Thursday, November 16, 2017

Boyd & Dexter


These two dudes were happy to chill at Vail's 2nd birthday party... And they are looking forward to bigger birthday partys soon!!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Happy Halloween, 2017


Really fun Halloween here in Eudora... despite the cold, cold weather (snow flurries around 5 p.m.)

Evey went as a Day of the Dead person... Boyd was Dash and I was Mr. Incredible... and Regan hung out with us again this year and she was a unicorn.

I was excited to open the garage for trick or treaters, then less excited when the weather was lousy. But when Judy and Virginia came over, I tried to make it happen... got the space heater, a few blankets, and you know what? It wasn't that bad in the garage! Adrianne played Halloween music on the bluetooth speaker, had an animated Halloween movie on the flatscreen... it was a cool spot!

I think everyone was happy. An abbreviated evening, based on the weather. I wonder if Evey will participate next year? This might have been my last year taking both kids... how crazy would that be? But I get it.

I know Boyd will be excited for Halloween next year, as a 1st grader. But I wonder if Evey will be interested...?


Sunday, October 29, 2017

Hello? That you?


Busy weekend here. GOOD WEEKEND HERE.

Saturday we barely left the house but were busy all day. Just chores and such. Finished the day with Uno in the garage, then movie night.

Sunday, kids went to church with mom while I worked around the house. The to-do list was DESTROYED but now it's 830 and I can barely keep my eyes open.

(I did take time for a quick cruise in the Impala, to the Lawrence Brewery. Good beer, great atmosphere, bad service.)

Tomorrow, I'm doing my first 'Watch Dog' volunteer service at EES. All day long. Literally took a day of vacation.

Wish me luck...

Sunday, October 22, 2017

GOOD WEEKEND

Celebrated 11 years of marriage... end of soccer... round of golf, hit the pin on No. 2, ended with a birdie on No. 9... KU vs. Mizzou with Rockhold... hanging with Teresa and Ted... big storms... lunch in the garage... Buckhunter with Boyd... haircuts... science experiments... dinner at Free State... grilled steaks...

GOOD WEEKEND.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Big kid

Came with me to a friend's little league football game... got in trouble for opening then truck's tailgate on his own.... volunteered mom and Evey to come with us to see the haunted yard....

While we were walking downtown, a parent whose kid we used to coach saw Boyd and said, "Wow, he's getting big!"

He gets in trouble sometimes. But he's a good big kid.

Show me the world as I love to see it

Attention people of earth: there is no good reason for the photos in this post other than as a reminder to my own self (and ego) that I once caught a 5-foot barracuda deep sea fishing off the Atlantic coast of Florida.


I would like to go deep sea fishing again someday. Someday I will.

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Do me (and yourself) a favor: put on good headphones (or find a good sound system, where you can turn it up) and put on the third track of Radiohead's OK Computer, "Subterranean Homesick Alien." If you don't get Radiohead, this track will not only help you see the light, but it will lift your entire spirit. 

No drugs needed. The music itself is all you need, to take you away from this planet.

If you are ever at my house and would like me to help you with this, we can do it in person, we'll play it on the jukebox and just be quiet for a minute. It's the kind of peace we all need in our current America.

(A lot of the rest of the album is terrifying, btw.)

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I'm going to see the Gordon Hayward broken leg injury in my mind for the rest of my life. Dammit, I was really looking forward to seeing how that kid was going to play in Boston. He's an ideal Celtic... and just a great player, playing for his old college coach. That Butler team almost upset Duke. Hayward almost hit that half-court shot to pull off the upset... I hope it's not a career ender.

That's the rough part of sports, when the big storylines get interrupted by reality. This rarely happens in pro wrestling, and happens even less often in the telenovellas.

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So we had the kids' parent/teacher conferences today.

Evey again was raved about. Straight As. Excellent reader. Attentive student. Demonstrates the proper "life skills" needed to succeed.

So proud of her. I don't know how a 5th grader can be so studious and mindful, but that's Evey. Happy that she's doing so good!

Boyd also had a really good review. Academically he's one of the best in the class. His counting and reading is beyond the kindergarten level.

The teacher reluctantly mentioned that there has been a time or two that Boyd wasn't good at sharing... but that didn't bother me (or her) much because as she mentioned... it's a bunch of boys in the class, and sometimes it gets a little competitive. 

Glad Boyd isn't passive. We'll work on the politeness later, when the rest of the boys have learned it as well.

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Adrianne is really excited to read a book she saw reviewed in the LJW this week, called "The Hole." We asked Alexa for some direction on who wrote this book, but we weren't real clear on the author's name...

Anyway, Adro got it figured out and saw that she could order the book for $25, or buy it on the Amazon Kindle for $2. "Which one was is the Kindle 2?" she asked me.

Well, that's tough to answer. I mean, it turns out our Kindles have Kindles. Perhaps we're not as literary here in the Jones household as we like to think. Or perhaps we're related to an Amazon employee. Or maybe it's a combination of both?

But, good news, babe. I found "Kindle 2" and it's charged. Let me know how the book is.

Perhaps you'll listen to Subterranean Homesick Alien with me soon?

  


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Celebrating Jett & Boydee b-days


We had a great weekend and a highlight was going to my sister's place and celebrating Boyd's 6th birthday and Jett's 15th birthday!

