Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Labor Day, Anniversary, Kimball Picnic

Labor Day Weekend wasn't too exciting. We had hoped to go down to KY Lake after Kelly got off work on Sunday and spend the day down there with her parents. But the weather was way too cool and we knew that boating wouldn't be fun and swimming would be out of the question. Not worth the 4 hour drive. But as luck would have it, two of my closest High School friends were in town (MTC) with their families so we went and spent an evening with them.

The rest of the weekend was spent cleaning up the house. For some reason I got a bug up my butt and took down all the window screens in the house and washed them off. Then I took the deck off the mower and cleaned it out. I had also been meaning to put some sealant on our deck again so I figured since I had the pressure washer out I'd clean off the deck quickly and maybe it would be dry enough on Monday to treat.

Well after living in the house for over 3 years, the deck wood had turned a nice gray. I thought that I had heard that it was because of the sun and weather. Well I soon found out as sprayed off the deck that it turned from gray to brown. Wow... that gray isn't sun bleached wood... its dirt! So that led into me pressure washing the entire deck (I had just planned on cleaning off bird poop) in a very detailed manner. It was so obvious as to where I had washed and hadn't that I had to try and hit every inch that I could. That took the whole evening and some of the next day. Suffice it to say the deck didn’t get treated until later that week. However, we just got some rain this past weekend and I could see the water puddle up on the wood. Ah, the things that will cause a man joy.

Wednesday morning I woke up got the girls going as usual and happened to glance at the Calendar. Sept 6th. Oh piss! It's our anniversary! And I thought I had one more day to do my shopping. :) Well, I made sure to wish the missus a Happy A-Day just to let her know I remembered (yes, I have forgotten once.) Then over the lunch hour I hit a nice Brighton store and got a card. And called my mom to watch the girls. I ended up having to work late and didn't make it home before my mom got there. Which KJ was not expecting. Luckily it didn't throw her off and we had a nice evening in Evansville.

The girls haven't been getting to go swimming much. The weather hit a cool streak and then the camp pool closed on Labor Day (or so we thought). So the girls and I knew our last fling would be at the Kimball Picnic this past weekend at Holiday World. I was so hoping that it would be warm enough to hit the water park. They so LOVE that place. Thursday through Saturday it was really warm. I hoped that the temperatures held up. Then on Saturday I heard from two people that it was suppose to rain on Sunday. Ugh!! I checked the internet... 30% chance of thunder storms. :( Well we'll try anyway.

Sunday morning comes. Looks cool out. Mara says it looks like it rained overnight. Oh well, we'll try anyway. The girls seem to take their time eating breakfast (can you believe that KJ?) so they aren't done until 8:30. I tell them that I am going to take a shower and get ready. I stress that we only have one hour to get ready and they need to clean the basement, their bedrooms, and their bathroom. I then go off to a 30 minute shower as I gave myself a hair cut and also needed to shave. When I get out they are still in the basement. I look in their rooms adn bathroom. Still a mess. We have 30 minutes to get ready. And they aren't dressed and we haven't packed swim suits and towels. I am not happy. So I walk downstairs. They are building a couch cushion fort. And I would have noticed that it was a pretty good one, had I not been seeing red. I went off on them for the next 5 minutes. Told them that Holiday World was off (I really shouldn't give false threats) and thought that would put a fire under their butt. But instead of being upset and begging to go and working double hard to get everything done. They kind of just sat there and didn't do anything. Which after another 5 minutes made me even more mad. At that point, I lost my cool. And I really didn't plan on going. By now they had figured out how angry I was and were doing the chores that they were supposed to. I tried to calm down knowing this was a once a year thing that we really look forward to and didn't want to ruin. My mom showed up about quarter til 10 and helped me get the girls going. I ended up calming down and we got out of there about 30 minutes later than I had hoped.

Holiday World was great. We always have a good time. We usually have a method. Get in, hit the kiddie rides, run over to the Holidog town, go eat, hit the water park all afternoon, and then try for a ride or two on the way out. Mara wasn't very thrilled by the little kid rides this year. And all she wanted to do was go swimming. She knew we wouldn't go until after we ate so she kept telling me she was hungry and wanted to go eat. We ended up skipping Holidog town but hit a couple bigger rides on the way to lunch. We all did the scrambler and Mara and I did the Swinger. It was nice having my mom along to help out as we wouldn't have been able to do that last year when it was just the girls and I.

