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Niagara Falls Panorama

Posted on January 2, 2016 I Written By

My name is John and I'm a working dad with 4 beautiful children. I'm a full time blogger and entrepreneur. These are my musings. I hope you enjoy.

Last year my wife and I had a chance to go to Niagara Falls to celebrate our anniversary. We decided to hit Toronto and then Niagara Falls this year since we were in the area again. No DWTS Live this year (just missed it by a few days), but we did get to watch Cinderella in Toronto.

The show was fun, but the best part of Toronto for me was lunch with my good friend Colin. It was nice to meet his wife and for the Crash Wife to meet them too. Canada is interesting since it’s almost America, but there’s just enough that’s different that it feels slightly uncomfortable. Quite odd.

Anyway, on our way back we got a flat tire on the rental car (5th flat tire in the last 6 months for those keeping track at home. At least it wasn’t snowing or pouring rain. We changed to the spare tire and were able to swap the car out for a new one without too much incident (Thanks Alamo!). We did have a little nervous time on the freeway with a donut spare, but I digress from the original point of the post.

This post was really just an excuse to share this amazing panorama shot I took at Niagara Falls:
Niagara Falls
*Click on the picture to see it in all its glory

Isn’t this picture awesome? This was the first time I’d used the panorama feature and I just got a new phone (Nexus 6),so I was excited to see that it took such great pictures.

Waterfalls are awesome. Niagara Falls is extraordinary. There are few things I like more. Plus, the Crash Wife and I have some good history there. We found the bench where I proposed to her (and she said yes in case you wondered) and reenacted the proposal. Well, we reenacted the part where she was chilling and I couldn’t propose until she took her leg down and was ready for such an important moment.
Niagara Falls Proposal
Since I’m sure someone will mention it, I might need to take a moment to comment on my outfit. Yes, I am wearing some great flannel pajama pants with some custom designed dress shoes (custom designed by my children with a pen). No, this wasn’t the plan. I originally had on some really sexy khaki pants, but during the aforementioned tire change I decided to not ruin them and changed into these flannel pants. Not sure what it says about me (and the Crash Wife for that matter) that I didn’t change back to the nice pants.

My Trip to Niagara Falls and the DWTS Live Tour with My Wife

Posted on December 29, 2014 I Written By

My name is John and I'm a working dad with 4 beautiful children. I'm a full time blogger and entrepreneur. These are my musings. I hope you enjoy.

There really is nothing better than time with my wife without kids. We’ve been pretty blessed that we regularly have friends and family that are willing to take our kids while we have a night or more to ourselves. This usually includes a trip to somewhere cool which is an added bonus. Although, the most memorable thing of any of these trips is often the time spent in the car talking about life. On these trips, I often think…

“If this is a preview of retirement life, I can’t wait to retire.”

This weekend, my Crash In-laws (Thanks Grammy and Poppi!), were kind enough to let Kristine and I spend a night away from the kids. We decided to head up to Niagara Falls. Niagara Falls is not that exciting in Winter, but the falls are still extraordinary and the place holds special meaning to us because that’s where I proposed to Crash Mom. At least it was the first time I proposed. I still keep asking Kristine if she’ll marry me and at least for now she’s always said Yes!

Here’s our selfie at Niagara Falls:
Niagara Falls in Winter
As luck would have it, the DWTS Live tour was just starting at Niagara Falls the night we were there. Most of you probably don’t know I run the leading Dancing with the Stars blog. You can see my coverage of the DWTS Live tour here. We got lucky to get tickets since the show was sold out. I guess that’s one of the hidden perks of being a blogger.

The show was fantastic, but I love dancing so that wasn’t a surprise. It was also funny that the Crash Mom got carded at the Casino. She didn’t think it was as funny, but I did. The Crash Mom did an amazing job capturing pictures of the event. I guess that now makes her a professional photographer. Once I post her photos, you’ll see what I mean. Although, here’s a selfie we took at the event:
Dancing with the Stars Live Tour - Niagara Falls
The highlight of the weekend might have been our late night dessert run. We’d made it back to our hotel (we stayed at the Choice hotel near the falls, budget but fine) close to 11 PM and we were both still hungry. We’d had dinner at TGI Friday’s already, but decided to head back there for a little midnight dessert trip. Considering the Crash Mom usually’s in bed between 9 and 10, that was quite the event. It was also ironic that we had dinner at TGI Friday’s since we’d walked out of one 12 years earlier on our honeymoon in NYC, but that’s a story for another day.

Long story short, I highly recommend taking trips with your wife. Niagara Falls is a great place, but definitely visit it in summer.