Impromptu Camping @ Cowanesque Lake, PA

After a day of looking at and test driving RV’s we decided to go camping at 4pm Monday afternoon. I made reservations on the way home and threw together camping gear while Matt and the boys got the boat ready and hooked up.

We had to stop and get our cooler from mom and dad and then drop the dog off at the kennel. Well it took a little longer than usual because the brakes on the boat trailer decided to act up again and lock up. Once we got to the Kennel they were smoking! It was insane. So 1 hour later we finally got on the road and had to stop at Walmart for some finishing touches. We got to the campground around 830ish and got to experience the joy of setting up our tent for the first time ever – and in the dark nonetheless. It all worked out good and we didn’t even argue.

It is obviously NOT an Insta tent but it worked for 2 nights


Since it was late we simply went to bed.

It was chilly in the morning and the boys enjoyed the warm fire

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We had them randomly go an find firewood. They looked and looked and came back with some interesting pieces.


Then it was fishing time. We should remember that EVERY time we come here to go camping that there are NO fish in the lake. But we have fun being out on the water.

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Then it was back to the campsite for some relaxing. we basically had this section of the campground to ourselves so the boys were able to run around and play in the road without little interruption. (Yeah you heard that right…I let my kids play in the road!)

Here they are taking turns racing each other – one on foot and one on the bike. For any of you who are familiar with the show StreetOutlaws they are re-enacting it. It is basically souped up drag racing. Jeremy called it “Just like street oulaws only weirder.” Gabe had his iPod set up at the finish line in case of photo finishes – of which there were a few! It was a blast to watch and listen to


All in all we had fun and got back home with less than 24 hours to get all ready to head out again to camp at the Little League World Series

Elijah’s Baptism Service & Picnic

We had the privilege of heading up to Carthage to see my nephew, Eli, get baptized. He, along with 2 other people, show their obedience in being publically baptized in front of family and friends.

Seeing how Carthage is a whopping 3.5 hours from home we had to leave pretty early. Forgive the bugs on the windshield but the fog was pretty cool over Seneca Lake. Here is the sunrise and just under the rear view mirror you can see the fog on the lake.


We arrived in time for church. Of course after church I had to grab a cousins picture


Next we drove to a church member’s house for the baptism. Eli was so excited to get in the water.


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After the service the kids all enjoyed cooling off in the pool while the food was grilled and the tables set for a buffet style picnic.


Then after we ate of course they had to get back in the water. This time a few of the older kids got in as well. Here Mike’s kids (He is the other pastor at the church) joined in the fun.

23(7)Here is Gabe about to get flipped

23(8) Jeremy just doing his thing!

23(9)Moriah and Eli

Family picture time


All in all it was a fun day. Tiring but fun. Wouldn’t trade the tired for the opportunity to witness my nephew continuing his growth in Christ. May God continue to bless you and grow you, Eli, as you choose to daily follow and serve Him.

Watkins Glen International NASCAR race August 2015

We got great tickets to the NASCAR race this year. They were four rows up behind the pit boxes. For those of you who are NASCAR fans you know what that means. For those of you who aren’t it means we got to see the pit stalls and the tire changes and the drivers and all that fun jazz.

On our way to the track we stopped at Tops to get gas and a few food items for grilling/ tailgating. We saw that something was going on and figured some NASCAR personality was going to show up. Then this big black truck drove up and out stepped THE KING – Richard Petty. The boys and I walked over to him and he said hi.


We went over Friday for some walk around and practice runs/ qualifying runs

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IMG_2341Jeff Gordon


IMG_2349The boys and Matt chilling by one of Gordon’s cars

IMG_2343Tailgating between practice runs


Saturday we went over early for more practice and qualifying and more walking around. I got so busy looking for drivers to get autographs from that I forgot to take pictures of them! It was funny.

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Time for the Big race. We got over to the track around 7 and set up for breakfast.

4Pancakes with blueberries and cool whip, fried eggs, and sausage links!

Then we walked on in. Here we are standing on the track just beyond The Ninety.

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Then we wandered around and eventually found ourselves out on Pit Road.

10 Pit Road11 Jeff Gordon’s pit stall12 Kasey Kane’s pit stall13 Jimmie Johnson’s pit stall14 Kyle Busch’s pit stall15 Signing Kyle’s pit wall “Good Luck Kyle!”

16Carl Edwards’ pit stall 17Kevin Harvick’s pit stall

18Junior’s pit stall

Next we headed over towards the garage and watched them bring the cars out from inspection before rolling them out to pit road for the start of the race

19Trevor Bayne’s car

And of course Kyle’s car!


We then visited Victory lane

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We made our way over to the red carpet to see what driver’s we would see and what autographs we could snag


24Gabe was getting excited

25Jack Roush – car owner

26And here comes Kyle. He stopped and signed everyone’s stuff and took pictures with whoever wanted a picture. He came and signed Gabe’s arm, my phone, and took a picture with Matt!


29Joey Logano signing Matt’s Jeff Gordon hat. Matt said to Joey “Oh no I can’t believed I let you sign my Gordon hat!” Joey responded by saying “Well you put it out there!” it was hilarious

30Austin Dillion – he signed but he didn’t interact much

31 and the man of the day. Jeff Gordon.

We got several more signatures out closer to pit road and our seats. Here is David Ragan and Martin Truex Jr.

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Now race time

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After Joey Logano won the race – oh Kyle was so close! and Harvick you should have wrecked him – we went back to our truck to eat some food and wait for traffic to clear. It took about an hour and a half and once the haulers started leaving we knew it was about time to be able to leave without traffic issues

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Here is a picture of the signatures we got


Signatures from Alan Gustafson, Ashton Bayne, Kyle Busch,  Boris Said, Eric McClure, Kyle Petty, Chad Knaus, Austin Dillon, Jeff Gordon, David Reagan, Jack Rousch, Kasey Kahne, Joey Logano, Brad Keslowski, Tony Stewart, JJ Yeley, Martin Truex Jr, Rutledge Wood, Kyle Larson, Sam Hornish JR, Matt Kenseth, Ricky Stenhouse JR, and Richard Childress. We got hooked up. And have 6 lug nuts from Jeff Gordon’s pit crew