Lunch was nice as always although a bit crowded. But the water park was great. No too many people there. Maybe they were worried about the weather too. We stayed in there the entire afternoon until the water park closed at 5pm. The "Dumping Buckethead" is their favorite place so we spent most of our time there. However Mara, McKenna, and I did get away to a few of the bigger water slides. And we all went down the really big slides with the raft. We stayed until the very end running through empty lines to try and get as many water slide rides in before they kicked us out. After getting dried off and changed we were able to the log ride on the way out. The girls absolutely loved that no one was waiting in line as we were able to ride it twice without having to get off. Then with about 15 minutes to spare mom and Mara hit the Swinger while Lee-Lee, Poppins and myself hit the scrambler. We were buying ice cream at 6pm with our free Kimball Kash when the rain started. After a great day we didn't care. We stood in line with a towel over our head then took our ice cream to the eave of a store and enjoyed.

Awesome day!

NFL week one is here and gone! It was an nice to see some football again. Had to TiVo most of it since we were at Holiday World. Nothing like watching a 3 hour game in 30 minutes. The fantasy teams only faired so-so. Looking for a better week next Sunday.

Back is still bothering me. But not any worse. Maybe even slightly better. Maybe. Kelly got to do my x-rays. Doesn't look like it will show anything. Just need to keep up the exercises and stretches and hope it works it self out.

Soccer started up. Mara and McKenna had their first game this Saturday. But we thought the game was at 3pm and it started at 2pm. Luckily they got to get in about the last 10 minutes of the game.

Ok, fingers are tired of typing. Enough for now. I really need to snag some of KJs pics and put them in my blog. Blogs with pictures rock. Blogs without are boring.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Christmas in August

Yes... it is Christmas in August. At least for most grown men with any interest in football.

Tonite Santa comes. Yes, it's the Fantasy Football Draft. The day that has been anticipated all month long. Hell, all summer long!

I've written my list (Torry Holt, Peyton Manning, Antonio Gates) and checked it twice.

For now I'll savor the moment. As it always is with Christmas, tomorrow morning I'll be saying. "It's over? That was it? I feel so unsatisfied."

But for now I'll revel in the anticipation of what Santa will bring.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Is it Fall?

Man the evenings have gotten cool. Feels like Fall is already upon us. Sun is going down sooner and sooner. The other night I only got halfway through mowing the lawn before it was dark. I've been able to mow after work all summer long.

Micah Jo is having her 4th birthday party on Saturday. Looks like the Fooks might not be able to make it so it will just be the Jewells and Uncle Brians clan. Still need to get her a gift. We are going to take her out to the restaurant of her choice tonite and then try going over to Fuzzy's (local putt-putt go-cart place.)

Another clue that summer is almost gone... the pool is getting a bit too cool when we go in the evening. We used to go swimming after I got off work all summer long. Now it is just a bit too cool.

My back still hasn't gotten better. Some days it is not as bad, but for the most part it is still there. Really it isn't my back, but my left buttocks and left hamstring. But per the Doc it is due to pressure on a nerve in my lower back. Buldging disk. Maybe deteriorating. If it doesn't get better in the next week I'll have to go in for x-rays. I'm not to crazy about this whole thing.

Had a Fantasy Football draft on Wednesday. Went well but not perfect. Always things afterwards that you wish you would have done better. The big one with all the guys from work is Monday. That is a tough one with 14 different teams.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Utter devestation

This weekend was sad. A very very sad day. Saturday the girls cleaned up the house (to my specification, no Kelly's, big gap there) and we loaded up after lunch to hit the Jasper City Pool. Ever since the last time we went they have kept asking about when they could go again. I kept promising them that Momma or myself would take them one more time before it closed. So we pack up the bag. I grab the camera so I can take some pics of JoJo on the high dive. We drive into town. Pull into the pool. And no one is there. We pull up aside it. There is no water. It has been drained. I then had to go into an explanation with the girls. Poor Poppins was mortified. She was balling her eyes out the entire time. Mara thought it was just closed because it looked like it was going to rain. I tried to explain to her that it was closed for the year. I'm not sure she believed me. We sat there for a couple minutes in shock.

I just had a preconviced idea that ALL pools are open from Memorial weekend until Labor Day weekend. It didn't even occur to me that the pool could be closed. But school had started that week and my only guess was that when school started, the pool closed.

