Tonight in Clarence it is trick or treating night so we got the kids dressed up and headed out. This year mema and papa were over so they came out with the boys and I on our trick or treating adventure. This is the first year that Clancey could really enjoy trick or treating and let me tell you he certainly did, in fact at most houses Clancey was the first one to the door. We ended up cutting it short at about 6:40 because Marshall was getting a bit cold and everyone was getting a bit tired. It was fine because the boys had more candy between the two then we can probably eat in a year. Now I guess Christmas season officially starts tomorrow which is hard to believe.
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Today is a big working day after a long night out. This morning my mom and Jen's parents came over to watch Marshall play bells this morning at church. After we all headed to Tipton for lunch at Happy Joe's then we headed back home. One of our friends spent the morning running electricity for our new kitchen lights, Jen and her dad worked on creating a counter out of a door for the kitchen and I changed my rear tire on my bike to a trainer tire. Tonight its trick or treating so its been a busy weekend.
Saturday, October 30, 2010
After out trip to Iowa City we stopped at Dairy Queen in Solon for lunch and then headed off to the pumpkin farm to find our pumpkins for the year. The pumpkin farm has quite a few things to besides just look for pumpkins. They had a corn maze, a petting zoo with a zebra and props to take pictures by. We ended picking out two pumpkins, one for each of the boys. I'll upload pictures of the Jack-O-lanterns later today.
This morning we all piled in the car and headed to the Salvage Yard in Iowa City. For Jen's kitchen remodel she needs a new heater grate for the kitchen so we are down to see if we can find her one. After this I think we are headed to the pumpkin patch and then the boys and I may do something together this afternoon. Tonight Jen and I are going to head to a Halloween party for a bit so its shaping up to be a pretty busy day.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Well I guess its not technically Clancey's birthday anymore because its after midnight but tonight we celebrated Clancey's birthday again. Saturday was his official party day but today is his actual birthday so we had more presents and ice cream. After the party was over I got to spend the night format reloading my wife laptop because she had gotten some crappy virus that prevented her from getting on the web and was slowing her pc way down. In my haste to get started I managed to forget to backup her favorites and contacts which really sucks. I'm not entirely sure how I'm going to recover that data either.
Tonight was also spent nursing a sick kid. About half an hour ago Marshall had a huge coughing fit which lead to a puking fit. Looks like no school for Marshall tomorrow. Kind of funny this morning Marshall was lobbying to stay home because he didn't feel that great but we sent him to school anyways. Everytime we do that we end up paying the price that night with a way sicker kid. I'm thinking from now on when Marshall is sick and wants to stay home we should just let him to avoid a bigger problem that night. I'm betting Jen is going to be up most of the night with Marshall downstairs.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
This afternoon we are celebrating Clancey's birthday. Clancey requested Lasagna, brocolli, and watermelon for lunch followed by a puppy and pumpkin cake. Papa hand made him a wooden crane toy and he also got a bunch of scooby-doo DVDs. On an interesting note the Cyclones beat Texas at home for the first time ever and I believe last year they beat Nebraska at home on his birthday so apparently Clancey's birthday is good luck.
I finally got home last night at 5:30 after 20 hours of traveling and it felt good. It was nice sleep last night in my own bed and even better to see the boys. Today we are all celebrating Clancey's birthday and then tonight dinner at the resturant. I think I'm going to spend the day relaxing and getting back adjusted to this time zone and enjoying netflix.
