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Breakfast of Champions

Gavin came home this week from school a little disappointed. Apparently he missed national rankings with his Shuttle Run exercise by 1/2 a second. Below is his multi-step action plan to overcome this gap …
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Posted: November 23rd, 2014
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Happy Halloween

As a dad, I’m starting to get a little sad now on Halloween. It is because I know that my kids’ days of Trick-or-Treating is nearing an end. Still have a few more years left with Gavin, but Elyce is already getting too cool for it. This is really my favorite time of the year, so it’s getting me a little sad as I think about it.

As a kid, I loved Halloween: The candy, the dressing up, the going out in the neighborhood for the night and seeing friends. When I got older, I got up to no good: stupid stuff as I reflect, but it was fun at the time (shaving cream fights, parties, etc). In college, it was a reason to drink and act like a dick (sorry for the vulgarity, but that truly is what we acted like with too much beer in our tummies).

And then, kids.

It has been kind of like starting the cycle again — I’m more a part of it than I thought parents would be. I mean, I loved watching them get into it and helping them get dressed, carving the pumpkin, and sharing the excitement of getting as much candy as possible. But I feel like that window is closing and I am becoming more reflective as I age, wondering what it will be like when they are ‘too cool’ for Halloween.

Ah – I need to stop that train of thought. Carpe Diem! Have a great Halloween if you’ve bothered to read this far. Here’s a great GIF to give you a laugh (it’s a midget in the GIF, by the way) …

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Posted: October 31st, 2014
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Site Update … Ugh!

So – I decided to purchase an SSD Drive for both Gavin’s and My computer. Installation on Gavin’s beast was fairly quick (game conversions, mostly). Mine has been another story. One takes for granted all the software and setup used over a 2 year period. What turned out to be a weekend project of ‘switching drives’ has turned in to a full-blown rebuild.

In the meantime, I have 3 video projects (our Spring Break Trip to CA, a recent work-related paint-ball fight, and some archives of old cam footage of the kids) in limbo on my old hard-drive. I will get to it, but I have to get this SSD fully set.

In the meantime … 2 pics of the kids below on July 4 while shopping.

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Posted: July 5th, 2014
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A Build for Elyce

Gavin and I spent the morning building Elyce her new computer … He doesn’t look very thrilled here, because he is beginning to understand that this computer may actually be as fast as his own. He is EXTREMELY competitive (not sure where he gets that from), and wants to have the fastest computer in the house.

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Been wanting to do this for a couple of years now – build a computer with Gavin. After the day was through, he seems to understand the different parts that we worked with today: motherboard, RAM, Power Supplies, and Video Cards. Next time we build, I will work with him on selecting parts and watch him put together. Can’t wait for that.

Elyce’s computer specs:
– Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz
– ASROCK Z87-EXTREME4 ATX LGA 11 Mboard
– 8 gigs of RAM (Meh …)
– ASUS GTX760 Video Card

 

Posted: March 29th, 2014
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Christmas Morning Time-Lapse

Posted: December 28th, 2013
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I’ll Never Get Used to This

“Mr and Mrs Foxley” … ugh.

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Posted: September 26th, 2013
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Finally … Pierced Ears

Elyce finally got her ears pierced in celebration of her upcoming 10th Birthday.

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Posted: June 7th, 2013
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RIP Daisy

So today, about two weeks after Elyce brought home both “Daisy” and “Luigi” from school (from a science class) as pets, Daisy died. Elyce buried her in the back near a tree. Even though I missed the service, I did tell Elyce (she was pretty upset) that Daisy had a pretty good life: Impressive Digs (I’ll probably post a pic of the aquarium later on this weekend) and a very caring owner. Hell, if I was a frog with the setup Daisy had, I’d feel pretty lucky.

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It looks like we’ll be waiting until this coming weekend to find a replacement companion for Luigi … apparently, these frogs are ‘social creatures’ and tend to live longer when not alone.

The things you learn as a parent …

Posted: March 6th, 2013
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Elyce’s First Slumber Party

So Elyce spent the night at a friend’s house last night … first time. We were a little anxious to get that 11pm call, but it never came.

