Monday, December 09, 2019

Training

Dylan has been seeing Gareth, an athletic trainer that's been working on core, balance and agility the last couple months. He's doing the drills without his brace now while still wearing it during practice. He's also been lifting at school and getting huge.

Sunday, December 08, 2019

Tree Too

dylan with the second tree. Double the fire hazard.

Tree Time

It was difficult finding time to do this.

Saturday, December 07, 2019

Back at it

Sam rallied from his sickness to play in Edison's second win of the season, beating Tuscarora 86-67. Sam had nine points. Heading back for a game tonight against Woodson in a bit.

Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Poor Sammy

He doesn't fit on the examination table anymore and he's had a nasty virus the last few days. Fever up to 103, chills and all that stuff. He missed the first regular season basketball game and three days of school. I think he is on track to get back at it tomorrow.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving



Sent from my iPhone

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Back at it



Sent from my iPhoneSam was back on the court in the Eagles second and final scrimmage before the regular season starts on Monday. I wasn't there but Nicole said he started and played well in all four mini-games against Woodbridge. Edison won 3 of the 4. As you might also have noticed, he's sporting a Movember beard which is tough to see unless you look hard.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Start the Cheer

Trees are starting to light up all over the place.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Thanksgiving Week

It's been a long pause since my last post and I need to get on it.  We have had a couple weeks of low sports games but everything is gearing up for the upcoming Rugby and Basketball seasons.  Sam was named 1st team district tight end at the end of the football season and he was quite pleased with that.  The football season started with him being quite frustrated with the low number of footballs thrown his way.  He saw that change quickly in the last few games of the season when he was catching a 7-8 passes a game. He worked hard all season and blocked and ran routes extremely well.  He didn't have control of where the QB was throwing the ball but he showed that playing the position well on each down will lead to opportunities to get some throws his way, and he took advantage for those opportunities.  He made the Varsity basketball squad for the third year and practices started for that the minute football ended. He has been a little hobbled be a sore knee and he tweaked his ankle screwing around in the locker room last week so he sat out the first scrimmage on Friday.  He looks ready to play in the scrimmage on Tuesday and then the season starts next week.  

Dylan has started three day a week Rugby practices and doing additional training with a sports trainer to get his leg back in shape for games that will start in January.  He's a little more that 7 months removed from the ACL repair and continues to make great progress.  He has really worked hard to get himself back in game shape and he and I have worked on kicking a bunch over the past few months. He really loves the game and his team.  He wants to get back to playing to help them win another Virginia Championship and possibly a National Championship this year.  I'd like to see that too.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Kickster

No rugby practice today so went up to Edison to get some kicking in. The boy is getting his groove back and getting a good foot on the ball.

The Browns

Another flag football season comes to an end with a browns victory over the Falcons. All the boys had a good season, even the older coaches. We were missing a couple kids for the last day but we had eight, yes eight. You need to look real close to see the eight kid being a goofball.

Saturday, November 09, 2019

Support

Sam's friend Sydney brought a sign to the game last night and inspired the boy to score twice and force a fumble on defense. It was a nice end to a tough season. The eagles won the first and last games of the season. An 8 game losing streak was tough but Sam got better each week.

Thursday, November 07, 2019

Separate Cakes

They may be twins but they have different tastes. Cakes number 33 and 34 for these two.

Sunday, November 03, 2019

The Belt

Sam got the belt for a great catch in the game on Friday. It's a way to reward good play but he doesn't get to keep it.

Winter is coming

Some frolicking on the last night of daylight savings time. Dylan had a great time at the South County homecoming dance and sleepover party at his friend Lula's house.

Too Cool

Dylan getting ready for South County High School homecoming dance. He is the man in black.

Saturday, November 02, 2019

Teddy Dylan




Dylan wore his teddy bear jumpsuit to the TC Williams game. It was costume night. Remember the Titans.

Friday, November 01, 2019

Devil Boy

Sam and Sydney had coordinated costumes last night. He looks a little evil with the flash induced red eye.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Happy Halloween

We got a few kids this year. Better than the zero kids last year.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Halloween Out

it was costume night at the Eagles district semi-final volleyball game. The lady Eagles move onto the final on Wednesday, beating Justice 3-0.

Getting his kick back

a warm day for rugby practice and some kicking. Dylan drilled a couple dozen out of 40 attempts from 45 yards out. His knee was a little sore afterwards but likes getting back in the swing of things.

Monday, October 28, 2019

10th Marathon

The Marine Corp marathon was a wet one.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Rents

The parents and I watching the boys flag football team lose game.

Monday, October 21, 2019

It Doesn’t Exist

The magic play to get this flag football team back on track that is. The boys have struggled with the 2018 champion team in the next league up this year. They are a young team and need a little seasoning before they will be able to win another championship.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

First Fire

A little later than last year but it was cold and rainy enough to light one up.

