2005, 2017

Everyone’s Home

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I am so happy that the kids are both home from college. Although we say them a couple times through out the year, it is great to have them home for summer. They are both doing great at college and Joe only needs one more class to graduate. He is going to be staying and taking grade classes as he still have a scholarship  to use up. He actually just got another $1000 scholarship as part of the Accounting Fraternity. He was also elected President of his service fraternity for next semester. He is still involved in Orchestra and Choir and I have posted some of those on Facebook. Sarah is living off campus next year and starts teaching so she is pushing for a car to make it to the school each day.

 

Drew is also doing very well. He has been on the tennis team, participating in band and choir and also involved in the local Theatre on Main play so some days he has been busy from 6 am until 10pm without a break. He has done well in tennis and even played varsity one day and won two of his games. He will receive a varsity letter for that and he just received his scholar athlete award as a varsity athlete that is on high honors.

Susan and I have also been busy. We are currently in the process of redoing our middle bathroom. I did most of the work getting all of the old cleared out of there. It was amazing how much stuff there was. Tile, tub, walls. We filled a big giant dumpster to the rim. We next got everything framed out, but we are now waiting for a plumber to come and start roughing everything in. Plumbers have been hard to come by as the economy is good and they are all working. Susan had a couple big work conferences and brought some big name speakers.

The horses are starting to enjoy the nice weather. Ariel has an abscess and Randy and Gretel are helping to get that taken care of. They all got their vaccinations and are all set for summer. We had a big old tree fall down and we got it all cut up, but we still need to get all those chunks out of the pasture. There are a couple more trees that aren’t in the greatest shape so we will try to drop those also  and get them out of the pastures.

We had a great mothers day this year. I picked up Sarah and Joe from college and then on Sunday we went to Sunday brunch with the entre family and my parents. We then came home and mulched everything. Susan said it was a great mothers day gift. Monday we had a tennis team dinner and a work dinner for Susan. It turned out great. Everyone had a good time and we even sang some karaoke.

Thanks for watching,

S/B

604, 2017

Spring is here

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Finally I am feeling it. The warm weather is coming. The kids are looking forward to summer and finally things are starting to dry out. I am having the boat taken out of the barn in the next couple of days and getting it ready to be sold. As you know we sold the lake house last year, so with no lake we do not need a boat.

Drew has started Tennis season and he made JV again. I have been playing with him a little and I think soon he will be able to beat me. I really enjoy playing with him and I am so glad my mom got me started way back when on the sport. Speaking of my mom today she is having cataract surgery. Susan and I are so lucky to have all of our parents still around. My father is turning 90 this year, Susan’s parents passed that mark long ago.

Joe is still looking for a job for this summer, Sarah already has one and Drew is still working on drivers ed, but I am sure he will find something too once he starts driving. He did great again and Solo and Ensemble and I posted a bunch of those videos on YouTube.

Susan and I have both been busy at work. I have been working a ton of hours. The horses are all doing great. Not much new to report on that front. We did have a tree fall over in the last wind storm, and a bunch of fence to fix, but hay those are good projects for the kids.

Thanks for watching,

S/B

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.

Thanks for watching,

S/B