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I don’t know much about the 80’s, except they made good music and dressed up cool

– Simon Smutek

Pretty much sums it up!

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Daddy, if I were a fruit bat would you take good care of me and get me fruits?

Saturday morning, hanging with my little boy, eating “home made toast”, discussing the sleeping patterns of fruit bats and the dressing habits of vampires.

Apparently some vampires dress in doctors suits and occasionally wear bow ties.

Steaming Into History (2015)

Steaming Into History is a non-profit organization that runs a replica Cival War era steam locomotive in New Freedom, Pennysylvania. Learn more about them here.

The short of it is that you ride on this super cool old train for an hour trip to a Christmas tree farm. Once you arrive at the destination there’s horse drawn carraiges waiting to take you from the train stop to the Christmas tree farm. You cut your tree down, pay, grab a hot chocolate and head back to the train.

It’s a really nice day for the family and it’s looking like it’s going to become a tradition for us. We were even able to take my mom this year!ย Here’s photos from last years trip, and photos from todays trip are below.

Great way to cap off a fantastic Thanksgiving wekeend. ๐Ÿ™‚

16 Years Drug & Alcohol Free

Man, I’ve got 16 years clean today. I knew the date was coming but I’ve been so busy that I didn’t realize today is the 19th, until my wife texted me this morning and congratulated me.

It’s been a great year. I’m no longer self employed, I took a gig doing web development at an agency called Ainsley & Co. and I don’t think I’ve ever been happier. 2 years working for myself was an amazing experience, no doubt, but a really good opportunity came my way and I took it. Now I commute 15 minutes to my job and spend my day doing great work with an incredible group of people.

I’ve also lost about 50 pounds over the past year, woot! Simon and Jen are doing great, and Jen and I are finally starting to see real progress towards our long term goals.

I feel lame that I’m not writing more, but I did write a pretty epic post last year if anyone wants to check it out.

I don’t know what else to say, other than, thank you, I’m so grateful. ๐Ÿ™‚

Michelle & Blair

My little sis (in law) moved out to Australia a bit over a year ago. It was great to have her and her boyfriend, Blair, in town for the past week. Unfortunately I was sick for most of their visit.

My wife and I drove Michelle and Blair to Dulles to catch their flight out this evening, and the four of us spent the afternoon in DC. I’m so happy for Michelle, and I can’t wait to see the two of them again.

The day in DC was kind of cray, and I wish I had taken more pictures. Here’s a few scraggly iPhone snaps of our day.