Not Thrilled

Sam would like to see the ball a little more and a W for the team. It's been a tough season but at least he's back on the field after a week off due to the knee issue.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Early Flight



Sent from my iPhoneChicago O'Hare

Art



Sent from my iPhoneFun visit to Wesley Kilmer's studio in west Chicago the other night as part of my council meeting. Interesting stories about his paintings and the art world itself. This was in a warehouse in west Chicago that is slowly starting to gentrify but has a ways to go. He my have to move south side if the hipsters keep moving in.

Finish Line



Sent from my iPhoneNicole's Newport Marathon Medal seems to have fallin into the sea. Nice picture anyway

Monday, October 14, 2019

Newport Marathon



Sent from my iPhoneAnother race in the books and a two week test before the next one.

Friday, October 11, 2019

‘‘Tis The Season

thisnplace is near where I get my car washed. They aleays go early and big.

Monday, October 07, 2019

Best Case Scenario

Sam has between a grade 1 and grade 2 MCL tear. Let's just say a one and a half but no ACL issues. That was a huge relief. A grade 3 MCL tear or an ACL would mean surgery and months of recovery. This injury should keep him out of football for a week or two and he got a metal hinged brace to wear the rest of the season.

Saturday, October 05, 2019

Sammy’s Turn

Sam had 4 catches and about 40 yards in the first half of the game last night. His last catch of the half resulted in a knee injury of some sort. He was hit low and the left knee kinda whipped around a bit and he came up limping badly. It was not the knee that he had planted and was running on at the time which is good.

We were playing an Arlington school and that school system has an orthopedic surgeon at games which was sort of lucky. He happens to be an ankle guy but he did the things ortho surgeons do to get an idea of what happened and he thinks it's an MCL tear. Not great but better than an ACL like Dylan and I.

The MCL runs on the outside of the knee and has a much better blood supply which allows it to heal. The need for surgery on an MCL is quite rare so we are hoping for the best. That said, we don't know if the ACL is totally fine but the surgeon did the test to see if it was loose and he didn't think the ACL was compromised.

Sam has pain but not a lot of swelling. Nothing like the swelling Dylan had for a week after his incident. He's on crutches and using a brace to protect it and will not be playing football for at least a couple weeks. We will visit our favorite surgeon this week and see what he thinks. Knees are fun.

Early madness

Things you do when you run at 5am.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Eagle Pride

It was a tough game on Friday and a tough season so far but Sammy still seems to have a smile on his face. Having fun is what matters.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Friday Night Lights



Sent from my iPhoneSam has two catches in the first half. Tough team tonight. We are down 21-6.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Ladies

These young ladies did not try to hold Dylan up like the bros did to Sam.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Trust

Not sure why they decided Sam was the guy they wanted to hold up.

Friday, September 20, 2019

W

The boys celebrating a win over Marshall with their volleyball friends. We hadn't beat Marshall in volleyball for years. Homecomings 2019.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Victory

This is my favorite picture from the powder puff game and I have no idea who's in it.

Homecoming

Lots of activity this week. Btw, Dylan attended his first rugby practice since surgery last Sunday. He was exhausted but has another one this Sunday.

Powder Puff

I gave Sam one of my good cameras to use in his student government position as historian to capture the homecoming powder puff football game. He obviously gave it to someone else to take this and a few other pictures. Based on the 175 pictures, they had fun.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

One Foot

Nicole runs with a few women most mornings. This type of picture shows up in my photo stream a lot. It's homecoming week at Edison and the boys are busy getting ready for the game and dance this weekend. The weather is starting to turn more fall like and I'm hoping to burn some wood soon. I should have some pictures of all the events this weekend. I really hope the football game goes better than last weekend, that was painful to watch.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Another Win

The little Brown notched another win today. Next week will be a tougher test. The Edison Eagles lost last night to a terrible team. I don't know what was going on but they sucked. Sam had a catch, a bunch of tackles and a 50 yard punt when the main punter was out with an injury.

Saturday, September 07, 2019

Little Browns

The little Browns are 1-0 after a thrashing of the Bears today. Sam and Dylan have most of the same kids from the last two years and a couple new ones. 7 kids requested the boys as coaches and one kid requested them because he heard good things. Dylan and Sam also refereed a few games in the morning. They are getting paid for work, getting volunteer ours for coaching and learning leadership skills. Not bad for a Saturday.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Kicker



Sent from my iPhoneDylan getting his kicking mojo back.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Iwo

One more early shot before Fall begins.

Early Running Benefits

I was just getting up and grabbing some coffee when Nicole took this during her run.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Back to School



Sent from my iPhoneJunior year begins.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Midway



Sent from my iPhoneAnother photo from my morning walk.

Harbor Walk

Nice morning for a walk along the San Diego harbor.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Hangin On

Sam had two catches for 20 yards in last nights scrimmage. It usually takes two kids to take him down. He was limping quite badly at the end of the game which concerned us but it was just severe foot cramping from the new shoes he got that morning.