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

Golden Meadow

Glad to be on Top

Lake Nambe

Top of the mountain

Selfie Attempt

We got up early and drove up to Ski Santa Fe to hike up the Nambe Lake trail. The parking lot was at about 9,000 feet and the lake was 3.5 miles away and at 11,250 feet. This was a tough hike that everyone was able to manage pretty well. It had some really steep parts and pretty rocky at times. We followed a steam up for about a mile and a half of the hike and came out into a beautiful mountain lake. Coming down was dicey at times but we all felt like we accomplished something when we got down.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Dylan on top

Tough vertical to get up here.

Sam on top

Great views at tent rocks.

Top of the Trail

We got there early and had the place to ourselves.

Tent Rocks

From yesterday's fantastic hike in the Tent Rocks National Monument.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Boy and his phone

Linda and Gil's backyard before dinner.


4 mile trail hike may help Nicole with the upcoming trail Ragnar.


Great hike this morning on a trail starting at about 8900 feet in the Santa Fe national forest. Tree covered and cool with a little stream at the bottom of a 900 foot elevation change. The boys are wearing the shades they bought in Minnesota.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Big Sky

Another great sunset out west.

Out and About

A museum stop to see an exhibit that Linda helped curate and a visit to Loretto Chapel before walking the plaza.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Watching the storm

Dylan watching the storm roll in at Linda and Gil's place. A ton of rain just fell.

Long Day

Got up at 3am to catch our flight, hung out at O'Hare for a few hours then drove up from ABQ to Santa Fe. The flights both arrived early and the drive up was easy. Nicole and I did a quick nearby hike to stretch our legs a bit. I'm going to bed pretty early tonight.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Soggy Saturday

The Fort Hunt Warriors take third in the Virginia state rugby 7's tournament. It rained during all 5 games, at times, torrentially. That's how rugby is done.

Hints of Fall

Found a nice 3 mike wooded hike at the park where Dylan is playing in the state 7's Rugby tournament. They won their first game and I found the first Leif of fall.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Trail Running

Seems like trails were meant to be walked on.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Rugby Nights

Tuesday and today were basketball games and rugby practice back to back. Dylan is getting a good workout on these days. His second 7's tournament is Saturday. It was supposed to be in Norfolk but was changed to a park a few miles away. That's a nice break.

Saturday, July 07, 2018


Dylan will have to get used to the short rugby shorts after many years of long basketball shorts.

Boys of Summer

Dylan got his first taste of rugby and play with the Fort Hunt Warriors today. He scored in his first appearance and played well in each game. He looks happy out there.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Family Photo

The whole crew.

Minnesota Summer

Just got back from another great trip to Minnesota and lake country. We had decent weather and tons of fun fishing, swimming and going out for dinner. I hope we can make the trip up north work next year. The boys sports schedules are getting complicated.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018


Great day to swim in Sylvan.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Tree Monkies

I played golf with Marsh and Finn while the rest of the clan went zip lining. They had fun, as did we.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Man Catch Fish

The boys caught some fish. Small fish and Dylan's could have been bait for a bigger fish but they had a good time. Karen caught a big northern and Finn caught a really big bass. Good day on the lake.


The last snow up north was eight weeks ago.

Gull Lake Selfie

Very good dinner last night at Maddens Lodge. Perfect first night up north.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

First Night Dinner

We tried a new restaurant at Maddens. Very good with great views of Gull lake.

Healing Waters

I think it's important to swim in natural bodies of water every so often. Lake Sylvan was cold today but refreshing and recharged my Minnesota mojo.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018


Dylan is working out with the Fort Hunt Warriors Rugby Club tonight and appears to be loving it. One could argue it's a more civilized game than American football.