Sunday, March 31, 2013
Saturday, March 30, 2013
Today was a busy day for Jen and Clancey but a pretty lazy day for Marshall and I. Clancey had soccer practice which Jen was the coach for and in the afternoon he had a bowling party to go to. Marshall and I spent the afternoon watching space shows on Netflix and napping. In fact neither of us got up off the couch until nearly 5pm. I think I'm fighting something off and Marshall is just getting over his stomach flu so it seemed like a great way to spend the day. We did get outside this afternoon to do some golfing in the yard and to do some grilling but that was pretty much about all the two of us ended up doing today. Hopefully tomorrow we have a bit more of a productive day.
Friday, March 29, 2013
Tonight with Jen having to stay with Marshall we decided the best idea would be for me and Clancey to go to the concert. At noon I got a hold of Clancey via Google Talk and asked him if he wanted to go, he said yes very excitedly. Jen said all afternoon or we could talk about was going to the concert in fact he got his Green Day shirt out so he would be ready tonight. It's going to be a late night but I'm sure he will have fun.
Monday, March 25, 2013
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Saturday, March 23, 2013
After Marshall and I got done eating at BBQ This! we went to the gym so we could each get put runs in. After yesterday's run neither Marshall or I were really feeling it today, although a half rack of ribs at lunch probably didn't help either. I needed to get an hour in and Marshall was shooting to get another 2.5 miles in. I wasn't more then a half mile in and I knew the run was going to suck. I was struggling to maintain much more then a 10 minute a mile pace and Marshall was doing a good job keeping up with me. In fact over his 2.5 mile run I only managed to lap him 2 times. Once we got done we shot a few baskets on the basketball court and headed in for our showers. I figured since Marshall has put in more then 5 miles in two days running I would stop by Dick's sporting goods and get him a pair of decent running shoes. One thing I know from all my years of running nothing will cause an injury faster then running in a poor pair of shoes. I did tell him that now he is going to need to run everyday since he has a special pair of shoes for it. He said he would and to be honest I believe that he will.
After we got done at work we headed over to BBQ This! for some lunch. Marshall wanted to go to Wildwood but I told him it was long drive to get there but I told him I knew of another pretty good BBQ place we could go to. Once again you can see that we brought our good buddy Flat Stanley along for the trip. Food was pretty good and got us filled up before our workout.
Once again I had to go into work for a 3 hour meeting to review a document. Since Clancey is still feeling somewhat under the weather I took Marshall with me so after I got done with work we could get some lunch and go to the Rockwell gym together. Marshall and I both wanted to get a run in and we thought we may play some basketball or something. Marshall and Flat Stanley did great being patient and waiting for me to get done with my meeting. He pretty much sat and played games on his tablet while I met. After 3 hours we were all happy to be done.
Friday, March 22, 2013
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Saturday, March 16, 2013
I was really hoping that it would be warm enough to actually ride outside today but alas my dreams were thwarted by mother nature again. Last year at this time we were in T-shirts and enjoying the warm days but this March has been absolutely horrible weather wise. What that meant was I was once again stuck in the basement for 3 hours spinning away on my trainer for 60 miles. Today's ride was somewhat of a break through ride for me again. As I had been slowly adding mileage week to week I haven't been able to maintain a solid effort for the whole time. I generally get to about an hour in and I start to struggle to maintain an average speed over 20 mile per hour but today I was finally able to push it the whole time. Ended up averaging right at 20 miles per hour for 3 hours and got right at 60 miles in. This was one of those rides that made me feel like I'm ready for my 100 mile indoor ride coming up in early April. I just hope that next weekend I am finally able to get out side for my multi-hour ride, but I'm not going to hold my breath.
Friday, March 15, 2013
Well turns out after supper was the middle of the afternoon the next day. Anyways Jen has a meeting on Monday with the ELP teacher, and his two 3rd grade teachers to talk about what we can do accelerate Marshall's learning in some areas, especially math. Jen has been reading a lot about gifted learning and will come to the meeting equipped with a bunch on information so we can get the ball rolling.
Just like Marshall, Clancey is showing signed of being very gifted as well, in fact we are thinking he could be more advanced then Marshall in some areas. He has been telling Jen and I that preschool is too easy, he knows everything already and he really wants to learn to read and do math. We have started working with him on basic addition and Jen has had him reading Hop On Pop to her. The real issue that we are going to have with Clancey, just like with Marshall, is getting him identified as gifted. Until he can read to take standardized tests that prove his intelligence the school system is very hesitant to set him apart. I suppose from their perspective he is able to do the work and he isn't a discipline problem so they see him as just fine. So for the next year or two it will be a battle, I guess that is the deal.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
This morning, being on vacation, I thought I would use the opportunity to go down and check out the Hilton Gym. What I've found in all my years of travel is business class hotels tend to have really nice health clubs and this one didn't disappoint. It was huge full of nice Precor equipment, with a full weight area, locker room, pool and and hot tub. I was thinking it was really to bad I didn't bring my swim suit so I could have gotten a few laps in too. I did succeed in getting an hour long run in even though I was somewhat tired from staying up late last night. It's nice to have my workout in for the day and not have that hanging over my head all day. Anything else I get in today is just gravy at this point.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Well the concert just got over and it was a pretty good concert. It was a bit overly sappy at the beginning but after about a half hour it was better. Probably the best song of the night was the Dubstep version of I Knew You Were Trouble, heck I bet even the boys would have liked it especially Clancey. Jen managed to survive the concert without "getting sick" this time, which had to have been tough with the hotel right across the street.
