We started out our vacation at the Lake. And one of the things we’ve enjoyed lately is heading to a smallish family amusement park in Erie called Waldameer. It’s got a lot of kid rides and it has trees and it’s not too big (or expensive). We take lunch and dinner with us, leave our cooler on a picnic table and go back to it as needed. It’s relaxed and a good time. The week of the 4th of July, they were open on Monday (a day they are normally closed). Still, we were expecting the park to be crowded (as it was a holiday week) and it just never built up. 


There are several roller coasters at the park. The first, a wooden one called The Comet, is one that Bridget rode last year. I am not one for rides generally speaking, but I decided why not. I’m trying to relax, roll with things and this seemed like a good opportunity. So Bridget, Brendan and I got on and it wasn’t too bad. Not the best experience I have ever had, but not horrible either. Then, bouyed by this, Brendan convinced me to get on the Ravine Flyer II. It’s still a wooden coaster, but definitely more intense. There are signs about how if you have a heart condition or are prone to strokes then DO NOT GET ON THE RIDE. Yeah, I was nervous. In line for the Comet was bad enough (I felt like I was going to throw up), so it was a good thing that the park wasn’t crowded. We were able to just walk up and get on the Ravine Flyer II (in fact this was the case all day, Bren got on at least 6 times) so there was no time for me to get too worked up. So the ride was not something I want to experience again. I am solidly not a fan of roller coasters. But I tried. I will stick to Ferris Wheels and Merry-go-rounds thankyouverymuch. 


Johnny had a lot of fun on just about everything. This ride in particular — an old school kiddie ride with glittery metalic vehicles and a string to hold him in — was his favorite of the day. But he tried everything with great enthusiasm. Except for the haunted house ride (which was too scary and he declared “I don’t want to get on that again!” at the end), they were all successes. The tea cups couldn’t spin around fast enough (I skipped that one) and The Hopper was perfectly hoppy. When we were riding the Scrambler (my personal favorite), he asked “Daddy make it go fast again?!”.

Bridget tried everything she could, too. Even when she was a little scared (the Octopus and the Pirate ship) she hung tough. I am glad she’s not afraid of trying things. She was almost tall enough for everything. Next year I think is going to be even more fun. 


Here Bridget is perfecting her fake pout. I forget exactly why she was pretending to be mad, but it doesn’t matter. I think if I Photoshopped that clown hat  into a Santa hat, it would make a perfect Holiday card. It makes me laugh every time I look at it.

The day even ended on a spectacular note, Brendan won the kids ridiculously large stuffed animals at the Ring Toss (and really, who ever wins that game?!). 

cottage 2011 part two


After a month apart, Johnny and I flew back to Ohio and were reunited with Brendan and Bridget and were soon joined by cousins (and their parents too, of course). 
We spent time at the beach, and went to an amusement/water park in Erie.
And then, Brendan and I left for Toronto for a few days (more on that a little later).
 It’s been a really great summer. Soaking up the last few weeks before Bridget starts Kindergarten.

cottage 2011 part one

While some people got to stay, others had to come home yesterday. But trip one to the cottage this year was good. Lots of Aunts and Uncles and cousins and overflow cottages. A trip to Niagara Falls, a retirement party, food, fireworks, sunsets and a plane ride home.

Lately, I tend to take photos with my phone on these trips, just to try and capture something different.


While we were on vacation at the cottage, we went out to Cleveland to (among other things) tour the Steamship William G. Mather. Now, I like boats, but I didn’t expect to fall in love with all the little details that were on the ship. 

A cabinet of keys that made me weirdly giddy!


Fan I wanted to pull down and put in my purse!

Light I also wanted to take home with me!

And last, but not least, a griffin woodcarving!I am pretty sure I’m going to draw and stitch this guy up at some point. 



Oh poor blog. You have been so neglected.

Our short trip to the cottage this year was fun. Bridget had so much fun. She’s proven to be completely fearless when it comes to swimming and she is definitely not afraid to get dirty. All good things. We made sand castles, skipped rocks, ate when we were hungry and generally had a relaxing time. It stunk not being able to stay longer, but we needed to save our leave.

The nursery is pretty complete. I still have to nail up some photos. And I’m waiting until the baby is born to finish an emboridery project since we will not know what his first initial is going to be until we see him. Bren and I came to an agreement: He will be named X (Brendan and Bridget’s choice) if he has brown eyes and he will be named Y (my choice) if he has blue eyes. We both like both names, and were very analytical in our approach. We made a big list, then independently said yes or no to them. Then took the cross-section of the yes-yes names and then went from there. It was pretty clear early on what the front-runners were going to be.
Right now, I’m one day past my due date. I feel like I’m going to be pregnant forever. Rationally, I know that it’s just not possible, but that doesn’t help get over that feeling too much. I’m working at home 100% of the time and usually it’s OK, but some days I just feel like I’m going to go totally INSANE. So today I’m keeping myself as busy as possible between work emails and tasks. Laundry, dishes and now, this.
Lastly, Bridget has started wanting to take pictures all the time. Some attempts are better than others.  We’re definitely getting her her own camera for Christmas (if not before then).



It’s almost time to take our annual trip up to the cottage. Unfortunately, it won’t be  as long as we’d like but leave needs to be saved up for after the little man arrives. All three of us are really looking forward to it.

busy summer

We had a pretty busy summer. Not only did we go to C’ville, but we also went on our trip to the Poconos, Ocean City and the Cottage. Each trip was not long enough, but fun.

  • The Poconos trip was originally supposed to include all the Muskoxen, but it ended up just being us and Keith and Shade’ with a few days with Kate and Vince, too. The photo above was from my favorite part, the Boulder Field at Hickory Run State Park. It was quite literally one of the most striking things I have ever seen. Mostly, we just chilled.
  • The trip to OC was more spur of the moment. We ended up staying not too far away from where I always stayed as a kid. Not a whole lot has changed, so we hit a few spots: Trimpers, Marty’s Playland, Assateauge and of course, the beach. Not too many photos because I mostly just wanted to enjoy the moment and I just didn’t feel like it!
  • Our annual trip to the Cottage was later than usual this year, but we got to visit with Brendan’s brother and his family who were up from Texas. The kids had a ball. In addition to all our regular activities, we went on a Safari and to Nelson’s Ledges (shown above).
  • All in all, it’s been a good few months.


    Brendan joined the party on January 2, 2004. He's cool now.

    Jessica has never been cool. She is OK with that.

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