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28 Jan


We never posted how amazing Hawaii was? Chelley must have a case of pregnant brain, because we’re STILL raving about the trip!  Even in the midst of APEC and all the road closures, we found a lot of peace and fell in love with the north shore of Honolulu.  The wedding was simple beauty, and we wish Ali and Chris tons of love and happiness as they celebrate their marriage and birth of their first child, too!

Pictures can do it no justice, but here are a few to try:

Ali & Bassi’s first kiss!

At the luau

Our hike before getting on the flight home.

Pearl Harbor

At the wedding

We had such an amazing time and are so glad we got to not only spend time with friends in Hawaii, but spend some loving time together before the arrival of our little girl.  We may not always have Paris, but we’ll always have Hawaii!


Le petit enfant

7 Nov

Didja hear?!  We’re having a baby!

We’re due April 25th, and cannot wait to find out if we will be having a girl or boy November 3oth!!! The room is coming along nicely- lots of plans, nothing real, yet.

Chelley’s been benched from running- and she’s not too happy about it, but other than that mom and baby are both active and healthy.  Dave is working at MediaVue as the RMA manager and in R&D, while Chelley is dispatching at and awaiting what looks to be an extended maternity leave so she can be home with the babe and Carter and Morgan, too!  Dave’s pedal line, Made-Rite!, and Worth Amps are still in production, and while B-Sharp is going through transition, Domenick is always there to make your musical dreams come true, while Dave is still doing amp, pedal and small electronic repairs and mods.

Hawaii is coming up this week and we can’t wait for our vacation to relax and rejuvenate before the next hectic 18 years.

Hot Dog

23 Jul

So… Carter’s 1st birthday was yesterday. We were aiming for a BBQ with friends and their dogs, puppies and newest edition: Morty.  We planned to serve hot dogs, cake for the puppies and have goodie bags for puppy friends… but with 95+degree weather, paired with humidity, we called it off.  Carter was already a hot dog, and we figured the once hilarity of serving hot dogs was becoming a real danger.

Serving a bowl of ice for CJ and ice cream for us, we went with a more family style celebration, spending the evening laying in our bedroom with the air conditioning on, as it’s the only room with AC, streaming Battlestar Galactica from Netflix. It was uneventful, but perhaps after the week we had, uneventful was eventful enough.

Happy 1st birthday to our handsome little puppy, Carter Jay!


11 Jun
I’m usually terrible with advice, but in light of tragedy I offer this: Don’t be too busy, too broke, too tired, or too cool to acknowledge those around you who are inspiring. Whether it’s the woman who always remembers the way you take your coffee, your partner who knows you need a foot massage, or a high school friend you desire to wish well. Do it. There may not be a tomorrow, why not take advantage of today?


Jimmy Stevenson, you will be missed by your closest and farthest friends. May you rest in peace.


21 Mar

Our baby boy was hit by a car after our fence blew over in the wind.

To be brief, he is OK, we are loaded with vet bills, and the driver didn’t stop, so we’re annoyed at the neighborhood in general- But, our boy is safe.  He lost a lot of blood and skin from his back right foot, which is currently bandaged up to his thigh.  He is also on some antibiotics and pain medication- keeping a puppy down is hard- sometimes I wish he would just be swaddled and lay in a crib (hmmm).

Dave has been amazing- helping with the puppy lifting and putting him to sleep by rubbing his nose.  … and being the sole money-maker, currently.

Chelley’s been staying at home because Carter can’t maneuver alone- especially with his E-collar.

We want to thank everyone for their kind words and get well wishes for Carter!

Another birthday…

16 Mar

We spent Chel’s 25th in Mexico, celebrating our honeymoon and her getting old. Nono, just another year. Yes.  It was amazing- even through the one day of rain, all we felt was the sun!

Alas, the economy and world traumas have gotten us down.  Maybe we forgot that we care about each other and that marriage isn’t like dating- it takes work- everyday, or maybe we just got broke and remembered that we want to re-fence the backyard and wasted our energy on new fencing rather than each other.  Whatever it is that made us so driven to make and save money, leaving our date nights and childlike behavior to the wind- we want it back!

With race season in full swing, there is no way to leave now, but 27 is looming in November and Chelley’s oldest friend from Meadowbrook School is getting married (after 20+ years as friends we have to go… as if we need an excuse!)– in Hawaii!  So, this November, we’ll be packing our bags and heading to:

The Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel… hopefully we’ll be towing a soon-to-be bundle, too (and by “we”… well, you get it).  Looks like the end of the 2011 season will be bringing us more excitement.

So, be jealous, be happy, just plain don’t care- but we’re doing date night and we’re doing it big- pure Chelley and Dave style!

Thank you Ali, for getting married (and AMEX for fronting the funds while we scramble around for the next 30 days attempting to scratch the cash to pay for it!).

27th birthday gift ideas: cash, cash, flip flops, no wine, fencing.

A Martinka Graduate

24 Feb

Carter graduated from beginners class!  (He wasn’t in puppy class… as he is enormous- 52 pounds already!)

We went to Pet Smart in Warwick and our trainer, Morgan, was amazing!  We hope to begin intermediate classes, but with Chelley’s racing season coming up, we have a lot of time commitments…

Speaking of!  A 10K in April, 1/2 marathon  in May, 5k in June, 1/2 marathon in August.  Any races you suggest to her… and places where Carter and Dave would like wandering around- combined!

Please check out Chelley’s LLS page for more details about the Cox 1/2 Marathon in Providence, May 1st!