Happy New Year
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From a couple of monkey boys. Wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2012.
Besides being the 6th night of Hanukkah, it's a un-naturally warm Christmas Day. Rachel is lighting the candles tonight and the boys are still getting presents galore. We went to see Tin Tin this afternoon and it marked the only theater movie I've seen all year. I don't like movie theaters much but it all went well.
Tomorrow is the shortest day of the year and the beginning of the sun's climb higher in the sky each day. I like the long winter nights and look forward to many more of them over the next couple months. I suppose Spring will be a nice change when it comes but I never look forward to the dog days of summer.
Jeff's old band played at his 50th birthday party at Mainstreets in Hopkins. Auto Body Experience played as well and the crowd of 125 had a good time as far as I can tell. I saws whole slew of people I haven't seen in years, including Roach, Cousins, Caroline and Andy, old neighbors and other folks I used to see all the time when I lived in Minnesota. I think Jeff had a good time even though I'm sure he was wishing it was him on bass up there. I wish he was too.
Dinner tonight at a nice little Irish pub in the stop light free town of Maple Plain Minnesota. Mom, Dad, Rach and the kids. Minnesota has some snow but not a ton of it. I hope it whitens up a bit before we head back here in 10 days for Christmas. Jeff's 50th birthday party is tomorrow night and then I'm back to DC on Tuesday morning.
Sam had to sit but Dylan was his typical Honey Badger self and stole 15 balls and scored 6 points. The little Cav's won 20 to 7 in a really good defensive effort. More scoring will happen when Sam is back in the groove.
Sam is sitting out the second practice for the little Cavaliers. Sam and his scoring prowess will not be with the team until January, missing two games. He's really looking forward to getting back into action.
The new X-rays still look like a stress fracture but the dr doesn't think he should have as much pain as he has. Sam says its gotten about 20% better over the last couple weeks but these crutches should take more pressure off the bone. The dr thinks an MRI would be a good idea so we are probably scheduled for next week.
I wanted to watch NFL football, Dylan is watching the CFL Grey Cup game on ESPN 3 and Sam is watching Star Wars II. We still make them eat on the floor when we don't eat like humans at the table so this seemed like a good solution.
The East Village is full of light poles with all these fasteners on them. Different colors and all the way to the top. I'm not sure how they got them on without doing them one at time. Seems like a lot of work but they are very festive.
Uncle Adam hooked us up with some tickets to Billy Elliott tickets today and the boys learned every swear word ever uttered by the human race. It was a very good show and the boys loved it. At one point, an actor referred to her hoohoo and Sam asked Adam what that was. I don't think he got an explanation. Back at home base and thinking of dinner.
We had entry tickets for 11am and spent some time looking into the pools and trying to remember how everything happened on that horrible day. I have to admit, I'm forgetting some of the details that were so clear back then. It's a beautiful space and will only get better as the construction projects around it start to wrap up. Sam's leg is still bothering him quite a bit so we came back kind of early and are watching a movie again. Sam's going to have a hard time doing much in the city this weekend but it's just nice to be here with the family.
I bought some additional outdoor lights today and while rummaging around the Christmas stuff I found the stocking and threw them up on the fireplace. They will probably be there till late January. Love the holidays.
I hit 5 clay pigeons today at the skeet and trap club. First time with a gun in my hand and it was kind of fun. I'm still not going to shoot anything alive but firing a shotgun at clay was good fun on a perfect fall afternoon.
Unfortunately the boys lost a really close football game to the Bulldogs earlier today. The idiot director of the i9 league seated the team incorrectly in the playoffs so we had to play a more difficult team in the semi final than we should have but the team itself and their coaches were the nicest group we played all year. The cheating packers lost in the semi's too so not all was lost.
Team party last night at Glory Days in Burke. Had the whole team there and everyone seemed to have a good time. One more football weekend with the playoffs coming on Saturday. Win game one and you go straight to the championship game 30 minutes later. We had the best record in the South Division but the two teams from the west in the playoffs look pretty good. One is 6-0 and the other is 5-1. The only thing I've learned about youth football is that it's anyone's game.