Friday, November 16, 2018


Snowy Thursday in November with a lone hazmat umbrella. Fun to get a little white stuff this early in the season. Not sure what that means for the rest of the winter. We've had a sorta snow drought the last few years but over 50 inches of rain so far in 2018. If the water keeps coming, it's bound to turn to snow at some point.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Coaching Twins

Proud of these guys.


Two games and a brilliant game plan brings a championship. The boys were a little slow in the first game against the chiefs but didn't allow any points in a 12-0 win. The championship game was against a Seahawks team that beat them by 6 points two weeks ago. The boys adapted their game by listening to the coach of the Raiders (who lost to the Seahawks in the semifinal), one of their kids parents and a little advice from me.

It was good to see them seek and listen to advice to devise a way to completely destroy a team (36-6) that hadn't lost all year. A key to success is the ability to ask for help and listening to and using outside perspectives. They both did a great job of that and brought home gold after leading these boys to second place finish last year.

The parents were thrilled as well. They all gushed over the job the boys did with their kids.

Coach Dylan

The defense that Dylan coached gave up one touchdown in two games today. Hard to beat a team when you can't score.

Coach Sam

A devious grim while destroying the previously unbeaten Seahawks.

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Practice Gear

Sam got his new varsity practice uniform today. He loves new clothing. He can't wait to see the home jersey, away jersey, warm ups and shoes.

Fort Hunt Warriors Rugby Jacket

Dylan's birthday gift from Elaine showed up today. He's happy. He's happy with all his great gifts.

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Happy Birthday Boys

Sweet sixteen.

Sunday, November 04, 2018

Short days, long shadow

It's been a pretty lazy day around here. The extra sleep was nice. Dylan has rugby practice in a bit and Sam is heading to the movies. They have the next two days off school for teacher work days.

Saturday, November 03, 2018

Coach Conference

Dylan and I had a tough game while Sam played basketball. We really didn't need to win this game but it was nice to get the W regardless. Next week the boys take their team into the playoffs as the number 2 seed. It will be a fun day.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Happy Halloween

Only one pumpkin this year. We've been busy. No trick or treaters anyway. Boo.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Kicking Clinic

Dylan spent the morning learning all the various kinds of rugby kicking from the kicking coach for the Australian National team. He's really picking my up this game quickly.


Nicole getting ready for her second marathon in October. I'm at a kicking clinic with Dylan and Sam is sleeping off his late night homecoming party.

Homecoming fun

Dylan, Mick and some freshman girls heading to homecoming.

Friday, October 26, 2018

God of Thunder

The sophomore float got first place.

Thursday, October 25, 2018


It was Marvel day. He will be recreating this character on the sophomore homecoming float tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Ted and Cool Cat?

It was animal day at school today. Dylan was he beer swilling, pot smoking Ted while Sam seems to be a cat of some sort. I wasn't home when they went to school so I'm not sure.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Character Day

It's homecoming week and each day is a new opportunity to dress up. Charlie Brown and Ron Weasley from Gryffindor showed up for school today.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Last Game?

Dylan is considering going all in with rugby and not trying out for winter basketball. The seasons overlap in December, January, February and he is way more passionate about rugby. He has played basketball for 10 years and I hate to see him put it behind him but he has to do what he thinks is right. He's found a nice family of players with fort hunt rugby and he wants to put all his energy into that club.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

First Fire

October 12, 2018.

It was a long, moist summer.

Early Austin

Left Austin at 7am on Friday to return to Fall in Virginia. Austin is a nice town for Texas. I hadn't been there for 30 plus years of so. I should probably go,back for south by Southwest one of these years. I've built two fires this this weekend and while it might be a little warm for it, I just couldn't resist. Lows around 50 and highs barely making it to 60. That's fire weather in my book.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Tex Ass

The capitol of Texas in Austin. Lots of worse places in this state but let's hope that Beto starts making this a reasonable state.

Sunday, October 07, 2018


Nicole completed another marathon today. It looked a little wet.

Extra Time

Dylan stayed to get some extra kicking in after practice tonight. The coach and a few kids stayed as well to help him. Rugby people are nice.

The Bills

Missing a couple but they still managed to get another big win.

Saturday, October 06, 2018

Hands Full

Sam had to deal with three guys on the Woodson basketball team 6-6 or taller today. He was up to the challenge and used his body to box out and frustrate the big men. The Eagles lost by 7 but played well for a fall league game.

Friday, October 05, 2018


It was hard to read in my backup camera in pitch black but a nice message in daylight.

Night Stalkers

Some of Nicole's running buddies invaded our property in the middle of the night to set up this little pre-Chicago Marathon gift and driveway message. I was a little freaked when I was heading to work at 6:30am. I immediately checked to see if we had been TP'd as well. Thankfully, not. It's nice that the 4 am running crew is cheering her on.

I took her to the airport a few hours ago and she has already landed safely in chitown.

