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Snow Mountain Birthday

Sunday, February 16th, 2020

I celebrated my 41st birthday today with a trip to Stone Mountain — called “Snow Mountain” in the winter. We spent a while playing in the snow. Unfortunately when it was time for tubing, all of the slides that Rilianne could ride were closed. So, I demanded a refund for me and her and we wondered around while Kimberlie and the big kids enjoyed the tubing slides. On the way home, we enjoyed a meal at Buckners!

Bass Pro Shops Visit

Monday, December 23rd, 2019

I took the day off of work today to make it a five day Christmas weekend.  Kimberlie had to work so I took the kids to Macon to Bass Pro Shops. Its become an annual tradition to visit their Santa Wonderland and take advantage of their free photos with Santa.

Santa and Snow in Perry

Saturday, December 14th, 2019

Today we rode down to Perry to Broken Arrow Outfitters.  Rilianne and Mackenzie played in some fake snow and Rilianne got to see another Santa!

It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas

Sunday, December 1st, 2019

Thanksgiving 2019

Thursday, November 28th, 2019

This morning while Kimberlie was at work, the kids and I prepared a Thanksgiving feast. She was surprised when she got home. We quickly ate and then hit up some of the local Black Friday deals.

Santa Saturday 2018

Saturday, December 8th, 2018

Today, we were able to visit with a couple of Santas. First, we took Rilianne to see the Bass Pro Shops Santa.  It is free and it is right across the street from where Mackenzie plays indoor soccer.

Later in the afternoon, we dined at The Swanson, where I knew a familiar Santa would be.  This Santa was my sunday school teacher when I was in middle school. The kids are always impressed when Santa calls me by name.  I tell them that he knows all of the bad kids!

Work Trip: Minneapolis — The City

Friday, May 18th, 2018

Although I go home early tomorrow, Minneapolis has been a nice place to visit.

This is a view from my hotel room. This is the corporate headquarters for Target.

Connected to the corporate headquarters (and two blocks from my hotel) is Target’s flagship store. I visited 3 times in 3 days.  The store is amazing with updated signage and technology and products I hadn’t seen at my Target.

This morning, I explored the city by running with about 20 other folks who were in town for the same purpose I was.

Minneapolis began as a flour mill town and the remnants of these old mills are everywhere. Most have been converted into awesome riverfront lofts.

Minnesota is supposed to have 10,000 lakes, but I didn’t see any. The Mississippi River, however, was beautiful.  This is the third Mississippi River city that I’ve had the pleasure of visiting. (The others were St. Louis and New Orleans.)

Any time I’m away from the family, I make sure to stay in touch via FaceTime!

Work Trip: Minneapolis — The Mall of America

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

For the rest of the week, I’m in Minneapolis for a work trip. I’m under a social media policy that forbids me from discussing work in this forum, but I will highlight some of the fun things I am doing.

Today, I visited the Mall of America. I have always wanted to come here.

This place is amazing. There is an entire theme park in the middle of the mall — with over 20 rides. I understand it used to be Peanuts themed, but now it is themed around Nickelodeon characters.

Playing around in the Disney Store.

Lunch was had at the Shake Shack.

I discovered this macaron store.  I bought a birthday cake flavored macaron. It was one of the most amazing desserts I have ever had in my life.

Since I was traveling without kids, there was no reason to leave my paycheck at this store!

The assortment of stores was nice. It was a mix of major chains and smaller unknown (to me) stores, which made it nice to explore.  I can’t wait to return someday with the family.

Car Buggies

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

I hate these car buggies!

Tristan’s Drastic Haircut

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

This afternoon, I got off work a little early and decided to take Tristan to get a haircut.  Many people don’t realize that people are treated differently based on appearance. If you look nice, you get better jobs, make more money, and are generally more successful in life. This isn’t just from the Gospel of Jonathan. This is a fact.

This is Jamie — she is the most awesome Great Clips stylist ever and she is tons of fun!

There was a mess under the chair when we left . . .