Andrew and I went with three of my gang on vacation this year along with Andrew's parents, his sister Diana, her husband Mike and their three kids. Its nice that the 6 kids all get along and are close in age. We went to western Maryland to a place called Deep Creek Lake. The kids swam in the lake, went Jet skiing, Rock climbing and raced go-carts. We went to a State Park and the kids went into a waterfall and walked the river. The pictures are in order... the six kids eating ice cream after the hike thru swallow falls. Conner and Andrea (10) in the front row then Racael, Matthew both 13 and Micheala and Michael both 15. The 6 kids swallow falls and Diana sitting down. Diana, Mike and Andrew hanging out at the kitchen table. Grandpa looking relax driving the boat (he was a natural) Grandma and Andrea getting some sun and A picture of the falls from above u can make out the kids in the bottom left corner under the falls. Now we are off for a weekend of camping with our friends Steve and Denise. When we come back I have to finish with our social worker and get all our papers notarized. The waits are still getting longer, but it will be well worth it. As always Be good and Be safe.
I started to write a post yesterday (Sunday 8-27-06) to update the progress of the adoption and post some picture of the vacation we just took to Western Maryland. I got side tracked and didn’t get a chance to finish it and said I'd do it today, but last night we received some sad news and then this afternoon came the phone call I didn’t want to take. One of New York’s Bravest and a childhood friend of mine lost his life in the line of duty. He was only 43. As I listened to the news reports of Howie’s death and what people were saying of him, it was nice to see that although we hadn’t seen each other in a number of years he hadn’t changed. Every report the words were the same, Kind, Considerate, always lending a hand. All around great guy who played for the local high school football team. He leaves behind a wife and two young children. His Death which comes two weeks before the 5th anniversary of 9/11 reminds me once again to not take anything for granted, live life to the fullest, let the people in your life know what they mean to you while they are here.
Rest In Peace Howie you will be missed.As always Be Good and Be Safe.