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3,391 Miles and Counting…

2016-06-10 05.19.41 1Summer time for our family is about adventuring (and getting out the heat). This year we planned a major summer vacation basically around my sister’s wedding and an end of the summer log cabin rental in the Smokey Mountains with Jenn’s family.

As is our customary summer schedule I attend for part of the vacation and my family gets to enjoy the rest while I get to go back to work and try and complete a year’s worth of home improvement projects before everyone gets back. My leg of the road trip tour included 3,391 miles (including my flight home), but Jenn and the kids are still plugging along with several more stops to come. Continue reading “3,391 Miles and Counting…”

Adventure of A Lifetime

If you line a bunch of Kindergartener’s up and ask them what they want to be when they grow up…chances are you will get a few doctors, police officers, and vets. If you add Nolin into the mix, then you will get “Mr. John The Adventure Man“!

And with that it is very easy to see that having the opportunity to walk beside Nolin as he grows up will truly be the adventure of a lifetime. Today marks a new chapter in that adventure as our little adventure man turns 6 years old! Continue reading “Adventure of A Lifetime”

Are You Home Yet?

20160417_091848Monday April 18, 2016 has been a countdown day for our family for quite some time now. Jenn has been waking up at 4am at least 3 days a week to go run an insane number of miles in preparation for thisĀ  year’s Boston Marathon. While she has been training her body to run miles, I have been training my body to operate with little sleep.

Apparently at some point after Nolin was potty trained and sleeping through the night, in a moment of brilliance I told him not to worry about waking me up if he has to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night. I am not sure I ever said that, but Nolin’s memory is way better than mine, so I will assume he is correct. I guess I thought that a slight wake up call was way better than a sleep walking kid peeing all over the walls and halls. Continue reading “Are You Home Yet?”

A Case of The Feels

2016-03-19 10.51.11 1In Nolin’s perfect world, all of his friends and the people he loves would all live on our cul-de-sac and he would see them every day. If Nolin has ever met you, then you are his friend and a person he loves and therefore would be living on our cul-de-sac.

There is a complete joy that comes over him when people come to visit and although he is able to operate in an out-of-site out-of-mind mentality, it is always harder for him to say goodbye. I’d be lying if I said, that I don’t sometimes wonder if adoption plays any part in this, but I like to think that he just loves people intensely (which has caused us to already start preparing for his first “break-up”).

The other week we had a case of the feels, which was both heartbreaking and heartwarming to experience. Continue reading “A Case of The Feels”

Easter 2016

20160314_151306It’s Easter 2016 a time for new beginnings. Besides the obvious religious components of Easter, it always serves as a good reminder of a few other important areas of life.

One is the fact that I can bring back whatever it is that I gave up for lent. Now that I am reading this back, this is probably not (in the grand scheme of things) really an “important area of life”. Previously I have said a temporary goodbye to all sugar, meat and this year it was alcohol.

Next it reminds me that I have either celebrated or am about to celebrate yet another birthday. This always reminds me that while in my mind I am still stuck somewhere in my twenties, my body is on a dead sprint towards the top of the hill.

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