St Patrick’s Day

Happy St Patty’s Day!

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Just Because…

I love you Jennifer.

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Our Wedding Photos

Jennifer and I were married on April 27th, 2003 on Sand Key #5 beach in Clearwater Florida in a beautiful sunset wedding.  You may have already seen the photos uploaded on Facebook but I added the gallery to Stefanavage.com.  Click here to view them.

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Facebook

Matthew & Jennifer are on Facebook!  Check us out now!

Visit Matt on Facebook.

Visit Jennifer on Facebook.

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Remember

Remember when the kids were cute?  Now they are a bunch of screaming, whining, yelling, and crying babies!

  See the full size images in the gallery.

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Baltimore Trip

OK, so I woke up very early in the morning on Saturday, January 7th, 2012.  Being a rare occurrence of my wife also being off of work for the weekend and my daughter not having school, I started looking for a fun family adventure because you know I’m spontaneous like that!  Originally we were going to visit the Franklin Institute as I recently have seen a commercial on TV but I wanted even more excitement for the entire weekend.  And so our Baltimore trip began.

Having gone to Baltimore many times before, we knew exactly what to see and where to stay but that doesn’t make it any less thrilling.  Our trip started with a nice drive on a beautiful day with excellent navigation courtesy of Google via my cell phone.  Our first stop was the Maryland Science Center.  Chris & Deanna were delighted to see a carousel outside and they enjoyed a ride on it while I photographed from the distant.  From playing with gyros to watching an Imax film to visiting the planetarium, the Science Center was an adventure by itself.  I’ve always found several science centers to be very exciting.  Afterwards, we walked further down the harbor for dinner at Pizzeria Uno and enjoyed our only family photo of the four of us.

We stayed overnight at the Tremont Plaza which is a beautiful hotel.  This was our second stay at this hotel so again, we knew what to expect.  After being greeted with valet parking, we indulged ourselves in our fancy 750 square foot suite with a private bedroom.  Of course the kids had a pull-out on the couch.  It’s funny because last time we stayed there Deanna slept in the bedroom and Jennifer and I slept on the pull-out!  The hotel has a nice bar as well as a deli.  After a wonderful evening and breakfast at the deli, we checked out and headed on for our next stop.

Our final location was of course the Baltimore Aquarium.  If you have never been there before then I strongly urge that you go.  They had a fantastic dolphin show which you can see in my photo gallery.  We even checked out a 4D Planet Earth film and while we have seen this one before, it was still a nice event.  The aquarium is full of exciting exhibits including strange jellyfish.  Jen’s pudding is always walking down the ramp with the sharks swimming all around us.

Being exhausted, this concluded our journey and we headed home to pick up our dog Max.  On a previous trip we stopped at the Maryland Zoo, but it was getting colder and we were very tired so we headed for the barn.  Just because we have been to the inner harbor before doesn’t make it any less exciting.  Not bad for waking up in the morning and trying to come up with somewhere fun to spend with the family!  Make sure you check out our Baltimore photo gallery.  Don’t be afraid, there are 200 photos!

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Dad’s Visit – 2011

Here’s a new gallery of some great photos that my Dad took during his visit from 12/27/2011 to 1/2/2012.  We had a great time from cooking wontons at Mikes house upon his arrivial to toasting beers at Island Pizza before his departure.  Check out the gallery here.

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Christmas 2011

Better late then never!  With the busy holidays, I’ve finally gotten our Christmas photos posted online.  Christmas eve started with the grandparents coming over for a big turkey dinner.  Jennifer had to work Christmas day so we woke up extra early to see what Santa brought.  In the evening, Bev and Sean came for a visit and we had a nice relaxing dinner at TGI Friday’s!  Click here to view all of the photos.

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Dressing Up

   

Here is Jennifer & I all dressed up for my company Christmas party.  Click on the photo to enlarge.

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Our Christmas Tree 2011

Check out the Stefanavage family Christmas tree.  On Black Friday, we went to Westlake tree farm and cut down our own Christmas tree.  This is the first time we have ever cut down our own tree, and only the second time we put up a real tree.  Normally we put up our artificial tree.  Check out the photos that we took at the tree farm as well as the kids sitting on Santa’s lap!  Click here for the gallery.

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Back In The Day

Swimming ResultsNow here is some real old school info…  I found this ancient article on Google from the Reading Eagle dated February 28th, 1993 featuring north championship swimming results from way back in the day.  I would have just turned 13 two days prior and would have been a member of the Boyertown Navy Seals swim team.  The article as pictured shows me placing 3rd in 100 yard freestyle, 2nd in 50 yard freestyle, 1st in my specialty breast stroke, and 6th in the 200 yard freestyle relay.

Now to give you a little background…  Starting when I was 7 years old, I joined the Boyertown Mako Sharks swim team.  Featuring some of the best times of my childhood, it didn’t take long before I though of myself as an elite swimmer.  I remember difficult daily practices but every swim meet felt like a party.  That fall, I joined the Pottstown YMCA Seahawks swim team and quickly learned what real competition was about.  While winter swimming wasn’t nearly as fun, it was completely competitive in nature.  As I grew older I found myself competing at districts every year.

After several years of swimming for the Pottstown YMCA, the Boyertown YMCA finally installed a pool and I joined the Boyertown Navy Seals.  Eventually I was lucky enough to qualify in districts to participate in the State championships at Penn State College.  At states, I placed 6th in the entire state in 50 yard breast stroke beating my long time friend and rival from Pottstown.  With my swimming ego in the clouds, this was the greatest time ever in my swimming days.  The following year I also made it to states.

As I grew older I saw the end of the tunnel.  I had no intention of pursuing a life in competitive swimming and I no longer had a passion for the sport.  After 10 years of swimming in the summer and 9 years of swimming in the winter, I closed this chapter in my life.

The actual article from the Reading Eagle can be found here.

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Easy Bake Oven

Deanna's Easy Bake OvenCheck out my girl cooking!  Deanna is baking cinnamon soft pretzels with frosting on her new Easy Bake Oven that she got for her 8th birthday from Grand pop.  They are even better then Aunti Anne’s.    Wanna taste?  Click here for a larger picture.

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Miscellaneous Family Photos Added

Jennifer & Chris   Deanna Glasses

Jennifer StefanavageSorry for the delay but it’s about time that I posted a few more pictures.  I’ve setup a new gallery called, “Misc Family 2011.” This gallery will will contain various photos that are not included in any other gallery.  Currently I uploaded 6 pics into this gallery with many more to follow.  Here are some highlights.  Check out the entire gallery by clicking here.

 

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Bike Wash

Deanna & Chris are washing their bikes on 10/10/2011 in this photo gallery.

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Yard Fun

Bring on the leaves!  Chris is waiting for the leaves to fall so he can tackle the yard work!  Check out this new gallery of the Chris & Deanna playing in our yard on 10/03/2011.  Also includes a nice picture of Deanna doing her homework and a special photo of Chris and Jennifer.

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