Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!






















Well this just ruins an otherwise decent Monday ... and on Halloween, too!

I was going to upload pics of my daughter at dance class ... dressed up as Wonder Woman. And, I was going to upload video of my son making three layups in a row ... during warm-ups. And, I even had pictures from today's Halloween parade at school (my son is a gangster - think 1950's).

But, blogspot doesn't like me today. It went back to the old method of uploading pictures ... and then THAT didn't even work. Plus, I don't even have a link to upload video today.

The Badgers might as well have lost two football games in a row to really ruin my mood ... Wait ... What?

Awwww, crud!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Baseball ... Go crazy! ... Unbelievable! ... I don't believe what I just saw!



And honoring a father with his own call 20 years later.


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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Monday, October 24, 2011

Silent so long.

Yes, I was. In my defense, my wife was in London until Wednesday, we just finished up football and baseball - so, far less activities during the week - and I was pretty much intent on ... well ... being intent on the Badger football game this Saturday night.

And ... that ... didn't go so well. We happily enjoyed watching the first three quarters at our neighbors' house before coming home to put the kids to bed. The fourth quarter was a mess ... and so was I ... as the Badgers fought back to a tie ... only to have a Hail Mary pass answer the Spartans' prayers for a victory. Honestly? I didn't sleep. Seriously. It was 5am before my eyes shut ... and I was up by 7am for church. Needless to say, two hours sleep is no good.

Thankfully, the Packers also played this weekend. And though they didn't look great, any win in a dome in Minnesota for a team from Wisconsin is fine by me. It also raised my spirits a bit - that, and the chili I made. And Sunday night's bed never felt so good.

Anyway, that's all behind us. My daughter did have her swimming lessons last Thursday - which may be a shock to some in Minnesota, since most things shut down during our statewide educators' convention. Speaking of which - allowed us (as a family of four!) to go to an apple orchard on Friday morning.

Yes, it is past prime and ALL the apples are picked. We didn't go out into the orchard like normal to find our apples. Instead, we picked them from the bins in the red barn. The kids played 'king/queen of the hill' on a big pile of hay. Three nice pumpkins were selected for our front porch - the two kids and I each get one, while my wife plays 'helper' to our carving. The best part of the trip to the orchard is always the 'extra' goodies: apple donuts and apple fritter bread. Enjoyed the bread today - battered and fried up as french toast, with a little syrup. Yum ...

Monday, October 17, 2011

Red Bull Victory only adds to "Big Red" Saturday

The Badgers obviously took it to Indiana this past weekend, but while the UW gridiron gang was throttling the Hoosiers, my son's 1st/2nd grade basketball team was winning a close one. They do some skill competitions before they actually play the game, so you will see my son shooting some lay ups and short shots, but I've also posted the video of him competing in the dribble relay.










On Sunday, we (the Blue Titan 2nd grade flag football team) competed in our last game of the 2011 season, too. We got to play on the new turf that will be under the new dome at the high school. The lines were a bit confusing and the wind was a bit chilly, but we got ourselves another victory to end the year at 5-1. Not bad. Not bad at all. Congrats Titans!