SBXVIII, with Guac

SBXVIII, with Guac

Last year we agreed that spring breaks would could as “vacation” and not “trips”. We also agreed that vacations didn’t require daily or even sporadic blog posts so I’ll keep this as brief as possible. We left Chicago right after school last Friday and drove an uneventful four hours to Seymore, Indiana. I think we only had one brief stop to switch drivers. If I remember right we didn’t even fill up with gas and had brought along “Dad’s delicious…

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Don’t Fall for the Daylight Savings Scam This Year

Don’t Fall for the Daylight Savings Scam This Year

Introduction This article is going to be a bit off topic from the normal postings on this blog, but given the impending beginning of Daylight Savings Time (DST) and recent action by the Florida legislature, I feel that it’s important to help sound the alarm on DST. I hope to help clear up some of the common misconceptions, raise awareness of the costs, and even propose a way to fight back against this long-running scam. A Brief History of Daylight…

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100 Days!

100 Days!

In 100 days we depart for RTXVIII, and below is a list of 100 things we will do between now and then. It’s going to be a busy, fun-filled 100 days! Girls on the Run 5K Drive to Florida Spring Break-Florida Ellie’s Little Mermaid performance Finish school Zoe’s band concert Ellie’s band concert Cook dinner tomorrow Hike at Starved Rock March story hour April story hour May story hour June story hour Target trip Set up packing table Clean your…

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6 Month Frenzy

6 Month Frenzy

About a week ago we hit the six-months-to-go mark! There’s always a bit of excitement in knowing that we’re over half-way through the year and that the next departure is closer than the last. This year I was able to get our initial plans and reservations made pretty early, so it’s been a couple months since I’ve really studied the spreadsheet. However, most NPS sites open reservations for ranger-led activities and camping exactly six months to the day ahead of…

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Green and Yellow

Green and Yellow

Since we first heard that the Packers would be playing a game in Cleveland this season we’d been hoping that we’d be able to make the trip. All season long I’ve been watching the Cleveland scores as closely as the Packers. When the Browns record hit 0-9 and ticket prices hit $8 a seat I knew we’d be able to make the trip a reality. Friday night we piled into Fred with a custom batch of “Zak’s Delicious Sandwiches” in…

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Cleveland

Cleveland

After school on Friday we took off for Toledo. In the car Ellie was her usual self, annoying. I entertained myself on my phone with Calm Fall, Subway Surfers and Stack. Also I did Homework that was hard and consisted of ratios, Ancient Egyptians and Reading a book called The Dark is Rising. The drive wasn’t too long only 4-ish hours. For dinner we had Zak’s Delicious Sandwiches. On mine I had provolone, turkey, dijon mustard, and lettuce. When we…

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Ellie’s First Concert

Ellie’s First Concert

Ellie had her first ever band concert last night and she was super excited for it. Since she’s a percussionist she really stood out as they were performing both since she stood about a foot taller than everyone else and was playing the high notes on the glockenspiel! Since their songs were all quite short they played about a dozen selections. I’ve included three of their greatest hits below. Merrily We Roll Along (aka Mary Had a Little Lamb) featuring…

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Day 6: Home

Day 6: Home

There is hardly anything to report, but it felt weird not formally wapping up this little trip. The drive from Louisville to home was only about four and a half hours and completely unremarkable. We listened to a week worth of The Daily, played a ton of Mario Kart, read a bit, and let the miles fly pass us. We were home before 3 and we unpacked with the laundry started within 20 minutes. We’ve become pros at this getting…

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Day 5: Bourbon Day

Day 5: Bourbon Day

15 years ago, when I was the mere age of 21, we got married. We we’re so very young, but it was so the right decision for us. The best part of our marriage is that we’ve allowed one another to grow as individuals, but have continuously grown stronger as a couple. I think that’s our secret. I’m me. He’s him. But we’re us. Together we make a pretty remarkable parenting team, if I shall say so myself. Without question,…

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