Note: There are two Xmas trees in my front yard because either a neighbor hooligan pulled it into my yard or the wind blew it over.
The weather finally broke 40* degrees here in Springfield. Grayson and I went out voyaging through downtown capturing some of the sites.
2013 was a good year for the Shoo family.
Sarah and I ran a half marathon. My first. Her 2nd. Note: This is from a 10k. When you’re tired and sweaty, you forget to take group photos.
And then Sarah kept running.
We had an epic vacation to Kauai, Hawaii.
Grayson transformed from a baby to a toddler.
Chris got to be an “aging hipster” (Quoting Mrs Shoo) at Lollapalooza.
My dad and I built Grayson a sandbox.
And there were many-many-many bike rides.
Looking forward to 2014, Happy New Year!
Before Grayson and I toppled over the front steps we made it out this weekend to Pasfield for a couple runs down the small hill. He loved most of it. Not a fan of going up the hill, but loved going down. Love it even more when mom and dad had a snow ball fight.
We’re blessed every day, but this weekend a little more than usual.
Blessed that the dog broke his toenail cleanly off and only required an antibiotic and some time away from licking his paw.
Blessed that when I was holding Grayson and I slipped off the icy front porch that we weren’t seriously hurt. We did have to take Grayson to the ER after an Xray revealed that he had a fracture in his tibia. We are fortunate that the little guy was a trooper, stayed perfectly still for Xrays, a splint wrapping, and hammed it up with the nurses. Obligatory Tiny Toons, “Hello Nurse.”
I will do anything for suckers and stickers.
Grammy and the little guy and his red cast. I’m told he chose red because of Santa Claus. If he’s lucky, he will only be in this thing for a month. On the plus side, it is nice to slow down Grayson for just a little while.
He’s hobbling around and crawling on the floor like GI-Joe. It won’t be long before we hear “clonk, clonk, clonk” of his cast on the floor.
“These things happen” – Grandma Fran.
The Shoos were holed up for most of the week and the weekend suffering from a cold. We were all going stir crazy and luckily the weather let up so we could enjoy some time at the park.
Mrs. Shoo sporting a new hat she just finished. Do you know she likes knitting? Do you know she has a knitting podcast? Do you know that she has a pretty popular Ravelry group? Well, now you do. Go check it out.
I haven’t gotten to do much trail riding this year. When I finally got the bike out a couple of weeks ago, the hanger that holds the rear derailleur (the device that switches the gears) snapped off. That was a mile and a half walk back.
After a visit to Amazon and a new part, I discovered that my journey down bicycle repair lane had just started. I ordered a chain only to find out that the gears were incredibly worn down and need to be replaced. After ordering a new cassette (collection of cogs on the back wheel), I found out that the tool that I had would not remove the cassette. Finally after getting the right tool, everything was ready to go.
This weekend I finally got to take the bike out and ride with Dave Heinzel.
So nice and clean. This is what it should look like.
I bought this bike in 2005. It’s big and heavy but rides great.
Dave mastering a hill. Intense.
Dave is a terrific photographer. How could I pass up a chance for an updated Facebook profile picture.