Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Love to read!

What's your favorite?

Evey has been asking me a lot of tough questions lately.

"What's your favorite jungle animal?"

"What's your favorite Christmas gift?"

"Who is your favorite singer?"

For Christmas gift, I answered DESTRO, an individual G.I. Joe toy I got back in 1985 or 1986. Just a cool design. He's still on my bookshelf, I showed him to Evey today...

Somewhere, I think there's a photo of me holding Destro up, on Christmas Day.

Which reminded me of this old photo, and if she's never interested in comic books again... here's at least proof that she enjoyed them at Christmas 2015....

Monday, May 23, 2016

Evey got a haircut!

And lost two teeth on the same day. It was a big day.

Toothfairy dropped a $5 bill on her for the two teeth, better than her normal $2 bill!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Should I blog about Mom?

I'm not sure when to blog about Mom. I feel like Mom's passing has given me writer's block, a slight taste of depression, but mostly a highball glass full of anger.

There's a very good chance I'll spend the next 90 minutes writing and thinking, and then I'll delete it anyway.


Just the facts: the coroner chose "atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease" as Mom's cause of death. Google it, and let me know what it says.

Not a fact: Pretty sure 90 ounces of Coca-Cola everyday, a bad sleep schedule and a lousy diet didn't help. But I'm not a doctor.

Dad's passing killed Mom seven years ago. It just took her this long to mount enough of an attack on her own constitution to finally succumb to sweet, sweet death.

Rest in peace, Mom.


When Dad passed, I felt honored to write about him in the past tense, like he went out on his shield. It was merciful. It was OK. It was over.

With Mom, I feel like I owe everyone an apology. Not sure who all still reads this blog (Mom didn't) but I'd like to say sorry to you, about the way everything went down.

These last several years have been really confusing, regarding my mom. But she was my mom.


It should be noted that I'm listening to Rage Against the Machine. But no, I have not consumed any Maker's Mark. But I did bring a bottle of Maker's Mark home from Mom's house.


It's a little over two weeks in now. There is one thing that I understand better now, since Mom has passed: I have wonderful friends.

From my wife, who has been the picture of positivity in order to help me, to friends like the Abasolos, Bauers, Nunns, Stoltman, Roberts, Richard, la familia, the neighbors...

My kids, Evey and Boyd, are the best.

Boyd won't remember his maternal grandmother. But he's doing a good job of being warm to me when I walk in the house after a trip to Mulvane.

I will clothesline him soon.


You know what's killing me? Evey has been reading the blog lately. She'll read this, if I don't delete it.

Evey is so sweet. I think her biggest concern though this whole thing? Is seeing me struggle a bit, and she's worried about me.

She's so sweet!


One thing that really makes me mad is I'm 39, and both my parents are passed.

But whoa is me — maybe I need to finally grow up.


Good night. I'll read this tomorrow, see if I leave it up.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Jax & Boyd

Wolverine vs. Wolverine!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Rest in peace Mom

Funeral on Tuesday. Details at Wichita Eagle.

Sunday, May 8, 2016


Today we went to the movies hoping to see Captain America Civil War but when we got there we found out that it was sold out. We just kept our cool and went to the movie Zootopa instead. In the middle of the movie it turned off because there was a huge storm but then about 10 minutes later it turned back on. We all agreed that it was good but we were still sad about Captain America but we still had a good time anyway.

By Evey

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Boyd does some math

Filmed tonight, April 28th, 2016.

Good times

Burgers, brats, buds.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Happy 39th birthday, me!

Evey and Boydee at Evey's 3rd grade musical,
early April 2016.
 So I turned 39 today. Whoo-hoo! Last year of the 30s.

How do I feel about it? Well, the 40s are creeping in on me, and that is a little weird. Heck, it was weird when my sister turned 40... and that was (redacted) years ago. So I'm OK with being a little weirded out about 40.

After all, I've been in my 30s, comfortably, for almost 10 years. Give a brother a break.


We had grand plans for my 39th birthday party. 

Dentists' appointment for Evey. (Huh?)

Dinner at Salty Iguana with the Joneses and the Johnsons (better).

Cake. (yup.)

But then, while Evey was sitting in the dentist's chair, I saw the radar. At 4:30 pm, it looked like all hell was about to break loose. Topeka, hammered. Wamego, annihilated. Manhattan? A memory. 

I called it all off. No way were we driving up K-10 in this apocalyptic weather. I was turning 39, and somewhere, a god was not happy (most likely Dionysus, but he can be an @$$h*le, especially on special occasions.)

Then all the weather went NORTH! Whoops. Cancelled for naught.

