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It’s Super Bowl Sunday! MY LA Rams versus the (BOOOOOO!) NE Patriots! I always let the boys stay up to watch the game and normally they do pretty good, but not tonight. It’s the start of the 4th quarter and they’re out! (of course, I’m not sure if they’re tired or the first 3 quarters were so incredibly boring they just couldn’t take it anymore…

Alex is Out! Adam is Out!

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Yesterday, I took Alex to a local sports complex for some batting practice. He was a little rusty at first…

Alex at the Bat Alex at the Bat

but soon found his swing…

Alex at the Bat Alex at the Bat

and was connecting with the ball…

Alex at the Bat Alex at the Bat

CRACK!

Alex at the Bat

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The sun did not shine
It was too wet to play
So we sat in the house
All that cold, cold wet day.
from The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

Charlie

I can recall another day just like this when a little boy was looking out the window, wishing the rain away, and longing to go outside.

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I’m up early, as usual, and everyone else is still asleep. I stepped outside with Charlie and sipping coffee, am watching the Sunrise on the mountain.

Sunrise Sunrise

I enjoy these quiet moments.

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Despite the busy day they had yesterday and the evening at Pa’s, the boys still got up early! I heard them get out of bed about 5:30, but I didn’t get up until 6:00. They were playing on their iPads and patiently waiting for everyone to get up (although they had already catalogued every present under the tree by its recipient. Anyway, I let them go into their stockings, which, if you know Cindy, is crammed full of treasures–toys, candy, games, and more candy…

Christmas Day

After the boys finished with their stockings, I put some coffee on and we waited for the rest of the family to get up. And at 7:00, which seemed like an eternity, the unwrapping began!

Christmas Day Christmas Day

Let’s see, there were Harry Potter wands, which they thought were pretty cool. Alex got the actual Harry Potter wand, while Adam was pleased to have the wand used by Lord Voldemort…

Christmas Day Christmas Day

Naturally, a fast-handed wand battle ensued…

Christmas Day

One of the neatest presents they received was a retro electronic football game from the 70s. I loved this game when I was a teenager, but the boys weren’t too impressed! LOL.

Christmas Day

Nope, what they were really excited about was the official 2018 FIFA World Cup Soccer Ball…

Christmas Day

and the gear that went with it…the uniforms of their favorite players: Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Brazil’s Neymar da Silva Santos Junior (aka Neymar Jr.)…

Christmas Day

There was a lot more, of course, but these were the highlights. I enjoy watching the boys on Christmas morning and remember the excitement I felt as a child while ripping the wrapping paper off the presents left for me under the tree. It’s nice to relive those moments through their eyes.

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What better way to spend the day than in the woods with the boys and their bb-guns? There’s a chill in the air, but not too bad. And there’s plenty to shoot at…like the old metal “Keep Out” sign attached to the barbed wire fence of the adjoining property. The guns are still a little hard to cock, so the boys have to improvise using their foot as a stanchion, which provides safety and support.

BB Guns BB Guns

And their form is pretty darn good!

BB Guns BB Guns

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The boys are 10-years-old today and Adam has already noted that he’s “a decade now.” Where has the time gone? Only a moment ago we were figuring-out the logistics of feeding two babies at the same time! It hasn’t always been easy, but we certainly have created some nice memories.

This year, they needed new bikes. Not only are they outgrowing their current rides, but like most boys, they’re pretty hard on those bikes, as evidenced by the dents, scratches, cracks, and tears decorating them. Each one tells a story, and like most boys, they love their bikes…

Birthday Birthday

Naturally, Mom is all over the “10-years” thing!

Birthday

And this also marks the first year they boys had a regular cake. As you’ll recall, in previous years, they had a “cake of cupcakes” in the shape of their age, as seen here.

Birthday

Happy 10-years, Boys!

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Okay, so Adam was playing soccer in the street with a neighborhood friend and a perfectly kicked ball broke the spigot off the water pipe in front of the house sending water spraying down the driveway.

Busted Pipe

What a site! Several neighbors came to help and we soon discover this pipe is in front of the water cut-off to the house, so we do a mad search for the city’s cut-off at the street. Long story short, we fond it and got the water turned-off. Honestly, I’m not sure why this pipe even had a spigot attached to it. This is the pipe from the street to the water softener, which then feeds into the house. A spigot was added as an afterthought.

Busted Pipe

Anyway, the repair was pretty simple and the pipe has been returned to it’s original (intended) state. In retrospect, I should’ve installed a cut-off, as well. I hope this doesn’t come back to bite me one day! 😛

Fixed Pipe

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So, I won’t lie, the best thing about this little car is cruising with my little buddies. This time, grandson Carter John comes with me to get some gas…

Cruising

and whatever else comes our way! The road is calling…

Cruising

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So, Jess and the grandkids are here for a week’s vacation! This afternoon, we needed to get out of the house, so we headed to up the road to Veteran’s Park!

But first, for some reason, we have to DAB (whatever that is)…

DAP DAB

With so many kids to carry, it’s a good thing Dad was there to help out with transportation!

MG at the Park

Anyway, there are plenty of things for the kids to do…

Like SPIN…

Spin

and SWING…

Jess and Carter Swing Alex and Carter Swing

and SWING some more…

Jess and Oliver swing

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