Monday, March 27, 2017

March 27th - Back to the Grind

Today was the first day back from spring break.  This is a day full of catching up on email and getting back into completing projects that were not done.  But walking the halls of the schools I work and see students and teachers back in the classroom made me feel like all is well.

When I got home tonight it felt good to know that I worked a full day and that the rest of the evening was to spend with the family.  After dinner Ben and I went outside and shot our bows, which was a lot of fun.  I'm trying out my brothers bow and Ben has a starter bow.  I had a big round bail put in our back yard so we can shoot when the weather was good.  It has been a lot of fun to do this together.

I remember when I was younger competing in archery shoots with my whole family.  Yes, that is right, even my Mom shot a bow.  We shot in a league in a nearby town and it was a lot of fun.  Maybe Ben will get to this point, but for now we will stick to shooting for fun.  


Sunday, March 26, 2017

March 26th - Project list and Farming

The last 5 days I missed my time of blogging.  No real good reason that I didn't except that I was very busy getting projects for spring break done and farming.  Here is a list of things that I have completed during our time off.

1.  Finished electrical in basement
2.  Finished plumbing in basement
3.  Worked 200 acres total to prep for planting corn
4.  Cleaned basement after work was done
5.  Saw Beauty and Beast with family
6.  Took son to a birthday party
7.  Hosted a BBQ for church small groups
8.  Didn't turn on my computer

So you can see that my last 5 days have been full of events some fun but some work.  I like the fact that every one of my breaks from school have meant time to finish more on my basement.  This has been a long time coming and I hope that I can finish before the baby arrives.

Update on names for new member of the family.  Cole has decided on Peter.  Have no clue where he got this from, but told Grandma that this morning.  Karen and I have been thinking of E names.  I like Eli, and she is thinking of Evan.  Who knows?  We will let the saga continue.

Monday, March 20, 2017

March 20th - Spring Time

Today marks the first day of Spring.  I really have not paid attention to this day in my lifetime, but with it being spring break, I guess I have more time to pay attention.  I do remember spring growing up.

This time of year was a time to get the baseball gloves out and golf clubs out.  I didn't usually get to the ball field or golf course, but would hit balls into the year or through a baseball up against the garage at a red dot that was in the strike zone.  I would  start the year out with a brand new baseball and by the end of the summer most of the seams would be busted and the cover would about fall off.  That is what happens when you throw a ball as hard as you can at a cinder brick wall with a red dot.  I got pretty good at throwing.

My brother and dad would be out working in the fields and I would help sometimes, but we really only had 2 tractors that could do the field work and I loved sports.  Once dinner was done, I would grab my worn ball and glove and go throw the ball against the wall.  The ball would come back just as fast as it went and the ground was rocks so I got pretty good at ground balls also.  After throwing the ball for a while I would always want to hit so I would go get my bat and toss the ball up in the air and hit the ball towards our cow pasture.  Lots of fun during those spring days.

Today I played catch with my oldest son Ben and tried to teach Cole some about catching and throwing also.  This will hopefully stick with them through their years and they will enjoy the game of baseball also.  They are both signed up for T-ball and machine pitch respectively.  So, hopefully the seeds of enjoyment have been planted.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

March 19th - Spring Break

Today in my mind marks the beginning of spring break.  This is a time that only teachers and students really understand. You are 3/4 of the way through the year and we all need a little break.

Some people take this time to travel, others to relax and do nothing. I feel like this year my break might be a little of both. Spending time with some family will for sure be on the agenda. 

Saturday, March 18, 2017

March 18th - Driving

Today I spent about 4 hours driving with my family to and from a location.  Driving has always been one of my favorite things to do.  Karen claims that I am her personal driver.  I drive almost all the time when I'm riding in a car.

This all stems from how young I was when I started driving.  Growing up on a farm, I was driving the riding lawn mower when I was about 7 or 8 years old I think.  By the time I was 10 I was driving tractors and soon I would be driving vehicles.  I think the first time I drove a truck on the highway, I was around 13 years old.  3 years from getting my license I was driving a vehicle from field to field as needed.  No, the normal situation for most but the life of a kid on a farm is always a little different.

Driving long distances or for long periods of time doesn't really bother me.  I enjoy looking at the scenery and listening to the radio.  Long trips I would almost prefer to drive.  So family vacations become a great event.  Last year we traveled to Colorado and I drove to and from pretty much on my own.  We even eat lunch at one point and time in the car so that we didn't have to stop.  It was was raining also so stopping wasn't an option when we had planed to picnic for that meal.

I wonder how many miles I have logged in my life.  Way to many for sure.  I wonder where I will go next.  

Friday, March 17, 2017

March 17th - Memories

Today I think back 16 years to this date and one of the most memorable moments in my High School career.  On this day I competed in the Class 1 State Basketball Championship game.  I remember walking out on the basketball court in Columbia, Mo and preparing to play the last basketball game of my life.

Now the results of this basketball game was not what anyone wanted, but we did make history.  The Liberal Bulldogs lost to the New Haven Shamrocks on St. Patrick's day by 45 points the worst lost in state basketball history.  I still say that they had some luck with them.

I have had many experiences, since this moment.  One experience was being an assistant coach in a State Championship game with Webb City, but the same outcome happened a very bad loss.  I guess I'm just not that lucky when coaching or playing in Columbia, Mo.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

March 16th - Let the Games Begin

Today is one of my favorite days in sports.  It is the start of March Madness.  You can literally sit down at 12 pm and watch basketball the rest of the day.  I really enjoy this time of underdogs and cinderellas.

I love seeing small schools that play team basketball push larger schools to the limit.  This makes me want to coach again.  Getting a team to play hard, together and in sync is such a great thing to watch. I remember all the work it would take in practice and watching video to get a team to play so well.

So as I sit here watching a game I write this blog to say I hope someday I will return to coaching.  I know it takes time, but it truly is a great time.