Friday, September 20, 2019


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


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


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


Sent from my iPhoneDylan getting his kicking mojo back.

Friday, August 30, 2019


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


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.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Getting Signals

Sam started at tight end and defensive end in yesterday's scrimmage against our closest rival Hayfield. As TE they have him lining up close to the tackle on a play or two then they move him out to the slot to try to create a mismatch. He's the biggest receiver they have. He didn't get targeted much last night and it frustrated him a bit. It's his first game in almost two years and he will get his shots this season.

He played well at defensive end and nearly had a couple sacks. The dual starting positions wore him out a tad so the coaches will need to determine where they want him to expend his energy this season. He can't play every down on both sides.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Football is Back

First scrimmage of the season.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Poor Puppy

He gets the cone removed on Friday.

Saturday, August 10, 2019


Nicole ran another successful Ragnar with her friends this weekend. They drove to West Virginia on Thursday, set up a camp site and ran for 36 hours. They are on their way home now, likely looking forward to a bed.

Tough Guy

Dylan and I worked out this morning and then went to school to see Sam and a little football practice. Sam loves cutting the arms off his t-shirts and this particular version is barely a shit at all.

Friday, August 09, 2019


The kid is back on the field with his brand new knee brace. We went out and did some basic rugby drills today to start the process of returning to his passion and he looked good. He wanted to do more than I was willing to allow but I remember being inpatient after my first reconstruction in 1981. Baby steps and he will be back at it in no time.

Hospital Dog

Flyer wasn't himself last week during his three day visit. We didn't know what was going on but he seemed out of it and didn't eat a thing the entire time he was here. His parents picked him up on Sunday and took him to the vet Monday. An ultrasound identified an obstruction blocking his intestine and they cut him open Monday night to find a semi-digested squeaker from a toy. They think he ate it a couple weeks ago and worked it's way from the stomach down. It's ironic because he really likes squeaker toys and in a way, became one.

He seems to be ok now and recovering nicely.

Friday, August 02, 2019

Sick Flyer

We got flyer for the weekend but he's a little under the weather. He visited the vet yesterday and had some unspeakable things done to him and it seemed to put him into a bit of a funk. He slept in the basement all night and has been curled up on the the couch until about an hour ago when Nicole brought him new toys. I think he's starting to perk up.

Lincoln Memorial

Nicole can get some nice pictures on her early morning runs. I enhanced this a bit but the light at 6am is pretty cool.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

College Visit #2

Another lakeside campus in Chicago. Nice tour and interesting school.

The Bean

A land mine shot from Millennium Park

Monday, July 22, 2019


Momma and her two cubs.


Our first official campus tour at Northwestern University today. Nice place with a sweet beach. Tough school to get into but it definitely left an impression.

Michigan Shoes

Nicole got out and ran along Lake Michigan early this morning. we left DC with the air feeling like 107 degrees yesterday and were greeted with 67 and a brisk north wind this morning.

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.