December 15, 2018

Meet the Pups

I’ve often mentioned my dogs in my YouTube videos and in my Twitter feed, but I don’t think that I’ve gone into much detail about them. We have two dogs, Alicia and Tuukka. Alicia is defiantly a Black Lab, but I severely doubt that Tuukka is a Lab. I am guessing that he is more […]

December 14, 2018

What Is Your Favorite Christmas Movie?

Well, it’s that time of year again.  Only 11 days until Christmas.  Decorations are up, everyone is heading to the Malls to get their last minute shopping done and crossing off who’s been naughty and who’s been nice.  After the hustle and bustle of all of the rushing around most of us like to settle […]

December 13, 2018

Rebuilt Blog

Hi everyone. Been a while since I posted anything here on my markplante.com blog page, so here I go. As you can see I’ve been re-designing the website using WordPress. Took me a little while to get this done because there was a learning curve, word press isn’t what I normally build websites with. So […]

May 10, 2017

Vacation, Day 1: Magic Kingdom

Our Disney World Traditions The first day of our Disney World Vacation in Florida started on a very warm April, Florida Morning with temperatures in the upper 70’s, it was going to be a warm one. We start every Disney Vacation the same way.  On the first day, we try to get out of the […]

Forest River by Mark Plante

February 27, 2017

Channeling My Inner Bob Ross

A few weeks ago, my daughter and I started watching and enjoying the old “Joy of Painting” show on PBS starring Bob Ross.  My daughter Jessica was so amazed on how with a swoosh of his palette knife he could transform a blob of colors into a beautiful painting. I had done some painting in […]

December 28, 2016

Disney Bound

After six months of research, planning, price comparisons and frustrations we have finally booked our 2017 Disneyworld Vacation.  Each year, for Christmas we have a big gift that is for the entire family.  This year it is Disney. We will be flying JetBlue from Providence (Warwick, if you are from Rhode Island) to Orlando and […]

December 27, 2016

Christmas is Over…

It’s over…  I can’t believe it.  It seems as though it was only yesterday that we were getting the Turkey for Thanksgiving. It can’t be true… I need more time, there are more presents that I have to get… It seems as though the Christmas Season is getting shorter and shorter each year.  When I […]

December 12, 2016

It’s Christmas time again

Well it’s two weeks before Christmas, and I still have no idea what the hell I am getting everyone. I go through this every year and always run out two or three days before Christmas to get everyone’s gifts. I usually do pretty good, I think so anyway. You never know really what to get […]

October 6, 2016

Planning a Family Vacation

Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything to my blog.  Sorry, since the girls and my wife have gone back to school, it has been nucking futts at my house. Between Soccer, Volleyball, school meetings, staff meetings and occasional doctor visits, I think that I’ve been able to sit in front of the […]

May 17, 2016

Dishonest Dealership

Imagine that, a dishonest car dealership…  Say it ain’t so! On Saturday, my wife and I decided that it was time for me to start looking for a new truck.  I currently drive a 2012 Chevy Colorado with almost 60,000 miles that is in excellent condition.  I know, most are saying that if it is […]

April 18, 2016

I Refuse to Let Her Grow Up

How did this happen?  Just yesterday I was hearing “Daddy, do you want to play Legos with me”.  Today, Ashleigh is signing up for her High School classes… I won’t allow it!  No way!  My baby girl is not allowed to grow up and go to High School, I am not going to let her. […]

April 4, 2016

Do we Spoil Our Dogs?

I’ve been told in the past that I spoil our dogs, I’ve also some people that think that I am too hard on the dogs and expect too much from them. I  think that I treat the dogs the way that they should be treated.  I do believe that they are members of the family and […]

December 3, 2015

Flu Shot…

It’s been a while since I have posted anything in the Blog, sorry about that. With the holiday season upon us it has been nuts. I went for my annual checkup this week and it was actually good news, my glucose levels and A1C levels are all OK, but cholesterol is a little high, can’t […]

September 26, 2015

Tuukka’s in a lot of Trouble

It’s been a while since I’ve updated what is going on. With September starting to wrap up and we are getting the leaves changing going into October, Summer is officially over.  Leigh and the girls have now been in school for a month and Jessica is doing very well in Middle School.  Leigh has quite […]

July 1, 2015

My Wishlist

For those of you know me, I proudly categorize  myself as a Technogeek.  I love technology.  Anything new and cutting edge, I am interested. On Father’s Day, Leigh and the girls got me a quadcopter with a camera on it.  I had been looking at them, and had wanted one so I was very happy […]

June 30, 2015

Nike Air Monarch IV Sneakers are Junk!!!

