Tuesday, October 17

8 Years Old

T had a birthday last week and he is now 8 years old!  For some odd reason, it really makes me feel old..... We had little family party for him on his birthday.  He requested to eat steak!  So we grilled steak with veggies and fruit and we had a donut cake for dessert!  He opened a few presents including new shoes (thanks Richard!) some t-shirts, Lego sets and other fun items!

We celebrated again on Sunday evening with some friends.  This meal we had salmon, asparagus, potatoes, fruit, salad and rolls.  If you couldn't guess, steak and salmon are T's favorites!  Turner is such a good boy and he brings so much joy into our family.  Happy Birthday T!

Friday, October 13


I took the kiddos on one last camping trip before the weather cools off and we had a great time!  We camped on the beach just north of Bodega Bay and ended up exploring 90+ miles of the coast.  We stopped and hiked, explored, ate and had a great quick trip to the coast!

Thursday, October 12


Some days after I come home from a long day at work, plus a 40 minute commute home, the last thing I want to do is exercise. I mentally think of any excuse to not exercise and my mind gets set that lounging around the house would be way better.  But as soon as I walk in that door and say hi to me wife and kiddos, all the plans in my mind seem to change.  The kiddos are excited to see me and honestly I usually get a burst of energy!  When this happens, I know I have to act quick so I will usually change my clothes real quick, have the kiddos put their shoes, go potty and we all head into the garage to find our helmets and go for a family bike ride.

As soon as we are all outside and start pedaling those bikes I am immediately happy with the decision to go on a family bike ride.  Some evenings we will ride along the trails in our neighborhood for a couple miles and other nights we will ride shorter distance and then stop to play at the parks along the way.  No matter what though, my family and I are satisfied with the fresh air, the exercise and the opportunity we have to spend time together as a family.

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