So we decide to drown our misery in Momma hugs and swing by the hospital since it was only a couple blocks away. KJ consoled us. Even though the girls didn't act like they needed consoling running up and down the hallways like idiots. Finally we left and were going to go to the pool at my mom's camp. But on the way to the car I decided to call up a friend who had just put in an in ground pool this summer and we ended up crashing at his place for a couple hours. With some kids there and a whole ton of toys, the day was saved.

Oh, school started this week. Kelly is in such a nicer mood this last week. :)

Mara and McKenna both seem to love it. Yet Micah is disappointed that she doesn't get to go. But preschool starts up next week.

Last week I was a bum on walking at lunch. I got in Monday. Then had lunch with the boys on Tuesday and Wednesday. Then had to "cram for my exam" on Thursday and Friday. That's the excuse I give Kelly when I geek out over reviewing statistics et al for Fantasy Football. But that is what I love. I love combing the web for FF sites. I like compiling the data. Trying to figure out who is going to have a good year and who isn't. Ranking all the players. Planning a draft strategy. That's my fun. 'Cause I'm a geek. But hey, you just gotta be who you are. Oh but to my point... I walked today. Back on the horse.

Didn't do too much this weekend other than swimming. Cleaned up my garage for about 30 minutes. I think it looks worse now than when I started. LOL I got a new toy from my step dad that he didn't use anymore. Air compressor. It looks promising. But can't be as fun as the pressure washer. I got the general duties done. Dishes. Put some laundry away. Washed some towels. (I'm not allowed to wash anything else. Well, unless it is my own clothes... and I put them away myself.) Other than that I was a complete Poker / Fantasy Football bum this weekend. Felt good!

The county highway department is trying to pave our road/cul-de-sac. Its like chip-n-seal that was dirt and isn't in the best condition. But seems there are issues with where the current road is and how the drainage is set up. It will be sweet to have it paved. I just hope they get the issues resolved... and it doesn't cost us much money. When the road gets paved we will concrete the rest of the driveway to the road and have the sidewalk to the front door put in.

Soccer started for the girls. It was a warm day. And after one practice, McKenna was ready to quit. Said it was too hot. But I talked her through the issue. Let her know that the decision was up to her but there were consequences. Talked about why she didn't like it and what we could do about it. I think she is going back. But we'll see how it goes.

First FF draft is this Wednesday. But the "main" one with "all the boys" will be right before or after Labor Day weekend. Still trying to nail a date for that.

Wish me luck!

Monday, August 14, 2006

Michigan Weekend

Got back late last night from Michigan. Some how I was able to make an 8 hour trip into 10 1/2 hours! Of course I was never in a hurry on the way home. Stopped at the first reststop for a picnic lunch and threw the frisbee around. (Which of course got stuck up on the top of the shelter house that we ate at because of ME and I had to get Mara to stand on my shoulders with a long stick to knock it down. But let's not tell momma that one.) Then for dinner we hit a McDonalds with an outdoor play area. Weather was perfect. And of course I let the girls play for a long time (although not as long as they would have liked.) And then last but not least I'd like to give my thanks to the Kentucky Department of Transportation for scheduling road work to be done at 9PM on a Sunday night. Nothing like driving 5mph for 5 miles. Man I love that DVD player in Kelly's new car.

Speaking of Kelly's new car... That is one sweet ride. You might not think so by looking on the outside. Typical kid taxi But I was playing Tony Stewart driving through downtown Detroit at 1am on the way up Thursday night. Handles smoooooth. Accelrates great. Oh and those newly paved roads on I-75 really added to the experience. What is it about newly paved roads that just feels so good?

Anyway, back to the trip.

Left Thurday afternoon and arrived in our Metro Detroit area around 1:30am local time. Girls were great and the drive was easy. My sister, Jeanne, had flew in that evening and knew we was coming. My dad had no clue and my step mom knew we were coming but thought we were coming the next day. I actually thought about surprising my sis, but decided to play it safe. The wild thing was that we were all able to pile out of the car, into the house, and into bed without either of them waking up. Since they didn't wake up, we decided to save the surprise for the morning. When my dad poked his head in the door that morning, he got a nice "Suprise!" from his daughter and three granddaughters.

Oh, but it wasn't done.

