Sunday, March 29, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
At Clancey's eye appointment the doctor told Jen that his eye didn't look like it had improved much over the past week so they prescribed keeping the eye patch on longer during the day. The doctor assured Jen that whatever is causing this can be fixed but they are going to give it a few weeks before they start talking about more aggresive procedures like surgery to fix the eye. So hopefully in a few weeks there will be some improvement in his left eye.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Here's a video I took of Marshall at his first soccer practice. It's kind of hard to tell it's Marshall but trust me it's him. This weekend Marshall and I are going to head to the soccer fields together to practice for his first game coming up on April 6 at 6:00 pm in Tipton.
Also, today Clancey goes in for is follow up appointment in Iowa City to see how his left eye is doing after they put the tubes in last week. They told Jen that if there isn't any improvement they will have him see a neurologist to see if he has any insight on what the issue is. The appointment is at 2:00 today so I'll update the blog with any news that comes out of it.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Marsh and I are headed on the long trek back to Clarence which you can see in the background of the picture. Poor Marsh is going to be one tired dude after walking all the way out here, around the cemetary for a while and then back home. In fact Marshall is telling me that he is starving and needs a snack.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Well after spending all morning at the hospital with Clancey I got to spend part of the afternoon getting fitted and picking up my new tribike or as Jen likes to call it her new kitchen, bathroom and patio ;) I've never actually ridden a bike in aero position before so my first ride tonight was a little scary. I had many people tell me how unstable that riding in aero position can be and I never really believed them. I understand now. For the first four miles I was sure I was going to lose control and crash off the road. Although once I started to relax and get more comfortable the last 6 miles my ride went a little better. It's going to take some miles to get totally comfortable in aero position but I'm sure by the time my first triathlon rolls around this summer I'll be ready to go and hopefully be averaging over 20 mile an hour.
I wanted to clearify that my bike did not cost as much as a new kitchen, bathroom and patio. What I meant to say was it's hard to tell Jen she can't have a new kitchen, bathroom, and patio since she let me buy a new bike and is going to put up with me training for Ironman Wisconsin again in 2010.
The posting on the website, digg.com, that I visit on a daily basis said "79 Hot Chics Squeezed into a Small Room". Of course I could my curiosity got the best of me and I had to click on it to see the Hot Chics. My internet connection was being kind of slow so about half way through the download Jen comes walking into the office and asks me what I'm looking at. At this point I figure I'm had, Jen is going to see these 79 hot chicks start to appear any minute. So I figure I'll just fess up and tell her what I'm looking at. All of a sudden she starts to laugh hysterically and I can't figure out why. I turn back to look at the screen that see the first of my "Chics" appearing. I guess that will teach me ;)
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
At Olive Garden of course a good Marshall story happened. Whenever we are at a restuarant we let Marshall order himself and tonight was no different. Marshall decided that the chicken fingers looked good and ordered those. With the chicken fingers you get a choice of fry's or broccoli. The waitress assuming that Marshall would want fry's quipped "So would you like broccoli with that".
Much to her surprise Marshall told her that would be good. The waitress then looked to Jen and I for confirmation that he did indeed say he would like broccoli. We assured her that he does enjoy broccoli and that would be fine. Of course she just couldn't get over a 5 year old choosing vegtables over fry's ;)
Saturday, March 07, 2009
For years this horse has been a staple of the VanOort house and ridden by nearly everyone at one time or another. There are stories about my dad riding the horse in the bathroom like a wild man falling off the back and breaking the closet doors off the wall. Still other stories about other adults in various states of inibreation riding it and falling off. Both Raine and Jigs have ridden it in their day. Marshall and finally today Clancey became the latest person to become a wooden horse cowboy. I truely believe I will be updating my blog some years from now telling the story about how Marshall or Clancey's young kids rode the horse.
Friday, March 06, 2009
Thursday, March 05, 2009
Here's a video from the short time we spent at the park today after the visit to the doctor. As you can see Clancey just can't get enough of playing outside. Like I've stated in multiple blogs before I think Clancey is going to want to spend every waking minute outside this summer.
On a side note this afternoon it was 72 degrees. After we got out of the doctor as bad a Marshall was feeling he wanted to get out and enjoy some of the weather. He asked Jen if we could go to a park after the doctor and walk around a bit. He also asked if we could go to Pancheros for supper. So of course you can hardly turn the sick kid down and we did both :)
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
For Christmas or a birthday, I can't remember which, we had gotten Marshall some cards that teach addition. On one side of the card they have pictures of a variety of objects and on the other side they have the number. First we worked on the picture side. I would put two cards out and ask Marshall to add the two cards up. Well once he figured out it was just a matter of counting all the objects up it wasn't very challenging. Marshall can count fine so all it turned into was a counting exercise. I decided it was time to make it a bit more challenging so I turned the cards over to the numbered side. He was a bit stumped at first but then I showed him he could use his fingers and once again it became pretty easy. The problem was we were limited to addition that summed to values below ten. Well this just wouldn't do. I wanted to teach Marshall how to add numbers that were larger then ten. So we evolved his finger counting technique a bit. I put up the problem 17+4. Marshall had no idea how to solve this. So I told him to hold up 4 fingers. I then explained that all he needed to do was count those finger starting from the next number after the largest number in the problem. So he tentatively started 18, 19, 20, 21. He then announced 21! I told him he was right and he beamed with pride. We then spent the rest of the night working on problems of varying degrees of difficulty and Marshall did a good job solving them. He is excited to spend some more time working on them tomorrow when I get home. Who knows at this rate he may know Physics by kindergarten ;).