Thursday, October 31, 2013
One of the trillion things Jen had to finish up last night was the boys costumes so this morning she had them try them on. As you can see the boys costumes turned out really good. For those who aren't familiar Marshall is a mad scientist and Clancey is a Jedi. Just so you know Clancey came up with that pose all on his own and his lightsaber was custom built by papa last Christmas.
Last night when I got home Jen was in the midst of carving the boys jack-o-lanterns for Halloween tonight. It wasn't too bad except Marshall decided that he wanted one with 14 little eyes which took quite a bit of time. It was too bad that Jen had about 10 other thing to do last night before bed. It's been a lot of busy week for us we're both ready for rest.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Today we headed down to the pool in Tipton again for some more family fun after our trip to the pumpkin farm. I knew Mema and Papa would want to see for themselves Clancey swimming across the whole pool on his own so took a video with my action cam and posted it for them. As you can see Clancey is a pretty good little swimmer.
Saturday, October 26, 2013
We just got done with Clancey's birthday supper at Hickory Park with Mema and Papa. Been a long time since we've eaten this much in a single day. Kind of a Thanksgiving and Christmas preview. Been a fun day so far and hopefully we will continue the fun with video games when we get home.
Today is Clancey's 6th birthday and the birthday boy is pretty excited. This morning he requested that Jen make him some blueberry pancakes and sausage for breakfast. For lunch he wants spaghetti with cheesecake and finally this afternoon we are going to Hickory Park for supper. Going to be a fun day.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Friday, October 18, 2013
Sunday, October 13, 2013
This afternoon after I we had lunch and I got a 9 mile run in we were headed towards having a lazy remainder of the day laying in our chairs. We had promised the boys we would go to the pool but we were all quickly drooping towards not going, that is when Jen made the decision that we had better go. Turns out that it was a good idea because we had a lot of fun. Both Marshall and Clancey are becoming good little swimmers and in fact today Marshall learned to dive off the diving board. As you can see I brought my action cam with to catch some of the action of us all swimming around.
Saturday, October 12, 2013
After a the last month of not feeling all that energetic and not like working out I used the Ironman World Championship on the computer today as motivation to get a good workout in. Having done 6 Ironman races I'm about halfway to qualifying for Kona with a legacy slot. While some people wouldn't think it's a true qualification personally I think committing to finishing 12 or more Ironman over the course of a decade or more seems legitimate to me. Hopefully I can keep the motivation going so I can get another couple hours in tomorrow.
Today was Clancey's last football game of the year and the weather was way nicer then I expected it would be when the season started last month. Clancey had a great time this year and it was pretty fun to see him play the game. He told me after the game was over that when it gets warm again next spring he wants to start practicing because he wants to score a touchdown next year. He's a very focused kid so I have no doubt he will.
After we got done at the book sale and got the largest haul of books we've ever gotten, we jumped in the car and headed to Hickory Park. It's been a long time since we've been there and we were all craving some awesome bbq. Every time we go especially with Mema and Papa the boys also each get to pick out a bag of candy for the road. Here Marshall is deciding which treats he wants from the large selection.
Friday, October 11, 2013
Here we are once again at the Planned Parenthood Book Sale but this time we are here way earlier then usual. Kind of nice to be here early because you beat the rush later and there are a lot more books left to choose from. So far we are having good luck finding books for each of us. Marshall found a new series to read through, which I'm sure will take him a week. ;-)
After a crazy busy week at work I decided to play hooky this afternoon to head to Des Moines for the book sale. Not only did I take the afternoon off, Jen took the kids out of school for the afternoon so we could get to the book sale at a decent time. It's nice because not only will we get home at a decent time but we will get to have some supper at Hickory Park too. Nice to get to spend some quality time with the family.
Monday, October 07, 2013
300 days seems like a long ways out from Ironman but given the amount of training required to be able to finish the race it really isn't that long. Once you reach this point in the year you have to start making the transition from casual training to a bit more focused training. Technically the real meat of my training gets started with 280 days to go but if you aren't training hard right now it gets really hard when 40 weeks to go hits. Next year will be my second attempt to finish 2 Ironman races in one year and after last time I know I need to focus to accomplish that goal. As of this morning I'm still not feeling like I've fully recovered from Wisconsin, I'm able to train but still have lingering stiffness and a general lethargic feeling most mornings. Next year at this time I would only be 1 week out from Wisconsin which makes me realize I need to focus my training so that I can recover faster.
Sunday, October 06, 2013
Just a couple short weeks ago we got the pool put in and after only one short swim by the boys it's shut down for the year. Kind of a bummer to not actually get the use the pool this year but that is part of the reason we got such a good deal on it. Next year we will be swimming in it every day and we are really looking forward to it.