20180817 - Up in the am and really tired... Dropped J off on the corner on the way in to work. Got to the office and got moving, but everything is moving in slow motion today... Checked in with D, he was up and out for more orientation stuff.

20180816 +

20180816 + Up way to early and LD&I headed to Wilmington College. We got there and they have quite a system to get the students checked in and then off to their dorm. We got D checked in, he got his ID and room key and then were directed to Pickett Hall. We pulled up to Pickett and a swarm of kids covered the car and carried everything up in what seemed like seconds. We went up to D's room and started arranging. I ran down to move the car and then back up to the room. We switched beds and cabinets several times until D got situated the way he liked. We then went down to the TOP (cafeteria) for a nice lunch, I have a little bit of everything :-)  After lunch we walked through the rain to the tents in on the lawn and visited some of the vendors. We dropped some stuff off int he room and then headed to Walmart and D got a text from his roommate stating that he would not be moving in today... So we added a fridge to the cart of goodies. Back to the dorm and the kids grabbed the new stuff and headed up. Back int he room and we put the new stuff in it's place. The TV cable wasn't long enough and D needed some tools so I headed to the hardware store to get some items and picked up some fun stuff I saw while I was in there (wiffle ball set, spinners, solar dancing flower...). back to the room and helped L&D finalize his room just in time to head back to the TOP for an ice cream social. They introduced a bunch of people and then started dismissing the kids. Time to say goodbye... L teared up a little bit and I held it together. Off we went, D stayed.

We drove home and G was at baseball practice. I sat on the porch and went through some mail. Went in and had a moment with L and we cried it out... Off to pick up J from XC and then G. We headed to Steak n' Shake for dinner and catch up with the boys on their first real day of school. Over to Best Buy to get L&I a new TV for our bedroom. Home and set up the TV, to bed in good time. I checked in with D and he had a good evening, had to introduce himself to the student-body with the other baseball players.

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20180815 - Up in the am and J up with L&I all ready for his first day of high school. He is so big his head is hitting the branches of the front tree as he stood to get his picture taken. J&I headed out and I dropped him off at the BP and off he went. I headed in to work and L sent me pics of G on his first day of middle school. In to work and at the desk knocking things out and getting a plan.

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20180814 + Barely up this am and got myself around and in to work. I have a feeling it is going to be a long slow day.... It was but I still got a bunch of stuff done. Headed home in good time and L and I caught up on the back porch, D&DGF7 packing D's stuff for college, J at XC and G playing the Xbox. L ran to get J, he stayed home and the rest of us went to On The Boarder for a nice dinner and then Target to get some school stuff for the boys. Home and I had bobble head syndrome on the back porch while L got a bunch of things done. Boys a little snappy tonight as I think they are all nervous about tomorrow... L&I watched a movie, not up late.

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20180813 + Up in the am and walking around half asleep. Somehow made it to work, Talked to CB a bit about our kids and the events of this upcoming week... In my office catching up and organizing. Made some good moves and implementation steps today on a couple of things. Day gone before I knew it. Left a bit later than usual and got home and L had finally sat down from a busy day, D was up in his room he had an eye exam in the morning and then worked. J at XC and G at a buddies. J&G home and we all had dinner. D took off with DGF7, I ran J&G to Scouts and signed G up for a bunch of camping trips (he's not so happy about that...). Picked up with boys after Scouts and ran some movie back, dropped them off at home, got Doc and headed to McD's for Bible Bangers, super light crowd, everyone busy, was trying to plan a back to school event, guess I'll miss it for 2 years in a row... Home not to late, but up WAY TOO LATE doing Booster stuff.


