International Vintage Soaring Meet 2016

  YOU GUYS. In case you haven't seen my Instagram-bragging, I had the really cool opportunity to photograph the opening weekend of the International Vintage Soaring Meet at Harris Hill for the Star Gazette! (Thanks Star Gazette!)      You can see my whole gallery for the newspaper here, but you can also go right on over there and see the fun for yourself!     The National Soaring Museum is just a stone's throw from Corning... like... I could see Little Joe from my excited perch in the front seat of the glider! And besides the fact that Harris Hill has tons of awesome family activities all the time, I forget that you can just waltz on over to the NSM's runway and watch the tow-planes and gliders take off!      So if you want to see the gliders taking off, park right in front of the museum and just watch from the fence. (Walk around a little... you can see a lot of the gliders up close, and

How Hiking a Mountain is like Giving Birth

  By the end of July, two of my siblings and our bonus sibling will have added their names to the list of crazy awesome people who have hiked all 46 high peaks of the Adirondack Mountains in Upstate NY. They get to call themselves 46ers and brag about that for the rest of their lives!      Four summers ago I had the opportunity to climb my first mountain with them. So they took me up a mountain and it was crazy hard but super amazing and rewarding. Since Elsa was only 2 and 1/2 and Anna was 18ish months old, a certain poignant analogy kept popping into my head...     Hiking my first mountain was totally like giving birth to a baby!  1.  No matter how many stories you hear about how hard it is you still underestimate how hard it's going to be.  Labor & Delivery: when the real contractions started happening during labor with my first I was like "This is NOTHING like the book said it would be! oh crap.

Corning Area Community Concert Band

  We had the pleasure of attending another performance of the Corning Area Community Concert Band on Thursday at Centerway Square.     These talented folks get together once a week to practice and then they perform in our community just for the love of music!     The band celebrated it's 40th Anniversary last year and there are quite a few members who have been involved from the beginning. You still have a few more chances to catch them this season but I'm most excited about their July 4th performance before the fireworks!  Come check them out and support instrumental music in our

Easy Method for Grilling Pizza

  Ahhhhh summer. The perfect time to grill pizza and consume it leisurely outside surrounded by family and friends!     Not only is it safe to say that grilled pizza is my favorite summer food, there's also the fact that pizza is my favorite food in general. So this is a post that has a sprinkling of tips for perfect grilled pizza, but mostly it's a love letter to the best food on the planet. In my humble opinion of course! (Apologies in advance if you're reading this on an empty tummy... #becausepizzanomnom)     So round up your favorite topping and helpers and get prepping.  DON'T start the grill, yet. For pizza, you only need the grill on low and getting the pizza ready takes time. So I usually wait till I'm over halfway done with food prep before I fire up the grill. For this particular pizza night at Grandma and Grandpa's, we made pesto pizza (pesto, tomatoes, and mozz) and regular old pepperoni

Last Day of SCHOOL!!!

  Well I don't know about you all, but we are super pumped about the last day of school today. I am naively excited that I don't have to pack any more school lunches for awhile. Even though I know deep down in the dark corner of my brain that I want to ignore that I only have about three days till the "I'm bored"s start.  So. THREE CHEERS FOR