Sunday, January 29, 2012
Saturday, January 28, 2012
This week tuned out to be one long week and I'm sure glad it's the weekend. Between the council budget meeting, fight with the library board at the library building committee meeting, having a hard busy week at work and then having two sick kids it was tough. On top of all of that I had to try and get my training in for my Ironman race that is less then 100 days away now. I do have to confess that my training did suffer some this week but I got all the important workouts in.I was supposed to work all night tonight but thank gosh that got cancelled so I can just use the night to relax. Now that I'm done with my workout I think my day is going to pretty much consist of laying around relaxing and possibly getting my butt kicked at Go a couple times by the boys.
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Mike and Michelle decided to make the long trip across the state to visit Marshall for his birthday. We weren't sure they were going to be able make it since the weather is a little suspect today but they got up early and beat the weather. Not sure they will be able to make it back but I guess we will cross that bridge when we get there. The boys were really excited that they made the trip over because they will have someone to play with them all afternoon, plus they haven't seen them in a while. I'm sure Marshall will convince Mike to play some chess or Go later he better watch out cause Marshall is getting good.
Saturday, January 21, 2012
So today Marshall and I were playing Go and Clancey was watching us. After Marshall managed to beat me in the game then Clancey demanded to play. Well I didn't think that he knew how to play so I told him that he was to young to play and we should play a different game. He was pretty upset so I finally gave in and told him he could start placing pieces and in would beat him real quick. Apparently he had been watching Marshall and I play the game because he clearly knew what to do and what the objective was. I was kind of half ass playing until about about 3/4 of the way through and I realized that he was putting my main group in jeopardy. It was too late by then and I knew he was going to beat me. Darn it! I suck at this game or maybe my kids are both just prodigies at it. That's the one I will go with. ;)
Today we are having the family celebration for Marshall's birthday. Marshall requested homemade pizza for his birthday lunch so Jen had to get started early make the perfect pizza for his lunch. As you can see the pizza turned out to be quite the hit with everyone.
Monday, January 16, 2012
We've now moved onto cake and presents as part of our birthday celebration. Both of Marshall's gifts were books that Jen and I had picked out. Jen got him the Boxcar Children and I got him his first computer programming book on how to program Python. He ran right off with Jean's book to start reading it and mine sits lonely on the table. I'm sure he will read mine eventually it just isn't as interesting as the other books right now. ;).
Today is Marshall's 8th birthday and we are having a little family party for him to celebrate. Can't believe that Marshall is already 8 and in 10 years he will be headed off to college if not sooner, being he is a genius. This weekend we are having Marshall's official birthday party where he gets more presents and another cake so this is just a preview.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
After having lunch down here last Sunday with Marshall I had a craving for some ribs tonight. Clancey wasn't able to go out in public yet so that meant Marshall and I were on our own again. I can't wait until Clancey is feeling better and we can come down here as a family. At least tonight I'm bringing home some of this great stuff for Jen and Clancey to enjoy tonight.
This morning Clancey is really getting back to his old self and has been running and playing with Marshall all morning. Every now and again he will complain that his eyes hurt but for the most part he is feeling pretty good I think. It's good to see Clancey back to his old self and running around. This afternoon, after I get back from my swim, Marshall asked if we could go outside and play in the snow with him. I told him we could but I wasnt sure if Clancey could come out so we may have to sneak out during Clancey's nap time. Otherwise I'm not sure we have any major plans for the day. Just another weekend of relaxing around the house and trying to stay warm. After all of those temps in the 50's we just aren't used to this cold weather and snow.
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Friday, January 13, 2012
Just a second ago Jen called up the stairs and said Clancey wanted to talk to me. When I got down there Clancey asked me where I had gotten the pillow pet at. I told him that I got it at Target, that it was the one he was looking at the other day. Since Clancey can't really see right now he had a serious question for me... He wanted to make sure that I didn't get mixed up and get him a Hawkeye one since they were right by the Cyclone ones. I assured him that yes indeed I had gotten him the Cyclone home and not the crappy Hawkeye one.
On a totally different subject I just noticed as I was getting ready to post that this will be my 2000th post to my blog. I can't believe that I have put that many posts up the few years that I've been actively maintaining my blog. Well here is too another 2000 posts!
