What does the fox say?

Here in the Shoo household we’ve been fascinated by a certain internet video.

We’ve danced in our PJs and hatee-hatee-hatee-hoed many nights!

We even have the book!

The fox is such a hit that Mrs. Shoo made Grayson his very own knitted fox. She just finished it tonight.


Running where Abe walked

Last weekend Mrs Shoo ran the Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon. Grayson and I caught up with friends at the end of the race to cheer on Mrs. Shoo and her friend Sarah.

IMG_1212.jpg “Mooooommm”

The woman holding the sign is Sarah’s mother. She throws a mean surprise birthday and will run the last tenth of a mile with you.

IMG_1198.jpgA little too close young man.

IMG_1209.jpgA rare public sighting of the BluegillLover and Colbie. They’re definitely related.

IMG_1240.jpg Sarah aka Craftnclutter with her dad who was 60.

IMG_1234.jpg Big Lincoln bling.

IMG_1243.jpg A post race stop at the Sugar Jar for a macaroon.

Magic House

Needing an excuse to get out of the house and cash in a coupon for REI (sports/bike store), I took the family down to the St. Louis Magic House.

I told Grayson before we left that we were going to the Magic House and they have fun things for little boys and girls to do. Without any other explanation you would have thought that I sold him on the funnest thing in the whole-wide-world. The way down he kept repeating “hoooouuusse.” Then we threw it into overdrive by telling him that Sid the Science Kid, a PBS kid’s show for those without small children or PBS, would be at the Magic House. He went bonkers after. “SID! SID! Hooooouuse!”

Grayson and Sid the Science Kid

Luckily we got to meet Sid right away. No tears, got a hug and fist/elbow bump. He thought it was terrific.


We averaged about 20 seconds per activity. It was amazing that I was able to shoot a couple of photos.

That tongue is the source of his determination.

No trip is complete without a photo at the static electricity ball.

What little boy doesn’t love trains?


It was a great day for the whole family. We even made it to REI! A kid is a lot of work, but today was one of those days that just makes everything worth it.

Fun snow time

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.


Since #TBT is a thing



Years back. Me around Grayson’s age.

So COLD!!!!

It’s cold outside. We’re going stir-crazy.

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We’re ready for spring.

2013 – A Year In Review

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.

And running.

And running.

Still 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.


Sarah started a video podcast called In A Sknit. And is a state blue ribbon winner.

My dad and I built Grayson a sandbox.

And there were many-many-many bike rides.



Looking forward to 2014, Happy New Year!



From the snow/ice storm that passed by a couple of weeks before Xmas.

Before the broken leg

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.