But that's OK... the back-up plan? Jim Shan Buffet take-out, my house, me, Adro, Evey and Boyd.

And it was AWESOME.


Lervik is in town, which is always a good time. We've been hanging out for the last 1.5 days. 

Since weather interrupted tonight's plans, we watched a movie downstairs (couldn't watch NBA — DirecTV was out with the live feed.)

We chose "Kingsmen" with Colin Firth and Samuel L. Jackson.

How was it? Pretty terrible. We got two laughs out of the movie...

Overall? A 3 out of 10.


I got some sweet gifts for my birthday. Boyd got me a badass Captain America wallet. Evey got me a sweet watch. Adro got me a nice suitcase... and it wasn't even packed!

Evey was a little bummed at the end of the evening, because she thought the wallet was from her... and she said that got my best reaction.

But, wow — I didn't realize the wallet got my best reaction, and actually, the watch and the suitcase are two items I'm even more in need of!

I tried to explain... but wow, my Evey Jones... she's so sweet, it's hard to know what's going on inside her head... but I know she loves her Daddy... and that's the only birthday gift I need, right there.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Oh man... licking poker wounds!

Boyd and Lindsey and Jeff's son -- Hayden -- on his 5th birthday.
OH WOW! Where to start?!?


The Jones family had a great weekend, thanks. Adro wanted to go to the casino so we went and checked it out... they were giving away $15,000. We did;t win the $15K, but I did walk in with $100, and walked out with $50 after a night of drinking and eating! Not bad!


Saturday we went to the barber shop to get haircuts... Boyd got a nice cut from Brandi... then on to the park, then Free State.

Evey is pretty much done with Free State.




Details to come.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Monday and Tuesday night pics

Evey had her 3rd grade music program on Monday night... she's center, back row in the above photo. 
You can tell this is my kid... Avengers pajamas, up too late "reading" comics in bed! He likes this Wonder Girl comic, Evey let him have it... 

Monday, April 11, 2016


I feel like we're officially into nice weather if Boyd can pull off undies outside! Nice job Boydee!


Nice weekend here. Pretty relaxing. I kinda needed that after a wild week with visiting the office in Cleveland, then the Masters.

On Sunday night we barbecued for the first time of the year on my new grill I got. (By the way, it's got a 10-year-warranty on it... so if I'm buying a new one before March of 2026, I hope it's free!) As we were sitting around the table, Adrianne suggested we all say what our favorite part of the weekend was. For both Adrianne and I, it was our trip to the library, all four of us sitting at a table and playing a kid's game. Boyd won, Evey and I tied for second. It was just cool, chill, free.

Afterwards we went to Free State for lunch, and that was really good.


The photos included were taken Sunday, while the weather was really nice and the kids and Adro were outside. I was half watching the Masters, half hanging out with them. As interested as I was in the Masters, the weather was too inviting for me to just sit there and watch it.


The other day, Adrianne was wearing her matching pajamas. Boyd got excited and asked, "Mom! Are you wearing a onesie?!?"


On Sunday morning, the kids and Adrianne were at church, sitting in the corner at St. John's, a little behind all the action. Boyd looked at Mom and asked, "How come we can't see God?"

No, he wasn't being philosophical. He thought the priest's title was God.


Josh Jackson is coming to KU! Nice. Hope he helps us get farther in the tourney in 2017.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Not a bad day

At the office...

Sunday, April 3, 2016

The weekend that was

It was a good weekend here. Hope you had a good one too!

Saturday morning we hit the comic convention for a little bit. I scored some sweet 1970s Hulks, Daredevils and Tales to Astonish, for $1 each...

Evey had a big birthday party (Ryleigh's) where she went to a hotel and stayed the night there with the birthday crew... lots of girls and an indoor pool! So she exited stage right on Saturday...

Boyd wanted to do something fun. We were going to go fishing, but then on the drive home, we drove by Twin Oaks and I said, "Boydee, you want to go fishing or play golf?" I thought he was going to say fishing because he had been talking about it ALL DAY... then he says, "Oh gosh Dad, that's a tough one! ...Evey, what should I do?" She said, "Pick which one you want to do Bub, they both are fun!" And finally Boyd said, "Go golfing!" So we went and spent a few hours out there. (Boyd was hitting it good, I was hitting it OK.)

Me and Adro enjoyed some cold cervezas on the back deck and enjoyed the nice weather that evening. I watched a little of the Final Four (but not that Villanova massacre of OU, thankfully.) I also began the process of repairing the fence. Not fun!

Tonight we're all exhausted. So I must say good night. More soon!