Saturday, May 25, 2019

Canadian Geese


The ladies arrived in Canada for the marathon yesterday and seem to be happy to be running their first international race.

Monday, May 20, 2019

State Champs

Dylan's rugby team won the state championship this past weekend and while Dylan is still sidelined, he and Nicole trekked down to Richmond for the game and to be in the championship team photo. Go Warriors.

Saturday, May 18, 2019


Sent from my iPhoneSam had issues with the spiders on TJ at William and Mary. We are at a campus bar then walk a bunch of the university. He like the football stadium and complex.

Thursday, May 09, 2019

Flyer in the House

Look who's back for 10 days.

Catching Up

I've been meaning to post this and talk a little about Sam's tournament last weekend. The team lost by 2 in the final but Sam had 13, 6, 17 and 14 points in the four games. Great point totals and at least a dozen rebounds each game. He really worked his butt off and got a total of 2 minutes rest in the last game. No tournament on Mother's Day weekend so he can focus on pre season football. Sports just keep going.


Dylan and I watched the ending of the Tottenham vs Ajax game at PT yesterday and as you can see, he is very happy the Hotspurs are going to be playing Liverpool in the champions league final. Sam was happy too that Liverpool pulled off a win the day before. It's going to be a twin showdown on June 1st.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Pitt Jam

The team went 1-2 over the weekend but took the last game to double overtime before losing by 2. Sam had some good games with double digit point totals in all three contests.

New Sweatshirt

He's getting around pretty well on the crutches. He rode for 15 minutes today and will not need them soon.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

First Ride

The boy got on the bike for the first time since surgery and got things going really well for 11 minutes. He was aiming for 5 minutes but felt good and kept going. He stopped at 11 because we didn't want to over do it. The new rugby season starts in 6 months. Let's go.


It took momma and Sam about 5 hours to get to Pittsburgh yesterday but a little down time was in order before Sam abandoned Nicole to hit the town with his basketball buddies. They won this mornings game by 46. They play again at 5:30.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Four days

Dylan was back in school this morning and had a great day showing everyone his new knee brace and crutching skills. He had some but not a ton of pain over the last four days and was able to visit his teammates at practice last night. He has a long rehab process in front of him, but has an extremely positive attitude towards the whole thing. I think I'm going to get him on the bike tomorrow for a short time. One step at a time.

We are hanging out together at home this weekend while Nicole and Sam head to Pittsburgh for the Pitt Jam basketball tournament. They will be back as soon as the team loses or wins the whole thing.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Pre Op

Surgery went well today with the ACL being replaced with a piece of his hamstring and the torn meniscus being removed. The doctor determined the meniscus was too badly torn to save but he won't notice it's missing until he's much older. My left knee was miniscusless since 1981, now I have a new left knee.

He had a hard start with the epidural part of the procedure but was all hugs when he woke up. He must have hugged the nurse a dozen times in recovery. We got him home by about 1pm and he slept most of the day. We still seem to be in front of the pain but we will see how the night goes. He can start putting weight on it as soon as he feels ready.

Vacation End

Sam and I got back from LA late Saturday night and all four of us were all together again. Everyone had a fun spring break and Sam is back in school this morning while Nicole and I wait for Dylan to emerge from Knee surgery. He was a little weepy during the prep but I'm sure he will be all dopey when he wakes up.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Day on the beach

Yesterday was a great beach day. Today, not so much.

Thursday, April 18, 2019


I was trying to get the field in the shot but the camera didn't like the light differential. The picture turned out pretty well anyway and the Dodgers won.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Last night in Ireland

A wee beer in a Dublin pub.

Wide Open

The west coast of Ireland kinda looks like Scotland.


Dylan is scoping out the best whiskey bars in Kilkenny for my next trip to Ireland.


One of the fun things Dylan was able to participate in while being an injured rugby player on the team trip to Ireland was hurling. It's an ancient Gaelic sport that looks like fun. Dylan protected his knee and played goalie (wearing yellow and black jersey) and Nicole ran the field (light blue top, five Peale from the left). They were instructed by someone from the local Kilkenny hurling club.


Sam hit three straight shots at the basketball carnival game and won a stuff animal. He had to put it under his shirt to be able to Uber scooter home from the Santa Monica pier. He's posing for me in front of the outside wall of a rock club near our apartment.

The Pier

We ran into the Woods family from home on the Santa Monica Pier last night. While we knew they were in LA, it was totally random to find them at the basketball carnival game.


At the Griffin Observatory after an early flight west.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Spooky Nook

Team Pro Look won 2 and lost 1 before we had to head home. Spooky Nook sports complex is a huge space with 30 basketball courts and other spaces like indoor football and baseball fields. We are packing for LA now.


Rugby brothers visiting the wind swept western coast of Ireland.

Chaperones behaving badly

Nicole and her roommate making sure the kids stay out of trouble at a rugby match in Galway.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Dinner in Galway

Dinner with Dylan's rugby mentor in Galway to start the tour. Nathaniel has been great and taught Dylan much about this sport. He will be missed when he goes off to college next year.

Thursday, April 11, 2019


Sent from my iPhoneWe all realized that the boys had never been apart for more than 4 days since the beginning of life when Sam escaped the hospital a few weeks before Dylan. Dylan left for Ireland this morning with Nicole and while they will be back in 7 days, Sam and I will be in LA until a week from Saturday. That's about 10 days apart. They will miss each other.

