Friday, July 25, 2014


Thursday, July 24, 2014 - WHEW...... The wedding weekend is over! What a beautiful bride and handsome groom. We don’t have the professional photos yet, and it seems everyone was watching the bride and groom and didn’t really get any head on photos.

kelly dave at alter


wedding party

Family and friends gathered from as far away as Arizona, Texas, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Michigan, and all around Ohio to celebrate Kelly and Dave's wedding. Everything went without a hitch and even mother nature cooperated by ending a summer shower just before the ceremony began.

Not the best shot, but the Weaver group. weaver clan

The church was full to witness the exchange of vows and many tears of joy were seen in the eyes of family and friends. It's such a blessing to see this wonderful couple begin their life together.


the bride

our family 

The reception was a joyous celebration and everyone danced the night away, ate 1000's of delicious homemade cookies, feasted on an amazing buffet, and took a zillion pictures. Oh yeah, a few adult beverages were consumed too!!!

cutting cake

Grandpa and Kelly
grandpa and kelly 

Paul and Dave after a few “adult” beverages.
dave and paul

Marsha then had an “open the gifts” party on Sunday where family and a few friends could share the excitement of opening gifts with Kelly and Dave. We tried to whittle away at the mountain of leftover food, enjoyed looking at the many iPhone pictures of the festivities, shared some laughs and eventually wished the bride and groom a happy farewell as they left for their honeymoon.



Time to start the honeymoon.kelly and dave

Now to clean-up this mess..... :-)

We will share a few professional photos at a later date. If you are interested in seeing many, many more photos of this wonderful, blessed celebration, here is the link

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y’all back real soon. Have a great day!

Monday, July 14, 2014


Monday, July 14 - Paul is not a great fan of sitting around doing nothing. So with time on his hands, he decided to re-visit a former hobby – wine making. He used to make quite a bit of wine, but traveling in an RV isn't exactly the best environment for making wine. He has about a six-week window of opportunity to make wine from a wine kit. That way, he can bottle it before we hit the road.

We went to Akron to a very good wine making supply company, The Grape and Granary. They have just about anything a wine or beer maker needs. They even have a nice tasting room. We tasted various choices before deciding on our wine making kits.

We went “all in” and chose three kits. Two semi-dry Rieslings (Columbia Valley Riesling and Green Apple Riesling) and a very nice semi-dry red wine (Luna Rossa).

Lucky for the wallet, Paul has been receiving gift cards for the wine store, and other wine making supplies for Christmas and his birthday. So he was able to get back in to wine making without breaking the bank. Like all hobbies, it cost money to have fun.... :-)

The first order of business is to prepare the ingredients for fermenting. Following the directions provided in the kit makes this a fool proof undertaking. After adding the contents to the fermenting tank, Paul added some water and then the yeast. Ahhh...that sure made the basement smell good!

Paul making vino



The wine fermented for seven days in the tanks, and then Paul transferred it to an air-tight carboy (a 5-gallon glass jug) where it will remain until the fermentation is complete. He will need to “rack it” (transfer it to a clean carboy) several times to eliminate any solids that have settled to the bottom.


It is working already.
wine working

Once the wine stops working, he can bottle it and store it until we fly home for the Christmas holidays. Should be a fun holiday!

We will make our apologies ahead of time. We might not be leaving as many comments as we usually do. Why? you ask….This is Wedding Week. Marsha and Kelly finished up all the planning for the week on Sunday. They both have a list for each day. Carrie will be flying in on Wednesday. A few things still on their list are buying flip-flops for when their feet are killing them (around 9 p.m.) they can keep dancing, food for the “after” wedding party on Sunday, double checking with all those involved in the decorating, and church ceremony, etc., etc., etc. Wedding photos in the next blog.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you to see y’all back real soon. Have a great day!

Thursday, July 3, 2014


Thursday, July 3 – With the wedding just around the corner it was time for the girls to celebrate. It began with Carrie, our youngest, flying to Canton from Houston.

Kelly, Carrie, Marsha, and some close friends and relatives got together for happy hour on Friday night. They had a great time and finished up the night rendezvousing with the guys who had their own happy hour/dinner at a local pub.

Aunt Katie, Kelly, Carrie and Marshakatie kelly carrie marsha

Girls just want to have fun.
Chris Kelly Brittany

Kelly with Marsha and future mother-in-law, Jackie.
kelly marsha jackie

Saturday was the Bachelorette party for Kelly and her friends. They spent the day at a resort area, Put-In-Bay, on Lake Erie. They enjoyed themselves touring the island and visiting several of the local taverns. We are sorry, but we cannot post any of the photos of that day/night. Let your imagination run wild.

Sunday was one of the days Marsha has been waiting for for a very long time. She was throwing a wedding shower for Kelly. She's been working very hard on this celebration. It was held in the party room of a local golf course. Carrie and the bridesmaids did a fantastic job of helping her get everything ready. Jackie, Dave’s mom, and Chris, Kelly’s Godmother and Aunt, chipped in with making the favors and taking care of the lovely cake table. Marsha says a HUGE thank you to them all. The celebration was so much fun. Kelly was thrilled with the entire day.

This is what welcomed Kelly to her bridal shower.

Enter the bride with her entourage.
kelly and bridesmaides


Carrie, Kelly and Marsha.
 carrie kelly marsha

Kelly and Aunt Chris.
kelly and chris

Get a group of ladies together and it is nonstop chit chat.ladies

A flashback of Kelly’s life.

Toasting the bride-to-be.

Kelly enjoying one of her many, many

In just a short 16 days, these two will be Mr. and Mrs. Dave DiCato.

Kelly and Dave

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y’all back real soon. Have a great day!