Sunday, May 07, 2017

Basketball Hoop Pad

After spending the day yesterday enjoying myself, today was all about getting projects done.  A few weeks back we bought a bunch of pavers to build a pad for the basketball hoop and a walkway to the new garage door.  Of course I thought I could get way more done then I could actually do but I did get the pad built.  Wow it was a lot of work.  Between digging hole, leveling the sand and putting the pavers in my back was sore, but the job is done.  I still have the walkway to build but one thing at a time.

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Birthday Golf

In keep with my annual tradition I met some friends over in Solon for some birthday golf.  Yes I know the picture above is, in fact, not of golf it is of me driving my car but I'm on the way to golf so it should count.  Ended up golfing fairly well for me especially since I haven't golfed much this year.  When I got home the boys and Jen had a cake made and we had a party.  All around it was a great day.

Friday, May 05, 2017

Busy Week For Jen

This has been a nuts week for Jen, between her general commitments (Church Council, Community Foundation, Boys Stuff), she has also been working on getting the Clarence Main Street Application done.  Every night this week she has had something and most nights she has been double booked on stuff.  I know she is looking forward to getting the Main Street Application done next week so that can one less ball in the air she has to juggle.  Although once that gets done it will be back at trying to get her new business off the ground.  Shaping up to be a busy year.

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Clancey's Spring Concert

Tonight was Clancey's spring concert over at the Lowden Elementary.  Unlike the past years Clancey wasn't able to play the piano for the crowd because it was a folk concert that didn't require a piano.  Probably worked out for the best Clancey hadn't practiced piano in a while and I'm not sure he was prepared enough to play but that kid always surprises me so I'm sure he would have done great.  The concert was pretty good, right at an hour long and the last song was actually pretty good, for a kid concert.

Monday, May 01, 2017

Hanging at The Airport

Here we are on our way home hanging in the airport.  We have a 3 hour lay over before our next flight to Cedar Rapids so we are all hanging out on our devices like a good modern family does.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Last Activity of Vacation

The last official fun activity of vacation was to swim in the pool at the hotel when we got here.  The kids tried to swim the pool up in Flagstaff the other day but it was so packed and noisy they couldn't really enjoy it and left early.  Today as you can see there is no one else in the pool and the kids get to enjoy it all by themselves.  No one is looking forward to heading home tomorrow and having to get back to the real world but I guess all good things must come to an end.

Montezuma Castle

On the way down the Phoenix we decided we should get our monies worth out of the National Park pass we bought the other day and hit one more before we heard home. This castle was an old Native American castle built in the side of a cliff in the 1400's, so a really long time ago. It was pretty cool to think that this could be built that long ago without the benefit of modern tools. The site was neat but I'm sure it would have been worth the $40 we would have had to pay without the pass.

Meteor Crater

The activity this morning before we started to make our way down to Phoenix was to head out and see Meteor Crater. We attempted to visit yesterday but when we got there it was closed. I thought about forgoing it all together but Marshall was pretty excited about seeing it so I figured we better get out there.  The place was surprisingly nice. I assumed being "family owned and operated " it was going to be a Mickey Mouse thing that charged way too much, just like a lot of the other Arizona attractions. This was not that at all, had a great visitor center and an awesome museum. Certainly a must visit it you are ever in Arizona.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Holbrook Arizona

On the way back to Flagstaff we decided to stop into Holbrook, Arizona for a couple touristy pictures at the key Route 66 stops.  Not sure if the rock above holds and Route 66 historical significance but the Wigman Motel certainly does.  We also stopped to get some ice cream, that we ate at the Dairy Queen, as a small treat to hold us over until we got back to Flagstaff for supper.

Neat Car Image

As we were driving through the park we stumbled onto this old car that commemorates Route 66 that goes through the park.  Figured we should stop and take a picture of it.  By the way, those clouds you see to the left of the picture were part of a snow shower that hit is as we were driving through.

Petrified Forest

Today's vacation adventure was heading over to the Petrified Forest and Painted Desert National Forest for the day.  Jen and I had been here once before about 20 years ago on the way down to the Iowa State bowl game with Mema and Papa but the boys hadn't so we figured it was good opportunity to take them.  The weather was completely nuts today.  We had sun, wind, rain and even snow in the 3 hours we were in the park.  Given the poor weather situation we weren't able to get out and hike much but the park is so vast it really is best viewed as you drive slowly through.  We did manage to get an annual National Park Pass today so I guess we are going to have to take more national park vacations this year.