Sunday, July 05, 2020

Northern Night

It takes a while to get dark up here in the summer but it's pretty when it's calm.

Ship Wrecked

Some beach fun before dinner on our first day up north.

Saturday, July 04, 2020

Early Flight to Minne

The plane was half full and we had first class basically to ourselves. Good to get out of town for a while.

Saturday, June 27, 2020


I just wanted to show the ball coming into his hands that preceded the picture below. Good concentration.

Pulled Hammy

Everything was looking good during warm ups. Sam was running well and making his catches but on play three or a two day, 6-7 game tournament he caught a ball for a 7 yard gain and went down with a pulled hamstring. He tweaked it a few days ago in practice but we thought he rested and stretched enough to play today. Needless to say but we are both disappointed but he has another tournament in three weeks, let the rehab begin.

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Juneteenth Celebration

Sent from my iPhoneSam drove into the district to join the BLM Juneteenth celebration last night. It's good to see he was properly masked.

Capitol in Crisis

Sent from my iPhoneNicole's early morning runs results in some good light photos.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Another Sign

Maybe a Biden 2020 sign is next.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Working from Home

The benefit of working from home is mid-day catch with the football.

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Back at it

Gyms in Virginia opened back up yesterday and I got my first good weight lifting done in the past 90 days. Looks like Marsh and my friend Anthony are back at it in Minnesota too.

Tuesday, June 09, 2020

Day 11

Lots of peaceful protesting happening in Black Lives Matter Plaza. This could go on for a while.

BLM Plaza

Dylan and I visited the new Black Lives Matter Plaza in front of the Whitehouse where the big bunker baby lives today. It's turned into quite a community art project.

Saturday, June 06, 2020

Back at it

The fields are open for small groups. It's nice because they are giving out permits to organized sports like soccer which would then dominate the fields all day long. This way Dylan's was able to do some kicking and work out with his coach Scott and his son Nathanial.

Tuesday, June 02, 2020


Hung on the high school last night. Pretty reasonable request.

Monday, June 01, 2020

Graduation Parade

The seniors got the short stick this year. In an attempt to create some fun, they had a parade around school and some parking lot festivities tonight. Hopefully we have some more traditional activities for Sam and Dylan's senior year. It was good to go out and cheer the seniors tonight and see some of the kids before they go off to parts unknown.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Cardiff Metropolitan

Dylan has spent 5 hours over the last couple weeks zooming with academic and athletic representatives at Cardiff Metropolitan.

He would be a greener recruit for the rugby program based on UK students having much more experience but they have been impressed with the conversations and are encouraging him to come to Wales with a £2,000 sports tuition grant. The school itself is priced similar to in state tuition in Virginia but with the advantage of being in Wales. 

Dylan loves the idea of going to an international school and we can't wait to visit later this year. 

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Second Offer

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Sam got his second athletic scholarship offer from a division 2 football school. Alderson Broaddus University is in West Virginia a little closer to home than the first school offer at Fairmont State. Go Battlers 

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Friday, May 29, 2020

Tame Impala

A friend Dylan painted this copy of a Tame Impala album cover and gave it to him las week. It's on his bedroom wall now m

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Last Dance, Last Fire

Episode 10 of the Bulls documentary and a final fire of the season late in May. Already looking forward to October for more fire and some basketball.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

The Rock

Nicole went back to the scene of the crime in the daylight to snap this picture. Her and Dylan painted this rock in the middle of the night earlier this week.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Birthday Morning Run

Nicole got some early morning shots of the city on her birthday run with the girls.

Runner Girls

Attacked the driveway this morning. This time it didn't immediately rain.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Mother’s Day Walk

Nice day for a family walk.

Saturday, May 09, 2020

Rugby vs Football

Some football and rugby ball throwing after the rains stop. Twice the typical rainfall in the last couple months. It's good to see a sunny day every once and a while.

Day Whatever

Another COVID-19 day and another walk. This trail was devoid of leaves when we first walked it back in late March.

