Posts made in July, 2008

Erie Land Lighthouse

Erie Land Lighthouse

We visited the Erie Land Light, the first lighthouse of Lake Erie. The structure that still stands here replaced the first two towers that were built on quicksand! The new tower, a 49-foot tall sandstone structure with a massive foundation, was completed in 1869. There is now a park nearby where we played for a while after visiting the lighthouse.

There are two other lighthouses we will try to visit this summer. The lighthouses warned ships and boats of their location and averted many tragedies for travelers. Of the approximately 1,700 shipwrecks recorded on Lake Erie, the locations of only about 277 are known. The boys are very interested in lighthouses and ghost ships at the moment. Right now we’re reading a fun book series called The Lighthouse Family.

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Trip to the Erie Maritime Museum

Trip to the Erie Maritime Museum

This morning we took a trip to the Erie Maritime Museum where we learned about the story of the Niagara as the reconstructed flagship of Pennsylvania and the warship that won the Battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812. The boys were fascinated by all the “pirate stuff” as Aaron called it. No matter how many times I told him it was actually “sailor stuff”, he remained insistent that the Niagara was a pirate ship. We watched a cannon demonstration on one of the multimedia monitors and Aaron summed it up with:

If a cannon ball shoots through your tummy there would be a hole in your tummy and it would hurt.

Below are some pictures from our visit. Click on any of the thumbnails to scroll through the images. To learn more about the Niagara you can go to their website: http://www.brigniagara.org

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Project: Guinea Pig

Project: Guinea Pig

The other day Tyler, Aaron and I put Butterscotch (our temporary pet guinea pig from Tyler’s class at school) into a towel-lined laundry basket and drove him to Furr-N-Purr where the poor animal experienced a major makeover. This long-haired guinea pig received a bath, haircut and nail trimming. Tyler and I have been looking up facts about guinea pigs and he is recording his research in a notebook. He will bring Butterscotch and his research back to Ms. Lisa’s class in the fall. Below are Butterscotch’s before and after pictures.

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Recovering from my appendectomy…

Recovering from my appendectomy…

It has been a crazy week here in Erie, with a delicious meatball sandwich (with homemade meatballs made by Jenn – awesome!) turning into “gas”, which eventually became appendicitis for me! I made it into the ER at my hospital without difficulty on Monday morning, and they eventually diagnosed me with appendicitis (after both IV and rectal contrast – uh, no further comment needed…). I was able to get scheduled fairly quickly, and was operated on just after 1pm on Monday. The surgeon who operated on me is one of our best general surgeons, and I knew I was in good hands with the anesthesia staff, all of whom offered me words of encouragement despite their surprise at having “one of their own” on the table in front of them.

It was interesting to experience this side of the surgery process, as I am so used to being the one calming my patients and keeping them safe throughout their procedure. I feel that I can now offer my patients a first-hand perspective from their world, as my observations and interactions can now fully incorporate what it is like to be the one being operated on!

I am relaxing at home now, and am grateful to Jenn for giving up the “comfy” chair so that I can stretch out my aching belly. I needed some good narcotics the first day and a half after surgery, but now my stomach feels more achy than painful. Ibuprofen and lots of relaxation seem to be doing my body good. It is difficult watching my six-months pregnant wife picking up everything over 20 pounds (which definitely includes Jackson and his big brothers!), but I am reminded of having abdominal surgery anytime I overextend myself. Thanks for all of your thoughts and prayers for me, Jenn, and the boys this week!

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Happy Birthday Jackson!

Happy Birthday Jackson!

Today Jackson is two years old! Below are a few pictures of him riding his new “bike” (as he tries very hard to call it) that Mike-Grandpa and Terri-Grandma sent to him. This Saturday we will have a Thomas the Train BBQ for him with some friends and Oreo-Cookie-IceCream-Cake. I wish you all could join us!

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