Saturday, September 29, 2018


We gotten 10 inches of rain in September and are 20 above normal for the year. We finally got some blue sky and it's supposed to last all week. The boys lead their flag team to another route today. I think it was 42-12 or something like that. It appears the they don't play the other two good teams until the end of October. The Seahawks and Saints will be a real test for these boys. Sam played a basketball game this morning and got the win, Dylan has a game tomorrow and rugby practice in the afternoon. Saying goodbye to September and welcoming October when fire season typically starts.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Favorite Month

This guy got an early start on my favorite month and possibly my favorite holiday. It as good to see after a couple of days in the Supreme Court nomination nightmare. The whole thing makes me sad. So many opportunities missed that wold have saved us all from this nightmare. Trump must have other evil options that that don't have sexual assault in their history. Or maybe, nominate someone that just leans a little right and might get closer to an old two thirds majority of the once prestigious Senate. The Supreme Court isn't a political appointment.

Happy Halloween.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

50 Yards

The ball at the very top of this photo traveled 50 yards and split the uprights. Dylan should kick for the Vikings if they used a rugby ball.

Dylan and I ran the flag team on Saturday while Sam played basketball. I think it's the only time I will need to step in and help coach the team. It's exhausting. 8 and 9 year olds are crazy. We were able to get them focused enough to beat the chiefs 40-18.

Dylan and I then went out and kicked for a while since there was no rugby practice this weekend. He's getting really good at the kicking part of that sport and he's committed to getting better.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018


Saturday, September 15, 2018

Sports Saturday

Dylan had rugby practice and was giddy afterwards because he's so engaged in his new sport and team. Sam played his first basketball game since May and felt great getting back in on the court. They then both coached their 3rd/4th grade flag football team to another win. The little Bills are 2-0 with a dominate 28-6 win over the Chargers.

I was able to walk 7 miles on the track during rugby practice and Nicole ran a half dozen miles at 5am. She has a 22 mile run tomorrow. We are all sitting or lying some where in the house now.

Sent from my iPad

Friday, September 14, 2018

Belated Birthday

Here's me at 54. Feel pretty good and loving the fact that Florence the hurricane went south and is not toppling trees in my yard.

Thanks for all the calls and gifts last week.

Saturday, September 08, 2018

Rainy Start

The boys flag team got a win in the first game of the season. Coach Dylan and Sam did a nice job against a good team.

Sunday, September 02, 2018

New Season

Preliminary workouts for the 18-19 rugby season have begun.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018


Summer vacation seemed kinda short.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Eagle Football

Neither boy is playing this year but we went to see their friends scrimmage Mount Vernon last night. Dylan switched to Rugby over the summer and Sam is still recovering from an ankle injury last spring. Sam missed the action, Dylan has found something he enjoys more. I'm sure Sam will see the field next season.

Last Days of Summer

The house repairs are progressing with the kitchen floor basically done and the hall bathroom getting close with some hiccups. They determined they have to move the plumbing a bit to make the new cabinet work. Could be done today. In the mean time, the boys and I went to top golf to hit some balls and have lunch. Perfect late summer cool air made it a great afternoon.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

It’s a Kick

Kicking is part of rugby and Dylan loves to kick.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

South Station

Been in Boston the last couple days. Spent a bunch of time in hotel meeting rooms but got out and walked to Chinatown for dinner tonight. It's a crisp 65 degrees and feeling like fall. I'm looking forward to fires back home.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Sam Cheeks

Sam in similar shape after the surgery. He was a little goofy after waking up from the anesthetic. Dylan was a lot more thankful. He must have thanked the dentist and nurse 3 times each.

Ice Cheeks

Dylan is recovering well from his wisdom teeth extraction. They seem to have gotten pretty lucky so far. Not too much pain.

Runnin the Woods

Ragnar was a big success last weekend. No one was eaten by a bear. The ladies had fun too.

Friday, August 10, 2018


Nicole is in the West Virginia wilderness sleeping in this tent and taking turns running 7-8 miles every few hours. Her team of four has to run 150 miles over 24-30 hours or so. That means in the middle of the night on trails. Sounds like fun, right. The boys and I are cheering from home.

Hangin Around

Adam was in town with the band on wednesday and the Lorenger's John Ned us for the show. (Ava too). Good night but I was tired yesterday.

Saturday, August 04, 2018

Santa Fe 2018

He's a link to all the Flickr photos from last weeks trip. Having a quiet weekend. 

Smart Appliances

My dehumidifier has an app and can be controlled by my Alexa and by Echo devices.  It also sends me an email when the bucket if full.  How cool is that?

Dear Customer,
Your Water Bucket is full. Please empty the bucket.
Appliance Name: Dehumidifier
Serial: KN81710831
Model: FGAC7044U100
Thank you!
Frigidaire Support Team
phone: +1-800-311-4667

Friday, August 03, 2018


The boys are not playing any heavy sports this fall so they are working with trainers at our gym to become beasts. I bought a years worth of sessions to get them in a place where they are stronger and understand how to workout for a lifetime of fitness.

Sam isn't playing football because of a nagging ankle problem but needs to work hard to get in shape for basketball in November and football in 2019. He's bummed about football this year but understands he needs to concentrate of Healing right now.

Dylan isn't playing football because he discovered that rugby is more fun and inclusive. The rugby season starts in January but they start training in October. He also needs to get in shape for basketball in November.

This was day one but they already seem to like it. It made me smile to see them getting expert direction on how to get better.

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Familiar Spot

We took a picture in the same spot outside a restaurant we ate at when we were in New Mexico back in 2010. The boys are much older now. Grandpa and I are the same.

Step One

Kitchen and basement ceilings being repaired. Floors and bathrooms are up at some point in the future.

Saturday, July 28, 2018