Parade-a-palooza and Daddy’s Day

Last past weekend was the first of a few trips we have planned. The Drum Corps was hired to march in Lake George, NY for the annual Hudson Valley Volunteer Firemen Association Convention parade.

Normally The Hubby and I drive up on Friday morning and get there in time for lunch. This year we talked about it and decided to head up there after work on Thursday which allowed us a bit more Family time before all the hulabaloo started.

  We started with dinner out just the 3 of us, The Hubby had a local beer, I had a margarita and The Kiddo had Pepsi.

Friday we got up went and had a lovely breakfast, and then wandered the Village, doing some shopping. The day started a little overcast as you can see from the picture of the lake above.  IMG_4370 Once the clouds burned off The Kiddo and I took the opportunity to head to the pool and get some swimming and relaxing in. He enjoyed the pool both days and  practiced with his Snorkel for the cruise later this summer.

Along with the Dress Parade on the Saturday of the weekend there is a Mardi Gras parade on Friday night. A small group of us decided to go with a Super Hero T-Shirt and Cape ensemble. I of course had to go the extra mile and wear my new Kilt while marching. It was certainly well received.The Shirt happens to be the Sales Team shirt I designed last year.  The Hubby wore his new Kilt as well to watch the parade. Look at those legs….

Now I am all about the Dress Uniforms for the Firemen on the day of the Parade but I certainly did not complain about this view prior to the parade starting.

We were in the escort division which was nice since we had a shorter march (even though we walked to our line up spot, then all the way back to the hotel after the parade). Unfortunately the Corps did not win any trophies but our Color Guard walked away with the Best Color Guard Non Firematic award.

After the parade on Saturday we had some more pool time then headed out to meet our friends Walt and Ken for dinner. They live not far from Lake George and they were actually both in town for a change so we took the opportunity to get together. Walt always travels with some sort of action figure and this time he didn’t disappoint with the 11th Doctor.

Sunday was Fathers Day along with the day we packed up to head home. The above picture takes me back to when I was The Kiddo’s age. The Lone Bull was the place for Family breakfast every year when my family would visit. It wasn’t the same without Mom but I felt I needed to continue the tradition she started with my family and introduce The Kiddo to the Cow syrup pitchers.

After breakfast we went back to the hotel packed up the car and headed out in the rain. Our first stop were the outlets a couple exits down the thruway from the Hotel. There were the typical stores we avoided, but did find some good deals on some shoes. Naturally we stopped at Rileys one of the biggest Souvenior shops there and picked up a few t-shirts for The Kiddo (who has already worn all of them). After our little shopping trip, and based on a tip from one of the drum corps members, we headed over to Sushi Yoshi for lunch. They were running a Fathers Day Special, bring in your Kid and Dads eat Free! Best Idea ever. The Hubby had Sushi, I had Mongolian Beef and The Kiddo had Chicken Wings. The best part was both The Hubby and I got our meals for free! CHA-CHING!

Back in the car we went and onward home. I unpacked our clothes, did some laundry, made out lunches for Monday and then a lovely dinner. All in all pretty quiet and subdued for our first Fathers Day.

With no school and summer camp not starting until this week I ended up working from home with the Kiddo on Monday and Tuesday. Monday was also a trip to the Vet for our Foster Dog Vic to have his staples removed from his leg. Weds and Thurs I had to drag The Kiddo to the office with me, he enjoyed it a little, he prefers The Hubbies office since there is Wifi there.

Tuesday night found us at the little hole in the wall restaurant by our house for dinner with the extended family for Dad’s Birthday. Wednesday was another parade, no rest for the weary, followed by a rainy weekend of errands and hanging around the house.

Well that about catches y’all up with the goings on round here.

Forward March

Well Parade season is under way, we have 6 under our belts so far with another coming up this weekend along with a Flag Day Ceremony performance.

Last Saturday we had the pleasure of celebrating our friend Geoffs 40th Birthday. It was a nice gathering of friends in a pot luck style picnic. I brought a fabulous Corn and Black Bean Salad and some interesting cookie I made. They were so simple to make using a box cake mix, a tub of cool whip, and an Egg.

Other than parades it’s been pretty quiet with activities with the exception of a day trip over the border to Birds of Prey exhibit. We have seen signs for this previously and one thing or another got in the way of us attending. Honestly we were surprised at how big it was but disappointed there weren’t more Birds doing bird things. The other disappointment was we totally missed seeing Neil Patrick Harris there with his family.


    

After our day out with The Kid and our Nephew the Hubby and I had to go pay our respects to our good friend who lost his sister. These are the types of friends you would do anything for. We are on the calendar to spend July 4th weekend with them at their Lake house and hob knob as some pretend Sullivan County Gays.

