July 4th, 2011

Ever since I “joined” the Hindes/Blough family (technically only a few weeks ago, but I feel like i’ve been a part since I met them about 2.5 years ago) – I’ve been coming to their Fourth of July weekend.  Its an awesome time, the entire extended family is there, and its a great weekend.

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Our "Name Tags" for the wedding


This year, we started our weekend up in Wisconsin for Coach Masanet’s Wedding.  He is my former distance coach from the EIU Track and Field and Cross Country team.  We had Rooster riding with us, and we didn’t quite make it for the wedding, but the reception was fantastic.  Good to see old faces, and have a good time!

Then we decided to drive through-the-night (left Wisconsin at 11:00pm) and get to Indiana, for a few reasons: Rooster wanted to get back to Springfield, we wanted to avoid Chicago traffic during the day (July 4th traffic is nuts!), and mostly – we wanted to get our new puppy!

We dropped Rooster off at Union Station in Chicago at 5am, and he took the 8am train to Springfield.  And we made it to Indiana by 6:30am, and found our fluff-bucket new puppy!

No time to rest, we took care of Indiana (our new puppy) and enjoy the weekend festivities.

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Our new puppy - Indiana

We didn’t make a boat this year for the Cardboard Boat Regatta – just too darn tired, but we got to watch everyone else!  Here was the winning crew:

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Winning Boat


And on Sunday we had the auction – which raised $1700 for the Cottage, and $1700 for the Mount St. Mary’s Abbey.  Jen and I got some cool things – like a picnic basket and some Roosters!

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Then we drove back to Charleston, with our new baby puppy, and started moving into our new apartment – another adventure all-together!