If you don't mind... here's a recap of my stellar weekend...
Bart and I at QOTSA

QOTSA in action

Pixies at Midland

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Friday started off with perhaps my most anticipated concert of the year... Queens of the Stone Age at the Crossroads in KC. 


I just battled with thousands in Chicago (at Riot Fest) to see them, and I bet I never got closer than 150 yards away. At Crossroads? I was maybe 30 yards away, and comfortable. Tickets were $40 plus service fees.


Bart and I hit the show and had a blast. Royal Blood opened. 


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Saturday Boyd had a soccer game at 9 a.m. 

The other team had a lot of kids... and we had enough to field a team. But we dominated most of the game, and the kids played great. We even got Julian, the baby of the team, to play for a little bit.

Boyd was kicking the heck out of the ball, he's got a big foot and he's starting to enjoy using it. As coach, I'm encouraging him to let it fly. While he didn't score any of our three goals, he was arguably our best player on the field, as he's a defensive stopper.
Lip and I at Midland

Came home, Adrianne made an awesome breakfast. There were storms all over, but none of them materialized so Boyd and I hung out in the garage and outside. Eventually I got the courage to mow, and got the front and back mowed before the storms came that afternoon.

Judy took the kids to a play that afternoon. Adrianne and I chilled out at the house, eventually watching family YouTube videos in the garage while it dumped rain outside. I left the garage doors open... felt cool to be sitting in the garage enjoying TV while the weather was stormy right outside.

I got so sleepy Saturday night, I fell asleep while changing channels on the TV. Literally dropped the remote while my arm was outstretched. That woke me up and I went straight to bed. 

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Sunday Adro and the kids went to church. I relaxed, then got busy.

Adrianne got Boyd a new bed, and the boxes had been sitting downstairs for almost a week. It was time to take them on.

Got the bed assembled (Pottery Barn, I think, and I give them a thumb's up!) and was picking up the tools when the family pulled up. Adrianne was excited that BJ's bed was done and wanted to work on his room... I chilled and watched NFL football in the garage.

After a little bit, we all went up to my sister's house for a FEAST, Mexican style. Celebrated Boyd and Jett's b-day. Drank a couple lime-a-ritas, which were better than I anticipated. Went on a little test drive with Jett, which was more harrowing than I anticipated. Then got dropped off at Johnny's to meet Lipford... and we were off to Pixies!

That was my third time seeing Pixies, fourth time seeing QOTSA. Both were great. 

Tough to compete with a weekend like that!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Garage sale!

Lemonade stand photo from October 2016.
Lemonade stand from October 2017.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Happy 6th birthday Boydee!

It was busy but we celebrated on Thursday AND Saturday. Boyd was so sleepy at the end of the day on Thursday that he fell asleep without even opening his gifts! We did it on Friday!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Happy 6th birthday Boyd!


My cool, curious, crazy little buddy!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Brain freeze!

Photo from Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf in San Fran. There's a quiet wine bar there, and while only Judy is a wine drinker, we enjoy the atmosphere there...

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Feeling pretty awesome today. I got a TON of stuff done today, including laundry, string trimming, sawing out some weedy shrubs, lots of Golfdom work and most exciting... I fixed the DirecTV satellite! 

I hate getting on the roof and I avoid it when I can. But we got a new roof this last week, and the resultant re-install of the satellite was no bueno. DTV said we would have to wait until 10/7 (and pay $50) to get it fixed.

Well, I went to YouTube, then mustered up the courage... went up there with some tools... and now, we're watching TV again, people!!!

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Garage sale AND lemonade stand. This Saturday morning. 

See you here, people.

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Boyd has stretched out in the last few weeks. 47" tall all of a sudden. He outgrew a bike I never even opened and assembled. 

POOR FORM, DAD!

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Can you believe it's Oct. 1st? Me neither.

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Koko sleeping like a good dog nearby. Good dog.

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Boyd's team got a big W on Saturday, 2-0, against a team coached by Evey's 5th grade teacher.

Our kids were a little out of it, but we still played well. Boyd is our defensive STOPPER, and when we put him in at goalie in the 4th quarter, all of a sudden our defense was lousy. Lots of shots on goal. But he did a great job and kept a clean sheet.

He also had one of the highlights of the game: a heel pass that no one saw coming, right to a teammate, for a breakaway.

Too bad he admitted to us later that he didn't even know that player was there!



Friday, September 29, 2017

First camp out

Boyd likes to catch things mid-air, Evey pointed out today. He likes to pop bubbles in the air,
 and he also likes to catch leaves, like he did here. I do like this photo, very "Call of the Wild."
Well these photos are all a few weeks old — they're from that first camp out Boyd and I did for the big solar eclipse — but I haven't posted them yet. So here they are, finally.



Boyd and I saw this beautiful black butterfly flying around the campsite. Boyd was shouting, "Dad, LOOK!"
 and then it landed on the truck... Boyd was playing inside the tent, and I caught it with my hands. I took it
inside the tent and let it go. Boyd freaked out at first, then saw it was the
butterfly... he got up close and personal with it. I caught it again and let it go, unharmed.

Boyd enjoying his ham sammich as the eclipse was just getting started.
Boyd with Mr. Lee Wake, John's dad. Virginia (John's mom) told me it's been 14 years since John passed. Hard to believe.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Two photos to add to the collection


Ok so I'm a little sweaty & sunburned in the Tom Kite photo, but I'm fresh as a daisy with Nicky Price!