Archive for September, 2014

Soccer Awards

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

The kids had soccer awards tonight.  They ate pizza and cupcakes and received trophies.

Since we’ve played Upward at three different churches, we’ve noticed good things and bad things about each church. This church does focus more on the sport and how it should actually be played.  Or, that could be because the kids are older now.  Anyway, it was a great season!

Check out the size of this church!  It’s like a Joel Osteen type church. I wonder if their senior pastor is like Oprah too!

It’s a good thing soccer season has wrapped up because we have some big plans this October, starting with this weekend!


Thursday, September 25th, 2014

We seem to stay so busy — always traveling, swimming, running races, playing soccer, getting up in the middle of the night for a wedding, etc. — that it may seem like my kids never sleep.

Let me just point out that my kids are adaptable and over the years have learned to sleep just about anywhere. From the car to a random sidewalk, they always get their ZZZZZs.

Here are some randomly ordered photos that I’ve taken over the years:

Sometimes, Kimberlie gets in on the random sleep fun!

Garth and Trisha 90s Flashback

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

Up until about 1997 I exclusively listened to country music. When I was mowing the lawn as a third grader or driving around the neighborhood on the go-kart as a 14 year old, country music was on always my Sony Walkman. And back in those days, two of the singers who dominated the radio were Garth and Trisha.

For me, every memory has a soundtrack. And many of those soundtracks will always contain Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood tunes.

In high school, I always wanted to see Garth in concert. He was well known for awesome shows.  I was never able to though. My parents just didn’t see the point in driving outside of Macon for a concert that they just weren’t really interested in. He last performed in Atlanta in 1996. Unfortunately I was still a minor, but I swore that I would be there next time. And I’ve also always wanted to see Trisha live. You know she hails from central Georgia just like me.

Fast forward 18 years to 2014: and finally, after all of these years, Garth came back!

Although Kimberlie and Mackenzie saw Taylor Swift a couple of years ago, it has been at least 7-8 years since I’ve been to a concert. I decided that all four of us would go so that Tristan could experience his first concert as well. Mackenzie enjoyed it up until some guy spilled their beer right on her head.

He said he constantly hears “So they have new albums out? That’s great, but I want to hear the old stuff!”  He didn’t let us down and she didn’t either!

I’ve been to many, many concerts (although not recently). This had to rank in my top three. Now that my 90s music is back, maybe we can get a Clinton back in the White House?

Tristan’s Run or Dye 5K

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

This morning, Tristan ran the Run or Dye 5K in Macon.

This event is put on by a for-profit company, which most of my running community won’t tolerate.  The organization is also known for ripping off communities. Tristan actually ran it without paying for it.  To make a long story short, I paid for the race through a third party, they changed the date so I requested a refund through the third party. That third party never notified Run or Dye to pull Tristan’s registration. So, I basically scammed the scammers.

Here is a before and after shot of Tristan:

This race isn’t exactly a runner’s race. At the starting line, there were people smoking, drinking soda to hydrate, and eating sausage biscuits. That’s not typical of a race. Since Tristan was one of the few real runner, he was in the front of the pack for quite some time. Check him out here right behind the pace moped.

He actually finished 4th, which is amazing for a ten year old in a race with 2500+ participants!

An up close photo of Tristan in color, or Zombie Tristan.

To get him home, he was wrapped in a sheet and forbidden from touching anything in my car.

Arrrrrgh . . . Free Donuts

Friday, September 19th, 2014

For some reason, we have a day recognized as “Talk like a Pirate Day”. For some even stranger reason, corporate entities are beginning to recognize the day with promotions.

My second favorite donut chain, Krispy Kreme, had a promotion: Talk like a pirate and get a free donut. Dress like a pirate and get a dozen.  No problem for us, we already had our pirate gear out and ready for our upcoming Disney cruise.

The kids had a blast! Kimberlie wanted no part in it, but it was like Trick-or-treating, but better! Two dozen free donuts!

Texas Trip Number 3

Friday, September 12th, 2014

I had to jet set over to San Antonio for a few days this week for a training class. This makes my third work trip to Texas.  Here is trip 1 and trip 2.  There were a couple of differences this time. I didn’t have any of my coworkers with me and for the first time, I flew Southwest.

Southwest was awesome. They have Dish Network available that you can watch for free on your iPad.  Here is my tray table setup.

They also have this cool tracking app so you can see where you are and how fast you are going. This made looking out the window much more fun because I knew which city was beneath me.  Also, on the way there and back I had an empty seat next to me.

I may or may not have taken a selfie in the airplane bathroom.

I actually didn’t feel well during the trip so I stayed in the hotel when I wasn’t in class. Plus, I didn’t have anyone to go out and eat with. I did hit up my favorite Texas hamburger chain though.

Perhaps the best part of traveling alone, is being able to control the climate. Kimberlie would kill me if I made the room this cold with her in it!

Retro Night Glo 10K

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

Tristan and I ran the Retro Night Glo 10K this evening. This is one of our favorite local races, even though there are rolling hills the entire 6.2 miles. He beat me by quite a bit. I was so much slower this year!

One of the best parts of this race are the amenities. Check out the sheet cookie provided by one of the sponsors. They moved the two tables together to make the largest chocolate chip cookie I had ever seen.

We were happy to win second place for parent/child teams, just like we did last year!