Posted: February 3rd, 2013
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Student of the Semester – Repeat

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Gavin got Student of the Semester for the Fall Semester – second one in a row. He was ecstatic, as you can see at the ceremony at school the other night. I guess academic domination skips generations, thankfully.

 

Posted: January 29th, 2013
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Happy Meele.

So in the chaos of everyone in the family making Christmas cookies today, we got hungry. Tina and I thought (in the spirit of holiday indulgence) to get some take-out at McDonalds – so I offered to drive up the road and grab some. I enlisted Gavin to help me – with the first task of taking everyone’s order. This is what I pulled into the McDonalds drive-thru with …

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Posted: December 22nd, 2012
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No Love for the Specs

So Gavin had an eye-test at school that didn’t go so well; consequentially, we had him re-tested at a local doc’s. Looks like he will have to wear glasses for a little while. Here he is trying on some diplay specs … Looks real happy, huh?

Posted: November 21st, 2012
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I’ll take the Basket with Wheels

The kids are getting to the age now where when I am getting ready to, say, go to the hardware store – they no longer scream “yeah!” when I ask if they want to go along with me. They are getting bored easily with such trips. This is getting to me – as, as dorky as it sounds, it is always fun to have someone to join me while running these errands. I guess this is just them growing up, but it bums me out sometimes.

Yesterday I asked the question to Gavin while getting ready to hit the neighborhood Lowe’s … and he said ‘sure’. When we got there, I found they had just started offering handbaskets with wheels (kind of like rolling luggage) – which Gavin enjoyed carting around the store while I threw items that we needed into the basket.

I guess at this point I’m just grasping onto anything I can to make the trips fun for either Gavin or Elyce … I’ll take the wheeled baskets for now.

Posted: October 26th, 2012
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Cabbage-Master Elyce

Elyce’s entry into the Bonnie Plant’s annual 3rd Grader Cabbage Contest

Last year, while in 3rd grade, Elyce received a seedling to grow a cabbage plant. 1 winner from each state is selected for a $1,000 prize in scholarship money.

It is due tomorrow, so wish her luck!

Posted: September 9th, 2012
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Not a Big Fan of Hobos

So, for some reason, Gavin really does not like the prospect of becoming or having similarities of “hobos”. We don’t know where he established this fear, but … we are learning to use it to our advantage.

“Gavin, it’s time to take a bath”

“But I don’t want to!”

“Do you want to smell like a hobo?”

running to bathroom ….

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“Gavin, put away your clean clothes” pointing to the freshly folded piles.

“But I don’t want to.”

“Take care of your clothes, Gavin – otherwise, you’ll end up like a hobo with only 1 pair to wear”

scurrying to grab the clothes ….

Posted: September 8th, 2012
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Elyce’s Craft Place – Now Open

Elyce opened her craft store on Etsy today to sell some of her wares …

Posted: July 22nd, 2012
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That’s What He’ll Do About It, Punk

An inspiring story of a father doing what good dads do best …

Posted: April 2nd, 2012
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Little Einstein

Elyce found this book in my office today. After I saw her eyeing it, I told her I’d give her $100 Cash if she read it in its entirety – it weighs in at 528 pages.

As of tonight, she’s on page 6.

Posted: March 30th, 2012
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Life with Dad

4 Years – My dad can do anything
7 Years – My dad knows a lot
8 Years – Dad doesn’t quite know everything
12 Years – Dad doesn’t quite understand
14 Years – Father? Hopelessly old-fashioned.
21 Years – Oh, that man is out of date. What would you expect?
25 Years – He comes up with a good idea, now and then.
30 Years – Let’s find out what Dad thinks about it
35 Years – A little patience … must get Dad’s input first
50 Years – What would Dad have thought about it?
60 Years – I wish I could talk it over with Dad once more

Posted: January 15th, 2012
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No More Back Seat Driving

It only clicked today to peruse the Transportation Department to see when Elyce would be out of her blasted Booster Seat in the back …

Oops! We were a year too late. Today was her first day riding up front. It was pretty neat.

Posted: July 30th, 2011
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Gavin broke his leg

Gavin broke his tibia bone today. Fun!

Posted: June 9th, 2011
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Gavin will Hate Me for This

I know Gavin won’t like this, but I simply can’t resist.

