05 July 2014

Me and My Little Bug at End of Third Grade

Lucy had her end of year picnic recently.  Pretty hot, but had a good time with my girl!!!

More Pickin'

Different field, same result--lots of berries!

Brier Creek Carnival

Myra, enjoying the carnival.  Yes, her face is painted like a cat.  And Lucy was off with her friend.  They're getting old!

My Wife's Favorite Time of Year

I think she's a little upset that Myra is taking time away from picking to sample her work.

Cleaning Up With Y Guides

Lucy Says 'Enough, Clean Up After Yourselves, People!'
Park clean up day in April with the y Guides was quite productive.  Bags and bags and bags full of trash.  Ew.

It's Been Awhile...

Wow...two months since any posts.  Been very busy, but we will try to get back to it now!

20 April 2014


Ready to Dye Eggs

BurgerFi Selfie!

Me and my girl!

Guess Who Came for Easter?

Yup, Nana and PapPap.  Having a great visit!

More Soccer with Coach Daddy

Myra, getting ready for a scrimmage.  Soccer is getting ready to wind down, but a few more games left.  Myra has decided to try fall soccer.  She may even have an awesome coach, Coach Daddy.

18 April 2014

Fun Out on the River

We took a ride on the JoyBoy on the Neuse River.  Very fun!

Myra and I

Wild west weekend...gotta love it!

Camp Seafarer with The Diamonds in the Sky

Myra and I made it to camp.

The Flares

Ready for a game!


Falls Lake Red Foxes

How How!  Ice cream social with the Red Foxes!

We Made it To Seafarer!

Lucy and I made it.  Beautiful day, although a little windy, as you can tell!  Excited for a fun weekend with my Little Bug!

Field Day With Myra

Got to go out and volunteer for Myra's field day.  Did not get to for Lucy, as I picked her up to head to Camp Seafarer.  Had a fun time.  You can see my little bear getting into the action!

Mmmmm...>They're baaaaaackkkk...

My favorite pastry, back again!

More Hockey Fun

More hockey fun with Myra's tribe this time.  We sat down in the lower bowl.  Girls definitely had an awesome time.  No tailgating with the heavy rain this time though.

24 March 2014

Our Getaway

Wife kidnapped me and took me up to the Mountains for an anniversary vacation.  GREAT TIME with my wife.  So glad to spend some quality time with her.  Had a GREAT dinner at the Olde Hickory Tap Room, some good beers, some good art appreciation, and lots of laughs.

NC Aboreteum

Went to another Y Princess event with Lucy's tribe at the NC Aboretum.  They had a bunch of events and stations for the girls.  If you read this years later, and we have a nice Japanese Maple, it started here!

Water, Water, Get Your Water...

This year for the Y Princess Spring Outing Chief Challenge patch, we have to do 5 random acts of kindness.  One of the possible choices is to pass out water on a Greenway.  Lucy, Myra, and I joined Myra's tribe on the Neuse River Greenway.  Great time, and so many riders/runners were so appreciative!

Biking Through the River

Since I am not running much these days, I've been doing a lot of biking.  Long rides of 13+ miles.  Mostly on the Greenway.  Went a couple weekends ago and found lots of flooded Greenways.  With all the rain and snow in the mountains, they were letting more water out of the Dam.  So the Neuse flooded the Greenway in a lot of places.  I rode through at first, just a little, then found this long, about 1/4 mile part flooded.  Water up to the top of my tire.  Talk about your good workouts.  I kept peddling so I wouldn't get too wet.  Phew!

Soccer for Myra

Myra started soccer at Y.  She is actually pretty good, probably the 2nd best on the team.  In her game last weekend SHE GOT A GOALLLLL!  So fun to watch.

Here We Go A Munzee-ing

Spent a fun afternoon with girls, deploying and finding some Munzees.  Mommy got a nice rest and we found some great Munzees.

Look What I Got!

Yup, finally got my Nest.  We had our upstairs heat/ac replaced and I got a Nest thermostat.  Cool.  I can control from anywhere.

14 March 2014

New Greenway Addition!

Went to Honeycutt Park yesterday to see how the new Greenway connection was progressing.  By the looks of these pictures, pretty good.  It is going to be a great Greenway when they finish it.  Right now, lots of unpaved trail, and unfinished bridges, but pretty cool.  The tunnel goes under 540, so pretty awesome there.  We did some urban adventuring!

Lucy Defying Gravity

Mini-Spring Break for me, so we have been doing a lot of Staycation events.  Went to Defy Gravity the other day.  Fun place with lots of jumping!

Y Princess Kite Day

Fun day at Carter-Finley last weekend, as we attended Y Guide Kite Day.  Fun!

Myra's Elephant

Myra had to create a 3D animal for school.  Mommy, Myra, and I designed this cute elephant!

Myra Starts Soccer

Myra joined a soccer team at the Y.  She is a Flare.  Pretty good on the team too, maybe second to one other girl.  First game tomorrow, so we will see how she does!

New Sheetz Alert!

Yup, a new close to us Sheetz, right off Litchford.  Pretty nice design, with comfy seating, as the girls show.  First of two pretty close to us these days.

04 February 2014

Myra and Lucyisms

Baby Rosa.  Awesome game they have played for years.  Myra is Baby Rosa and Lucy is the mother.  Baby Rosa gets in to all types of trouble.  Baby Rosa's Christmas.  Baby Rosa Goes Camping.


Seahawks are finally Super Bowl Champs!

26 January 2014


Love this shot!  A nice image of our house!


So maybe only an inch, but we were pretty excited!

She's Got Game!

Lucy has definitely been improving.  She has had some offensive possession, got the ball some.  In her game yesterday she was bringing the ball down and took it to the hole each time, even making a shot.  Getting better!


Biking on the Greenway

Since my heel injury in November (that is STILL not healed), I have been doing lots of biking.  Went on the entire Greenway and you can see the Neuse is pretty high.

Happy Birthday Mini-Russell Wilson

Myra wanted her ears pierced at age 7 like Lucy.  Then she kept asking for Hurricane earrings.  So of course, I had to get them for her!

Big Storm Blows Through

We had a rainstorm blowing through.  I was up in the hockey room when all of a sudden we heard some strong, strong winds, similar to a train---the windows were being pelted with limbs, limbs down everywhere, the neighbor even lost their tree.  Pretty strong, and then in about 30 seconds, it was gone!

Oh Yeah!

Got my Keurig, and now found Sheetz K-cups.  All is well with the world!

Lucy Starts Basketball

When asking the girls what they would like to do next, dancing, sports, etc, Lucy has consistently said basketball.  We finally signed her up for basketball through the Y.  They practice once a week, then have a game on the weekend.  We've been working on some things at home too.  We'll see how it goes!


The girls do the dishes!  Happy 2014 to us!

Thanks for the Tent, Nana!

Bates definitely liked Lily's new tent!