Croatia Mission Trip 2019

This year we’re embarking on a mission trip to Croatia. We’ll be teaching practical English classes to the residents in Ogulin, Croatia. Kira, Logan and myself are going along with three other people from our church. Macy and Noah will be spending time with grandparents this week. I’m going to try to blog throughout the trip. Come along

Lucky 13

Here’s a video from Logan and I shooting trap together the day after his birthday.

How in the world is Logan 13 years old already? We celebrated his birthday this week. It’s pretty neat to see how much he has matured in the past year. Every year on his birthday, I also tell Kira, “Happy Mother’s Day”. Because on this day 13 years ago, we became parents for the first time. Oh, we were sooo naive and young. Just like everyone that has a child for the first time. As I am also getting ready to turn 40 this year, I guess I am even more emotional than usual. I just like to reflect back on the past 13 years and think about all that we have accomplished and experienced as a family. Let’s highlight some of those.

I can think about so many other things, but I just highlighted a few. I remember saying to Kira in 2016 that we only had about a 5 year window to experience some great summers with our kids before Logan gets really busy with school/band in the summer. That’s why we decided to pack up and hit the road to Disney and to Yellowstone. Oh how the time has flown. Sometimes I wish I could go back to that first day that we brought Logan home. I remember the feeling when we walked into the house for the first time as a family. I remember looking at Kira and thinking “What do we do now?”. I think we’ve done good K. Let’s keep it up.

Here’s a video that I made for Kira when Logan was 2 or so.

First run of 2017

After taking about a year and a half off, I’ve decided to pick it back up again. I’m going to chronicle my year here. I’ll post about the highs and lows of running.

Let me briefly tell you my running history. It was 2009, I know that for a fact because my wife was pregnant with Macy and it was the year of my 30th birthday. I was getting dressed for work one day, putting my slacks on, and I felt pain like I had never felt before. I went straight to the floor. My back was in spasms. I could hardly move. I managed to crawl over to the nightstand and pull the phone over to me. Called my 5 month pregnant wife who was already at work to come home and put me in bed. After I recovered for a couple of days, I decided that turning 30 was not going to be this way, and that I needed to do something about my physical fitness. I began a couch to 5k program and set a goal to run my first 5k on my 30th birthday which was a few months away. I worked hard and did it. That’s when my love of running took off.

First 5k 7/23/2009

First 5k

In 2010 I ran quite a bit. The weight started to drop off as well, I got down to 215 lbs. I felt better than I ever had, then I “took a little break” and stopped running for a while. 2011-2014 was an on again off again cycle of running. I really started to pick it back up in 2015. I ran over 200 miles in the summer of 2015. Running every other day from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Then again I “took a little break”.

That bring us up to now. I feel horrible. I weigh more than I ever have. I’m tipping the scales at 260 lbs. I decided to run a few times in December to get back into it, then hit 2017 hard with a solid plan. This blog will take you through my adventures on the pavement this year. I’ve set a goal to run 500 miles in 2017. It’ll be tough, but I know I can do it. I would also like to drop 60 lbs this year.

I retired my old shoes at the end of 2016. They had over 250 miles on them. Mom got me a new pair for Christmas.

I hit the pavement on a rainy afternoon on 1/2/17. Had the day off, so I was in no rush. I waited for a break in the rain, then headed out in my brand new Asics Kayano 22’s. Only did two miles today, but it’s a solid start.