With me having the day off and the kids being in school I'm spending the day with Jen at her work. For those who may not know what the means we are searching various Restore's searching for things to paint signs on. Although it's good when I come with so she doesn't come home with unapproved items that we don't need. ;-)
Monday, May 27, 2013
While we were at Dick's looking for my goggles we had to make the obligatory trip through the golf section to check things out. While we were in the golf section I spotted these awesome looking out outfits that I had to try on them. Yes, I get that this is a bit weird. Well as you can see from the picture above it was worth it because the kids looked really good. The only reason I didn't leave the store with the two outfits is because I'm way too cheap to spend $100 a piece on outfits for the boys, it really just didn't seem right. They did end of having my goggles but they were $10 more expensive then if I just bought them online so that is the plan.
Sunday, May 26, 2013
Saturday, May 25, 2013
With it pouring rain once again today we decided against going out to Mike and Michelle's farm and instead hanging out at Mema and Papa's for the day. Marshall absolutely loves playing games and begged everyone to play a Monopoly game after we had lunch. Being there wasn't a whole lot to do being stuck inside we all decided to play, I think we ended up having a game of 7 people. Being it was Monopoly and we had so many people playing the game went on for HOURS. By the time we decided to call it quits and declare Marshall the winner we had been playing for 3 hours. We did up having a good time so it was worth missing the nap I had planned for the afternoon. ;)
Friday, May 24, 2013
Uncle Mike bought a model rocket for Marshall and him to launch tomorrow when we head to there house for lunch. Since it needs to be glued together they had to get it put together tonight so it is ready for the big launch tomorrow. Hopefully it doesn't rain so they can launch it!
Today I took the day off from work to get a full 5 day vacation. Since the plan is to head to mema and papa's for the weekend I wanted to get a long bike ride in and possibly play some golf. I wanted to get up at a decent time to get on my bike but ended up sleeping in until nearly 9am and by the time I got done with breakfast it was after 10. Given that I was having such a lazy morning getting on my bike was the absolute last thing I wanted to do, 5 minutes in I wanted off. I did manage to stay on my bike for a full 40 miles but it was tough. Once I got done with that I took Harley to the kennel and then headed over to Lowden to play a few holes of golf. I didn't hit the ball all that good and the bugs were bad but it sure was better than being at work.
Today while I had a day off Jen went on a field trip with Clancey's class and I choose this picture as the opening to the entry because it demonstrates one thing, Clancey is about the only kid in his class that knows how to listen. We've always wondered why the teachers thank us so profusely when we go in for parent/teacher conferences and today Jen got a first hand demonstration as to why. She said for the most part kids have absolutely zero discipline and really don't know how to behave themselves. As a point the teacher asked the kids to put their hands in the air for the picture and you can see that Clancey and one kid on the left is only one that listened to her, it took 4 tries for the rest of the kids to figure it out. Well beside all of the misbehaving kids Jen did say that Clancey had a great time at the John Deere place and the zoo. I think he especially enjoyed that Jen could come along on the trip with him. Unlike Marshall, he isn't at the age yet that actually having parents is uncool ;)
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Today after living with half a tree for way too many years the big, ugly, rotted thing finally came down. We've been trying to find someone to take it down for a couple years now but it was so big nobody really wanted to touch it. Well finally this week I found someone who wasn't scared of it, or rather didn't realize how big it was, to cut it down.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
The boys and I decided to enjoy this really warm day and go to do some geochaching for a while. I looked on my phone and found a few on this walking trail up in OJ that looked like they would be pretty easy to find. Turns out I was way wrong. Between the unidentified weeds that I was afraid were poison ivy and all the mosquitos we really didn't have any luck finding any. In fact when we got back to the car I found a tick crawling on me. I'm thinking we will just cut our geochaching event short and and get ice cream instead.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Friday, May 17, 2013
Tomorrow is the annual Marion Art Festival 5K and once again Marshall and I will be running it again. Last year we missed it and I can't remember why but this year we are back at it. This afternoon after I got off work and put in an 8 mile run I headed over to the park to pick up our race packets. As you can see from the picture above the line was freaking huge, I think I ended up standing in line for about 30 minutes to get the packets. Well now that I have the packets we are ready for the big race tomorrow. Check back for updates from the race.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
As the last thing for our mother's day celebration we thought we would head down to DQ for some ice cream, Plus we had to celebrate Marshall's par on the golf course today. Right now we have two pretty beat kid. I guess I forgot Marshall started the day off with a 2 mile run and then he walked 3 miles on the golf course with me today so that kid has to be about done in. Clancey has spent part of the day dealing with the last vestige of his sickness which left him beat too. Probably head home, shower up and just into bed after a fun day.