20180812 - L got us all up in the am and we headed to church. It was good to see some folks at church and people were happy to see us. Home and I headed to the backyard to get things set up for G's travel team that is coming over for a cookout. DJ&G helped set up the big tent, move tables, set up games and ready before we knew it. Soon folks started showing up, 3 new families joined us this year; it was nice to meet them and they seemed to fit in well. The boys played and played, I cooked 40 burgers and 40 hot dogs and everyone got their fill. The main events in the afternoon were pear hitting and some corn-hole between watching Tiger Woods ALMOST win a big golf game. Party over, LDDGF7J&I got the backyard cleaned up in a jiffy and everything, including the big tent put away. D &DGF7 went out, J headed to the Mallonn's for a game night, D to the basement on the Xbox and L&I had leftovers for dinner and watched 'Life of the Party' and L laughed so hard a couple of times I thought she was going to pee her pants... D home and cleaned up, he ran to get J for us. All boys home and up to bed. I stayed up watching the movie 'Blockers' until very late.

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20180811 + Up in the am and L&J long gone and at J's XC scrimmage. L got home and had left J with the team for the traditional start of season bfast. D up and soon Jason stopped by to talk to us about potentially investing D's $ he had from graduation. It was a great visit and I hope D learned something from it... I then headed into the office and knocked stuff out. L took a nap from having to get up at 5am, and then headed out in the yard. DJ&G tried to set things up so all 3 of them could play the Xbox together. D left with DGF7 and J&G played more Xbox. G eventually out to help L. I finished up an then headed out and G&I cleaned out the sandbox. G&I then head out on some errands; gas, bank, grocery, video store and Cane's for some dinner. Home and LJG&I headed to the basement to watch Rampage, it was pretty good. D got home and L&G headed up and DJ&I watched 12 Strong about the horse soldiers, it was awesome. Everyone up to bed.


20180810 - Another slow start to the day, just dragging... but up and out to work. Met with some guys to get directions defined and then settled into the office for a meeting free get-it-done day. Ended up having some meetings but got a lot done. Headed home, had a couple beers on the back porch and Gma&paW showed up and we headed out through the rain to PF Chang's for a nice dinner. After dinner we headed home and played JG&I some euchre w/ GamW until G reneged... We then had sand happy bday to GpaW and had some cupcakes and ice cream. Everyone to bed in good time.


20180809 - Barely up in the am, got ready and stumbled out the door. Got to work and dove in reviewing best practices for Change Control. Had a couple really good meetings on getting the process defined and documented. Played a couple more games of shuffleboard and lost... had lunch in the break room and then did some config on the new handbook site before heading out late. Home and hung out on the back porch while L grilled some dinner. We ate and then L&I ran to Home Depot to get some stuff to fix the kitchen sink, then to Meijer for some supplies and then home. The Mallonns stopped over and Penn helped with the sink repair. G&I hung out on the back porch playing on our phones and watching syfy. To bed and up late doing booster stuff, L up most of the night coughing.


20180808 - Work, a bit discouraged today as things are not as done as I wished when I went on vacation. So I talked through it with some of the owners, played 2 games of shuffle board and headed home. Home and D was at work, J not feeling well so in his robe in his den for the night. G with Gma&paW doing soccer golf with his buddy Eddie. I hung out on the back porch with L for a bit before heading to a Landscape Board meeting. It was a short meeting and I swung by Jersey Mike's Subs to get dinner for LJ&I. Home and ate on the back porch. Gma&paW, G and Eddie showed up. We sat on the porch and chatted a bit. Eddie is spending the night so I ran him home to get his stuff. Home and into the office to finally get caught up from vacation. D swung through on the way to a friends and got a couple of things done for me. I was on the pc and catching up until 3am...


20180807 - Up before the sun even thought about coming up... LD&I headed to Wilmington for D's orientation. When we got there D was greeted with smiles and hugs from the baseball coaches...
We spent the day walking the campus, sitting in lectures about what to expect and how they do things, helpful tips, a good lunch... D met a couple more baseball players and seems to fit in very well. We got his schedule, bought his books and headed home. In the evening LJG*I headed to J's Cross Country (XC) meet the team pool night. We ran into a lot of families we knew and J got himself some new shoes. Home and crashed from a busy day.


20180806 - Up in the am, too early, needed a day to recover, and in to work. Getting caught up on email and setting direction for the next several weeks.