Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

I haven't been posting much here and so it's time to make my annual resolution to post more and to add more updates. You just never know, one of these years it might work. I did post a couple of slideshows to my most recent Picasa photo albums above, so take a peak at the kids building a gingerbread house, decorating the tree and visiting Mackinaw City and Mackinac Island (that was lots of fun!).

My big plan for this year is to lose weight. I'm not talking just 20 pounds or so, I'm talking at least 75 or 80 pounds. I'm going to follow Weight Watchers again as that's how I lost the weight before. Although I have been thinking about officially joining and getting some of the new info.

My family is doing well and the kids are getting big. Mary is as great as ever and we celebrated our 8th year of marriage in October. The kids enjoyed and are enjoying Christmas (we still have one party to go!) with the family and received many great gifts. I got some great gifts too including Nintendo Wii for the entire family. I absolutely love Super Mario Bros. Wii and the kids do too.

May God Bless You in 2010 and be sure to stop back for a visit and check out family pictures and hopefully much more!

Merry Christmas,

Photo & Video Gallery of Bishop Hebda's Ordination

Some great photos and video taken by Art Gonzalez at Bishop Hebda's Ordination on 12/1/2009 at the Cathedral in Gaylord, Michigan. Thanks for sharing Art!

View Bishop Bernard Hebda's Ordination 12-1-09 at Picasa

Ordination Slideshow

Photos and articles from the ordination keep popping up. The latest is a slideshow of Bishop Hebda's Ordination by Michael Jones of the Gaylord Herald Times.

View Slideshow: Bishop Hebda Ordination and Installation at Gaylord Herald Times

Updates Are A'Comin!

We're back safely from our Thanksgiving Oklahoma Roadtrip and we had a wonderful time. I'll be posting pictures soon. Not long after our return we learned that the Belanger's are moving back to Lake Leelanau. Needless to say people are very excited!

Anyway, as soon as I catch some things up with the holiday's, I'll try to post some updates.

To help tide you over here's a classic picture of high school chum Chad Boone and myself in our tuxedos. We wore these to help advertise and ended up with free tux rentals for prom, yeah! I thought the hat was a nice touch, but my nephews asked if I was a pilgrim!

Prom Tuxes

Of course, for the full effect, click the image for a larger version!

Koot and the Stanley Cup

Red Wings forward Dallas Drake brought the Stanley Cup to Traverse City on Labor Day as a fundraiser for Grand Traverse Hockey Association's New Skater Fund. Here's Grandpa Koot with the Stanley Cup. Lookin' good!

Photography for the day was donated by Joe McGraw, Rick Cover, Tara Noffsinger and Cindy Hughes.

On a side note, I was shocked to see that Koot was bigger than the Stanley Cup. Maybe the photographers used some photoshop tricks...

Cool Link: Traverse Area Historical Society

I was browsing the Leelanau Enterprise online and saw this headline, Thousands of historical photos posted. Of course, I'm going to click an article with a title like that.

You must visit the Traverse Area Historical Society website and check this out. I did some searches for various places (Suttons Bay for example) and found some really cool photos. The navigation is a bit clunky, but the content certainly makes up for it. The site features over 7,000 photos!

This picture featured in the Enterprise article really made my day! A family fishing and women wearing dresses, if only today's society lived the same way!

Read Thousands of historical photos posted in the Leelanau Enterprise
Visit Traverse Area Historical Society online