Tuesday, May 05, 2020

Eagle Scout

An eagle getting ready for a day of hunting during one of Nicole's early runs.

Monday, May 04, 2020

Safe Tree

Trying to walk just about every street in a five mile radius of the house and finding some peculiar things.

Saturday, May 02, 2020

Big Chicken

We continue to look for new walking routes in our general vicinity. We found this giant chicken as we walked a whole new street. The walks are great but we are running out of new streets.

Social Recruiting

One way to get a kids attention.

Thursday, April 30, 2020


We have a perfect, long and fairly steep hill down the street from us that Sam has been running on a fairly regular basis. Yesterday, he got momma to do a few with him.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Kicken It

Dylan and I walked down to the local park and got some kicking in. The park doesn't have goal posts but the boy needed to work the leg a bit and he looked good doing it.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Small Shirt

Sam is trying on the t-shirt from the race wasn't able to run in Va Beach due to the virus. She didn't run 26.2 miles at the beach but did run that distance the same day in DC. I would say she earned the medal and swag. Sam doesn't fit into a women's medium very well.

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Fresh Air

Lots of walks these days.

Easter Dog

Things you see on walks.

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Street Art

Lots of walks in the neighborhoods around us these days. The kids are staying busy decorating the streets.

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

Empty Streets

Running at 4am with no one in town driving to the office has its benefits.

Friday, April 03, 2020

First Offer

Sam got his first football scholarship offer today from a division 2 school in West Virginia. I'm sure more offers are in the works.

Natural Entertainment

Nature can put on a show.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Discovered on Walks

Th things you find on walks.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Social Distance Running

Exercise is important even during a pandemic. Just gotta keep that 6 foot distance and apparently, wear a very tiny green hat.

Morning View

Ive been getting at 7am, which when I usually arrive at the office to get started on work the last few days. I tend to start the day in a leather chair in the front room and watch all the dog walkers go by then move to other parts of the house as the day moves on. It's getting nice enough now that the screened porch might come into play.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Simpler Times

We got a four mile walk in this afternoon after a day of online meetings and email. Sam actually got some basketball time in at a friends court. A trip to the store, a car wash and a visit to an ATM was my only other trips out of the house. The weather was gorgeous today which helps with the locked down feeling.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Walk in the Woods

Needed more outside today.


Dylan and I got out for some rugby drills at 8am this morning to beat the crowds. It was chilly but felt good to get fresh air.

Saturday, March 21, 2020


Sent from my iPhonenicole and her friend Sara ran the 26.2 miles they were supposed to run on Virginia Beach this weekend here at home. Got a nice dose of the cherry blossoms on the tidal basin in the first few miles.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Day 4

Sam got a football workout in with some friends and a speed coach today. 75 degrees and sunny. Gotta stay healthy to keep the virus away.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Empty Streets

Day three of the covid containment and DC is pretty empty. This is prime tourist season with the cherry blossoms hitting peak and spring breaks in full bloom. I went to the office yesterday and Nicole went in today for a tad. I will go again tomorrow but most staff are working from home for the duration. I like a little office time and the gym in the building is still open.

The boys are hanging in there and have been out on the athletic fields working out. They still have some friends they can get together with but very few restaurants to hang out in.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Social Distancing

Sam giving Jared one last hug at the basketball year end party. Jared is now Edison's all time leading scorer but sadly graduates this spring. He started on varsity since his freshman year and we will miss him badly.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Everything is cancelled except Spring

Sent from my iPhoneFlights cancelled, schools out, office is closed, no sports but spring continues to emerge.

Sunday, March 08, 2020

New Jersey’s

The Warriors played Xavier of New York at Mount Saint Mary's in Maryland today. Both teams are in the top 10 nationally but Fort Hunt lost 44-25. Dylan also did a carpenter boy special and rolled his ankle. It's pretty swollen but that's what the ice machine is for. This was the first game with the new verses as well. They are quite nice.