Saturday, September 24, 2016

Clancey's First Soccer Tournament

This afternoon was Clancey's first soccer tournament over in Cedar Rapids.  Holy crap it was total banana cakes at that place.  They had 32 fields and all day long they had teams on each which meant there were thousands of people there. 
Since Marshall and I had the 5K this morning we couldn't make it for the first game but we got there in time for the second game.  I have to say I was shocked at the increase in the level of competativeness these kids are good little soccer players, which makes sense since most have played for 4 years compared to Clancey's 1 year of play. Hopefully over the next year or two Clancey can fill in the gaps and get caught up.

Color Run

This morning Marshall and I got up early to go over and do the Color Run in Stanwood. We both needed to get runs in so this seemed like a good fun way to get our runs in for the day. It's surprising how much faster Marshall is getting by running cross country. I better keep after my running or he is going to start beating me soon. Once again it was made clear to me that I'm in horrible shape and need to get back after my fitness. One day at a time I guess.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Got the Camaro Out Today

After spending the some getting the Camaro running again over the weekend I figured it was time to get it out for a drive.  With it getting cooler out again and no early meetings that I had to be at today seemed like a good day to get the Camaro out for a drive.  The car ran great, started right up and drove nice the whole way.  It rained a little bit on the way home but nothing crazy.  Probably going to have to make this a habit, at least until the snow starts to fly.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Marshall and Daddy Night

With Clancey playing soccer until 8pm every Tuesday and Marshall in cross country until 6pm every night it means that Marshall and I ride solo every Tuesday.  That means I'm in charge of supper, which normally turns into pizza or something frozen.  Today though I thought I would stop and get some steaks to grill up for Marshall and I.  Of course it couldn't go smoothly.  I ran out of propane while warming up the grill and had to make a quick run to Casey's.  Really need to get the second propane bottle filled back up.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Marshall Cross Country

Tonight Marshall had his second Cross Country meet in Bellevue, a town over on the Mississippi River.  I wasn't able to make it over to the meet which sucks.  Problem was it's 2 hours away and started at 4:30 being as busy as we are at work lately I just couldn't get out early to make.  Jen, Clancey, Mema and Papa were able to make it so he had a large cheering section.  It was a really hilly course but even so Marshall was able to take 2 minutes off his time from his first meet.  Marshall is really enjoying cross country and really likes running.  If he keeps after it all winter he is going to have a really good year next year.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Headed To Church

This morning as we were getting ready to head out the door to church I took this picture.  Jen looked really nice and so did Clancey so I figured it was a moment that needed captured.  Got to grab those memories when you can because time just goes too fast.  I mean how old Clancey is already getting, he's going to be headed into college before we know it.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Hunting Junk

This morning Jen and I headed over to the Quad cities to run some errands but mainly to hunt for junk, or as Jen calls them "treasures".  I guess technically this stuff was for a sign she was painting so it was junk with a purpose but still junk non-the-less.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Volunteer Dinner

This evening was the big Volunteer Dinner here in Clarence.  Now just like every big event in Clarence Jen had a big part in making it happen.  This dinner was an opportunity to celebrate all the volunteers in Clarence and get everyone together.  The group also awarded the first ever "Best Of Clarence Volunteer Of The Year" to Kris Plueger.  Turned out to be a good event but I'm wondering if Jen is always putting the event on when she can win the award ;)

Monday, September 12, 2016

First Cross Country Meet!

Marshall had his first cross country meet tonight in Wyoming just north of Clarence.  His first meet was supposed to be a week ago but it ended up getting cancelled because of heat so tonight was the first meet.  Marshall was pretty nervous for the meet but he held it together and ran well.  It was a hilly course and there was a pretty good wind so it was tough conditions to run in.  He did way better then I did my first cross country meet.  My first meet a sprinted out to an early lead and about 1.5 miles in I totally fell apart and had to walk.  Marshall went out at a good pace and managed to run the whole time.  I'm proud of how well he did and can't wait to see him run again.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Feeling Like a Worthless Turd Today

Today is Ironman Wisconsin and for the first time in 5 years I'm not participating in the race and let me tell you, I feel like a worthless turd.  I was signed up for the race but didn't train at all this year.  No excuse, I was just a lazy turd and didn't put the work in.  In the last year, I've gained about 15 pounds and lost pretty much all my ultra-distance fitness.  At this point I doubt my ability to run a 10k let alone and Ironman.  After pretty much taking this whole year off, next year the plan is to not do any full 140.6 Iron distance races.  I'm planning to get back into it by doing 3-4 half Ironman races and then 2 years from now get back into doing Ironman.  Have a long ways to go but I've done it multiple times in the past I can do it again.

Friday, September 09, 2016

Comparing Beards

As a beard guy now I'm always looking for my fellow beard brethren to celebrate beard life.  This evening I went up to the Onion Grove to talk to this fine gentleman about getting a piece of furniture fixed.  I did have to talk the opportunity to get a selfie with him because both have such great beards.  

Monday, September 05, 2016

Holiday Golfing

Ok, ok... I get the picture above is of a really nice looking Camaro so the title of golfing probably seems a bit strange but I did spend the morning golfing with my friends.  After I was done golfing we stopped up town in Solon to get lunch and when I was walking in I saw the freaking awesome car parked in the lot so I had to take a picture.  Camaro aside, I did have a great time golfing today and actually played really well.  Ended up beating my buddies and winning $20, which makes for a good day.

Saturday, September 03, 2016

He Did It

Clancey conquered "The Monster" and completed his goal of riding every ride at the park.  Let me tell you he is feeling pretty proud of himself.  As you can see he negotiated some Dipping Dots for his brother too but as the "Great Ride Conqueror" he has the juice to make it happen.  Now it's time to pile into the car and head across to the state to head home.

Enjoying The Day

Having a good time here at Adventureland today.  So far Clancey is on track to get all of the the rides in.  We've done all of the hard rollercoasters so far except for "The Monster" which Clancey says he isn't going to do now.  Has turned out to be a great day, its not too hot, the crowds aren't to bad and lines have been reasonably short.  We have a few more rides to go and then we will be on to "The Monster".

Day At Adventureland

We weren't entirely sure that we were going to be able to make it too Adventureland this year but after I got free tickets at work the other day we figured it was a good reason to go.  Clancey told us on the way down this morning that we wanted to ride every ride here and told us if he succeeds his reward is going to be some Dipping Dots.  Now that we are here though he is starting to get a bit worried about having to do the new roller coaster called "The Monster".  We have all day so he may get brave by the end of the day.