We enjoyed a nice lazy day and then head out to a local park that evening for a dinner picnic. Of course my brother from Chicago is driving over that Friday night. I keep in touch with him that evening trying to determine when he will get in. He made it in after 12:30am. And again the old folks just slept right through the whole thing. And he ends up with another surprise that next morning.

Saturday afternoon we had a nice cookout and my Unlce Bud, Aunt Nan, and Aunt Bernice were able to make it over along with some of my cousin's kids.

Looking forward to seeing them again on Thanksgiving.


I think Kelly's starting to get giddy. School starts this week for Mara and McKenna. Kelly should enjoy a little more free time during the week with both of them gone to school all day. Bad news is she will no longer be able to sleep in until 9am every morning. Girls need breakfast, get dressed, hair done, etc. Why do I have a feeling between the girls and KJ that this is a formula for bad things. LOL

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Time to play catch-up!

Ok, time to get back to posting...

Last left off in late June. Oh how the summer flies. I hate summer flies.

Girls and I have been swimming like crazy this summer. Micah can practically swim in the deep water. Not that I'd ever let her do anything like that. *WINK* And oh... she likes to go off the high dive too. Mara and McKenna swim in the deep like it is nothing. I don't even worry about them anymore (which stresses KJ out.)

Over the 4th of July we went to St. Louis. It was a nice get away. We need to do that again. And you can make a cheap trip with the free zoo and Grant's Farm. But we didn't. So it wasn't. But the Arch is always cool.

Bought a new car. Kelly's been deserving of this for a long time. But I hate spending money. Being poor sucks. But we finally pulled the trigger. And Kelly seems real happy. Now if she will only let me and the girls ride in it. :( Oh, it is a Ford Freestyle for anyone who cares.

The day after we got the car we (which includes Kelly as it was her weekend off. yeah!) went up to visit my Homie in Chicago. Nice to go up there once a year. And cool thing was Jacob as up there too. We hit a Renissance Festival. It was fun. Girls got to dress up. Shows were great. And looking at everyone in "dress" taking in that midevil" flair is pretty cool too. I love all the craft booths too. But the food and rides... can anyone say "Ripoff Artist!"

We hit the Strassenfest this past weekend. First time I've hit the beer garden. I had a good time. Took the girls up the next night for rides and eats. Enjoyable but not too much for a family to do. It isn't like your local county fair. And again... the rides... "Ripoff Artist!"

Fantasy Football starts up at the end of this month. I am giddy. No seriously! Little boy in a candy store giddy? I think not! Little boy found his daddy's magazine stash giddy!!!

Thursday the girls and I are heading up to Detroit to surprise my dad. He turned 60 this year. My sis and bro will be there too. Should be fun. Sad that KJ can't come. She misses out on alot working weekends. That's why I really try and let her do her scrapbooking trips and such. Although I feel quite honored. She's gonna give up a scrap trip to go with me and some friends to Cedar Point. Cedar Point it right up there with Fantasy Football and magazine stashes!

I got a pain in my leg about 3 weeks ago. Thought it was just a pulled muscle. Then I noticed it went down my leg into my foot. Kelly agreed that I should see a Chiropractor. 2nd visit ever of my life. He thinks it may be a buldged disk. Great. Been seeing him about once a week and doing stretches. I thought it was helping... until Friday. Right now I can't sit down without my leg getting "tight". It doesn't hurt until I stand up. Then it is painful until I get it stretched out. If I am standing, walking, or up and about it doesn't bother me. But as soon as I sit down it kills me to stand up. I'm not convinced it is a spine thing. I may check with my regular doctor soon if this doesn't go away.

I know I left something out, but hey, that's life.

Updated the MP3 players. Some of the artists:
Matthew Sweet
Bare Naked Ladies
Jimmy Buffet
Dean Martin
Ugly Kid Joe
Sheryl Crow
Beach Boys
Van Halen
Grateful Dead
DMB
Kenny Loggins
REM
Nena
Fergie Ferg (Gonna love you long time. Thanks for forcing this one on me Kel!)

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Grandparents

Went walking at lunch today. Just a leisure walk as it is rather warm out.

Passed by an older gentelman, and as I do with everyone I pass, I smilled and nodded. He smiled and waved. And then it hit me... a huge emotion of missing my grandparents. Specifically I pictured both of my grandfathers. Tears started streaming down my face. I didn't know why. I just felt that I missed them very much. Luckily I had sunglasses on. But I had to keep wiping my face dry.

Weird.

That's all I got today.

Steven