Thursday, July 31, 2014
I can't believe it, I finally made it out here and get to stop traveling for a couple days. The drive wasn't too bad but I did have a hard time staying awake for the last couple hours. There is only so many hours of podcast and music you can listen too before you are bored as hell and have a hard time staying awake. The picture above is from behind my hotel and, in fact, the bridge is part of the Ironman course. That is nice because if I need too I can get off the course and go into my hotel room and relax if I need too for a bit. ;)
Here I am on the long lonely road to Boulder, Colorado. Today is going to be a really long day of driving and, to be honest, I'm not really looking forward to it. It's supposed to be around a 12 hour trip out there which means I won't be there until after 7:00pm tonight. Sure be nice to get there to relax for a couple days before my big race on Sunday.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Monday, July 28, 2014
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Sunday - Fly to Washington DC
Monday - Attend meetings
Tuesday - Attend meetings
Wednesday AM - Attend meetings
Wednesday PM - Fly to Cedar Rapids
Thursday - Drive from Clarence Iowa -> Boulder Colorado
Friday - Check Into Ironman Boulder
Saturday - Check Gear into transitions
Sunday - Ironman Boulder Raceday
Monday - Drive from Boulder Colorado -> Clarence Iowa
Tuesday - Back to Work
Wish me luck!
Once we got home from the zoo and our awesome lunch/ice cream, it was time to finish the day with a nice dip in the pool. I'm happy that I got the pool clean again and we can use it again. It was nice to just relax and float around the pool a bit this afternoon before what is going to be another crazy busy week coming up.
After what was a really crazy week, we decided that it was time for a family fun day. We weren't sure what we were going to do but then Jen had the idea of going to the zoo over in the Quad cities. She came here with Clancey during the school year but it was somewhat ruined for Clancey because he was stuck with a bad kid who didn't want to look at any of the exhibits. It is actually a pretty nice zoo considering how small it is we had a pretty good time. As you can see above Clancey fed a giraffe while we were there, which was pretty cool.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Our big summer backyard project is underway for the year. Last year we got the new pool at the very end of the summer. This year it is a new deck for the pool and a pergola to sit under we watch the kids in the pool. We also got an old cistern filled and our well filled. Pretty excited to get our backyard oasis done so we can enjoy it some. Once it's all done were thinking of having a pool party in our backyard for everyone!
Sunday, July 20, 2014
For the past few days, since Wednesday, the kids have been over to Mema and Papa's house. Now while it is fun to have a bit of free time with just Jen and I we always miss the kids. Jen and I drove down to Ames to meet Mema at Hickory Park for lunch and then head home with our boys. The boys are going to be a bit mad at me though the pools is still pretty green and they aren't going to be able to swim. Better find time to fix that today.
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Saturday, July 12, 2014
After waking up at 3am Central time this morning, walking in the dark to the dock, riding a ferry for two hours and then driving for nearly 11, we made it home. While it is great to be on vacation it is nice to get home and relax in front of your own TV and sit in your own recliner. We got the car unloaded and have decided at this point just to relax for the rest of the evening. Probably going to go take a shower and head to bed early tonight.
Here it is 5am Eastern so technically 4am central and we are on the boat headed to the mainland. This week when way too fast and it's hard to believe we are headed back to home for another year. Next year I am seriously going to consider taking two weeks rather than just the one. It is so relaxing and really does let us slow our lives down for the time we are over here. Heck maybe with this whole working remotely thing we could do a month on the island and I could work everyday, probably not but it sure is fun to dream.
Friday, July 11, 2014
Today is our last day on the island and given we are on a 5am ferry off the island tomorrow it is really our last day. That being the case we spent out last day which technically was half a day, since we had to get the house cleaned up and car loaded, down at Iron Ore Bay. It was a bit too chilly out to get in the water but the boys had a great time running up and down the beach and collecting rocks. Once again the week seemed like it went way too fast and I'm not realTy looking forward to getting back to work next week. I guess I only have two weeks at work until I jump on a plane to DC on a Sunday, go run my consortium meetings, fly back Wednesday night, jump in a car, driver to Boulder and do Ironman the following Sunday. That is going to be a hellishly busy week for me.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Once we were done on top of the big sand hill we headed down to the beach to see what was going on. It was nice to be by the beach and have it be warm and no flies biting us. Tomorrow when we head back down to Iron Ore Bay again I hope we get similar weather.
Wednesday, July 09, 2014
After being somewhat thwarted the other day in our quest to get into the woods today we came prepared with bug spray and headed out for a family hike. We went back to the trail where Marshall got attacked last year with the goal of making it to the end of the trail.
Finally we made it back and had a good time. The key every day is making sure we do enough that Marshall and Clancey don't complain that we didn't do anything that day. Plus I always cheat a bit and just offer up ice cream. Any day with ice cream is a good day to a kid!
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
After spending the afternoon napping we figured it was time to head out and get a little fresh air. The quickest way to get the kids out the door is to mention Daddy Frank's. It was a bit cool out but it wasn't too bad so after Daddy Frank's we headed out on a bike ride to the end of the bike trail, where I took the picture of Clancey. Probably spend the rest of night getting warm under blankets and enjoying a good book.