But before we hob knob we have another weekend away with the Drum Corps in Lake George, NY. Not just a get away but we have 2 parades to march that weekend. The first one is the Friday Night Mardi Gras parade where all of the fire departments either dress up in crazy costumes and/or have some funky floats. Saturday is the Dress Parade where the Fire Departments and bands compete for best in the area. The last time we marched in this parade I was the Drum Major and the Corps won Best Overall.

Thats about all for now, work has been work, not too crazy not too quiet. Some lunch time walks have been had which is always a thrill when the Geese families are out on the path around the pond. Hiss indeed!

 

Brunch with a Capital B

When we last left our brunch gang it was So many months ago. Well we picked up the pace and half of us got together for a most excellent meal with some great company.

Our friend Corey certainly knows how to set a mean tablescape! He and his Husband Allen played hosts for this shindig. So much delicious food, lets see if I can remember it. We had French Toast, plus BLTs made from the same French Toast. Schnitzel Sandwiches on biscuits with coleslaw and onion. Fresh Fruit and Yogurt. Home made Linzer Strudel. Of course Extra Bacon. The Hubby and I brought Shrimp and Chorizo skewers which we grilled there that were a big hit.

The Biggest hit of the party were the Ice Cream Sandwiches (as shown in the pics below).

  We started with some Bacon Fat Gingersnaps, because Why not?

  Add a half a slice of bacon and some Vanilla (shown above) or Coffee (shown below) Ice Cream. Slap on a top and freeze!

I’ve missed these brunches and seeing the gang we do them with. We will have to make it a point to try to do a couple over the summer.

Wedding Bells

This past weekend we had the pleasure to attend the nuptials of our amazing and fantastic friends Steven and Paul.

Words cannot do justice to the night we had so I will not even attempt to describe it. The Maple Syrup Farm where the ceremony/reception were held was gorgeous, as was some of the staff. The food and drink were flowing and the Macarons that were wheeled out at dessert were delicious. The eclecticism of this group of people brought together for one night really spoke to the type of guys Steven and Paul are. As was said during the night “Opposites truly do attract, and in this case Complement each other”

We were honored to be invited and partake in the love that filled the room that day.

Here are some pictures from the happy occasion.

               

Hup 2, Three, 4

And so it begins again…..Memorial Day weekend is not only the unofficial start of Summer but it is the Official Start of Parade Season.

This weekend did not disappoint in the Parade Shenanigans. We started with 1 parade on Sunday afternoon which was kind of the warm up to the 2 parades we would have on Monday.

Don’t I look amazing? This was taken Monday morning as we had breakfast and prepared for the day. The Niece (who is 4) let me borrow (begrudgingly) her Princess Headband and Sunglasses to snap a quick pic.

Once breakfast was had it was on the bus and off to Main Street for the line up.

 

This was the view from where we started. It doesn’t look it up this end but most of the parade route the people were 5 deep and in some spots 10-15 people deep. The weather really does help the turn out and this 21st year of Marching down Main Street was made that much better.

After the local town parade we got back on the bus and headed to the next town over for their parade. Over the years this parade has gone from good to bad to worse back to good.

The good is the length, less than a mile. The bad is the fact that every kid in town is in this parade. The good is they are all behind us. The bad is that the group in front of us moves way too slow. At least there weren’t any horses in front of us like there were at the parade we marched on Sunday.

So here’s to another parade season in full swing, next one is this Friday, see you on The Street.

Bowling wrap up

This past Sunday was the final time this year the Bowling League would all convene in one place. It was another great season with lots of ups and downs. We didn’t win any money as a team but I did manage to walk away with a few baubles.

On the right is my Medal for being on the Board of Directors

Next to that is my Medal for having the 3rd highest men’s average

A small pin for having Perfect attendance

Another Pin for my over 200 game, this year I had 3 of them the highest being 217 in week 2.

A Bottle opener for bowling a game that was 70 pins over my average.

I look forward to next year but know I will see some of the league members over the summer. From here on out it is Parade Posts instead of Bowling posts.

Bowling Week #16 2015 – Finals

And the final week has come. It’s been a great season but. I am ready for it to be over. Next week is our annual awards picnic

Game #1 – 121

Game #2 – 136

Game #3 – 158

My starting average coming into the season was 158 my ending average is 152 which keeps me at the 3rd highest average for men for the season.

This week we played Team Up your Alley who were in 8th place they in turn finished in 8th place.

We took 1 point for the week having us finish the season in 7th place.

The team who took first place was Downton Alley.

Til Next Year!