Thursday, June 30, 2016

Make Way

We are back from the north woods. Had a fantastic four nights with great weather and cool, fresh air. We ended up throwing back all the fish we caught and only a couple of them were maimed. The water was refreshing, the golf course was green and our family dinners were fun. We have reserved the same place next year.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Kayak Queen

Played some golf today with Finn and Marsh then hung out on the beach. Rachel is showing some jazz hands in her Kayak.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Big Brother

Jeff and I gave up on fishing man years ago after one two many launch outings on Lake Winnibigoshish. These were big boats with a dozen or so people on them that went out on white capped water in early May. The past one include my grandfather losing his lunch into the wind.

Nicole and Karen can have all the fish in the lake. Jeff and I will just mug it up for selfies.

Sam and Fish

Sam checking on the health of the only fish we kept. We actually let him go a little later. Karen pulled in that bass.


The lake was cold but the sun was hot. We got a few fish and lots of splashes from jumping off the boat.

Monday, June 27, 2016


Nice day on the lake and a great dinner at Sherwood Forest.

Fish Queen

We got a bunch of little ones and threw them all back.

Sunday, June 26, 2016


First night dinner at the usual spot.

Sylvan is Angry

Lots of wind up north today. I'm hoping things calm down before tomorrow morning when we get on the pontoon for some fish killing.


We have graduated from worrying about leaving the kids alone in the back of the plane and taking upgrades when they come our way. The boys were a little insulted at first but got over it quickly. The whole plane got to Minneapolis at the same time.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Strawberry Moon

Full moon on the summer solstice. Probably won't see this again.


Nicole's car is sporting new running magnets. The Mark Twain Middle School paw has been there a while. The 26.2 replaced the 13.1 she's had for a while. I'm thinking of getting a magnet with a picture of a knee.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

New Jersey

It's Euro Football time and Dylan has a new and rather good looking England jersey. He got it on Friday afternoon and has been wearing it ever since.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Friday, June 17, 2016


Nicole left for Minnesota yesterday for Grandmas Marathon in Duluth. The boys and I are figuring out how to manage without her and hoping she had a great run tomorrow morning.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Golf Again

I got out on the the golf course for the first time in over three years yesterday.  Played a charity tournament I'd played before which includes goofy pictures of my foursome with the guy who runs the event (guy behind me with his hand in the air, he went to Villanova)  It felt good to be out there again and my knee didn't give me any problems.  My elbow hurts for some reason and I was very stiff after 18 holes but it was a beautiful day for golf and the start to me getting out there a little more.  

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Big D

Both boys played excellent defense today, holding their two opponents to 14 points while scoring almost 80. Dylan had four touchdowns and an interception while Sam threw a TD pass and caught a two point conversion. It was a hot one out there and you could see the energy drain from them as the two games progressed. 95 and humid today and looking like more of the same tomorrow. I'm thinking pool day.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Tasty Cells

Dylan's science extra credit project. He learned about blood cells and cooking.

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Twain Pops Concert

Usually an outdoor affair, the Pops Concert moved into the gym due to high winds. I guess flying music sheets was unacceptable. Both boys played well.

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

More Basketball Training

They like this place and have been improving in a bunch of areas.

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Flag Football is Back

After a three weeks of rainouts and a holiday weekend, we got two flag football games yesterday. The boys team crushed our first opponent 40-2 or something like that. Sam and Dylan both had TD's and Sam had an interception. I had to step n as coach in the second game against a team we lost to a month ago 37-21. This was an intense battle that was tied at half time 6-6. We ended up going ahead 13-6 then going behind 19-13 with about a minute and a half to go.

With some excellent passing by Lucas, great receptions by Sam and exceptional time management and play calling by me, we won the game 20-19. Sam caught a nice TD throw from Lucas and then Lucas hooked up with the other Sam on the team for the extra point with no time left on the clock. It was an exciting game. I'll probably have some pictures of it this week sometime.

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Friday, June 03, 2016