer!

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Photo of the Day: July 29th

Sorry, I had a "Martha Stewart" moment this evening. My grilled chicken with home grown basil, tomato swiss cheese and morel mushrooms turned out so nice, I had to snap a photo. I even tried to blur it just like they do in the magazine.
It wasvery tasty though.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Tomato Update!

As you can see, the tomatoes from last week are still there and turning a beautiful red. I took this photo this morning with hopes of picking it tonight before the deer or rabbits discover it. I'm thinkin' BLTs for dinner tonight!

Photo of the Day: July 26

Well, we never thought we'd see the day when Maura would be bidding farewell to Recreations Outlet. After 14 years, today is her last official day. Notice the happiness on both Maura and Courage as they dream of new adventures ahead. We all proud of you!

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Photo of the Day: July 18th

Summer is definitely here! It is still hot and muggy...94 degrees, but this is great news for my two tomato plants. They love that hot, humid weather. I've got one turning red (bottom center) and many others soon to follow assuming the deer don't pick them off.
BLTs here we come.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Photo of the Day: July 16th

As temperatures flare in the Mideast, they do the same in the mid-west, USA. 96 degrees today and the order of the day was–chill out INSIDE! Our pal Courage is taking one of many naps in an effort to conserve energy. More high temps expected tomorrow!

Monday, July 10, 2006

PHoto of the Day: July 10

Hi all...
We just returned from Northern Michigan last week and have just started to go through all the photos.
Here's our nerdy, LL Bean family getting ready to hike across Marquette Island just on the other side of Muskie Bay in Cedarville, MI. The hike is about 1.35 miles (according to the GPS) through dense pine forest. We packed in some hot dogs, chips, grapes and drinks and had a great time, despite the bugs!

Monday, June 19, 2006

Photo of the Day: June 18th

Father's Day: Unfortunately, mom had to work, so the girls and I headed for the Cincinnati Zoo. The girls really wanted to see the baby Tokin, an endangered, central Asian mountain goat. Check out the cool hooves on this momma!

June 17th 2006

Ok, ok. It has been a while since the last post. Things have been busy with work and family the last few weeks, but that is life!
Today we had our annual June Birthday Celebrations for Daughter No. 1 and myself. Looks like she got some good stuff judging by her expression! Anyway, we had a good crowd and a great meal with grilled chicken, pasta, fruit and tossed salad, macaroni and cheese, cake, drink, etc.

Friday, May 26, 2006

A Second Photo of the day: May 26th

Of course, no day would be complete without the dog. Courage accompanied us on our Nature Center journey. Hot weather took it's toll on the lad, but nothing a long tongue and a huge yawn wont fix!

Photo of the Day 1: May 26th

T'was a beautiful day in Cincinnati, nice day for a stroll at the Cincinnati Nature Center. We found this beautiful Tiger Swallowtail drying its wings on an old log near the Kripendorf Lodge. Hopefully he finished before a wise bird spotted the elegant insect!

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Photo of the Day: May 25th

I know, I know. A week without a new image.
Moving on, last night, daughter No. 2 performed with her 3rd grade class as Ms. Frizzle, the energetic teacher from the Magic School Bus series. Everything went extremely well! The show was quite funny and our Ms. Frizzle put on a great performance with no signs of nervousness at all! She has one more performance tonight. Break a leg!

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Photo of the Day: May18th

Ok, ok...enough of the dog! But I can't help it! This is Courage sending me off to work this morning. As I (or anyone else) drive, run or walk by, Courage chases us as far as the electric fence allows and then he does this bouncy, half circle at the end. It's a bad habit to encourage so when we're not home, he's confined to the back yard.
Bad news from the 5th grade election...after a good campaign, Daughter No. 1 did not get elected. She wasn't even allowed to wear the t-shirt I made her! She's tough though, and after a good cry and some comforting words, she's almost over it. We are very proud of her regardless., and I can't imagine what it must have felt like to delliver a speech in front of the entire school! Way to go, H!

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Photo of the Day: May17th

Well, Daughter No. 1 is running for student body president this morning. She is supposed to give a campaign speech at 9:30 AM today, so last night I made her this T-shirt to wear during the speech. This is her and mom giving me the campaign strategy for the day. We should know the results either this afternoon or tomorrow. I'm really proud of her for taking this on!
Way to go!

Photo of the Day: May 16th

Up the street from my office in Amberley Village is French park. This stately home and the surrounding 275 acres was bequeathed to the City of Cincinnati in 1943 by Herbert Greer French.
According to the Hamilton County Park District, a tornado riped through the park in 1969, destroying over 540 trees. Not sure how old this bent tree is, but I'm going to guess at least 50 years old.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Photo of the Day: May13th

Not the most flattering image of daughter No. 1, but hey, she's concentrating on my cell phone at the moment. The girls and I (less mom) are heading to the frame shop to have my wedding license framed nicely for Mother's Day. I almost threw it away last year! We also stopped at Big Lots and grabbed some funny Mom's day cards.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Photo of the Day: May 10th

Good Ol Courage is FINALLY getting used to the idea of sticking his head out the car window. He likes to do it, just doesn't know it yet. As you can see, he's slowly discovering this new joy one whisker at a time!

