Holiday Rewind

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Dec 302007

Much has happened this fall (and now winter) that I haven’t posted on here.

First, both Monica and I carved pumpkins. Monica’s was the ghost while mine was the spider which I think looked awesome.

October became November, and in between bagging leaves, we managed to have great Thanksgiving meals at my uncle’s on Thanksgiving Day (after watching the Macy’s parade, of course) and at my Dad’s the following day. Just a handful of photos at which to look.

And now it’s December, and we just had a whirlwind holiday traveling to and from New York and spending Christmas Day with my family.  We flew up to New York to spend a few days with Monica’s family, and we did our usual tour in Manhattan visiting all of the holiday windows and Rockefeller Center.  We did start off the month by making our annual trek up to DC.  There are LOTS of photos to peruse here.

Now we just have New Year’s Eve and plenty of football left to watch, especially the Orange Bowl where the Hokies are going to stomp the Jayhawks.  Go Hokies!

Dec 122004

This past Saturday, we took a day trip up to our old stomping grounds, Washington DC. We have gone down to see the National Christmas Tree for the last seven years, and we didn’t want to break that streak.

While we were up there, we also checked out our favorite museum at the Smithsonian, the National Museum of American History, as well as the newest memorial, the World War II Memorial. We also got to see a bit of memorabilia from one of our favorite shows of all time. It was a truly memorable day.

Check out the photos.

Aug 312004

Back on June 12, Monica and I were smack dab in the middle of looking for a new house. We got up that morning, quickly ate breakfast, and took off to look at an attached home that just didn’t do it for us. As we mulled over that house, heading down the road to look at another house that we wouldn’t like, it seemed to be just your ordinary Saturday morning.

We were following our real estate lady on a divided four lane highway, but it was the kind that didn’t have turn lanes so if you wanted to turn left, you had to stop traffic in the left lane. That’s just what someone did in front of our agent, and she was forced to stop rather suddenly which in turn forced us to stop in much the same manner. After I came to an abrupt halt, I glanced towards the rear view mirror, something which I’m accustomed to do just to make sure the person behind me has stopped as well.

In the next half a second, I saw a very quickly moving grill of a car, followed by darkness, a loud crash, the rush of wind and glass, and the feeling of my head rest smacking me in the back of my head.

So there we were, seats fully reclined, looking out the front of my car, both of us in a daze. I knew immediately what happened, but Monica was a little worse for wear as she was a little out of it. Our agent wasn’t exactly sure what happened, but she pulled over and called 911 as she rushed over to see if we were okay. I actually got out of the car for a second to look at the damage (yes, I know you’re not supposed to do that), but my neck hurt badly so I got back in the car.

The paramedics and firefighters arrived and surveyed the situation which prompted this exchange.

“Do you want to go the hospital?”

“Uh, isn’t that your decision?”

So, yes, we did indeed want to go to the hospital via a ride in the ambulance. They even put neck braces on us and pulled us out of the car to set us on those stiff, blue boards After an eternity on the most uncomfortable surface known to man and many x-rays, we were released from the hospital with only sprains and bruises. It took a couple of weeks before we were really back to normal, but we thank God that we are alive today to talk about it.

Here are some photos of my car after the accident.

The King is Dead

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Aug 162004

Twenty seven years ago today, the King of Rock ‘N’ Roll died. Take a few seconds today to bow your head, and remember Elvis Presley by listening to some Elvis tunes and viewing some Elvis photos.

Mar 302004

Check out the pictures from the spring alumni weekend down in Blacksburg. We had a great time down there yet again, but it’s certainly getting harder and harder to relive the old college days.

It’s still alot of fun, walking around the House and hanging out with people you haven’t seen in months or years. As you look at the guys that are in school there now though, eventually you ask yourself, “Was I really this stupid?”.

The answer is undoubtedly, “Yes”.


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Jan 012004

I’ve posted our photos from the New Year’s Eve Party.

I can’t believe it’s already 2004. When I was a kid, any year that didn’t start with a 19 just sounded so weird. Either it was a time long ago that I read about in history books, or it was some time in the future where we had flying cars and were living on the moon. Maybe we’ll finally accomplish one of those things this year. 🙂

We’re just relaxing today, watching college football in between naps. We hope everyone had a safe and happy New Year’s Eve.

Happy New Year!

Dec 312003

Wow, did this year fly by. So another year comes to a close, one in which we finally got married, which assures that we will not forget this year any time soon if at all.

Not the greatest of year for the Hokies, but certainly a great one for Bush and the people of Iraq. Saddam certainly won’t forget this year, that’s for sure.

Don’t forget to check out the photos of our last trip of the year to Mount Vernon.

We’re off to ring in the new year with friends tonight. Everyone stay safe and have fun. See you next year!

Dec 212003

Last night, we made our annual trek downtown to see the national Christmas tree. The whole area, along with the giant menorah and individual state and territory Christmas trees is known as the Pageant of Peace.

We had a great time, but wow, was it cold. The temperature was hovering around the freezing point, and there was just enough of a breeze to chill you to the bone. You can see from our photos that we were really bundled up.

We always walk around and look at the individual Christmas trees for each state and territory, paying attention to the unique ornaments that decorate each tree. I’m not sure who decides what ornaments go on each tree, but I imagine they are made by school children from each respective state or territory.

While enjoying each of the trees, we stop by the giant yule log (or logs) to warm up a bit, and see if the giant menorah is lit. From there, we check out the nativity, and then head back up to the big tree.

My favorite part are the many trains that are in motion around the base of the big tree. They are the bigger kind and really add to the atmosphere. It’s alot of fun watching all of them chug along and gives us a chance to gaze up at the enormous tree to see how it’s been decorated and enjoy the moment.

After enjoying the Pageant of Peace, we always walk around the entire White House, which was really a challenge this year considering how cold it was, but we managed. We got some great photos, but it was a relief getting back into our warm car.

Snow Day Pics

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Dec 102003

Ok, I finally posted the pics from the snowstorm we had last week.

Six inches of snow total at our house, though there were varying amounts all over our area. I did have to shovel on Friday morning in order to get our cars out, and we had to shovel our porch and sidewalk a couple of times.

Not bad for the first snowstorm of the season, but we failed to miss any work, darn it. Maybe we’ll do better next time.