Tina found this in one of Gavin’s drawers today. “N”, apparently, is Nadine. Gavin was pretty upset that this was discovered.

And so it begins …

Posted: February 13th, 2011
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MMMM. Donut.

New Years Day, 2011. Gavin’s first breakfast of the year = Donut. Eaten in his unique way of “Toppings Only”. Nice.

Posted: January 1st, 2011
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Elyce the Editor

Today, while Christmas shopping with Elyce, we happened into a local Barnes and Nobles bookstore. A book about MLK Jr caught her eye, and I bought it in addition to the books we were ‘gifting’.

While shopping, she’s reading. By the time we get home, she’s about 4 chapters in. Previewing what it would take to complete the book, she peruses the chapters ahead and notices that there are two Chapter Elevens (no chapter twelve). I told her she should write the author to point this out. She did.

As a dad, I’m just going to say very proudly that that is cool.

Posted: December 19th, 2010
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Pull ‘Em Up, Yo

Posted: December 5th, 2010
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Elyce’s Awesome Letter to Santa

Okay, Dad did help just a little …

Posted: December 4th, 2010
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Charming School Play

Posted: November 28th, 2010
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Weekend Agenda

After flying home for the weekend (I’m on “special assignment” at work in the southeast US), I saw this on my office door. Cute.

Posted: October 9th, 2010
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Gavin’s Latest Take-Away from School, Apparently

Gavin has been in kindergarten for 2 weeks now, and I’ve noticed him spitting – a new habit I’m sure he acquired from some punk at school.

This morning he spat in our foyer.

I grabbed him and put his face in it. Sorry – but kid’s got to learn. As he cried with the evidence dripping down his face, I demanded he clean it up off of the tile.

He won’t be spitting again.

Posted: September 4th, 2010
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Post Trip Thoughts

While on the trip, in some back-mountain restaurant in Bluff Utah we were having dinner with the kids. They were eating what must have been their 10th dish of Chicken Nuggets and French Fries – the kids’ staple when eating out. I took a moment to acknowledge the last dinner on the road for this trip, as well as to point out that today was Mom and Dad’s 18 year anniversary. Eighteen years ago today, we agreed to date. We celebrate this day with more sentiment than our wedding anniversary.

In our eighteen years, we have rarely taken vacations, in the typical sense. When we have taken time off of work, it has always been to see family – either in NM when we lived in the Northwest, or to Houston to see the Foxleys. If I weren’t spending that time traveling to see family, it was a “Staycation”. I can literally count the trips excluding familial visits on two fingers: camping in Durango in 1995 and London in 2000.

So this trip was special for us. It was special not just for our first one in 11 years, but that we had 2 new attendees in Gavin and Elyce. I have been planning this for over 3 years – not that it was elaborate, but simply each of the first two years, I had to cancel at the last minute due to work issues. I HAD TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN this year. It was becoming an integrity thing to me – for the kids. I don’t want to be a dad that the kids can’t trust my commitment. When I say we are going to do something, I want them to believe and trust that it will happen. I guess I’ve grown to appreciate integrity and this was part of that.

So I sit here at the St Louis airport waiting to connect to Nashville for work. I literally unpacked shorts and camera chargers last night – only to turn right around and re-pack a case with suites and computer power-cords for my trip this week (and next). I wouldn’t be surprised if when I unpack tonight that I find some sand or a random souvenir in my case. Hell, maybe I’ll find one of those chicken nuggets.

I think Tina and I agree that we need to reduce the frequency between these vacations – if not for the sake of our sanity, for the kids’ memories. We chatted last night about the most memorable moments in the trip, and we agreed that it was the afternoon we arrived in Santa Monica.

The kids were so elated to see the ocean, jump in the water, search for shells, and simply drink the ocean air. And, oddly, this was the least expensive afternoon of the entire trip. Kids, I’m finding, aren’t impressed by the price tags of experiences. They really just want to have fun. They really just want to be with Mom and Dad. And when I look back at the trips that meant the most to me when I was growing up, the ones I remember the most were the ones and moments with family.

Somehow, I forgot that. I think that’s the most powerful take-away for me … these experiences carry limited cost and are priceless in the end.

Posted: March 19th, 2010
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