Friday, January 07, 2005

Off to Canada

Well, I am off to Canada in the morning. My grandfather passed away Jan. 6 so we are heading up to the funeral. It will take us 24 hours of driving to get there. Our van just started to mess up so I am not sure how the trip will be.
My grandfather served 23 years in the Canadian Armed Forces. I knew he was in the Korean war but I never knew he served during WW II.
My parents have been working in the Ukraine for the past 4 months and they have gotten a flight out so we will be able to see them while we are home. Hopefully we will have a good trip.

Sunday, January 02, 2005

10th Wedding Anniversary

Friday, Dec. 31 was our 10th wedding anniversary. I surprised Julie (my wife) by taking her to Gatlinburg, Tennessee. She had no idea where we were going. I created a scavenger hunt for her that included clues. By the time the hunt was finished (over a week) she had a pretty good idea where we were going. We dropped our 9 month off at grandma's and headed to the mountains. We had to stay in Pigeon Forge since Gatlinburg was packed. We enjoyed our stay. I had purchased tickets to a New Years Eve party at the Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. It was a semi-formal to formal occasion. There was live music and heavy hors d’oeuvres. We ate until we couldn't eat anymore. At midnight we went out to front of the Aquarium and watch the city of Gatlinburg ball drop and they shot fireworks off of their space needle. We had a very good time. We drove back on Saturday afternoon and picked up our sick daughter from grandma's. Today Julie took her to the doctor: double ear infection and RSV. Welcome back to reality. Below are some pictures from the trip.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park 2 Posted by Hello

Great Smoky Mountains National Park  Posted by Hello

New Years Eve Party at the Aquarium of the Smokies. Posted by Hello

Jelly Fish in the Ripleys Aquarium of the Smokies Posted by Hello

Overlooking Gatlinburg. Posted by Hello