Friday, April 05, 2019


Based on this MRI image, Dylan officially has a torn ACL. It was a rough day and a half coming to grips with the whole thing but we are on track to begin the process of returning to the sport he loves on April 25th. It will be a tough journey but Dylan feels up to the task and ready to get better than ever. I remember my own battle with the knee when I was a teenager and I know that if he wants it, he will come back stronger. Nicole, Sam and I are going to help him with each step and get him back on the field.

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Dreaded Door

Sent from my iPhoneDylan is getting an MRI done of his right knee. We are hoping it will show an intact ACL. My metal knee needs to stay out of that room.

Monday, April 01, 2019


Sam and some of his basketball comrades spent the day schlepping bags of mulch and delivering them to yards all over town on Saturday. It was the annual All Night Grad Party mulch sale. Nicole is the treasurer and she and Sam spent eight a half hours volunteering. Dylan was home nursing his knee but he did the same thing last year. I'm in Florida at a meeting and missed out. Darn.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

All Those Showers

We've had record rain month after month since May 2018. The flowers are happy to see the sun and some 70 degree days.

Monday, March 25, 2019


Sent from my iPhoneDylan picking up 5 points last weekend.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Tough Kid

Dylan had a really good rugby match today. 11 points consisting of a try and three conversions. (5+2+2+2). His last run of the game was a breakaway down the sideline for about 40 yards until he was tackled onto the track and bruised his knee and got a bloody nose. He was going really fast when he got hit but I think he will be fine. It's not rugby without a little blood.

Saturday, March 16, 2019


The Sophomore team won the Edison basketball classic last night and Sam won the tournament MVP. Dylan coached the team that beat the seniors in overtime and the the Juniors by 10. It was a fun event except I think the teams took it a little too seriously at times.

Friday, March 15, 2019

All Stars

The boys marketing class and the DECA program are sponsoring a basketball all star tournament tonight. Each grade plays a round robin against each other with the winning class playing some all star teachers. Dylan is coaching his little brother and the sophomore team. Not sure if coach Dylan will start his brother or not.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

It’s Good

One of Dylan's conversions against Xavier last weekend. The other team can run at you once you start the motion forward on the kick. They never get there in time but it is distracting.

Sunday, March 10, 2019


Dylan getting ready to receive the opening kick from Xavier in Philadelphia this afternoon. The fresh/soph team won 33-10 with Dylan making all his conversion kicks. The varsity got beat up pretty bad. Xavier is a top 5 team in the nation. Like in basketball, catholic schools have an advantage.

Thursday, March 07, 2019

Another on takes the wheel

Sam got some parking lot driving time today.

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

18th Anniversary

Sent from my iPhoneThis happened just a few short years ago. Good times.

Sunday, March 03, 2019

Behind the Wheel

Dylan got some parking lot driving time today. He seems happy about it.

Friday, March 01, 2019


Sam with his DECA teammates before heading to Virginia Beach for the state tournament. Sam is presenting a sports marketing concept and hanging out with is buddies in a hotel on the beach. I'm sure no shenanigans will happen.

Thursday, February 28, 2019


The boys passed the written test to get their permit to drive. Now comes 9 months of dashboard clutching rides in the passenger seat for me and Nicole.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Scrum Helmet

Dylan experimented with his scrum helmet at yesterday's rugby match. He didn't actually wear it in the game but considered it. Typically only a few players wear these and they tend to be in the scrums. Dylan is a winger and doesn't scrum.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019


The Eagles won their first regional game against Briar Woods in OT. Next stop Freedom South Riding out past Dulles against the Potomac district champs on Thursday.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Charlotte Tigers

Dylan and I had a good trip to Charlotte last weekend for a couple of rugby matches. The weather was cold but dry and the competition tough. Dylan scored two tries and kicked his first ever conversion in competition. He loves this game.

We also had some time to have dinner together on Friday night and explore Charlotte a bit and have lunch together on Saturday afternoon. Our trip down on Friday was slow, with a few accidents and backed up traffic in the way. Our trip home on Sunday was going extremely well until we hit Petersburg Virginia where some obstacle in the roadway destroyed the very lower part of the front bumper and a bunch of stuff under the car.

I didn't see what we hit but I think the car ahead of me and to the right hit it first and sent it low and fast right at the middle of my car. It caused quite a bump, like a ginormous pothole but it didn't effect the wheels at all. The car continued to drive fine but it became clear that we didn't have the power we had before the bump. We made it home with the car straining at times on hills.

In daylight this morning I noticed what looked like some animal hair on the under carriage before the tow truck came to take it to the shop. I'm looking forward to hearing what the shop thinks I hit. It was a slightly stressful end to a really fun weekend.

Saturday, February 09, 2019


Dylan was pumped up after a 40 yard run for his first try of the night. The refs are being up means a try and Dylan is walking away from the ball he just downed with a head full of steam. He really enjoys this sport.

The South

Nothing says North Carolina like the NASCAR Hall of Fame. We actually didn't pay the 25 bones each to go in, but did visit the gift shop. We had a fun afternoon in downtown Charlotte. We had lunch while watching some basketball at a pub and walked around a bit before heading to the rugby pitch. More rugby in the morning.


Sent from my iPhoneSam had 9 points and went 5-6 from charity stripe.


Sent from my iPhoneSam tipped off against his AAU teammate and in front of his AAU coach in his final regular season game last night. His AAU coach and teammate are on Wakefield high school. I dreaded rival. I don't think Sam ever jumped that high for the tip and ended up winning it. They lost the game after leading for three quarters but he played really well in front of both his coaches. (Edison and Pro Look/AAU).

Dylan and I drove down to Charlotte North Carolina for a Rugby Tournament yesterday and missed the sold out game. The district tournament starts next week.