We just got to our hotel in Omaha which also happens to be connected directly to the concert venue. Jen is getting pretty excited about the concert and has been blaring Taylor Swift in the hotel room while we wait for the concert to get started. I did point out to Jen that everyone here is about 12 years old so she should be kind of embarrassed about wanting to come but she told me that it wasn't embarrassing at all. If nothing else just like the last Taylor Swift concert she drug me too the men's bathroom line and beer line will be extremely short. ;-)
Here we are in Des Moines to run our list of errands before we head west to Omaha. We just got done at the hospital seeing Olivia and she was looking good. We got there right when she was waking up to be fed so we got to see her in interactive mode. While we were here we got Jen's sign delivered to the woman who works at Mercy. Now all we need to do is get a sign shipped, eat some lunch and we are off to Jen's concert.
Jen and I are on the way to Omaha for the opening day of the Taylor Swift's Red Tour. Jen has been excited all year to go to the concert, me not so much but it's what you do when you are married. On the way we have to drop a bunch of signs off, visit Olivia and then we are on our way the western part of the state.
Sunday, March 10, 2013
It just isn't a proper boy trip without stopping to get some ice cream at the DQ on the way home. After we went bowling we went to a couple stores so the boys could spend there money with no luck. Marshall really wanted to get Sim City for his DS but we had very little luck finding many DS games at any game store. I guess the 3DS is what all the new games are for and most of the used games have been picked through. What we ended up doing is just buying the game on Amazon from my phone. Clancey really wanted to go to Intelligent Life Toys but by the time we got there it was closed so I told him that we would look online for him to see if he finds anything he likes. Not as fun as getting to pick something out at the store but you do have far more choice.
The boys and I just got done bowling and it was a madhouse there. Both of the boys had a great time and both times it took me getting a turkey in the last frame to beat Clancey, he appears to be quite talented at the game. While we have the bumpers up the boys rarely use them it is right down the center most of the time. If the boys were a bit stronger they would be getting quite a few strikes. Now we are headed to the store so the boys can spend the valentine's money that they got from mema and papa.
The boys and I managed to brave the fog and get to Cedar Rapids for some Quesadillas and Burritos. I was surprised how busy it was when we got here, especially considering it was 1:30. Apparently everyone is still on the old time today. The food was pretty good and up next we are headed to the bowling alley for a few games. I brought my ball with, which I haven't thrown in a couple years, it's probably going to end up in the lane next to us. ;-)
This afternoon after I got done with my 2.5 hour bike ride in the pain cave I promised the boys we would go on a boy day. It's been a long time since the boys and I have been out on a boy day so it was about time. Jen had a bunch of signs she needed to get painted so she was a big fan of me taking the boys for the afternoon. As you can see it was quite foggy on the way into Cedar Rapids. I wasn't planning on going all the way to CR but Clancey really wanted Panchero's and to go bowling. That extra hour of light will be a nice because we know we won't be driving home in the dark when all the fun is done for the day.
Saturday, March 09, 2013
Since I was already in Cedar Rapids I figured I would take the opportunity to go to the gym and get my run in. I'm been trying to slowly step my mileage up week by week so that when Ironman training starts I'm ready to do the greater then 10 mile weekly runs that are required. Today it was 9 miles done in a combination between the treadmill and the track. There really is only so long that a person can stand running on a treadmill, today I finally got sick of it about 65 minutes in. I ended up finishing up the last 25 minutes on the track where I ended up chatting with an older guy about Ironman. He was telling me his son had done Wisconsin a couple times in fact we ended up doing the race the sames years. It sure did help to pass the time because running around a 160 meter track for 25 minutes isn't really that much better then the treadmill.
Wednesday, March 06, 2013
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Sunday, March 03, 2013
Saturday, March 02, 2013
After we got home from the bakery and had some lunch we decided that it would be fun to go sled for a while. This afternoon we headed over to Massillon campground, which has a pretty good hill, and went sledding. Clancey was bombing down the hill like a wild man. I took a few videos of the boys while I'll post when I get home.
This morning we all decided to sleep in a bit and then pile into the car to try out the Tipton Bakery. This bakery is known for its Cresent donut/turnover thing, I guess they had been making it at this place for 85 years. Crazy to think we have lived in Cedar County for 10 years and have never been to the bakery before. Well it turns out that the Cresent is freaking awesome and we are going to start making it a Saturday morning thing to go to the bakery. As you can see the boys really enjoyed it.