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403, 2017

Cruisin it

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It has been so long since I did an update you probably thought I fell off the face of the earth. I finally got a chance to take a second and log on as Drew and Susan are vacationing in Florida for a couple days. Susan has a conference there later in the week so Drew left with her yesterday and will be back on Monday. I stayed here to work on my BarnCam taxes. I was out already last week to Reno for my day job so I didn’t want to leave again.

I think the most exciting thing around here is that we got our internet at the barn and at the house upgraded. What a difference it has made. You probably won’t notice much of a difference but we sure do. Spectrum has take oven our Time warner cable so we got lower prices and faster speeds. Drew is loving it for playing games.

The horses are all getting big and they are loving the warm weather we have had. Today is cold again, but tomorrow it is supposed to be 60 or so. After the long winter we have a little fence to fix and boards to replace but nothing too major. During the last warm streak Drew helped me fix some of it already but overall the fence is close to 20 years old at his point so there is always things to fix.

Sarah and Joe are doing great at college. Joe it sounds like will be able to graduate early if he wants to. He might decide to stay an extra semester and get his masters degree but he needs to find out all of the costs and scholarship opportunities first. Sarah is also doing great. I managed to see her at college a few weeks ago when Drew ski team and the state competition in Lacrosse, WI. It was great to see her. She is taking almost all education classes at this point and seems to really be linking it. She also loves all her current roommates which helps make college a lot more fun.

Susan and I have decided to take another cruise this summer with the kids. There are so few more years where the kids might be around we didn’t want to wait. We are planning to go to the Mediterranean. We of course will keep you posted as we get closer. Joe is looking for an internship in accounting this summer so that might screw things up for us, but hopefully not.

I also got promoted at my day job. I am a Human Resource Director now. I am really glad they recognized me for my work and I look forward to many more years there.

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1601, 2017

Go Packers

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Well we had an exciting Packers game last night. I was able to watch half of it at home and the other half at work after I dropped Drew off at ski practice. He has had two meets so far and is doing really well on the team. He is on JV currently and his times usually fall in the middle of that group of boys. He has never skied competitively so I am really happy for him. Marti our exchange student from Spain also is on the ski team and also having a great time. The weather has also been cooperative with only one extremely cold day.

Christmas was great of course. We had 30 some people here including Susan’s parents and my parents. Susan’s brother and their kids were also in town from Pittsburg. We had a great time. Joe has now gone back to college and left this past weekend. Sarah leaves next weekend and Marti has also moved on to his new family. Soon we will have just Drew to focus on and that will be a little easier and quieter. I almost forgot that we went up to Two rivers for Thanksgiving and had a wonderful meal with much of Susan’s family.

Susan has been busy at work and making occasional runs up North to check in on her parents. One thing I almost forgot was that just before all of the holidays kicked off we sprung a leak in our upstairs bathroom. That meant we needed to open up the ceiling in Drew’s room and the end result means that we will need to redo the master bath.

Meanwhile the horses are doing great. The weather has been cooperating for them also. The only thing that has not been going well is the furnace in barn. It froze up a couple times when the weather got really cold. Just the time you need heat. Anyway once it finally warms up we should be able to figure out what exactly the problem is.

The most interesting thing that happened horse wise is that I got a call from Trace’s owner. They are looking for another horse and were considering Madonna. Trace is doing great. They just love him, but they have a 5 year old that needs  a horse and Madonna is so calm she would be perfect. I will keep you posted.

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512, 2016


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2016-11-06-18-36-36Well November just flew by. We did an amazing amount of things. As October ended Joe flew home and it was great to see him. He is doing really well. It sounds like he might be able to graduate with a bachelors degree in December a year from now. He is trying to decide if that is the best option or if it would be better to stay one more year and end up getting his masters so he can take his CPA. He will be home again and Christmas and hopefully he can talk to some other local accounting types and get their advice.

Sarah and Joe both came home at Thanksgiving. It was great to have everyone here. We went up North to see Susan’s parents and everyone else in her family on Thanksgiving day and eat with my parents and sister on the Saturday after. Wow the food was great at both places. So great to see everyone and to give thanks for what we have.

2016-11-08-22-30-29I almost forgot the election. One of my best experiences this year was when I decided kind of a whim to go up to Oshkosh and attend the Ron Johnson victory party. I of course was not sure when I let if it was really going to be a victory party and I was a little afraid that it would be really sad if he didn’t win. I got up the nerve and I am glad I did. It was an amazing surprise to see him win and to have it called so early. Everyone was cheering and yelling. I texted Joe who was watching from Cleveland. He was watching from there. Remember he had worked for Senator Johnson this past summer.

2016-11-27-12-22-50Sarah is doing great at school. She got excepted into the Education department and this year is not only taking education classes but also getting back into Spanish which I think will help her in the future. After Thanksgiving we did stop downtown to see the play Elf. The story of Elf is one of Sarah’s favorites.

Drew and Marti are also staying busy around here. They are both are on the ski team. They have dry land practice now an in a couple weeks they will be on the hill. It snowed for the first time yesterday so we might even have snow for them this winter. They also got to go to a packers game a couple weeks ago. The packers lost but a great time was had by all. Drew also finished up the play Billy Elliott and had a great time in the pit.