Whatever you do, do not purchase Nike “Air Monarch” sneakers.  These sneakers are the biggest pieces of garbage that I have ever owned.  I purchased the pair that I currently have back in February, 2015.  I wear sneakers every day and having diabetes, I have to be very careful of the shoes that I wear. […]

June 26, 2015

The Dog Ate My Camera

I know, all of you teachers out there are just shaking your heads…  But it is true. I woke up to find out that Tuukka took the camera off of the kitchen table at 5:34am (I know this because the camera snapped a picture) and proceeded to chew through the metal lens of the camera, […]

June 2, 2015

Batting Cages at Sweet Caroline’s

Ashleigh taking some hacks at Sweet Caroline’s Batting Cages.

Storm Clouds over Mark's House

June 2, 2015

It’s Raining, there must be a Party at Mark’s House…

Let’s see, Hamburgers… check Hot Dogs… check buns… check condiments… check drinks… check What is it that I seem to be forgetting?  Oh yeah, that’s right…  Umbrellas, ponchos and anything else that is going to keep my guests warm and dry. You may be thinking, what the hell is he talking about?  I’ll tell you… […]

May 28, 2015

Waiting for some Lightning Storms

On average, the end of May and through the month of June here in Rhode Island is the strongest chance of strong to severe thunderstorms throughout the year.  This has not been the case over the past couple of years though. We usually get 1-2 “Severe” storms and then about 6-12 strong storms in the area.  But the past […]

Blizzard of 2015

January 28, 2015

We made it through the Blizzard of 2015

After 31″ of snow, four hours of shoveling and numerous cups of hot chocolate, I think that I can safely say that we made it through the Blizzard of 2015 fine.  We sustained no damage to any of our property and did not loose power at all during the storm. As of 11:00am on Wed. […]

January 12, 2015

Here’s our surprise

Well, I’ve been teasing it for a while on my YouTube blog that we have a surprise coming up. Well here it is. We are going to Disney! We have a trip all planned, we have our attractions picked. And reservations have been set. We will be recording the blog directly from Disney World in […]

December 23, 2014

Santa’s Getting Ready

As Santa Claus is warming up his sleigh, Leigh and I are finishing up on the last minute Christmas touches.  After our last meeting with Santa, I think that he knows that the girls have been very good this year both at school and at home. We are looking forward to a quiet Christmas day […]

December 19, 2014

T’was the weekend before Christmas

Well here it is the weekend before Christmas. The girls are at church tonight, practicing for the epiphany pageant. Leigh is up at Smithfield Commons finishing up any last-minute shopping. The girls are so excited for the holiday coming up. Jessica can barely contain herself. Our holiday schedule is pretty full we will be making […]

December 15, 2014

Checking in

Hi everyone, I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted to this blog. Things are getting real busy around the house with Christmas coming up. We’ve got just about everything done, just a few last minute gifts to pick up. Christmas is a pretty big thing around here. The girls get real excited for […]

October 17, 2014

Disney Dreaming

Every year at this time I start getting the itch.  I know that the temperatures are going to be dropping and I know that a ton of that white garbage is on the way.  So I start to think about warmer climates.  I start gearing towards our February vacation. I am always asked, “Where are […]

September 24, 2014

Alicia – Summer Fun

Alicia is our three year-old Black Lab mix. She is the sweetest thing that you would ever want to meet.  Very smart and always there to cheer you up when you’ve had a bad day. Alicia also has some quirks about her.  She is a Black Lab, but terrified of water, except for the lawn […]

August 3, 2014

We Catch a Ballgame (8.2.14)

[embedplusvideo height=”380″ width=”720″ editlink=”http://bit.ly/1kgo5jm” standard=”http://www.youtube.com/v/a-Ha1h3578s?fs=1&vq=hd720″ vars=”ytid=a-Ha1h3578s&width=720&height=380&start=&stop=&rs=w&hd=1&autoplay=0&react=1&chapters=&notes=” id=”ep8368″ /] We head to McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, RI to see the PawSox play the Columbus Clippers.  McCoy Stadium is a great place to see a game.  Visit www.pawsox.com for more information

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