Sunday, June 30, 2013
Here are some panoramic photos I took at Kathy's farm today while I was waiting on Jen to get her makeup finished. Jen couldn't believe that I had such artistic vision. Actually she didn't realize I could take panoramic photos with my phone which made her jealous when she found out. ;)
Here we are at Miss Effies flower farm getting ready for our family pictures. Our pictures aren't until 5 but we had to be here early so that Jen could get her makeup done. The boys and I have an hour and a half to kill but at least Kathy has 4G on the farm so we can watch some Netflix or something ;-)
First thing this morning when Marshall and I got up we headed over to the golf course to get a round in and beat the crowds. Well it turns out you don't beat the crowds by showing up to the golf course at 9am on a Sunday. Now I've been out there before in Sunday and I was the only one in the course until 11am but this morning it was packed and we were clearly not the first to show up by a long shot. We ended up only getting 6 holes in because Jen was making breakfast and I needed to get a 2 hour ride in before we had family pictures this afternoon. I wasn't hitting the ball all the great but Marshall and I had a good time and that's all the matters.
Saturday, June 29, 2013
With Jen leaving early to head to CR to run some errands and pick out picture clothes for the boys that left me in charge of breakfast for the boys. Normally I would go to my old stand by, cereal, but we were out of milk so I had to think of something else. Well I figured I would get some good daddy points and take the kids to the bakery in Tipton to pick some donuts out. From the looks of the picture above we may have went a tad crazy with the amount of donuts we bought but we had to make sure everyone got what they wanted.
Friday, June 28, 2013
Today at work I was looking at the picture on my desk and noticed that my pictures of the boys are a bit out of date. You can tell it's a younger Marshall but Clancey is so young it's hard to know it's even him. Good thing that we are getting new pictures taken on Sunday so I can finally refresh my pictures.
Thursday, June 27, 2013
After being gone for nearly a week at Mema and Papa's the boys are back home! At first it's kind of nice to have a bit of a break from being a parent but that only last a day or two and then you just start missing the kids. It's not like they are babies anymore, so when they are gone it's not like it's any less work, you just miss having your friends around. Tonight when they got home we decided to put Harley on the leash and take a walk as a family to celebrate their arrival back home and just be able to get outside and enjoy the summer some.
Monday, June 24, 2013
Over night we got a torrential downpour over here in north east Cedar county and it ended up causing a lot of problems. Generally when we get a whole lot of rain the north side of Clarence floods but I've never seen rain like this. On the way to work there is a park and a little creek about 2 mile west of town and when I got there water was covering the road. In fact if I would have left any earlier I'm not sure I would have been able to get through. The real story though is the poor city of Lowden. I guess they ended up getting 6 inches of rain in something like 4 hours and it flooded the whole south side of town. Hard to believe considering they don't really have any major bodies of water that run through the city. I guess when you get that much rain in such a short time you are going to get some flash flooding.
Saturday, June 22, 2013
On the way back from Stone City I saw this bridge over the river that I had always wanted to stop and check out. Not really sure of the significance of the bridge, since there was no signage to speak of, but it did have a pretty cool view. Been awhile since Jen and I bummed around in the car checking things out forgot how fun it was.
With the kids away today it left Jen and I on our own to do whatever we wanted. Well after sleeping in until 9 and having a breakfast we decided that we should go out and have lunch somewhere. We really couldn't decided until Jen brought up Stone City which sounded pretty good so we fired up the GPS and headed that way. We got a little before 1 for a late lunch and had the place to ourselves for the most part. Once we got done with our lunch we decided to go checkout the church that is in the hill to the east of the restaurant. We know the kids are going to be pretty jealous of our trip but when the kids are away mom and dad will play.
Friday, June 21, 2013
After only being able to ride half of my ride today I was back in Clarence at noon and was able to meet up with the family for lunch at Mill Creek. Mema and papa had come over to Clarence to pick the boys up for a week long visit to their house. Papa is a huge fan of Mill Creek so when they come over they always stop in for a bite to eat. It was nice to get to see the boys before they took off for the week and give them a proper hug and kiss.
FYI... Boy boys passed their swim tests this morning at swim lessons and are moving on to the next level :)
Sunday, June 16, 2013
Once I got up they had a card and a gift for me that the boys had picked out. They both knew that I would love a box of Titlelist Pro V1 golf balls and had Jen get it for me yesterday at the store. Pretty great way to start out Father's Day if you ask me. I"m thinking that the boys and I are going to have to go golf this morning for sure so I can see how my new balls play.
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Here is a video I took of Clancey and I skateboarding yesterday. It's a bit long, 15 minutes, but I figured those how want to watch it all can and those who don't, don't have too. It was before I put my skates on but you will be able to see my trying to teach Clancey to Ollie the skateboard which I don't do a very good job of.
