Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Youth Basketball 2012

Well, we finished another season of youth basketball and I think this year went very well. Our team was awesome. We couldn't have asked for a better group of kids. Sure, they can get a little goofy and rowdy, but they were fun. And it was ridiculous how much they improved just over our 6 week season. There were a couple that couldn't even hit the rim when shooting but at the end of the season could make a basket every now and again. Plus, they started to grasp concepts that it seemed they might never tackle. Overall, it was a great season.

Our 2012 team: The Spurs
From left: Christina Smith, Jake Roush, Jordan Gilbride, Colton Lavender, Colin Parsons, Aiden McKeever, Jace Hill (Cruz Brinager was also on our team, but sick that day)

Kim and I after a great season holding our coaching trophies

You gotta love Mark and his witty ideas haha

3D Ultrasound

It's crazy what they can do with these 3D ultrasounds. You can already tell from the pics that she will look like Kim. It was cool watching them do them. Ellie kept putting her hands in front of her face. She's probably just a little camera shy :)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Valentine's Day and Chili Dogs

Kim got me a gift for Valentine's Day. She did a personalized wrapping job too which I thought was really cool (see pic above). I didn't take a picture of the actual gift, but it was a trim router from Harbor Freight that I saw a few weeks ago and said it would be nice to have. She's a good listener. I got her a stuffed rabbit she had been wanting to put in the kitchen as a decoration. If you have been to McClure's in Pomeroy lately, you may have seen it. But, because we normally go everywhere together, I asked her mom if she would pick it up for me on her way home from work one day and she did. But, I almost blew my own surprise.

Kim and I were working up in the baby's room doing something and I was concentrating really hard on whatever we were doing. Her mom texted me the words, "Mission Accomplished!!" Well, I wasn't thinking about the gift and thought maybe she was texting with Kim and accidentally sent me a text. So, I showed Kim and was like, "That's odd? Do you know what she's talking about?" Kim looked at me funny and was like, "Do YOU know what she's talking about?" Those probably weren't the exact words we used, but it was a similar conversation. Then, it hit me...I pretty much got that, "Oh, crap," look on my face and told her to pretend she never saw anything. It didn't ruin the surprise by any means, but I felt like kind of a doofus.

After I got back from my office last night, we went to Leg Horn's in Athens. We were trying to decide between there and Applebee's, but then we thought about the cookies. Leg Horn's has a giant cookie with ice cream that is ridiculous. It is so stinkin good. So, we both had our food and a cookie. Also, I tried their chili dogs. I'm going to go off on a bit of a tangent here, but it's something I'm passionate about.

First, I don't like skyline chili. Call me picky, but it's just not my thing. I was open to it though. At first, I would see the sign for it and drool because I do enjoy chili and most people talked it up. But, one day on a trip back from Cincinnati, Ryan took me to eat there and got me a couple of chili dogs. I learned very quickly that Skyline is not my cup of tea. I've also learned since to be careful of chili around these parts. In Florida, you're pretty much guaranteed that you'll like any given bowl of chili, but Ohio will slip in a bowl of nasty every once in a while. So, I have to keep my guard up. Second, I'm an all beef hotdog guy. If it's not all beef, I can take it or leave it. Don't get me wrong, I'll eat a hotdog any day of the week, but I'll scarf down some all beefs. Dairy Queen in Ravenswood or Ripley (yes, location matters--Middleport DQ's are not good) has AMAZING chili dogs. All beef dogs, great homemade chili, and they toast their buns. Going back to Leg Horn's...Their chili dogs were pretty good! I wasn't super crazy over the chili, but it wasn't bad by any means. Definitely worth a try for anyone.

Anyways, I thought Valentine's Day was pretty good yesterday. The gift, food, and company of my wife is more than any man can ask for.

Thursday, February 9, 2012


This was my practice shelf that I built so I could experiment with how good (or bad) one might look before I built Ellie's. This shows it with putty and all, but after I stained it a dark color, it was hard to see the bottom portion. But, I put this in my office because I wanted something to hang my coat on and to put choir stuff.

This is the shelf I built for Ellie's room. I built this one a little different than the other. I also used better wood. The hardest part is cutting the braces because the jigsaw blade tends to bend when you're cutting the shapes. But, it came out pretty good. Also, of all places, I got my pattern for the braces from MarthaStewart.com. You can print them out and make them as big or small as you want to use for whatever shelf you're building. Pretty convenient!