Sunday, April 20, 2014

Good Luck Tomorrow at Boston Jonathan

This is short post to wish Jonathan all the very best tomorrow as he runs the Boston Marathon. The Boston Marathon is arguably the most prestigious and celebrated marathon of them all. The Granddaddy!! On any given year, the goal for many is simply getting to the start line, (you have to qualify with a really fact time for your age) for many others just running it is an incredible achievement. This year is special though. Given the tragedy of last year, tomorrow’s event will be epic, a remembrance, a celebration a triumph.

If anybody is watching tomorrow, keep and eye out for him in bib #3624, he will not be on camera with the Kenyans but not far off.  Enjoy the day Jonathan, I’ll be thinking of you bud!!

Easter Relaxation

We had a very relaxing Easter Sunday. The weather really allowed us all to be outside all day. After pottering around in the morning, (I cleaned out some old brewing kegs and Lynne went for a run) we did not really do much other than do the egg hunt for the kids and host Randy and Lorraine for a relaxing lunch and dinner on our deck.

As you can see from the photos, we all had a great day!!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Happy Easter Weekend

Happy Easter Weekend everybody. It’s a beautiful day here in West Lafayette, and the Spring flowers have finally appeared. We are all out in the garden, I just ordered 5 yards of new soil for our raised beds, veggies will go in tomorrow.

Life is great here, my Mum just arrived yesterday and the kids are very excited. I also just listened to the Roscommon U-21 game against Cork. Boy what a game, well done lads!

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Surprise Celebration

I have one final blog post on my MBA. Today my entire department surprised me with a small celebration of my graduation. The group has been extremely supportive throughout the entire course, and this is the one final group that I wish to thank sincerely for all that they have done over the last 21 months. A real dear friend from Scotland surprised me with a small gesture from Scotland and my group got me a gift card to my favorite store in Indianapolis, Roberts (a camera shop). Thank You.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

A Great Family Spring Day at Home

We just had a great family Saturday at home. It’s simply amazing the difference a nice day will make. We made cakes, we all got in the garden and did a whole bunch of stuff, we planted new flowers  (yippee Spring is here), we grilled, we had a fire in our new outdoor toy, we did marshmallows, we chatted for ages with our neighbors and the kids played so well all day together (not a given at all).

If this is what Spring is all about….lets get Springin…..

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Life Returning

Life has settled down a little post MBA, although starting over the weekend I started “My Little Pony School”. It was a promise I made the girls last year, to take time to study their interests with them. The picture below shows my new desk in the basement.

The weather has also turned so we are all spending a little more time outside. The kids and I went on a long walk on Sunday before returning to watch Frozen. We are all ready to “get into the garden”.

This week I also managed to get outside running in the morning again, had a very slow 7 miler this morning but it felt terrific to feel the cool Spring morning air on my face. I finished my first post MBA Book (Hatching Twitter), had a long overdue chat with Clive and Tracey and also got the camera out again. As you can see, I'm starting to feel like life is slowing coming back.

p.s.....still feeling a little nostalgic tonight. It's Tuesday night, the night which for the last 21 months was carved out for jumping on a teleconference to discuss and debate an array of topics for class assignments...good memories at this point.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

MBA Complete but Thanks Due to So Many

As most of you know, I graduated on Friday with an MBA from the University of Chicago and it’s Booth School of Business. It was a long 21-month journey. As I mentioned when I first blogged about it, I would need a lot of help from many along the way. I received that help and much more and to all of you I’ll be forever grateful. Lynne, all I can say is Thank You.

Shown below are just a few pictures from the weekend. I love each of these pictures since they each represent a much larger story. I love the last one, all my stuff in a tote and packed away…….

Monday, March 24, 2014

Daisy: - You were such a great dog

Daisy was such a special dog in so many ways. In almost nine years of blogging, trying to write a few words to honor her memory is literally the hardest post I‘ve ever written. There is no formula for mourning one’s pet, so we do so like they were a loved one.

Daisy was such a loyal friend, a great dog for children and all who came to our house.

I have tried tagging Daisy in my pictures, a fraction are shown below. As you can see, she was with us through so many of our key moments from the last decade. This included being the star of this blog with her cute pink glasses. I’ll leave that up for a week or two before removing it.

Daisy: - You were such a great dog; we will all miss you dearly.