Friday, October 22, 2010
After traveling for nearly 16 hour I'm finally back in the states and on the final leg of my trip back home. The flight from Amsterdam was pretty uneventful, I didn't really get any sleep but I did get to watch 3 movies. As much as it is nice travel and eat fancy meals on the company dime it doesn't take long until you get a bit homesick. I'm really excited to get home to see the family and sleep in my own bed. Been a long month of travel so it will be good to get home. Just a couple more hours and I'll be there.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Now that I've switched time zones and moved ahead by 7 hours its suppertime here in Sweden. We decided to go to Bar BQ which is a place I remember fondly from my last visit. Apparently people don't eat in Sweden at 6pm because we are the only people out eating right now. I guess they don't start work until 9 so it makes sense. Get some food in me, a few beers and I'm going to sleep like a baby.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
I'm at the airport with the family getting ready to head through security and head off to Sweden. Right now the boys and I are looking at the model airplane exhibit they have at the airport. We are here earlier then we probably need to be but with air travel you never know. Should be a fun week but I'm going to really miss my family.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Today at school Marshall lost the first of his front teeth. The tooth has been loose for about 2 weeks and he said that at lunch he took the first bite of food and the tooth came out into the food. He is pretty excited to see what the tooth fairy bring him tonight, right now he is thinking a box of crayons.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
The other day we were getting up and around and Clancey was determined he was going to put his cloths on himself. Being that it was Saturday morning and we weren't in any real hurry I figured we would let him give it a try. Marsh and I got our cloths on went down stairs and about 10 minutes later Clancey came marching down the stairs. I look up and this is what I see. Clancey with his shirt half on telling me his shirt is stuck.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Friday, October 08, 2010
We are just south of Madison to get our family pictures taken. Jen is telling the boys that they are not allowed to make crazy faces so they are getting it all out of they way now. She is also worried that the boys will get their clothes grass stained which means she is trying her hardest to keep them from rough housing, which by the way is really hard to do.
Thursday, October 07, 2010
I'm getting on the road back to Clarence after a long day of interviewing here at Rose-Hulman. All the candidates I talked to today were very good, but I suppose they should be for a top engineering college that costs $150,000 to attend for 4 years. Going to be nice to get home because I've been on the road an awful lot this month. I get one week at home and then next Saturday I'm off to Linkeoping, Sweden for a week. After that I'm hoping to be home for a while before I travel again. For now its a 6 hour drive back home, yeah me.
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
Tonight we all ate dinner at Mogger's. I guess this is one of the local establishments that everyone hangs out at. It was alright but certainly no Hickory Park. At the very end of the table is my Vice President of engineering, that would be my bosses, bosses, boss, so I have to make sure I don't say anything that would get me fired. I'm sure I can handle it. :)
Here is the kitchen progress so far. Jen has gotten about half of the walls ready to put the bead board up, removed the center island, and started to take up all the flooring. Turns out that we have nice hardwood under the linoleum in the kitchen so she has started to take it up ans remove the glue that was holding it down. This week Clancey is at mema and papa's so Jen can make some real progress on the kitchen.
As the Clarence resident artist Jen is asked to do a lot of different things around the town. Lately she has been asked to hand paint a lot of different signs. Her latest creation are two, four foot by eight foot signs for the new development on the edge of town. She has done this on top of doing a remodel of the kitchen and taking care of two kids. Don't know how she does it.
Sunday, October 03, 2010
This afternoon Jen and I took the boys down to Red Oak Park. Red Oak park is a small little park out in the country that doesn't have a whole lot equipment but the boys really seem to enjoy it. The merry go round is generally the highlight of the visit. Its pretty hard these days to find a merry go round so the boys really seem to have a good time when we find one. Jen is out looking around for fall foliage to decorate the house with, just what we need. After this I think we're going to go get some stuff to make some homemade ice cream with.
Saturday, October 02, 2010
The boys and I found our first geocache of the day up at the Clarence park. While we were looking for the cache Marshall saw a what he thought might be the cache when he reached down to touch it, it turned out to be a toad. Marshall kept saying the toad was squishy and he didn't like touching it very much. Shorty after that Clancey peed his pants so we had to go home to change them. Now we are getting ready to head back out and try again.
We ended up finding 3 caches on Saturday before we headed to Dairy Queen to grab some lunch and ice cream. We tried for more but just couldn't find them when we got to the site. I guess that leaves us more to find the next time we go out.
Here is picture I took of the boys this morning before we headed out the door to go have some fun. I thought the boys looked pretty good in their matching cyclone sweatshirts. I'm thinking the boys and I are going to head out and go geocaching after not being able to do it last weekend because of the rain.