Monday, July 15, 2019


The kids had fun at the tournament last weekend.

Friday, July 12, 2019


Our 10th trip to Kavanaughs Resort in northern Minnesota and a great time with all these people. Karen joined us about 5 years ago and this was a Rachel's friend David's first trip. Let's hope we can get everyone back next July.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019


One of the many smaller fish of the day.


We haven't done the duck race in a few years but man, was it competitive.


We had a similar post 6 or 7 years ago at this restaurant. My, have they grown.

Big Fish

Looks like Karen got the biggest fish this week. The whole crew got lots of smaller ones on a cloudy day on the lake.

Monday, July 08, 2019


You gotta kick hard to keep you head above water.


He baited the hooks and got the hooks out of the tiny fish mouths. The boys just casted. He's a fish slayer.


The boys fished a little and caught a few little fishes but I caught them together with grandma in this photo.


The annual trip to lake sylvan and some mid-lake diving off the pontoon. We caught a few fish as well on a warm, slightly windy day.

Big Chair

Sam wasn't a big fan of the big chair picture.

Sunday, July 07, 2019


Easy drive up and a dip in the lake before dinner.

Thursday, July 04, 2019

Happy 4th

Washington Masonic Temple from Nicole's run at 6am this morning.

Tuesday, July 02, 2019


The deer love the cemetery.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

The Falls

Keeping cool on a hot day at Scott's Run.

A decade at Scott’s Run

Sam went to Scott's Run park yesterday with some friends to hang out in the waterfall as it heads toward the Potomac. It reminded me that we hiked that park back in 2009 and I showed this the pictures from the hike before he left. He's gotten a little bigger since he crossed on those stepping stones a decade ago.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Fun Trip

Sent from my iPhoneDylan and I are waiting for our flight home in Nashville after a great couple days in Murfreesboro. The team brought home the hardware and Dylan and I found a couple great restaurants.


A successful weekend for the Fort Hunt Warriors. They won the south rugby regional tournament by beating four teams by a combined score of 151-10. North Carolina was the toughest team but the warriors prevailed 24-0 to take home the cup. Dylan is still rehabbing his ACL repair but it didn't stop him from enjoying a great end of the season.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Team Work

While it was great that Sam got the tournament MVP award, the win was due to one of the best team play I've seen from this group all season. They were really clicking and it showed.


Team ProLook U16 won the Battle in the Bridge tournament this weekend and Sam took home the MVP award. He averaged 12 points and 10 rebounds over 4 games and had some beautiful steals and assists in the championship game. His coach was pleased and it was fun to watch for me.

Friday, June 14, 2019


School officially ended yesterday and they are moving on to their junior year. Bring on summer.

Saturday, June 08, 2019


The boys wore orange to school yesterday to mark their opposition to gun violence. Sam's has had that jersey since 2014 and somehow it still fits.

Friday, June 07, 2019


I had a plumber come by today and replace a toilet and look at an outside faucet. The toilet has been replaced and I haven't fixed the faucet issue yet, but I didn't take the advice of the plumber who wanted to replace the whole unit for six hundred dollars when it was clearly a bib housing that could be replaced for 20 bucks. I ordered the part and will fix it this week. The plumber also wanted to replace the main house valve for six hundred bucks because it takes a little elbow grease to turn.  It's not like we are turning it on and off all that often.  I hate to think what he's doing to older customers out there that will just accept anything he says.  I don't like this plumber and he won't be back. 

Monday, June 03, 2019

On Fire

Sam scored 15 and grabbed 12 rebounds in the loss to this team on Sunday. He was scoring in all sorts of ways and had a beautiful drive past 4 defenders for two near the end of the game. Team Pro Look was not connecting from three point land and that was the difference.

Friday, May 31, 2019


We had a nice closing to Memorial Day weekend with a visit to Tim and Stephanie's house in Reston. Aunt Robbie was there as well and Nicole had some "older" puppy time with T-Rex. Good to see some family in Virginia.


I forgot to post this on Sunday but wanted to show the international runners with their metals. I'm sure more foreign metal are in their futures.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Double E

Sam got his second letter of his career but still doesn't have a letter jacket. I'm thinking a letter hoodie might be better. Tonight's basketball banquet was a little delayed but fun.

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


Sam 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.