Clancey just got out of surgery has moved to recovery and everything went well. We haven't got to see him yet but the doctor is feeling good that should have gotten the problem solved. Now we just want to see our little man and give him some hugs and kisses.
About a half hour ago they took Clancey back to start his surgery. They gave him a little something to help with anxiety, which he didn't really like that much but he took it like a trooper. Clancey was so brave when the doctor came to take him back. They do what they call a trial run to see if the kids will separate from their parents and Clancey did great. They took him and there was no issues, he looked nervous but he left with the doctor. Now we just sit and wait for the next two hours. I'll update as soon as we find anything out.
We got called back and we are getting ready for surgery. First they took all of Clancey's vitals and everything checked out perfect. He does like the new socks they gave him to wear, he can't wait to show Marshall. He is starting to get a little worried and is telling us he doesn't want the funny air. Even though he is a bit nervous he is letting the nurse do everything she needs too. Hopefully they don't make us wait too long so Clancey doesn't have to dwell on the funny air too long.
We just got checked into the hospital and are now hanging around the children's waiting room waiting for them to come get us. On the way down Jen told Clancey about his surgery and the funny gas they are going to give him to make him go to sleep. Clancey assured us that the funny gas won't make him sleepy. I'm happy to report that Clancey isn't to worried this morning. Jen on the other hand is quite nervous but that makes sense, her little baby is getting ready to head in for surgery. Hopefully they get him in and out and it goes well. I'll be sure to keep the up to date.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Well after two weeks of some of the nicest weather we've had in January, temps in the 50's. Last night mother nature finally decided to start the winter season for us. We really didn't get a whole lot of snow just a couple inches but its enough to make driving a huge pain in the ass and its blowing too so it is quite miserable. Now we get to start the long hard trudge to spring and the start of outdoor biking season.
Sunday, January 08, 2012
Initial reports are coming in on Clancey's behavior and it isn't sounding good. Marshall and I got our game of Parcheesi done quickly so we could both get a little more relaxation time in before Jen and Clancey get home and its over. ;-)
Today Jen and Clancey headed into Cedar Rapids to run errands and get groceries which meant that Marshall and I had the afternoon to do whatever we wanted. We started it off by laying around and relaxing on the couch but soon we got hungry so we jumped in the car and headed to find some food. Well we got to Tipton and all the places were packed and we just kind of kept driving. After driving we ended by West Branch and I fired my Xoom up to try to find something. Well what we finally found was a barbeque place near iowa city off the interstate. The place is enormous and there is no one here, hopefully its good.
Saturday, January 07, 2012
Hard to believe its January and we can play bat and ball outside. Normally if there isn't snow on the ground its way to cold to be outside and enjoy it. I'm thinking that I will try to get outside and get a long run in today maybe 7-8 miles just something to enjoy the weather some. It won't be long and I will be stuck inside on the treadmill so I'm going to enjoy it now.
This morning has been just one of those lazy Saturdays. Woke up around 9 and had a late breakfast. After that we all piled onto the couch to watch the last have of the Harry Potter movie we started last night. If you remember we had a Harry Potter Marathon last weekend but didn't get through all the movies well last night we started up again with The Half Blood Prince and will probably finish this weekend. Its kind of nice to just sit around and relax this weekend as we slowly get back into the swing of things from our long Christmas break. Not sure what we will do the rest of the day but I do have to get a long bike in at some point other then that I have no big plans.
Friday, January 06, 2012
Well this was my first week back to work and to school for the boys and I have to say it was somewhat of a rough transition for is all. We all kind of got used to sleeping in until 8-9 in the morning staying up late and really just not worrying about anything. It wasn't too bad early in the week but by yesterday I could hardly drag myself out of bed. I'm hoping next week I will finally get back into the swing of things. On another note this week has been absurdly warm week. Yesterday it got to nearly 60 degrees and today it was nearly 50 degrees which is hard to believe for January. Be nice for it to stay like this for the rest for the year.
Monday, January 02, 2012
Sunday, January 01, 2012
Normally I don't make New Year's resolutions but this year I think I will.
1. Learn a second language. Haven't decided if it will be spanish, swedish or french.
2. Develop some Android tablet games that the boys and I can use on our tablets.
3. Eat better. I would like to start both of my Ironman races this year at 170 pounds.
Here's to a good year and wish me luck tackling two full Ironman races this year.