2014 Wrap Up

2014 December 22

So 2014 has been a fairly calm and positive year (knock on wood). The New Year started off with a guys night out with the Karb boys to see the Auto Show.

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We went on a trip at March Break with Adam’s mom to Atlanta and enjoyed all the sites, particularly the Coca Cola museum complete with a full tasting room of hundreds of Coca Cola flavours from around the world. If you go there you just HAVE to try Beverly – its a must.

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In the summer Corbin went to camp Winston as usual and Jeremy took part in Babcia Camp (staying with Adam’s mom) while Adam and I enjoyed a full week of bliss at the cottage (Thanks Jen).

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Summer soon ended and the boys went back to school. Jeremy to Grade 6 and Corbin to Grade 10/11 (he’s doing mostly courses from grade 10 but he’s in Grade 11).  School has been a bit of a struggle for both boys this year but we think we are on the right track now.  Jeremy continues to enjoy skateboarding and Corbin is advancing in his music – both piano and guitar.

Adam continues at the City, he just received his 15 year pin.  Best news he has to share is that he recently purchased a Buick Envoy with heated seats (that Tina loves).

Tina continues at Children First and has recently decided to go back to school on a very part time basis (1 course at a time) to finish her BSW.

And that is pretty much a wrap up to our year. Hope you all are well. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from our family to yours.

Fun in a little snow

2013 January 28

We haven’t had much snow this winter but when we did I couldn’t say no to the boys when they asked to go Tobogganing. Here are some pics from that day – it was really cold and I loved that I could take many of these pics while sitting in my van. Didn’t realize til much later that it never looks good for an adult to sit in a van and take pictures of kids.


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On Hiatus

2012 December 27

Between Facebook, Twitter, work and the rest of real life, we don’t have the motivation to post to this blog on a regular basis, let alone once a month or so.

My wife and I recently received a Nikon D3200 camera as a gift, so we may post about the trials and tribulations of using the D3200. Or we may not. Or we may choose to post about other things. Or we may not. The future is uncertain.

To that end, this blog is on indefinite hiatus.


2012 June 5

I was thinking of taking the family to a Detroit Tigers baseball game in July. Four seats in the outfield are $17.00 each or $68 total. Not bad, I say to myself.

But then the fees get added on.

There is a $4.75 per ticket “convenience fee” for a total of $19. The higher the ticket price, the higher the convenience fee. That $4.75 works out to 28% of the ticket price. Ouch.

Then there is a $4.10 “Per Order Fee”. Wait a minute. What is that for? Shouldn’t the Convenience Fee cover whatever the Per Order Fee covers?

So that’s a total of $23.10 in fees. That is 34% of the ticket price. Or a total of $91.10. That’s when it hurts. That’s when I’ll be spending $23.10 less on items at the ballpark.

August Already?

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The summer is flying by. The weather has been hot and humid for much of July.

Camp Winston went well for Corbin. He became part of the maintenance crew – partly because maintenance crew gets to take their shirt off. He had an amazing time and the staff had no issues. The downside was that Corbin came back with only one of seven shirts. Aye carumba. That explained by Corbin’s bag felt lighter (despite the additional junk he brought back). A few other things did not make it back including a flashlight, a pair of water shoes and a brand new pair of rain boots. It’s something we will have to mention to the staff next year.

After Camp Winston, we headed for a week long vacation at a cottage on Lake Simcoe (near Hawkstone, about 5 minutes south of Orillia). Corbin spent a complete 24 hours with us after being picked up Camp Winston and before heading back to CPRI in London.

Before the cottage, Tina and I headed to the Air Canada Centre (aka ACC) in Toronto to see Rush on the Time Machine Tour. I was able to find a parking lot across from the ACC. We walked over to the Keg only to learn that it had moved around the corner. Things are constantly changing in Toronto. Had a great supper at the Keg. Every one else in our room was also attending the concert. The area around Union Station was busy for a Saturday afternoon.

Walked back to the ACC and hung out the main entrance. It rained lightly once, but we were able to get underneath a canopy. Then the doors opened. You could cut the excitement with a knife.

After showing our tickets to several staff, we eventually made it down to the front row. Yup. Front row on Geddy’s side. Those are the seat my wonderful wife got for us. Of course, we wouldn’t be sitting in them during the concert.

The lights went down and we walked up to the barrier. 3 hours later (including a 30 minute intermission) the show was over. It was amazing. Geddy was no more than 10 feet away from us. We could see Alex on the other side of the stage and watch Neil pound away on his drum kit.

Jeremy spent a week at Babcia camp before succumbing to homesickness. Tina picked him up. My mom tried to bribe him, but he would have none of it. So we were childless for only a week. Oh well, Jeremy being back home actually helped us the following weekend with travelling to Brantford, Toronto, Camp Winston, Cottage, London, back to Cottage.

The rest of July went by quickly. Too quickly.

Jeremy Scores A Goal

2009 August 20

Unlike the game this past Saturday, the team was much more into the game.  They were running, they were kicking, they were attacking. Even Jeremy was showing more energy.

The team was down 3 – nil when Jeremy took the ball up the field and kicked in their first (and only) goal of the game. Jeremy raised his arms in the air and his Coach gave him a big high five. Jeremy gave me the thumbs up.

In another point of the game, the opposing team got the ball and were about to break away to the net. But Jeremy ran the player down and was able to kick the ball away from the opposing player just before they were to take a kick on the net. Good hussle.

Jeremy has three games this weekend at an annual tournament before calling it quits for the season. We have no idea if he wants to play soccer next season. If he does, it won’t be with the Windsor Soccer Club (see the previous post for the details).