This morning while Jen and Marshall were on their run Clancey and I decided to play some Go. Personally I find it very impressive than a 5 year old can understand how to play Go. The first game is a pretty close game Clancey had 33 and I had 48, the second game got a little bit more out of hand but he still played pretty well considering his age. I was thinking to myself that I really need to enjoy these wins now because I'm sure it's not that long before Clancey starts regularly beating me in all games, including Go. ;-)
This morning Jen and Marshall headed out for a mother's day run together. She had never ran with Marshall before and I knew from all of my runs they would be really good running partners. Marshall can maintain a 9:30 mile pace which is right at what Jen runs if not a little faster then her. When they got back Jen told me that he really pushes the the pace and is a lot of work to keep up with. Know that they are done with that we can get showered up and head for lunch together.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
The picture above shows my new golf bag in the parking lot after golfing today. I got through 3 holes before I decided that it was way too freaking windy to really enjoy golf today. It was around a 25-30 mph sustained wind today and it just wasn't that fun to be out there in wind like that. I managed to lose 2 golf balls in 3 holes and decided to throw in the towel for the day. I'm thinking I'll nap in a chair for the rest of the afternoon and just relax. Seems like a good rest of the day to me.
This morning Jen went to Cedar Rapids to get groceries and I had a3 hour bike ride in the pain cave which left the children unsupervised for a number of hours. The kids are really good kids so leaving them unsupervised for a long time really isn't that big of a deal but when they're hungry they don't make the smartest of choices. I came upstairs and noticed that the kids had beef sticks out well it turns out you then ate about 3 packages of beef sticks each. I guess when I look at the snack drawer there pretty much was nothing in there to eat so the beef sticks were pretty much the only ready to go snack but I'm not sure eating 12 between the two of them was greatest of ideas. I guess next time before I go ride my bike I better set some stuff out for them to eat if I don't want him to snack on bad things the whole time.
Monday, May 06, 2013
Tonight was the big spring concert at the Lowden Elementary school. This year I decided not to take a grainy video with poor audio and just enjoy the concert. Hopefully the boys aren't to upset later in life that I don't have a video of then singing in this one concert. It wasn't too bad right at an hour and then kept things moving right along. The boys both did good although it's hard to make their voices out amongst the group of other kids. Really as long as they aren't total goobers, sing the songs, and do the basic motions they are supposed to do then they are doing better then most of the other kids. Just like soccer there are some real space cadets in the classes, sure glad are kids aren't. ;-)
Before the concert they had an art show of the kids artwork. Clancey's piece is the "Concentric Circles" above his head and Marshall's is the dark blue tree to the lower left of him. As you can tell not only are the kids geniuses but also budding artists.
Sunday, May 05, 2013
After getting the oil changed and letting the battery charger for most of the afternoon and about 10 tries I got the Camaro started. Since it was late in the day when I finally got it running it still needs washed but I'm happy it is running. Now it did die after running for about 20 minutes not sure if it's the alternator or what but I'll guess I'll take a loom tomorrow and see what I can come up with. Not that I'm much of a mechanic but I'm sure I can figure it out if it isn't too complex of an issue.
On, what turned out to be quite a trip to Tipton, Marshall had one of the first prize wins of his young life. While we were in out way down I decided to stop at Casey's to get a snack and some pops so I told Marshall he could pick out what ever pop he wanted. He ended up picking Cherry Dr Pepper which had a game piece on the lid for a chance to win a free movie from Redbox. Well wouldn't you know Marshall won and was pretty excited about his big win. Since it had a code on the lid I told Marshall that we could let him pick a movie out at the Redbox at Walmart. He ended up picking the Hobbit out so we be watching that late into the evening.
While we were at Walmart picking up my supplies to change the oil in the Camaro I heard a bunch of racket from one of the other isles and heard someone yell out "Someone call 911". I immediately dropped my stuff and hustled over to the Isle where I heard the noise to see what I could do. A man had fallen down, hit his face on the shelves on his way down and banged his head really hard. He was sitting up but looked a bit dazed so I called 911 to get the paramedics to come help him out. Once I called 911 and he appeared to be taken care of I realized that Marshall wasn't with me so I figured I should go find him. I went back to the car isle and he was still standing there wondered where I had went and why I ran off. I told him what happened gathered my stuff up and we headed to get the stuff for our grill out later tonight.
This afternoon after I got done riding my bike and showered up I headed outside to see if I couldn't get the Camaro running. Well why I was out there the neighbor told me that he had a new go kart that the kids and I could drive around if we wanted. Since the Camaro had to charge up and I didn't have what I needed to change the oil, it left some time for the kids and I go tool about on the go kart for a while. It ended up being a pretty good time, it didn't go real fast but it was still fun.
This morning I got up and headed over to the golf course at 8 am to get a round in before the family was up and around. Figured this afternoon we would go do something fun like picnic, bike ride or maybe even get the Camaro out for a cruise. It was nice to get out there before the big crowds this afternoon, in fact up until I was coming down the 9th hole I was the only one on the course. I didn't have a spectacular game but it wasn't horrible either. One of those days where you hit the ball good some holes and really terrible some holes. Now I have to head out on a 1.5 to 2 hour bike and then we can go do something as a family for fun.
Last night after I got done golfing, actually it got rained out, we all piled in the car for a trip to get some pizza and ice cream in Tipton. Figured since I was out most of the afternoon either on my bike or at the golf course that we should go do something fun. We lucked out last night in both places and managed to beat the rush of people who showed up right after we got to both places.