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Photo #1539 – 02.01.13

Snow Swing

Bright, sunny days after a big snowfall are the best, especially when there hasn’t been a bunch of wind to knock off the mounds of snow on top of everything.  The sunshine also makes shoveling driveways and cleaning porches that much more enjoyable…  On one such lovely, sunny afternoon about 10 years ago, my parents took a short break from tossing snow to have some fun.  I of course had to get a cute “sitting-together-on-a-snowy-swing” shot.


Photo #1422 – 10.06.12

Happy 40th Anniversary, Mom & Dad!!

Wow, 40 years…that’s pretty unbelievable!  It was back in October of 1972 that my mom and dad got hitched, and they are still laughing and smiling together as much as ever.

This photo was taken a few years ago while on vacation up in Vermont, although it was enhanced by my brother Michael to help celebrate their 40th anniversary.  Happy 40th Anniversary!!


Photo #1408 – 09.22.12

Time to Get Out the Rake…

It is now officially autumn, which means it is time to dig out the rake and/or leaf blower and get ready for the onslaught of colorful falling leaves.  Along with all that back-aching work, it also means it is almost time to create big leaf piles for jumping into!  This photo illustrates what can happen when my parents and I have a little too much fun with dead leaves…

Happy Fall!


Photo #1389 – 09.03.12

The Apgar Clan, August 2012…Gone Crazy!!

Well…we were a good lookin’ crew, until someone said “Silly Faces!” and we erupted into chaos.  Kids will be kids…whether they are actual kids or just kids at heart…

Have a happy Labor Day!


Photo #1388 – 09.02.12

The Apgar Clan, August 2012

What a nice lookin’ group, if I may say so myself!  We took this photo in the beginning of August and managed to get smiles and open eyes throughout!  Gotta love family.


Photo #1365 – 08.10.12

Hannah Turns Eight!

In case you’re not sure, the one turning 8 is on the left…even though my dad can certainly be a big kid sometimes!  Today is Hannah’s 8th birthday, and this past weekend we celebrated with cake, pie, singing, and other fun shenanigans.  Right before we sang ‘Happy Birthday’, she shared some laughs with her PopPop…and soon after we sang ‘Happy Birthday’, we all proceeded to share some delicious cake.

So Happy 8th Birthday to my oldest niece, Hannah!


Photo #1333 – 07.09.12

Old Fart…Again

1987 was a great year, wasn’t it?  It seemed pretty good to me, but then again, I was only 4 and it probably didn’t take much to please me.  But it was the year that my dad apparently turned into an Old Fart, as evidenced by the lovely hats in the above photo.

Today is my dad’s birthday!  So Happy ‘Even Older Fart’ Birthday, Dad!


Photo #1311 – 06.17.12

Dad on a Quad

Who doesn’t love a fun trip through the woods driving a four-wheeler?  My mom and dad enjoyed a little excursion on a recent camping trip, and they even posed for photos when they returned.  I think my dad enjoyed wearing a helmet…and the color matched his silvery hair!

Happy Father’s Day to all great dads!


Photo #1254 – 04.21.12

Playin’ Outside with Pop Pop

My niece Hannah sure was a cute baby, full of laughs, smiles, and chubby cheeks.  And there is no doubt she enjoyed playing with her Pop Pop whenever she could, which is what she was doing on a nice July afternoon in the photo above, taken almost 7 years ago.

Where does the time go?!


Photo #1243 – 04.10.12

Campfire Chefs

Although it looks like my dad and I were posing in this photo (this must have been the “smile but look like you’re doing something” pose), we were certainly tending to some delicious food simmering over a nice hot campfire.  A good campfire meal is hard to beat, but it is definitely important to keep a close eye on the fire to make sure the heat is evenly distributed and things don’t catch on fire that shouldn’t.

Who else is looking forward to roasted corn on the cob this summer?!?


Photo #1105 – 11.24.11

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!

My mom made a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner on our first Thanksgiving at our new home, complete with turkey, mashed potatoes, peas, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes (yuck), gravy, and a bunch of olives.  We sat down for some photos (first my mom took the photo above, and then she switched places with my dad for the photo below) as the delicious smells wafted into our nostrils before loading up our plates and eating more than we probably should have.  I’m thankful for that Thanksgiving dinner, but also that we were able to eat dinner as a family together most nights while I was growing up.  My mom made some excellent meals, and even if Michael or I didn’t eat all my veggies, and Kristin covered up something she didn’t like with her napkin, we still enjoyed that time together.

So Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!  Eat lots, be thankful for lots, and enjoy time with family and friends!


Photo #1094 – 11.13.11

Hollywood Squares – Fort Dix Edition

Check out the dapper 21-year-old right in the coveted center square of this block of army men.  That is Private First Class Robert K. Apgar…whom I regularly refer to as Dad.  This is a section of his ‘yearbook’ from his Army basic training at Fort Dix, NJ in 1968.  From here, he served abroad in Sinop, Turkey and Germany before ending up at Fort Riley near Salina, Kansas.  Kansas is where he would end up meeting the girl of his dreams {photo #326}…whom I regularly refer to as Mom.

Let me just say that I’m glad they met.

