Inner Tube Swimming

This past Monday, we finally got to take the inner tube and head out to play with it. My boys have never been on one, so it was a special treat for them. We took Dad to the Funny Farm (Fun Farm Bridge) to try it out.



We tied a string to it so it wouldn’t get too far away from us and let them drift a bit with the current. The boys loved the inner tube!


Have I mentioned Caiden loves water?


I even went out for a few minutes, even though it was sized for a small child…


Jen climbed on but the shock of the cold water made her lose her composure for a few minutes…


I posted a rough picture of Jen so it is only fair I post a second picture… a sane one.


Jen walked out a bit with both boys on the tube at the same time.


Jen walked away. Dad still had ahold of the string but we let them float alone for a few minutes.


Jen took the boys on a walk down the stream to where we were going to have our picnic dinner.



Caiden was bouncing the inner tube after dinner, splashing himself pretty good.


Caiden helping Brendan in the water.


Jen interrupting brother time by splashing both of them pretty good.


Baywatch, anyone?

And then, yesterday, my son got a letter in the mail…


He worked really hard at getting the envelope open.


He read the entire thing by himself. It was a letter from his Kindergarten teacher, welcoming him to her class at the end of August. The awesome part is that his upcoming Kindergarten teacher was his Preschool teacher. There couldn’t be a happier child on the planet!

I’m quite sure you’re wondering by now, “Why are you finally posting about all this activity?”

Well, tomorrow morning, my family and I (minus dad, who has to leave for work) are leaving for a weeks’ vacation in Oklahoma with my parents, my brother (and his family) I haven’t seen in nearly 20 years or more. It’ll be a 22+ hour drive over two days but the result should be a lot of fun times. I had to clean out my pictures folder before I could take pictures of our trip!


Prepping what I need to take with me to take over my mom’s kitchen for a week. I volunteered to take care of all breakfast and dinner foods for the week. My mom and dad aren’t young anymore. It’s the least I can do.


Making some garlic butter and other butters to take to my dad. I’ve been promising for nearly a year to mail him some. Now is a perfect opportunity to make and take with!


My spices. A must. I don’t plan on having my parents buy spices they won’t use after I leave. I’d rather bring my own and then they don’t have a bunch of extras when we are gone.

Back to packing! Tomorrow morning will come early and, of course, Mark wants me to make him some food for his last few days in town before I leave in the morning. He wants me to make 2 dinners for him to keep fed the four days he’ll be “home alone.”

In my opinion, it doesn’t matter. He’ll still go out to eat every chance he gets.

Keep watching! I’ll keep y’all posted on our travels and fun! Right now, I need to figure out what quilts I am taking down to show off to my mom. I mean, really, could you see me visiting my parents for the first time in two years and *not* showing off my quilts? I just can’t decide which ones to take! Someone needs to heeeeeelllllllppppppp!

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Coding = No Life

Good day to you and yours! I recently had to explain to someone where I’ve been, what I’ve been doing. I’ll tell you this by way of explanation: When I am coding, I have no life. I get wrapped up into things and no one sees me for days, weeks, sometimes even months.

I recently decided to build my own private server for my two boys. They like to play Minecraft and I decided to offer them a bunch of things playing “Vanilla” Minecraft wouldn’t give them. To that end, I’ve been working near night and day on that and have neglected everything else.

Has it been fun? Yes. Every time I code, it’s fun. Right up to the point where I get frustrated because I’ve absorbed too much information and it’s time to step back for a bit. That’s about where I am, right now. When I’m done, I’ll post the address for anyone else who reads me and has children that play Minecraft. My server will be “child safe.”

I’ve done a few things here and there with the boys – besides play. And, I’ve collected some 2,000 in the process. I’ll show you a few so you know I haven’t killed them off. We’re all very much alive and well. Let’s start with June 27th. We went and played in a river for awhile. Just for fun…


Dad was helping Caiden try and catch a bottom-feeder in a river. It was surprisingly easy to catch – because it was dead.


That was a little disappointing but fun, at least. Dad was trying to help Caiden learn how to “sneak up” on a fish.


Dad trying to help them catch a live fish.


Finishing his lunch while sitting in some cool water.


I don’t think Dad understands – Caiden doesn’t care if you get him wet. The boy was born to be in the water!


Caiden is gorgeous. Look at those eyes!


And, of course, the child that’s always cold warms up with Dad for a bit before heading back into the river…


Am I wrong for wanting to boot Caiden in the butt to send him unsuspectingly flying into the water?


I should submit this picture to the Ball Facebook site. What better use for a Ball jar than catching bugs and river critters in the summer?


I’ll tell you a funny story and then I’m gonna sign off for today. Now that you know I’m alive and all that.

The picture above was taken on the way home on June 28th. Jen was following me in the Toyota and I was looking off to the left (East) and commenting on the pretty pinks in the sky at sunset. For some reason, I never thought to look to my right (West) and see the actual sunset. She asked if I wanted to stop and get some pictures of the sunset. I said, “Nah. I’m headed home to babies!”

As we drove along, two vehicles headed home, I happened to glance over to my right (for the first time). Within seconds, my blinker was on and I was pulling over. Jen got a huge laugh when I told her that I hadn’t realized the sunset was on the other side of me. If I had, my answer would have been more like, “The boys can wait 5 more minutes. I’m getting pictures!”

And pictures I did get…


So, I’m back – mostly – but if you miss me, just ask me how the coding is going. I’m probably neck-deep in code again.

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