Block Party

This weekend we had our 3rd some-what annual block party. Last year’s wasn’t really a block party but there was a grill in the middle of the street.

We blocked off the streets and even rented a bounce house for the kids.

I didn’t get pictures of the adults, but we earmarked this moment in time with a couple of pictures of kids.


Blue Skies


Prairie Days

This weekend we met up with Grayson’s cousin for Prairie Days. Fried food, questionable clothing, and country music. The kids had fun.


N + 1 – Specialized Sirrus

N + 1 = Number of bikes you need in your life. Where N is the current number.

This is my Specialized Sirrus. It’s the grocery-getter. The pull the kid down the street bike. The hang out with the family on the bike trail bike. The bike down to the park bike.

Strava says I have a little under 500 miles on this bike which isn’t bad when most rides are between 2-4 miles.

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Rode down to the farmers market with Gray. Pork tacos and a beer made it worth it.

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Tag along bike is a big hit. #graysongram

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My riding partner today.

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Makes me happy to see bikes at the park.

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Took the family for a ride today. #familyselfie

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Ready to go

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Ready to go

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Ready to roll

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Ready to roll

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This kid.


Age: 5 1/2
Currently reading Captain Underpants.
Likes riding bikes with Dad.
Excited to start Kindergarten so he can learn how to read on his own.
Overall great kid.





Even #graysongram is into Fidget Spinners.

Half Marathon Report

@mrsshoo and I went away to St. Louis for a weekend. Kid free — we had forgotten what is was like to have an uninterrupted conversation at dinner.

First – we took in a ball game. A really good one. The Cardinals took out the Reds 10-4. We were lucky because the next day the Cardinals didn’t fare as well.

Cards win!

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Then the next morning we did a half marathon. We did the same half marathon almost 4 years ago. The course was different from the previous time, but we really enjoyed it. It crossed over the Martin Luther King Bridge and back over the Eades and around St. Louis.

Below was post ice cream sandwich. That run really sucked the life out of us.

This is what it looks like when you wear your Fitbit on a half marathon day.

This is what your day looks like when you run a half marathon with a Fitbit.

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And to top the weekend off, we saw Alton Brown at the Fox Theatre.

We're here, @altonbrown!!

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It was a jammed pack weekend.

Points to himself

Coblie told us she wants to get married but not have kids. Grayson asks, ‘who do you want to marry’ as he points to himself.

When the robots take over

I was listening to a tech podcast in the car with Grayson this morning on our morning commute. On the podcast they were discussing automation taking over jobs.

He asked me, “Dad, are robots taking over?”

“Well”, I said, “they sort of are with jobs like truck drivers and cashiers.”

“What about your job, Dad?”

“Gray, my job will be okay”

“Are you sure?”

“Yes, trust me.”

“What happens when the robots malfunction? Are they going to come after us?”

“You’ll be okay Gray. You just won’t be able to check out.”

“Are you sure?”

Mom was busy tonight so #graysongram and I hit up 🍒 berry after dinner.

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When did he get so big?

It feels like Grayson has leaped into being a big kid. He loves a good ‘bathroom’ joke, loves to play Legos, go to the park, ride on the ‘tag-a-long’ bike with dad play with his neighbor friends.

I snapped a few photos after dinner tonight. Told him he owed me for the sucker I left him have after clearing his plate. To be fair, he did eat a bunch of blue berries after school today.