Thanks for your service to our country, Dad!


Photo #1056 – 10.06.11

Mom, Dad,…and a Bear?!

There’s no doubt about it — my parents love to laugh together.  So when they spotted this tame bear a few months ago, they just had to have their photo taken with it.  And while they could have just stood next to the bear and smiled nice for the camera, they instead opted for a cute “put your heads close together” group shot…which resulted in both of them enjoying a good laugh.

Today, my mom and dad are celebrating 39 years of magical, wedded bliss.  So Happy Anniversary, Mom & Dad!!


Photo #1038 – 09.18.11

Looking For Loons

That is ‘loons’…not ‘loonies’…although loonies are fun to look for too…  My dad enjoys a bit of bird-watching, so when we were on vacation at a lakehouse in Vermont, he was definitely interested in the loons on the lake.  That’s why he made sure to bring some nice binoculars down to the edge of the lake on this particular day.  We heard plenty of neat loon calls, though I don’t recall them ever coming all that close to where we were.


Photo #977 – 07.19.11

Wave Your Hands In the Air…

…Like you just don’t care.  Or, like my parents in the photo above, wave them for no particular reason other than to do something silly in front of the camera.

So go ahead, wave your arms around, maybe add a “Wooooo!” or other fun sound effect.  And don’t worry about doing it at work or in public, no one will stare at you…I promise…


Photo #967 – 07.09.11

Happy 30th Birthday, Dad!!

Well…maybe it’s not quite you’re 30th birthday today…but it was back in 1977 when mom took this photo after making a nice square cake!  Hope you made a good wish when you blew out the candles!

Happy Birthday!  Oh, and I think I’ve seen those jeans somewhere recently…probably the box of halloween stuff…


Photo #962 – 07.04.11

Happy Independence Day from the Joaquin Campground Campers!

Happy 4th of July!  Heather and I just got back from an outstanding weekend of camping with family and friends at the Joaquin campground up in New York state.  From huge campfires to a delicious Thanksgiving dinner to riding in the back of a pickup while getting pelted by large raindrops (and so many other things), it was a blast from start to finish.

We all had a great time, and we hope your Independence Day weekend was great as well!


Photo #960 – 07.02.11

It’s Independence Day Weekend…Take a Load Off!

What better way to spend the holiday weekend than finding a nice shady spot outside, setting up a comfy chair (reclining is especially nice but not necessary!), and dozing off for a while…that is exactly what my dad, Uncle Bucky, and Tom did a few years ago on a warm July day while camping.  Don’t they look cute?!


Photo #947 – 06.19.11

To All Awesome Dads…Happy Father’s Day!

Hey, Dad!  You’re a great dad, with or without a beard, and you’ve always been great at making me laugh and smile.  So thanks for being an awesome dad!

Happy Father’s Day to all the other awesome dads out there!


Photo #926 – 05.29.11

Sittin’ on a 4-Wheeler…in a Downpour

One day while camping on Fourth of July weekend, my parents went out for a 4-wheeler ride around the park with Tom and Jodie…they rode through mud, up and down hills, and checked out a cool cabin in the woods.  As soon as they got back to the camp, a sudden downpour rolled through and quickly drenched everything in sight…including mom and dad as they posed on the 4-wheeler.  They did soon run for cover and helped hold down one of the larger tents as a strong storm came and went.  In the end, most of us were either a little wet or really wet, and only one of the tents had been flipped on its side.

All a part of a fun camping experience!!


Photo #868 – 04.01.11

A New Home for Mom and Dad

Congratulations to my mom and dad!  Starting today, April 1, they have a new dwelling to call home.  After more than 20 years of living in a regular house, my mom and dad decided they wanted to get more in touch with nature and have a home without any of those materialistic luxuries, like running water, electricity, and front doors.  It may look like they just piled up a bunch of sticks, but let me tell you, a stick teepee as nice as this one is no easy feat to construct.

Don’t the new homeowners look happy in the photo above?!?  I wonder what we should bring to their teepee housewarming party…


Photo #826 – 02.18.11

Three Stooges??

I think me, my dad, and my brother were supposed to be doing a nice pose while sitting on these haybales…but instead, we sort of did an anti-pose.  Or maybe Michael was just taking a nap and we happened to sit nearby.  Although that position doesn’t look like it would be all that comfortable…


Photo #811 – 02.03.11

Chillaxin’

Chilling…Relaxing…Chillaxing.

Chillaxin’ is sitting with a cold beverage in the shade on a sunny summer day while off on a camping trip, where your biggest worry is hoping your air mattress doesn’t deflate in the middle of the night.

I think this photo perfectly captures the essence of Chillaxin’.


Photo #758 – 12.12.10

Mom and Dad on the Tioga Central Railroad

The Tioga Central Railroad operates out of Wellsboro, Pennsylvania (which is pretty much in the north-central part of the state), and they offer scenic excursions through some beautiful landscapes.  My parents and I enjoyed this train ride about 6 years ago, and this shot of them hanging out the open observation car of the train was taken while we were passing by Lake Hammond.  There were a bunch of other cool cars, including some neat old dining cars, but this open air car made for a fun ride on a nice day.