Tonight as we were getting ready to have supper we heard this loud racket coming from what appeared to be the electricity box on our property line. I decided to go check it out to make sure it didn't blow up or anything. Well when I got out there I realized it wasn't the electricity box but actually coming from the roof of the neighbors house. He happened to be out drinking a beer with my other neighbor so I stopped by to ask what the noise was. They didn't realize it was coming from the roof so next thing you know me and the other neighbor are on his roof fixing his attic fan. Once we got that fixed we all went back down to his garage to have a beer and chat for a bit. So all in all it turned out to he a pretty good night.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Tonight was Clancey last night soccer and while he may be sad that it's over Jen is really happy to be done. Clancey's team was full of a bunch of squirrel baits that were very poorly behaved. Clancey was clearly the smartest and best behaved kid and most of the other kids barely even knew where they were at or that they were even playing soccer. Tonight Clancey told us that he didn't want to play with the little kids he wanted to play with the big kids instead because they knew how to play the game. We assured next year would be better and he would get to play with kids that at least somewhat know what is going on. Well he did play a good game tonight and even scored a goal from halfway across the field. I guess the is the advantage you have when you are 6 inches taller then everyone else, you can kick really hard ;-)
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Today is an absolutely perfect Spring day, the sun is out, 70 degrees, and very little wind. We get very few of these in a year and today was one of them. Once we got home from church we have pretty much spent the whole day outside enjoying the day. Marshall and I went and played 9 holes of golf while Jen and Clancey kind go diddled around the yard. Once we got back I went out to sit on the porch and suck up more of the nice weather. With it being really freaking nice again tomorrow it's going to be hard to go back to work and sit inside all day.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Friday, April 26, 2013
With the temperatures finally starting to warm up and be more spring like the boys and I went outside to play last night. Clancey and I tossed the football around for a whole before he decided he wanted to climb the tree in the backyard. As you can see he was successful in getting into the tree while Marshall supervised the operation. It's a good thing the tree was small because I can imagine coming out of the house one day and see Clancey hanging from the top branch and scaring the daylights out of me.
Sunday, April 21, 2013
After the church service we headed over to the hall for the reception and brunch. There ended up being quite a few people who showed up for the event. We had egg bake and cinnamon rolls while people mingled and chatted with one another. The boys spent most of their time at the whiteboard working on Math problems and reading while the adults chatted. Numerous people came over to Jen and I to tell us how well behaved our kids were and wanted to know what our secret was. That made Jen and I feel pretty good about ourselves.
This morning was Olivia's baptism in Webster City. I guess technically she was already baptized the day she was born and today was the presentation to the church people. Jen and I were the god parents so we got to stand up front with Mike and Michelle for the baptism. The one thing about going to other churches is trying to figure all the nuances of how they do things. This church did a whole lot of stuff in very quick succession and you had to work to keep up. It was alright though they had a couple projectors to let you know what was going on. The church service was over in about an hour and we were headed to the reception.
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Getting back from Des Moines so late and the fact it was just so cold this morning we decided to not go to VEISHEA today. Marshall ended up sleeping until nearly 10 today which also kind of lead to us not being able to go but he needed the sleep after being up late. It worked out after a very long and stressful week we all needed a day to just relax and decompress a bit. Right now we are all gathered around papa's new TV watching Goonies with the kids. Forgot how good this movie is.
Friday, April 19, 2013
After a long drive across the state we finally made it to Mema and papa's house. It makes for a really long trip when you start in Cedar Rapids at 5pm go to Des Moines and then head all the way to Thor. The trip was worth it though all of us managed to find a whole bunch of books at the sale. The plan was to head to the VEISHEA parade tomorrow but given we didn't get into Thor until nearly midnight and it's going to be cold tomorrow I'm not sure at this point. I guess if the boys get up and around we will probably go but if not we will won't. Not going won't necessarily be a bad thing it's been a pretty stressful week for Jen and I think she could use a little down time tomorrow. We will play it by ear and see what happens.