When we left I grabbed my old bag of skates out of the basement just in case I decided to skate with him. Well it didn't take long of watching Clancey skate before he convinced me to skate with him. It has been a lot of years since I've skated regularly, when I was in high school and college it was something I did almost every day but with many things of your youth you kid of stop at some point. Even though it had been a lot of year I was surprised how quickly it comes back to you. I'm not sure I would be ready to go bombing off a huge flight of stairs but I can at least get around without falling down.
This morning Jen and the boys headed to Cedar Rapids while I did my workout. Well while they were there Jen bought Clancey a new pair of shoes, skateboarding shoes. Of course the second they got Clancey wanted to get the skateboard out and give them a try. Since they were having a golf tournament today and we couldn't go golf I told Clancey we could head out and try some skateboarding. This is only the second time he's ever skateboarded and the last time was a few years back so I thanks it's fair to say this is his first time and it turns out Clancey is pretty good. After he got the hang of it he was working on learning to an Ollie and wasn't doing to bad if you ask me. I took a pretty long video of us skateboarding that I will try and get uploaded so for the time being the pictures will have to do.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Sunday, June 09, 2013
After being gone for the past week I haven't been able to get the workouts in that I really wanted and needed to get in. Today I decided that I really needed to make up for lost workouts and get a long workout in. I really wasn't sure how far I was going to go but I was thinking on the order of 3-4 hours. I got on my bike and I was really feeling it and ended up going for 3:10 and getting a total of 62 miles in. Coming off the bike I was in the midst of a major workout high and really wanted to try my new shoes out, pictured above. When I hit the road I was still in the groove and got in 6.5 miles and was averaging 8:26 miles which is a pretty good clip considering I just got off a 3 hour bike ride. All in all I got over a 4 hour workout in and felt damn good. This was really a breakthrough workout and with 91 days until Ironman I'm really feeling like things are getting dial in for Wisconsin.
Saturday, June 08, 2013
The boys and I decided the best way to spend our afternoon was to head over to the golf course and get some holes in. I promised Clancey that we would get a cart but when we got there all the carts were being used so we had to walk. Turned out that, since he wasn't sick, walking wasn't too bad and in fact he liked walked because it was easier to find golf balls that way.
Thursday, June 06, 2013
After a lengthy trip halfway across the country I made it home, too bad the family is gone and won't be home until Saturday. Feels like haven't seen the family in forever and kind of sucks that I have to wait another day. I guess I can try to hook up with some friends tomorrow and hang out.
After a couple days of meetings in Sunnyvale I am back on the plane headed home. Yesterday turned out to be a very productive day of meetings, in fact I almost decided to stay for another day to keep the work going. The only real disappointment is that I was never able to hook up with my friends who live out in Sunnyvale to see their home and catch up. That's alway the bummer about business travel, it's just that business travel. You work all day, debrief, eat supper and by then it's time to head to bed. Unless you span a weekend you rarely get to do anything fun in the location you are at.
Tuesday, June 04, 2013
Well our first day of meetings are over and they went well. It wasn't the busiest of days but what we needed to get accomplished we succeeded in. Tomorrow will be a bit busier I suspect and we will also get an opportunity to do some networking at the social after the day of meetings. And now it's time to go find a place to hang out for a while and do a debrief of the days meetings.
I got to Sunnyvale last night around 6pm, got checked in and headed out to grab something to eat. We went to this local brew pub called Faultline and had a really great meal. We sat around had a few drinks and got home around 930. This morning one of my travel companions and I got up for a 530am run which felt awesome. The sun was coming, up the breeze was cool and it was just an all around nice morning for a run. Now I'm headed to go shower up and go to my all day meeting. Fun, fun.
Monday, June 03, 2013
Sunday, June 02, 2013
Tomorrow morning I hop on a plane to go to Sunnyvale, California for work for the next week. I was just thinking that the last time I traveled for work it was to Sweden and it was the day after my last triathlon. At least this time the race was only an hour long vs. the 13 hours an Ironman takes, so I won't be near as sore wandering through the airports. It's been a lot of years since I've been out to the San Jose/San Francisco area so I'm looking forward to taking in sights again. Hopefully me and my travel companions are able to get some time to go see a few things before we come back on Thursday.
Whenever we go out to a restaurant we realized how great of kids we have. How many parents would take a 5 year old kid on their anniversary dinner and how many 5 year old kids would sit there and act like a little adult. This kid sat there like a little trooper, coloring in his kids book, from time to time chiming in on the conversation and couldn't have been more of a delight to spend the evening with. We had a great dinner and we had a great time with Clancey, who made it all that much more special!
The other day Clancey and I were downstairs messing around and I got it out to show him, well ever since then he has been pretty fascinated by it and I thought it would be a special treat for him to get to shoot it. Kind of another funny part to the story, when I bought the paintballs I got IDed because apparently I look like I'm under 18. Like Jen said to me, I look good for my age but passing for a teenager is a stretch.
When I got home I gave the head net to Jen while Clancey and I got my paintball gun out. At first he was a bit timid shooting it but by the end of 50 or so paintballs he was an old pro. He told me that he wants to go out and play someday so I told him as soon as he gets a little older we could probably go do that.