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

My Spring Grades!!

WOOHOO! Two classes, two "As". Beat that, suckah! Hey, I know it's only two classes, but I still gotta work full time! Click on the image to get a better view of those "AAs".
Maybe I'll post a photo tomorrow, but for now, it's all about the As!

Monday, May 08, 2006

Photo of the Day: May 8th

Sorry, no posts for a few days.

Ok, so just when you thought this place could not get any greener...behold! And with the green comes huge amounts of shade which is great for the hostas we planted this spring. We have one small spot in the front right corner of the yard that gets a decent amount of sunshine, and I can usually get a decent crop of tomatoes if the deer don't find them first! Last summer, almost every tomato had teeth marks in them.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Photo of the Day: May 4th

Yep...this is about as exciting as images get! Just a car in the parking lot at work. And while this car looks innocent enough, the interior is trashed as is most of the body.
Anyway, last day o classes is today. All I need to do is get my final writing portfolio to the teacher, and i should score an "A". Suuwheeet!

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Photo of the Day: May 2nd

Protecting us from harm at all hours, Courage peruses the back yard as Maura cuts the grass. I think one of these days he's going to leap from that wall if something tempting enough, like a squirrel, shows up!

Monday, May 01, 2006

Photo of the Day: May 1st

Dad (me) and daughter No. 2 pose for a quick photo, taken by her sister. As you can see, the woods is in full green and the yard looks great. I ordered 4 yards of mulch this weekend and am about 1/2 done.
I've been on the morel mushroom hunting kick for some reason, haven't found anything yet, but I'm determined to find at least one before the season ends in mid May.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

It's off to Camp!

As you can see, Daughter No. 1 is psyched about heading out to camp. She's loaded down with with sleeping bag, suitcase, magnifying glass, flashlight, etc. The 5th graders left at 8:00am. We are going to miss her!

Photo of the Day: April 26th

Daughter No. 1 is off to Camp this morning with the 5th graders and will be absent for the next for three days. She's totally excited, but I think her sister, seen here, is a little distraught!

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Photo of the Day: April 25th

Green has overtaken our street, and it looks awesome! Most of the flowering trees have lost their bounty, but our Dogwood squeezed out a few flowers this year!

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Photo of the Day: April 22nd

After a day of total rain in Lexington, we are glad to be home! We brought home a win of $4! Woohoo! Today, the weathe was perfect! The girls got new bikes today and just had to show them off for the camera.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Photo of the Day:April 20th

Driving home, I stopped by an old church in Indian Hill to shoot a few photos. Not sure of the history surrounding this neat place, but the light was great.
Tomorrow, it's off to Keenland for a litle horse betting!

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Photo of the Day: April 18th

Took the whole family to the Reds game this eve. We all had a great time even though the Reds lost to Florida 10-6.

Photo of the Day: April 17th

Yes, I know I'm 2 days behind on photos, but I'm trying to catch up today. is getting greener around here! Our grass is even growing in those tough to reach spots.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Photo of the Day: April 15th

Today was a beautiful, warm day as you can see. The girls couldn't resist having a mini pool party on the driveway, and invited several neighbors to the casual event. Courage was a good sport an fulfilled his role of "Watch Dog" for the duration of the party. The gala was hosted and catered by the dad!

Friday, April 14, 2006

Photo of the Day: April 14th

Our house is surrounded by tons of trees, and every once in a while, we have the honor of sharing our home with the local wildlife. Daughter No. 2 saw this Pileated Woodpecker (or is that the presumed extinct Ivory Billed?) while bringing in the garbage cans. My camera lens does not do well in zoom mode, but there he is in all his glory!
See you again!

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Photo of the Day: April 12th

This photo was taken during lunch in French Park, Amberley Village. Nice warm day today!

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Photo(s) of the Day: April 11th

A typical day at the house! My wife loves wearing these glasses and hat. In fact, she would wear them all day if she could, but then she'd wind up single and alone!
Daughter No. 1 is quite amused at the entire scenario.
Anyway, we wanted to know what all the thrills were about her hat and glasses, so we all tried them on!

Monday, April 10, 2006

Photo of the Day: April 10th

A beautiful spring day in Cincinnati; temprature close to 70ยบ! This is daughter No.2 with a buddy getting ready to go down a minature roller coaster. I swear, the street is getting much greener these days. I'll post another photo of the house by Saturday the 15th (Tax Day, though it's not due till the 17th)