The Holiday Rush Is On.

3:00 PM on Thanksgiving Eve and everyone is in a hurry to get to their Thanksgiving destination.   The highways clogged with speeding, finger gesturing, and rude motorists that make you wonder what these people are really thankful for.

I’m traveling as well.  Making my way down Rt. 90 towards Rochester to pick up Lucas for a few days.  There is a lot of pressure on the holidays.  Unless you are hosting, which is becoming more attractive with each passing year, you are expected to spend your holidays in the car.  Bouncing from house to house.  Some years for Christmas it would be…wake up, drive to Rochester to get Lucas, drive back to Syracuse, open presents, drive to past Utica to my Mom’s, drive back to Utica or to Canastota, to see my dad, then back home at some point and I would be like…”This is a holiday?”

Don’t get me wrong, I love to see family, but after so many years of this, I finally balked.  I We limit ourselves to only one destination per holiday.  Sure it involved spreading the gathering out over several days but it’s much better than spending these days stressed out.

Slow Down.  Enjoy it.


Holiday Traditions: Walking Through Lights On The Lake 

Every family has  Holiday Traditions.  Ours falls every year in the middle of the November for the first night of the Lights On The Lake along Onondaga Lake.

The light show runs until early January with thousands of cars attending each year.  But the first night allows guests to walk to the end and back, approximately 4 miles.  ( The second night allows guests to walk their dogs).

It’s cold.  The older kids usually groan.  But it’s the one thing we always do together.   While the light show doesn’t change that much from year to year, I still find it more enjoyable to walk than drive.

Liam’s first year of speech was entertaining as he had fun naming everything that he recognized then on the way back he hid under the blanket and played Angry Birds…this kid.


Wizard of Oz.


“It’s a Twista…it’s a twista.


Holiday Shoppes 2017 – Presented by Junior League Syracuse

No wonder I was the only dude there…” The Junior League of Syracuse is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and to improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.”


Oh well, I still had a good time.

Holiday and Gift Vendors will be at the  Horticulture Building at the Fair Grounds until Sunday afternoon.

Everything you need to get that special someone something from the heart this holiday season is here.  From doggie candies, to olive oils.

I bought a few gifts…sorry can’t tell.

And a few things for myself.  Cheese filled pepperoni and Hot Sauce infused with Craft Beer.  ( Salt City IPA to be exact)

Liam was so good.  Which is always an added bonus.


Liam’s Heaven : Model Train Show

We live about 100 yards from a very busy train junction that runs behind our house.  It can be very loud and can rattle the house.  It also provides much amusement and excitement for our third year old.


We can’t go by a train or track without him yelling, “Look!!! Train track.  I see it”

So I decided it was a good time to attend the annual model train show that was being held at the NYS Fairgrounds.   I have never been to one so I didn’t know what to expect.

It started out a little shaky with Liam remembering the Fair this year and wanting to direct us to the “rides and animals.”  His memory amazes me.

But as soon as we got him in the dairy cattle building where the show was being held,  he was sucked in.

He bounced excitedly from display to display.  I was fascinated by the amount of detail that goes into these displays.


That’s an tornado in there.

We kept him on the leash so he could wander a will.  After about an hour he signaled that he was ready to go.

Really good time for the family.

Liam’s First Football Game

I still have hope that one of my boys will be into football.  My brother had a high school football game this evening and I decided to take Liam.

He behaved the way I expected.  The excitement and noise from the crowd was too much for him at first at first.  It took me a good thirty minutes to get him into the stands.

He would just scream a cry and make me hold him as I walked around.

I finally coaxed him into the stands where my dad, step mom, and sister were seated.

The next 10 minutes was perfect.  He sat right in front of me and took in all in.


Of course he was just like me.  Paying attention to everything but the game.  The  bright lights, the cheerleaders, the parents shouting.   All supplied him with temporary stimulation.


I knew it  would inevitably end as he sought more amusement by climbing on me and trying to sneak away.

At that point it was time to go.  But he did good.  Made it about an hour.  There is still hope.




Perfect Saturday In Fall

Decided to salvage what little vacation I have left in this year and take it easy.

Who am I kidding?  Of course I did some work around the house and in the office.

But it was still a great day none the less.

Started with a nice walk around Eastwood as the sun warmed the cool fall air.

Stopped by the “hoarder paradise” to grab a couple pumpkin decorating kits so I could do some with Lucas.

Took the kids to Hafner’s Fall Festival.  Really fun for them and inexpensive.

Strolled by Onondaga Lake.  Saw that they are almost set up completely for the Lights on the Lake.  Where did the year go?


Did some yard work.  My battle with the leaves is almost won.

Even got to watch some fall sports.  Syracuse Football played great.

Decorated with the boys. IMG_20171021_192149722

Now time to watch the Yankee’s in Game 7,

It was a great day.


Pumpkin Hallow : Onondaga Hill

Fall adventures continue as we head into the valley on this windy Sunday.  The whether feels amazing.

Pumpkin Hallow is a quant little pumpkin patch with all the usual family activities.

  • Pumpkin Patch
  • “Corn box” like sand box
  • Face painting
  • Haunted House
  • Corn maze
  • Bake shop
  • Wagon rides
  • And more.

Lots of fun for the whole family