Tonight we made the long trip from Cedar Rapids to Des Moines for the biannual book sale. Last time Marshall filled up two huge bags with books and I'm pretty sure Clancey did too. We will see how he does this time. We got here a little later then we wanted because of all the damn traffic jams on 380 and 80 that means the boys are going to have to hustle. Next time I will listen to the wife and take highway 6.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Tonight was the parents meeting before the big kindergarten round up day tomorrow. Once again Clancey was sick today but by this afternoon he was starting to feel better so we could all go to the meeting together. Being we've had Marshall already in kindergarten we are kind of old hats at this but there has been some changes since Marshall was there. I guess know they are doing more of a personalized learning plan for each of the kids so they can work at their own pace. For Clancey this is going to be awesome, certain areas, like math, he is well ahead of the curve. Heck he has been doing simple addition for a while now and started some multiplication. Given his interest in learning especially his desire to learn to read I expect he will suck information up like a sponge. I'll be excited to see how his day goes tomorrow when he gets to actually go to the kindergarten room and experience it first hand.
Monday, April 15, 2013
Normally I don't post much about the things going on in the news because for the most part it doesn't directly effect me, plus this is a family blog and I like to keep it that way. Well today at the Boston Marathon two separate bombs went off at the finish line and injured a whole bunch and even killed some. As a member of the endurance community this really hits home for me, while I've never run Boston, many of my fellow Ironman competitors have and, in fact, I know some people that were doing this years race, they have all reported in and both they and their families are safe. It is tragic to me to think about all the training and hard work that went into qualifying for the race and the joy of getting to compete in Marathons premier event only to have it all shattered by some crazy with a bomb. These poor athletes that were on the course, nearly to the finish line, having to fear for the safety of their family who were there to share in the joy of an amazing accomplishment. I don't have words to express my shock and my heart goes out to all of those people affected by this terrible tragedy.
Tonight when Jen got home from the soccer game she said that the kids were playing through a hail storm. I know I always said they take their sports seriously around here but I didn't think that meant playing kids soccer through driving rain and hail. In fact Jen said when the left the game that the hail was piled up everywhere like it had just got done snowing. That is two weeks in a row where Marshall has had crazy stuff happen while he played a soccer game. Last week it was losing a contact and getting a bloody nose, this week it was a hail storm, let's hope next week can just be normal.
Once again in the endless sting of sickness plaguing our home we have another sick kid. After making him trek 2.5 miles around the golf course yesterday he just got worse last night and today. He lost his voice and just felt down right crappy so there was no school for him or soccer game tonight. That meant that I had to miss another soccer game because Jen is a coach which meant I had to stay with Clancey while she and Marshall headed to Tipton. As you can see he is feeling a bit better now so hopefully he is feeling better so we can both make it to the kindergarten round up parents meeting tomorrow.
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Tonight we all piled in the car and headed over to the observatory for public night. They were giving a presentation on "Things That Go Bump In The Night", which was about near earth objects. The presenter was very knowledgeable and very into astronomy so it was pretty good presentation. It was a bit late for the kids but they stuck in there like troopers and made it to the end of the presentation. It was cloudy tonight so we couldn't loom through the telescopes but given how tired the kids were I'm not sure they could have made it.
Once we were done with our donuts it was my turn to head down to the pain cave for my workout. Jen needed to head to Kathy's for eggs so she loaded the boys in the car to make the trek out there while I went downstairs to jump on my bike for a couple hours. Sure wish it would warm up so I could start riding outside. Nothing worse then 2:15 in the cold dark basement!
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Sunday, April 07, 2013
Well after suffering pretty good for the last couple hours I managed to get through the full ride. I did manage to get over my light headedness after they turned the fan and pointed it at our group. This year was a way harder ride then last year but I was also in full Ironman training at this point so it makes sense it was easier last year. It's always a good event and I'm happy I can help out children's cancer connection by doing the ride.