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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Mom!!!!! Bushman said summer's almost over.


Where is the summer disappearing to?

It was just snowing a few days ago, wasn't it?

You know that old saying, 'Stop and smell the roses' ?
It's true.  I'm amazed at what has happened in the last few months and I want it to slow down a bit...just so I can enjoy it a little more.

Where shall I start...

June zipped by so fast I didn't even get a chance to say hi.

Our daughter Kate turned 20

Our son Joe turned 23

No birthday pic available, as he is never around, but here is what he does.  Lucky kid!  That's his GF Tess.

When your kids turn those ages you start to feel old!

Ammy and Pops came from Florida over the Father's day weekend and got to spend time with us.  They even took a drive over to visit the Great Aunties!

I worked a lot in June.  So much so, that I don't remember much of the month.  I think I had maybe 4 days off last month.  

Work is going well.  I like the new job and the hours should be taming down in the next two weeks or so, barring any unfortunate issues.

July found us "Up North" to visit with family and friends for a couple days.  We stayed at my folk's cottage at Houghton Lake.

We visited with my brother and sister in law and hung out at Higgins Lake with them for awhile.  Corabella got to wear her first swimsuit, dipped her toes in the first lake, sat on her first boat and even got to hang out with her cousin Zach again. 

She also got to meet her Aunt Kiley for the first time!

After that, we headed even further north for the annual fireworks event that my friend and neighbor put on every year at his cabin.

Angel and I celebrated our 14th wedding anniversary on July 6th.

Most importantly, little Corabella turned 14 weeks and she is so precious.  I love her so much.  I can't wait to get home from work every day just to see her smile at me.

She got to see her Uncle Bill for the first time

It's been busy and mostly fast but with a face like that who really cares what happens as long as I get to see this every day!


May your summer be as blessed as mine has been.

(and baby Bushman)

Sunday, June 26, 2016

The Moose is Loose... and other less trivial things

Well geez, Louise, look who decided to show up to the party!

Yes, it's me...again.  (damn guy won't go away)

I decided to take a few minutes and visit my dusty little writing room.  I haven't been in here much.  It's kind of sad but when you're working 70 hours a week then what little time you have left is devoted to little babies and yard work and cooking and grocery shopping and if you're lucky you get a few hours of sleep each night.

But seriously, who really cares about all that.  You didn't really come here to hear me whine did you? Thought so.

Baby Corabella is doing well.  A bit colicky but she's a baby and that is what they do...I guess.  I'm a first timer for colic.  It's pretty frustrating.  I never know what is going to soothe her, if anything.

I've tried bouncing and rolling and butt patting.  Thrown her over my shoulder and swayed back and forth.  Sometimes the weirdest positions offer a brief bit of respite.

Why just the other day she was crying so we both had a beer and a shot and that kind of helped some.
(above line intended for humor only, no babies were harmed in the making of this blog)

I think sometimes it's just who is holding her.    This morning she didn't want anything to do with me and when I tucked her back into bed with Momma she fell asleep.  Tah Dah!

That is my go to move now.  I call it the football.  Hand-off and run!!

Which is why I am here.  I have about 15 minutes of free time.

I thought about sitting on the deck and having coffee but decided to head here instead.

My only day off and I sit inside in front of a computer.

Work is going swell.  Long days, 70 plus hours but in the end, it's worth it.  Momma and I are working on a plan that just might have us in an "up north cottage on a lake" by the end of this year.
We are going up next weekend to look at two potentials.  One looks really nice and includes a giant stuffed moose head.  Nothing says "up north" like a giant stuffed moose head!

Of course, she says it would not stay and I was already looking at a life-sized stuffed bear to put next to it.    This particular cabin/cottage (not sure what the difference is) is located on the backwaters of a larger lake and looking at the satellite view it looks as if you could access the main lake through the channels of the backwater lake.  I'm curious to find out.

It is a cute little log sided cottage, painted yellow with a little screened in porch.  For an association fee of $50/yr. you can use the boat launch down the street to access the main lake directly.
It's roughly a 2-2.5 hour drive so not too far away.  Quick drive after work on a Friday and Tah Dah!

Other than that not much going on.  My folks dropped in from Florida last weekend for a short stay.  They spent two days with the baby while Momma and I were at work.  They needed their "fix" and I got to spend my first "real" father's day with my dad and my daughter.

Not that I was a fake father before but the kids always spent father's' day with their dad and while they still wished me a happy day and I usually got cards or a gift it was still sad in a way but not anymore!

I'm a pretty happy guy right now.  I'm very thankful.

The weather has been hot and dry.  The lawn is all fried up, which is actually a blessing because I don't have to spend precious time mowing.  I do need to finish staining the deck but not sure when I'll get time for that.  I need to just do a little bit every weekend and eventually it will get done.

I did plant a garden, just a small one.  We will see how that goes.

I suppose that's all for now.  Think I'll take myself up on that offer of coffee on the deck.  The hummingbirds are pretty active in the morning and I like to watch them.

I'll check back in with ya soon,

The moose is loose!

Actual picture from realtor