Saturday, January 31, 2015
Last night Marshall had a sleep over with his friends for the first time since we got the video game room put together. They ended up staying up until 3am playing games and having a great time. As you can see they kind of left the video game room in kind of a disheveled state but I'm glad they enjoyed the room.
Monday, January 26, 2015
Sunday, January 25, 2015
Not much to really say about this picture but I thought I would post it because I really liked it. Clancey had got bored of playing video games so he came downstairs to watch TV and read a book with Jen. Just one of small moments that seemed worth capturing.
This afternoon I went to go sit in my chair and this is what I happened upon. It appears Harley is relaxing and enjoying himself in my chair. Before I kicked him out I took the opportunity to take a picture because while he was in my chair he did look pretty funny.
Saturday, January 24, 2015
After Marshall's basketball game today we all headed into Cedar Rapids for a family day. Marshall had gotten a whole bunch of Barnes and Noble gift cards for his birthday so we figured today would be a good day to head into CR to let him pick some books out. Of course while we were there we had to stop and have lunch at one of our favorite Mexican restaurants.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Today Jen got the sign she gave me for Christmas mounted on the wall above my desk. It's pretty cool do see all my triathlon medals on display. Wish that they were all Ironman finisher medals, because I would be able to apply for a Kona slot, but I'll get to 12 finished eventually.
Sunday, January 18, 2015
Saturday, January 17, 2015
This evening was Marshall's birthday party because around the VanOort house you get two birthday parties! Mema, Papa, Mike, Michelle and Olivia made it over for the birthday party. Marshall ended up getting a handful of gift cards and a Ticket To Ride Game from Mike and Michelle. We will have to break away from the video game room to try it out.
Friday, January 16, 2015
Today is Marshall's 11th birthday and this morning we are having a little celebration for him. Jen got up early to make monkey bread for breakfast, which is one of his favorites. She did have a bit of an incident when she tried to put candles in the monkey bread and they melted in the still hot bread. Hence why in the picture above she is holding the candle in her hand.
Sunday, January 11, 2015
Saturday, January 10, 2015
After the basketball game this morning all of the boys retired to the video game room to unwind a bit. Over Christmas break Marshall and I really got into playing Titanfall and started a competition between us to see who the better player it. For quite a while Marshall and I were pretty even in the game but today Marshall really took off and started to own me. If you don't play Titanfall 160 is an amazing score. The best pro's in the game only score around 200 so as you can see he is getting right up there. Normally I score right around 50-60 so he is 100 ahead of me. Looks like I'm going to have to practice more if I want to keep up.
This morning Marshall had his first basketball game of the year and it went better than he expected it would. Marshall realizes that he isn't the greatest player on the team but clearly he didn't give himself enough credit. He played great defense, got a few good passes and I would say did a great job. The team ended up killing the other team and got the season started right. Marshall saw the court quite a bit and I'm happy with his performance.
Wednesday, January 07, 2015
Monday, January 05, 2015
Saturday, January 03, 2015
Once we got to Amana we decided to do lunch at the Ox Yoke Inn. Been awhile since we've been to a restaurant in Amana and I had forgotten how much food they gave you. We are all pretty stuffed now and I'm pretty sure Marshall got his moneys worth of mashed potatoes and gravy, last count I think we got 3 refills on them.
Today as our last hurrah before we are back to normal we headed out to Amish Country. Jen wanted to stop by Stringtown to get some things and then we thought stopping for lunch in Amana would be good. We are all looking forward to getting a serious amount of food and probably just snacking for supper after this. Tomorrow we start to get back to normal with church and getting ready to head back to work and school on Monday.
Friday, January 02, 2015
With this being the last official day of break, I took the boys to Davenport with me get a rock chip in my windshield fixed but also so we could have a boy day. In breaking from our standard tradition of going to Pancheros we decided to go to Famous Daves for lunch instead. After this I'm thinking we will head over to Best Buy to walk around and see what things they have. The boys have some gift cards so we will see if there are any things that they didn't get for Xmas but still want.
Thursday, January 01, 2015
In keeping with the theme of the Christmas Break the boys and I rang the New Year in playing video games in the man cave. The boys were playing Halo Reach online with some British guys and I rang the New Year in playing Titanfall.
Overall last year was a good year for the VanOort family. We took two vacations, one to Beaver Island, one to Disney World. I also finished two Ironman races, in addition to getting two of my ideas submitted for a patent, I also got a promotion to Principal Engineer that I had been working for the past few years. Looking forward to seeing what 2015 has in store for us.