Thursday, December 24, 2009

5 Years of Lynus

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We got Lynus five years ago - on December 18, 2004. We purchased him for $200 from the world's shadiest backyard breeder in Lockport (or one of those other places in Niagara County that isn't Niagara Falls).  We originally wanted to purchase a chocolate lab and name him "Charlie Brown," but he only had yellow labs. We stayed with the Peanuts theme and named him Lynus (with a "Y" instead of an "I" because that's how we roll).

Lynus as a baby

Lynus with the baby

Monday, December 14, 2009

Beatrix's Christmas Photo

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Beatrix is coloring

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Beatrix Coloring
Originally uploaded by Brian Bray
She can't stay in the lines at all!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Beatrix hanging out on a chair

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Beatrix on a Chair
Originally uploaded by Brian Bray

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Family Visit

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Christmas Music

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Cathryn's Favorite Christmas Album:
A Charlie Brown Christmas: The Original Sound Track Recording Of The CBS Television Special by the Vince Guaraldi Trio

Brian's Favorite Christmas Album:
A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector

Best Christmas Song For The Whole Family:
Come on! Let's Boogey to the Elf Dance! by Sufjan Stevens

Best Christmas Song For Children:
I Hate Christmas by Oscar the Grouch

Best Christmas Song For Parents:
Christmastime by the Smashing Pumpkins

Friday, November 27, 2009

Turkey Trot

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Yesterday, my brother and I ran the Turkey Trot. I hadn't run in the Turkey Trot since 2000 and was unsure how my time would be.

My gun time was 0:40:25 for a pace of 0:08:08.
Of course if you've run in the race, you know the gun time is useless. You spend the first 45 seconds after the gun standing there waiting for your group to start. Instead, I'm posting my chip time as my official result. My chip time was 39:04 for a pace of 7:51:32.

In 1999, my chip time was 36:03 for a pace of 7:15. In 2000, my chip time was 41:48 for a pace of 8:22.

So, the difference between age 21 (with only school and a 30-hour/week part time job and a full head of hair) and age 31 (with a full-time job, wife, baby, political commitments, and a slowly receding hair line) is three minutes and one second. Go me.

Oh, and Eric ran a 36:04 this year.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


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It's been awhile sine we've posted any pictures so here you go!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

They Grow Up So Quickly

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My first smoke.

Beatrix smoking

Cathryn Turned Thirty

On Thursday, Cathryn celebrated her 30th birthday. We stayed in, ate steak and cupcakes, and watched the season premier of Project Runway. We'll be having dinner with Cathryn's mom on Friday and Brian's mom a week after that to celebrate as well. Being a functional adult = Celebrating birthdays multiple times.)

As an extension of the birthday festivities, we were planning on spending the day at the fair on Saturday. The rain, however, dictated that we only spend an hour and a half at the fair. We got to see all the weird vendors though, so that was good enough for us. (And seriously, what is with all the hot tub salesmen at the fair? There is like 50.)

Egg-Celent Cupcakes

"Egg-celent Cupcakes"

Chicken Feed Cupcakes

"Chicken Feed Cupcakes"

Chicken Cupcakes

"Chicken Cupcakes"

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Beatrix Birthday Pictures

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Here are pictures of Beatrix's birthday party. In case you missed it, you can still send us presents. We are currently accepting cash or gift certificates to the Seneca Niagara Casino. ;)

Garden Update

Remember our garden that sucked? If you don't, you can jog your memory here.

We thought we would share with you an update. While it still isn't something you'd find on Gardening Gone Wild, it still is much approved. We credit this with the 40 days and 40 nights of rain that was June and July...but our hard-work probably had something to do with it as well.

Easy Come / Easy Go

We celebrated our 5th Anniversary last night. (Our anniversary was actually Aug. 5, but this was the only time we were able to procure a babysitter.) We ate at the Hard Rock Cafe - Niagara Falls USA and gambled at the Seneca Niagara Casino.

Some interesting things:
  • Cathryn was up $50 within 5 minutes. She lost it minutes later and was down $20.

  • In order to get free drinks at the bar, Brian played the video poker at the bar. He ended up winning $65. He had lost $40 previously.

  • Cathryn was jumping machine to machine while Brian liked to play the same machine longer. She came up to Brian 3 minutes after leaving his vicinity with a ticket saying she was up $135.

  • Brian was up $33 and was ready to leave because Cathryn was up $100 and it was smart to leave at that point. In order to be up an even $30, he decided to play the quarter machines instead of the nickels just for the fun of it. Five spins later, he was up another $40.

We ended the night up $170 and decided to leave before we lost it. We were excited. We were planning on ways to spend it on the way home.

This is us at the Hard Rock Cafe.

Our puppy Hankaroo woke us up at 5:00 AM. He spent 30 minutes going potty before we called him in. He had to go back out soon afterwards. Cathryn went to check up on him and saw he was having trouble going potty. She then put him on his leash and tried in the front of the house. She discovered he was peeing blood.

We took him to the emergency vet clinic. They ran a urine analysis and took an x-ray. He has a severe urinary tract infection. Luckily, he did not have any stones. (If he did, we would be having a very serious discussion which neither of us wants to have.) He now has to take anti-biotics for the next couple of weeks. Our bill was $365.

So, after celebrating our anniversary and going to the emergency vet clinic, we are down about $200 for the weekend. But, hey, it could be worse.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Beatrix and Lynus: Still in Love

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Friday, August 14, 2009

A Trip To The Zoo

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Beatrix and I recently took a trip to the Zoo, thank you Mima for the wonderful gift of Zoo Passes!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

CSA Update

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Awhile back we did a post on our CSA Share. The shares have been going well so I thought I'd do a post on our fruits and veggies this week, they're very beautiful and photogenic. Enjoy.

5lbs of peaches and 2lbs of mixed plums, nectarines and apricots

A bunch of dandelion leaves, 6 ears of corn and 4 tomatoes (Beatrix adores tomatoes and was happy I didn't wait to cut one up for her)

Beets and extra extra large zucchini

The dandelion greens, some of those giant zucchini and a little of Bebe's leftover tomato were used in omelets for dinner last night. The greens were a little bitter so I'm not sure if I'll use them like that again.
I haven't decided how to use the rest of the zucchini but I think our grill will be involved.
I've never had much interest in beets so they be going home with my mom (she loves beets and has said that the ones from Promised Land are "wonderful").
The tomatoes will be put to good use filling up Bebe's tummy and the corn will just be loaded with salt and butter (can't wait).
The peaches are unfortunately not ripe yet so we won't be enjoying those for a few days but the plums are ripe, tender and almost gone!

Monday, August 10, 2009


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Beatrix has a new fascination with chairs. The fascination most likely started when she realized she can get in and out of them BY-HERSELF! Here are some pics from the last year of Beatrix in chairs.

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