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Brian’s High School Graduation

On June 4, 2013, Brian graduated from high school! It was a very proud day for us. The DSC01267graduation was held at the Pensacola Bay Center. Susan’s brother and sister rented a condo on the beach and made a mini-vacation out of the event. We enjoyed visiting with all of the family. Brian has plans to enter the military soon. To the right, is a photograph taken shortly after the ceremony.

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Grandman Traithlon

On June 1, 2013, I completed my first triathlon. I was in a four month training class to DSC01221help me prepare for the race. The triathlon was held in Fairhope, AL. The swim was 1/3 mile, the bike was 18 miles, and the run was a 5k. I completed the race in 1:34. His goal was to finish before 1:35. To the right is a photograph of me and my friend, Brandon, who was also doing his first triathlon.

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Orlando 2013 Trip

During the last week of March 2013, we went to Orlando for Spring Break. This was Brian’s last DSC01179spring break with us. My mom, stepdad and stepbrother met us in Orlando. We stayed at Vacation Village Resort, thanks to mom.

We had a three day pass to Universal Studios. With the exception of Brian and Ethan, this was everyone’s first time to visit Universal Studios. Brian actually went to Islands of Adventure the weekend before, as part of his senior class trip. To the right is a photograph that we took on our last day.

DSC01137On Tuesday, we visited Universal Studios. On the rock it ride, Brian’s eyeglass arm broke off. Brian was pretty bummed because it was his Oakley glasses he just got on his last birthday. While we were waiting in line at the Twister ride, Susan saw an eyeglass arm lying on the ground. The arm was Brian’s! The arm clipped right back in and was not damaged. What are the chances? Brian’s day was brightened. He didn’t wear those glasses back to the parks the next two days. To the left is Brian holding his glasses right after Susan found the arm!

On the same day, we all got stuck on the Mummy Ride. We were told that someone tried to get off during the ride. After waiting in line for about an hour, Susan, Aaron, and I got stuck during the DSC01139first five minutes of the ride. My mom, stepdad, stepbrother and Brian got stuck on the very end of the ride. Since we were stuck, we received an express pass for one ride. We actually were able to use it for four rides. Here is a photograph of several of us stuck on the ride. This has never happened to any of, so we wanted to memorialize it. Some girl that worked at Disney World was also stuck with us.

We had a very nice time. This is the first time all of my family got together in about five years. We look forward to our next vacation that is just several months away! We will be going to Las Vegas in June.

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McGuires 5k 2013

On March 9, 2013, Susan and I participated in our second McGuire’s 5k. This year almost DSC0106517,000 people registered. That was not counting all of the Marines that also ran in the event. Susan and I just walked the route with our friends. We actually came in last place. To the right is a photograph of us right before the race.

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Brian’s 19th Birthday

On 02/18/13, Brian turned 19 years old. It was President’s Day, so Brian had the day off of school.DSC01060 However, Brian did have to go to work at Papa Johns later that night. When I woke up, we gave Brian his gifts. Brian got a pair of Oakley sunglasses, a bottle of cologne and some special headlights for his car.

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Myrtle Beach Marathon

On February 16, 2013, I ran my fifth marathon. I met my friends, Bill, Melanie and DSC01010Shannon in Myrtle Beach. On Friday night, everyone had dinner at our condo, which was right on the Atlantic Ocean. The next morning (Saturday) was the marathon. Bill, Melanie, and I ran the full marathon. Shannon and one of Bill’s friend ran the half marathon. The weather was great for a marathon. Slightly windy with temps between the high 40s and the low 50s. I was able to set a new personal record of 3:49:48. That was almost five minutes faster than my previous best time, which was DSC01021set at Disney. Bill, Melanie and Shannon also did well. All finished with respective times in their respective age group. Here is a photograph right before the race.

Before the race we researched silly signs for Susan to hold. We found a sign that said “Nipple chafing turns me on.” We knew that would be hilarious for the runners and spectators. Susan received a lot of compliments, even from the police at the race. Here is a photograph of Susan holding the sign on the course.

After the marathon we all met at a Thai Restaurant to refuel. After eating everyone went to the Beach Bar, which was by my condo. To top off the evening, it started snowing in Myrtle Beach! To the right is all of us right before we ate.DSC01041

We had a real nice time. Mom helped out a great deal. She booked the condo for Susan and I. Mom also cared for Brian and Aaron while they were away for the weekend.

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Mall Ball 2013

On 01/26/13, Susan and I attended another Mall Ball. The ball is a fundraiser for the local DSC00999children’s hospital. We were joined by their friends, Ron and Brandy. While at the ball, I saw one of my coworkers, Nicole and her husband, Eric.

We look forward to the Mall Ball every year. About 50 vendors come out and serve a broad selection of food. Here is a photograph of Susan, Ron, Brandy, and I before they went to the Mall Ball.

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Battle of New Orleans

On January 11, 2013, we traveled to New Orleans to witness a reenactment of the Battle of New DSC00929Orleans.  The reenactment took place on the original battlefield, which happens to be about a mile from where my mom lives.  The following morning we went to the Chalmette Battlefield to view several demonstrations related to the Battle of New Orleans.  The weekend was very informative.  Susan was probably the most excited since it is a topic that she teaches in fifth grade.  The photograph is a cannon demonstration.

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New Years Eve 2013

For New Years Eve 2013, Susan and I rented a room at the Days Inn on Pensacola Beach. We joined four of the other friends at the beach. We ate dinner at Hemmingways.  After dinner we DSC00876went to Capt’n Funs Beach Club to ring in the New Year. We got to Capt’n Funs just in time to see Clemson beat LSU! Go ACC!

The boys celebrated New Years Eve in downtown Pensacola. Brian and Aaron watched the Pelican drop. Shortly after midnight, they joined us at the beach.

The photograph is of Susan and I with our friend Shannon at dinner.

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Christmas 2012

For Christmas this year, we stayed at our home in Pensacola, FL.  My mom and stepdad droveDSC00821 over from New Orleans to celebrate with us. I had to work until 2am on Christmas Eve. Shortly after I went to bed, the boys got up to see if Santa came.  Santa must have made a very quick visit, but he did come. Brian got a nice camera. Aaron got the new iPod Touch, some video games and some clothes. Susan got a Coach purse, a box of goodies from Victoria’s Secret, some FSU clothing and a linen set.  I got some Bose headphones for running, a FSU cooler, some clothes to wear to school and some Vibram Fivefingers.  Susan and I gave my mom and stepdad tickets to DSC00868Cirque du Soleil. On the right is a photograph of Brian playing with Forrest and his stocking.

On the day after Christmas, we traveled to Mobile, AL, to see some of my family. We have not seen many of them in almost ten years. The day was nice. The boys enjoyed playing pool while the adults sat around and caught up. To the left is a group photograph that we took right before we left.

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