Archive for November, 2009



November 17, 2009

Last Friday night we went to a little cafe in Fairport where my father-in-law and his band were playing. I took some pictures of them so they can update their website. While we were there, the kids listened to the music and helped me out a little.

Kyle kept his eye on things…

…while Sarah played a game…

…and Erin posed for me to find the best place to photograph the band members individually.


Hockey Practice

November 17, 2009

Erin has hockey practice a couple times a week. She is improving so quickly, I have a hard time believing that this is her first year.

Jeff explained about visualization as a technique for mentally preparing for games. Since this is an initiation league, she doesn’t have any games, so she tried the technique on her way to her practice. She pictured herself stopping pucks, maintaining a perfect stance, and chosing the right method to block different types of shots. Once they started scrimaging at her practice, she didn’t let in a single puck.

The coach had the kids do one drill that was hysterical to watch…dogsled!

Not only was this fun to watch, these two were terrific at it! Jeff and I told them that they should chant “Girl Power” as they go down the ice. Too funny!

Yup! She stuffed him! Woo Hoo!

She is so enjoying playing hockey! Everything the coach tells her, she takes to heart and works on improving. She also tells Jeff what specific skill she is going to focus on before each practice, then she actually does it during the practice. Needless to say, I am very proud of her!


For Jeff and My Mom

November 15, 2009


While out shopping today, I saw a guy taking pictures of the sky with his cell phone. When I looked up to see what he was taking pictures of, I decided I also should take a few pictures. 🙂


Nina, Pinta, and Pittsburgh

November 12, 2009

After Kyle, Sarah, and I took a very thorough tour of Slippery Rock University, we all set out for Pittsburgh. It was a beautiful day for a ride in the car. As we got close to the city, I pulled out the camera, very excited to take pictures of a “new” place. While looking for a place to park, this caught my eye.

batter statue

We finally found a place to park near where we wanted to go. As we started walking towards the riverfront, I glanced up and just had to take a picture of Charlie Tuna smiling down on us!

Charlie Tuna

This is the the reason we went to Pittsburgh in the first place…


pinta mainsail


rigging 2




These are replicas of the Nina and Pinta. They are really cool ships! For more information, go here.

The ships were right near Heinz Stadium and PNC Park. The views across the river were awesome. As I stood there looking across the river, I was impressed with a few things.


This is 1000 Grandview Avenue. I stood for a long time trying to figure out what the building was, then I blew up this photo trying to figure it out. Finally, I looked it up this morning and found out that it is a 62 unit condo complex. I could definitely live there! No yard, but an amazing view and no worries of anything being built to obstruct that view!

1000 grandview

cool building

I like the building with the funky top in the back right.

Pittsburgh 11-09 004

I am not a football fan, but I took this from the ramp garage in which we parked and I thought it was a cool picture.


Try as I might, I was not able to convince my mother-in-law to drive through this tunnel. I abslutely love driving through tunnels. I think they are really cool. This particular tunnel also holds some fond memories for me. As a child, I went with my grandparents to visit my uncle when he was attending a school in Pittsburgh. That was the first time I had ever been to Pittsburgh as well as my first time in a tunnel. I did get a cool picture of it at least!


This is part of a Vietnam Veterans Memorial. I thought these were really neat statues.

vets statue


Prime Outlets Grove City

November 11, 2009

After visiting the campus of Slippery Rock University, we went to check out the outlet mall nearby. Kyle, Sarah, and I are going to head back over to the campus this morning to get a tour, which they apparently do every morning and afternoon.

Even though this picture is lousy, with a nasty glare, I found the message amusing for a beautiful, unusually warm autumn day.

bad weather sign

Okay, I realize the weather is odd and unseasonally warm, but a lit Christmas tree?

lit tree

Sarah was pouting at me about something…

pouty sarah

Kyle, annoyed with my picture taking, suddenly stopped on the sidewalk, while my camera was neatly tucked away inside my bag, and said demanded that I take a picture of the little birds.

little bird

After the mall, we went to a great restaurant for dinner. I took pictures of the outside because the kids said it is too embarrassing when I take pictures inside restaurants and things, but it was quite dark and they did NOT turn out well. I will snap a couple this morning as we go by and hopefully they will be better.

