I can remember like it was yesterday! The last of our family had just driven away and Julie and I stood there starring at this infant sound asleep. We looked at each other and said “Now what do we do”. I was scared to death because Michael did not come with an owners manual.
Today nineteen years later Michael will graduate high school. He has been in the BOCES program the past two years working in video production and will continue this fall at Broome Community College.
To say I’m proud of him would be an understatement. As parents our goal has always been to raise our children to be kind, compassionate, thoughtful, respectful, hard working and most importantly good human beings. I’ve always said to the boys that mom and dad are guides in life and can take you only so far while you will have to do the rest. I think we are doing a good job.
So congratulations to you Michael, mom and dad are very proud of you!!!
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We drove from our home to Peekskill where we hopped on board Metro North for a beautiful ride into our favorite New York destination, Grand Central Terminal. Julie had wanted to spend her birthday weekend in Manhattan touring bakeries, tasting cupcakes, shopping the Chelsea Market, walking the High Line and do a little hiking in the Hudson Valley. Here is a favorite image from Julie’s 2013 birthday weekend.
Another new feature here at Adirondack Joe will be the “Postcard of the Week”. I have quite a large collection of vintage postcards. Some of them have been posted and some have not. I love the posted ones because I find the messages and the history fascinating. During the first half of the 20th century postcards were the “Social Media” of that era. Postcards were sent for almost any reason but the holiday ones were especially popular.
Halloween postcards were huge at the time, especially between 1900 and 1925. These cards are extremely coveted and extremely expensive. As Hallows Eve approaches here is the first “Postcard of the Week”.
Do you have a vintage postcard? If so and you would like to see it here on Adirondack Joe please get in touch with me.
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Sitting beneath a canopy of tall pines, light sabers of sunlight pierce the lush greens highlighting several different shades. A light breeze hand delivers the romantic smell of campfires while two young boys chatter away in their tent. Our overnight camping trip in Lake George has begun.
Michael and Max are eager for a dip in the campground pool after our drive. I tag along to police the activities and enjoy the time with my boys. Cannonballing themselves into a hunger we find ourselves back at the campsite for a quick change and into the Village of Lake George for some dinner, ice cream and time along the lake.
As the sun begins to set on our day and the luring excitement of a campfire, Jiffy Pop, roasting marshmallows and sitting under the stars takes hold we return to the comfort of a fire at our campsite. I am pretty good at most things, however cooking Jiffy Pop is not one of them. After I charred the Jiffy Pop beyond all recognition we decided to stick with only the marshmallows. Is there a You Tube video for Jiffy Pop!
Night has fallen, we’re all tucked into our tents, the weather perfect for sleeping, the campground slowly grows silent and just like that sleep is upon us.
I begin to stir, its 7:15am, Michael is still sound asleep and Max well he’s Max who has been awake for at least an hour now. Shortly after Max and I hear a beastly roar from behind the walls of nylon as Michael emerges from his lair. After a quick shower we break camp, head for breakfast at one of the only remaining Howard Johnson’s left in the United States. With our day now fueled with french toast, waffles, home fries, bacon and ham we set our sights on a short 40 mile drive to the small Adirondack Village of Olmsteadville, NY where you’ll find Hornbeck Boats nestled on over 100 acres. Dubbed “The lightest boats in the Woods, it is here where I will be picking up my brand new Hornbeck “New Tricks” 12 15 pound carbon/kevlar mid profile canoe, (Boat #838). I cannot tell you how excited I really am!
After spending about 2 hours visiting with Pete and the Hornbeck staff the boys and I were on our way back to North Creek, NY for some lunch. Two weeks ago I was in North Creek and stumbled on this small delicious gem called Izzy’s Market & Deli and I wanted to share this with them. It got the two thumbs up review and we have to bring Mom here!
After lunch we took a short ride along the Hudson so I could show the boys how awesome the rapids were. The rapids were intense, amplified by all the recent rains. You could see the boys eyes grow wide with excitement and almost instantly they proposed how they wanted to go whitewater rafting next time. I gave a nod of assurance that we would as we climbed back into our car for the journey home.
Our trip may have been short on time but it was definitely long on memories. I had the opportunity to spend some wonderful time with two amazing guys. In two short weeks our family will be back in Lake George as we begin our summer vacation.
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In early December 2013 Nickelodeon and the United States Postal Service launched “SpongeBob MailPants,” an educational letter-writing program that uses SpongeBob SquarePants to show kids the fun of writing, sending and receiving mail during the holiday season. Kids could have gotten a special postage-paid, customized SpongeBob postcards at more than 25,000 Post Office locations nationwide to connect with their loved ones using the U.S. Postal Service.
In addition to the postcards, 30 mailboxes are being wrapped in a custom SpongeBob design in cities, including Atlanta, GA; Boston, MA; Charlotte, N.C.; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Hollywood, FL; Kirkwood, MO; Los Angeles, CA; Miami, FL; New York, N.Y.; Orlando, FL; Philadelphia, PA; and Washington, D.C., adding a blast of color and comedy to sidewalks this winter.
“This program is a great way to inspire kids to write and send cards and letters because it’s done with the fun, positivity and humor of the one and only SpongeBob SquarePants,” said Pam Kaufman, Chief Marketing Officer and President of Consumer Products for Nickelodeon. “SpongeBob MailPants is a terrific partnership between Nickelodeon and the Postal Service, and we’re thrilled that kids and families across the country can go to their local Post Office for some SpongeBob-inspired holiday cheer.”
“We’re excited to partner with Nickelodeon. This is a great, fun way to teach kids to write postcards. What better way to encourage kids to experience the excitement of sending personal correspondence than teaming up with SpongeBob, who is adored by children of all ages,” said Nagisa Manabe, Chief Marketing and Sales Officer at the United States Postal Service. “And the timing is perfect. A postcard is a terrific way to send a holiday thank you.”
Since its launch in July 1999, SpongeBob SquarePants has emerged as a pop culture phenomenon. The series has been the most-watched animated program with kids 2-11 for more than 12 consecutive years, and over the past several years, it has averaged more than 100 million total viewers every quarter across all Nickelodeon networks. As the most widely distributed property in Viacom history, SpongeBob is seen in more than 170 countries and translated into more than 35 languages. The character-driven cartoon chronicles the nautical and sometimes nonsensical adventures of SpongeBob, an incurable optimist and earnest sea sponge, and his undersea friends.
Read more about Nickelodeon Teams with USPS on ‘SpongeBob MailPants’ Letter Writing Program – BWWTVWorld by http://www.broadwayworld.com
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Feeling like a member of the New York Mets, today we struck out on photographing a moose. However we did see in the far off distance a cow moose, she was spooked before we could get close enough. The weather was much, much better and even though we did not get our moose we did have a great time. I truly enjoy my children and having this opportunity to shape their lives is truly a privilege.