Thursday, August 28, 2014


This evening was Steubenville's first game of the football season. I met Sal at the stadium, and after halftime busted him pretending to be one of the kids. Here he is, doing what he does.

Man, he sure looks good.

It was a great night for football, but I was beat when I got home.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Back to School

Today was the girls first day of school. I think they were feeling lots of butterflies, but there weren't any tears.

We had stopped into school on Friday to take care of some last minute to-dos. We were fortunate to run into the first grade teacher who gave Sarah a big hug, and it gave Emmy a chance to meet her new teacher one-on-one.

The three of us went to first grade and dropped Emmy's bags and supplies off at her desk. Then we went to second grade to meet Sarah's new teacher and to get her settled. She adjusts quickly in new situations so we took a few pictures, and then Emmy and I went back to first grade.

I took a few more pictures and then I left. Emmy seemed a little apprehensive about me going, but I think she was also curious to see what first grade is all about. She was torn between wanting what she knows and having a new adventure.

Sunday, August 17, 2014


I've been wanting to rearrange the girls' bedroom for quite a while.

It was also apparent that they needed more than storage cubes for their clothes. That method had worked great when their clothes were much smaller.

This layout will also give them easier access to their closet, which I also organized.

As you can see, Sarah loves all things Disney while Emmy is into pink and purple, especially purple.

I washed the windows, baseboards, and floors and then proceeded to move the beds. I was pleasantly surprised to find that underneath their beds wasn't quite the disaster area I had been expecting. Sal spent the morning assembling their new dresser. The drawers are deep and the top drawer even came with a divider.

To surprise Sarah and Emmy with the news of the pregnancy we accessorized the dresser with some baby items, diaper cream, binkies, and outfits. I cannot wait to see their reactions.

I'd still like to find them a fuzzy or otherwise textured gray area rug, and some artwork on the wall may be nice as well.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons

It came across my Facebook newsfeed that a Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons tribute band would be playing at the Monongahela Aquatorium on August 16. It looked and sounded like a lot of fun so Sal and I made plans to go.

Apparently one of the members is originally from Monongahela and so they come back once a summer to perform locally. This time they were headed to Australia the next day.

The show was about what you'd expect, great music, little tidbits about the band itself, and a few cheesy jokes thrown in just because.

Admission was $10 at the gate and they had inexpensive concessions for sale as well.

The Aquatorium is a unique venue. There's a paved area on the shores of the Mon River with bleachers set up on one side. Boaters can park on the river beside and behind the stage to enjoy the show.

We had a blast. It was a great way to celebrate the unofficial end of summer. Sal heads back to the classroom next week.

Friday, August 15, 2014

On The Way

Way back in June, while we were honeymooning in California, I posted a picture we had taken at Abalone Cove near Los Angeles. I promised to post more pictures from that session.

The reason I held off is this, when we scheduled that photoshoot we had no idea that there would be three people in the photographs.

Let that sink in a minute.

You may only see Sal and I in that photograph, but rest assured three of us are alive and well. That's right. We're expecting.

More details to come.