The big kids and I are off for a campus tour now. Then down to Pittsburgh!


Slippery Rock University

November 10, 2009

We went to check out Slippery Rock University today. It is a neat looking campus. I am super exhausted after a long day riding to PA, then checking out the campus, shopping at the Prime Outlets, and finally dinner. I will post a few pictures I shot on the campus, then I am going to sleep!

main entrance

Admissions bldg

Building 1

bell tower bldg

Rock sign

I took a few more pictrures, but I am way too tired to edit! More tomorrow.


Corbett’s Glen

November 8, 2009

I have lived in the Rochester area longer than I have lived anywhere else and only just found this gem! I dragged bribed Jeff into going with us. We all had a good time and got some good exercise.


The journey starts by passing through a tunnel into the park. It has a rather narrow road/bridge that empties into a clearing…with a private residence… It is the type of place that woud be cool to live, if it wasn’t in the midddle, literally, of a public park. At the end of the tunnel, there is a waterfall. Being a lover of moving water I took many pictures, but I’ll only share one.


The path through the park is made up of landscape fabric covered with mulch and in some places gravel. As we walked along we encountered a few people carrying fishing poles. We soon came to another waterfall.

waterfall 2

Just below this waterfall is where the fishermen were. There was also a rope swing that went out over the water. I imagine in the spring, when the stream is flooded, there might be enough water to drop into, but it didn’t exactly look safe to me… maybe I’m just getting old!

By the time we got to the second waterfall, my family was getting annoyed with me. I kept finding cool things to photograph. Here are some of the things I found…


Yup! It really was that gorgeous (and warm) on November 7th in upstate NY.


Sarah loves the outdoors.


Erin just loves being with us.

erin 2

This is a great bench.


We all tried it out. Jeff let me take his picture (choke, gasp) from across the field. Kyle was with us, but avoided getting in front of the camera. He is not fond of having his picture taken…

erin 3

Erin, on the other hand, will pose for a picture anytime!



still life


vine knot


It was a gorgeous day for a walk. I think everyone had a good time. After our hike, we went to Schutt’s and got fry cakes and apple cider. That was the bribe. I told Jeff I’d take him to Schutt’s if he would go to the park with us. Truth is, I really don’t mind going to Schutt’s. There are so many fun things to look at. By the time we got home, everyone was tired.

I had to run out and do get a couple things, then it was time for dinner. We picked up an apple and cinnamon pancake mix while we were at Schutt’s so we made those for dinner. Kyle and Sarah chopped up some apples to go into them while Erin mixed the batter. Erin asked if she could cook them, so I supervised. I am fairly impressed with her willingness and ability to cook. She is not at all afraid of the stove (gas burners and all), but has a pretty healthy respect for it. I wouldn’t let her cook by herself, but supervised she does a great job. She will even put things in the oven. Hasn’t gotten quite brave enough to take anything out yet though…



November 6, 2009

Erin decided about a year or so ago that she really wanted to be a hockey goalie. We purchased her equipment over time, making sure that she really wanted to be a goaltender. Hockey is not a cheap endeavor, and goal equipment is ridiculously expensive. She went to a camp over the summer and loved it. We signed her up for a developmental league for this year. She has practices twice a week, but no actual league games. They typically scrimmage at the end of practice. She is learning so much and I am amazed each week as I watch and see how much she learns and improves with each session.

I usually watch her from the warmth of the observation areas upstairs, but today I watched from the players bench so I could take a bunch of pictures. Mostly I wanted to take pictures so she could see what she is doing right and what she needs to work on.

Here are a couple of the best shots…

warm up

in net



I have finally warmed back up from this adventure. Erin is so excited about playing hockey and she is really doing well!