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Weekend Activities

We have been having a lot of fun the past few weekends. They have been wonderful occasions to unwind after busy school weeks. One day trip that we went on was to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.


The boys were all smiles.


Don’t let the photo of the boys above fool you. Stephanie might be the biggest baseball fan in the family.


Grandma and Grandpa met us there too. Somehow, we neglected to get a picture of Susan and Dave who also joined us at the hall.


One could spend days at the Hall of Fame just going through the displays containing memories and stories of great yankee legends. There was some memorabilia from other teams as well. It was a great day.

Steve and the boys have also taken the opportunity to do a little fishing around the region in recent weeks.


Here is Sean on the shore of Cayuga Lake. The most recent header for our blog shows Nate on the pier of Seneca Lake.


Nate landed this nice largemouth bass.


At Cayuga Lake Sean landed this beauty!


Sean was gracious enough to let Steve hold his bass so that he would know what it is like to hold such a big fish.


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Light of Christ

Today was a very special day for Nathan. Today’s Sunday Mass was the culmination of the many hours of work that he and two of his fellow scouts completed independently over the past few months. Two boys worked toward the Parvuli Dei Emblem and Nathan fulfilled requirements for the Light of Christ Emblem. It is a very special award in scouting as it is one of the few honors that move along with them as they make the transitions from Cub Scouts, to Boy Scouts, and into their adult scouting life.


Above the boys received their pins as part of the Sunday liturgy.  Thank you, big brother Sean for being our photographer and for being supportive of Nathan.


After Mass the boys had a photo-op with Fr. Paul and their Scout Master.

Nathan in Archway between rectory and church

We took a few moments around the grounds of the school and church to get a few more pictures. Here Nathan takes pause in the archway between the church and the rectory.

Nathan near school

Nathan near StFrancis garden

We are very proud of him.

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We spent our 4th of July afternoon on the eastern shore of Seneca Lake at Sampson State Park. It was our first time visiting there even though it is only 20 minutes from our front porch.


Our first stop inside the park was the memorial museums remembering the men and women that served our Navy and Air Force during World War II. Over 350,000 military personnel traveled through this site when it was a basic training facility for the Navy and Air Force in the 40’s and 50’s. It was closed as a military base in 1956 and became a state park in the late 60’s. The museum was added in 1995.


Here Nathan checks out the park through the periscope that extends up above the museum.


Sean spent a little while in an F-16 trainer. We met a very nice veteran who explained some of the functions of different things. Apparently once trainees demontrated enough knowledge and skill in the trainer, they get a chance to become a real F-16 pilot. Not very many make it beyond the trainer. Sean got a little concerned when he explained the process of getting ejected from your jet when your plane is going down.


We took a walk down by the docks and marina. It was so windy and choppy on the lake, it looked as though even the sea gulls weren’t sure if they should dare take flight.


Stephanie and Sean holding onto each other so they wouldn’t blow away.


From there we took a few moments to have a snack and play in the picnic area.NateLaxAtSampsonSteveLaxAtSampson

Steve and Nathan had a moment to play Lacrosse. As it turns out the Seneca Indians had a village on this site until the 1600’s when they were run out of town.


No 4th of July would be complete without bundling up and heading out for some pyrotechnics.

We hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday weekend!

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Today we celebrated Nathan’s first Holy Communion. Nathan worked very hard and put his whole heart into his preparations for this sacrament.


Here Nathan poses with Father Bill after the mass.


Here Nathan poses with his big brother, Father Bill, and his God Parents Aunt Pam and Uncle Brian.


The whole family.


Grandpa and the boys pose in front of the statue of Nathan’s favorite Saint – Saint Francis of Assisi.


Grandma and Aunt Susan relax and enjoy the party.


It was wonderful to share the day with both Grandmas.


… and Grandpas.

We are so very proud of Nathan on this very special occasion.

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Boys Being Boys


Nathan has been enjoying his “boyhood” as he has been practicing a lot with his Lacrosse team. Here he is in the black shorts defending his goal during a scrimmage.


Sean has been having the itch of a “hunter gatherer” as this picture demonstrates an eagerness to get the garden started.


We received  a wonderful invitation from Dale to travel over to Canandaigua Lake for a fishing outing for the boys.


Dale had the catch of the day with this 1lb. 5oz. bass.


Sean finished a close second with this 10 oz. crappie.


Nathan’s catch of the day was two bucks that he caught blowing around the parking lot at Applebees!

Here’s to boys being boys….arr arr arr!

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Nathan’s Adventures

Nathan recently participated in his second pinewood derby along with his fellow cubscouts. He and Steve had a lot of fun building the 2009 addition of his car.


Here Nathan is afixing the tire to the “rocket”


Here is Nathan posing infront of the track where all of the drama was to unfold. He ended up finishing 17th overall, which was in improvement from 19th last year.

Earlier in January, Nathan was the talk of the town.


He was front page news in the local newspaper. It wasn’t for anything bad, although he had just put a pie in the face of Sean’s teacher as they were having some “fun and games”  to commemorate Catholic Schools week in their school.


Nathan also wrapped up his basketball program at the local YMCA. He improved tremendously over the past several weeks.



In fact, it looks like he is running the whole offense.

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We felt inspired to have our own blessing of our Christmas tree after a Christmas tree blessing was incorporated into our Sunday liturgy today. We appointed Nathan the role of officiating our family ceremony as he genuinely enjoys filling this role for our family. Above he guides us in prayer.


After reading the prayer he had the honor of dipping a piece of bow from the tree in our holy water and completing the ceremony as we illuminated the lights. Below, we took our blessing into the front room where we have a little tabletop tree.  The beautiful tree topper angel on the little tree was made by Sean in art class.




our God,

The heavens are

the work of your hands

the moon and the stars you


the earth and the sea, and every

living creature came into being

by your word. And all of us too.

May this tree bring cheer to this house

through Jesus Christ your good and holy son,

who brings life

and beauty to us

and to our world.

Lighting this tree, we hope in his promise.

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