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DCCX CycleCross 2014

:: Tags: Cycling, Dylan, Family

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Today Julie, Dylan and I spent the afternoon in Washington at the Armed Forces Retirement Center cheering on my Brother as he raced through the woods for the 2014 DC Cycle Cross in hopes of a top 3 finish and a medal. Even with a great start, he would not be on the podium this year as one to many wrecks would push him back to around 10 place in the standings, but Dylan, riding in his second kids cycle cross race would bring home a medal. We were all very proud of both the family cycle racers!
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Dylan Washing His Caddy

:: Tags: Dylan, Fun, Video


10/11/2014 – “Dylan washing his Cadillac Escalade after cruising the park”

Here is a cute little video of Dylan washing his battery powered Cadillac after coming home from the park. He said he needed to wash it before he put it away so it would be clean for tomorrow. I told him it was going to rain, but he said he didn’t mind… “It still needs to be clean for tomorrow, Daddy!”

Daddy’s New Ride!

:: Tags: Awesome, Dylan, Thoughtful

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As an early Christmas present to myself I have finally decided to break down and get a new vehicle. My current vehicle, even though it has very low miles, is still going on ten years of age. It’s also starting to have some issues with electrical system components as well as some mechanical issues, but is still in pretty great shape.

So I decided to replace my old 2006 Cadillac Escalade (a hand-me-down from my grandfather) with a brand new 2015 Cadillac Escalade… and so far, I am thoroughly impressed with this vehicle. I had to special order it due to the fact that they were on back order, so I didn’t get a chance to really drive and check it out before hand… but WOW, I like it!! Let’s hope Dylan doesn’t try to write his name on the side of this one with a stick like he did my last one!
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Bermuda Vacation Videos

:: Tags: Beach, Bermuda, Dylan, Family, Video


09/16/2014 – “Dylan enjoying a day at the kids pool” – Tucker’s Point Beach Club

As promised, here are a couple of home movies from our recent trip to Bermuda with the grand parents. I’ve started to do a lot more video on our trips now that I have a newer more powerful video editing software at my disposal. I also plan to create a new platform on my website for showing off my videos in my travel/dive trip section… more on that later.
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Bermuda Family Vacation Part-2

:: Tags: Bermuda, Dylan, Family, Photo, Travel

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“Ray and Barbara outside The Point Restaurant before dinner” – Tucker’s Point Hotel & Spa, Bermuda.

Here are some more photos from our annual end of summer family trip to Bermuda. I have to thank my father for taking and sharing a lot of the photos in this post… it’s hard to take photos of your son and be in them at the same time! Thanks again Dad and I hope you and Mom, as well as Bruce and Ann, had a wonderful time staying with us for the week. Hope we can do it again soon!!
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Bermuda Family Vacation Part-1

:: Tags: Beach, Bermuda, Dylan, Family, Photo, Travel

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“Looking out over Tucker’s Point private beach” – Tucker’s Point Beach Club, Bermuda.

We changed things up a little for our annual end of summer Bermuda trip this year. My parents, even they travel a lot, have never been to Bermuda, so Julie and I thought it would be nice to have them accompany us and Dylan for a week of fun in the sun. What made this trip even better was having Julie’s parents there at the same time so Dylan could enjoy all the grand parents at once. I think everyone had a very nice time and the grand parents got to enjoy some very special quality time with their favorite grand son… Dylan.
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Dylan’s Biking Video!

:: Tags: Awesome, Biking, Dylan, Video


08/05/2014 – “Dylan making the switch from push-bike to peddle bike” (Arlington, VA.)

Well all I can say is that my son must take after my brother… “anything and everything on two wheels!” He went from a push bike last fall (which he mastered!) to a peddle bike this spring and made the transition without having to use training wheels at all! He actually told us that training wheels would only make him crash… So with a little encouragement and some help from my brother he is officially riding a peddle bike at a little over 5 years old!

The Ashford Castle Hotel

:: Tags: Travel, Video


07/11/2014 – “The Ashford Castle Hotel Estate” (Cong, Co. Mayo, Ireland)

Here is a short video clip I took in the backyard of the beautiful 5 star Ashford Castle Hotel… Enjoy!

Our Summer Euro Trip – Bunratty Castle

:: Tags: Family, Photo, Travel

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The Bunratty Castle & Folk Park – Bunratty, County Clare, Ireland

After leaving Ashford Castle we traveled South with the rest of the Bedford Clan to County Clare, where we would spend one night at Bunratty Castle Hotel before driving back to Dublin for our flight home. We had a chance to tour the old castle before it closed and then enjoyed a traditional Irish medieval dinner at the Bunratty Castle Estates. There was great food, entertainment and even some traditional Irish dancing to round out the evening. I will try to post a couple of videos later when I have time to edit them.
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Our Summer Euro Trip – Wedding Vows

:: Tags: Dylan, Family, Photo, Travel

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Bruce and Ann Bedford renewing their wedding vows in Ireland – Ashford Castle Gardens

The primary purpose for our visit to Ireland and Ashford Castle was to witness and partake in the celebration of my wife’s parents 50th wedding anniversary. For this historic event my mother-in-law requested that they renew their vows in the Rose Garden of Ashford Castle… so it would be! The whole Bedford family including the kids, grand kids and even Aunt Bonnie were on hand for the ceremony. My brother-in-law Jason, who is much better with words, would be the one to do the honers (so to speak!)

I got to walk Granny Ann down the path for the second time and then did my best to document the entire event in photos. It was a very nice ceremony and a perfect place to have it! Afterwords we hustled back to the Castle for a lavish dinner in the main dinning room to be followed by a surprise wedding cake courtesy of the Ashford Castle staff. As you will see in the photos… everyone had a great time!
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