Friday, July 31, 2009

Hopefully I am back!

I have not been very motivated this summer and have not done anything with the blog since January. I hope after I put this up, I can get the blog caught up before I start school in two weeks.

These are from Reese's preschool graduation and from the All Star Fanfest. I will try to get the last 6 months up soon.

Lots of stuff going on in our lives right now. I will update you later.


Tuesday, January 27, 2009


Reese decided draw an orange princess on her belly.

Sledding at Carondolet Park.

Just another day added on at the end of the year. I would rather go on these days have days in May and June to ride the bike. I can say that friend and fellow BigShark Dan Young did take his mtn bike out for a ride in Forest Park. My day was spent shoveling the drive and sledding in the park. The sledding was good, but the cold temps didn't allow us to stay out very long. Here are a few pictures taken over at Carondolet Park today. Another day off tomorrow. Cheers

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Basketball, Mtn Biking and School

Not much has been going on since I went back to work after Christmas break. I have been reffing just about every night of the week and trying to educate the 11 and 12 yr old population near Antonia, Missouri.

The basketball season had been going well until this past week. I kicked out a couple of fans from Hillsboro during a JV basketball game. I made a foul call with one second left in a game. The kid hit both shots and the other team wasn't happy. I actually call for the other team quite a bit and am somewhat friends with the coach. Life goes on and it is a game, but still hate to see a team lose on a foul shot. I should have let the foul go. Some say a foul is a foul no matter what time of the game.

I actually got in mtn rides this past Sat and Sunday. I went out with a ton of BigSharks on Sat out to Castlewood St. Park. I then went with my neighbor Carey today out to Chubb. Cwood was completely tore up by morons riding thier bikes in the mud while today, Chubb was in perfect shape. I did break my eggbeater today riding with about a mile to go, but other than that, it was a perfect day for riding. Some snow early, but nothing major. I have already ordered some more pedals in hopes of having them for next weekend. I am really enjoying the mtn bike riding. I may even do some serious riding this summer. Snakes and poison ivy beware.

Facebook is cool.


Sunday, January 4, 2009

Christmas, New Years and everything in between!

It has been a long break, but very welcome. The girls and I got off 16 days this year! Kirsten unfortunately had to work for most of the days we were off. I was able to go for a couple of mtn bike rides in the extreme cold temps. Both days I rode were under 10 degrees. I unfortunately had to officiate down at Park Hills the other days it was nice enough to ride.

We celebrated Christmas at Mom's and had a great time. We were able to see my Grandpa Wyman and all the family on my Mom's side as well. We played tons of Wii and had a great time. It was also nice to go to my Grandma Rapp's house for Christmas Eve again. She will be 90 yrs old this year, so it was good to see she could still put on a party!
We had Kirsten's family over to our house on Christmas Day. She fixed a fantastic meal and again fun was had by all.
As usual, the girls got a ton of gifts for Christmas. Our family is too kind. I got a little bike bling again this year. My mom got me a new Fizik Gobi Mtn bike saddle, Shimano M182 mtn bike shoes, a full Quick-Step kit and a new pair of Pearl Izumi gloves. If you live in St. Louis, pleas don't confuse me with Tom Boonen.

Basketball went pretty good, but I had to call a technical foul on a coach the last day. All the other games went smoothly and my buddy Ryan Eaton and I had a good time commuting every day.

We went to buddy Chris Pleimann's house for New Years Eve. As you can tell, we had a great time. The girls went with us and had fun playing with all the other children.

I have to start back to school tomorrow. I know, you all feel sorry for me.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Dang it's cold!! Ridin the trails was a bit chilly today!

Me, Dave G. and Matt and Sally S. met out at Greensfelder park for a nice Sunday afternoon ride. Too bad it was a balmy 12 degrees at high noon! We all layered up and took off for about an hour and a half. I had never ridden out there and really enjoyed the trails. They were in perfect condition. The ground was nice and hard due to the temps and not one person or animal was on the trail. It was negative 8 degrees with the wind chill, but once we got down in the valleys it wasn't bad at all. My toes were the only thing that got cold, but once they got numb, things were fine! A couple of us are going to hit Castlewood in the morning. It is supposed to warm up to the mid twenties.


Wednesday, December 17, 2008

New Plates,Dance and Walts

My new personalized plates finally came in today. I just hated the new Missouri plates and decided to get the really cool Missouri Tourism plate. They should make this the state plate, but no one ever accused politicians(or the citizens of Misery since they are the ones that voted on it) of being intelligent and having any taste whatsoever. This plate has the Arch, a steamboat, a Pony Express rider, a sax, a fiddle and the Route 66 symbol. See if you can figure out the plate. It really isn't that hard to figure out. My first choice was taken, so this is what I got.

The other pictures are of Reese's recital for dance and gymnastics. She did a great job and could look any cuter. The other photo is of our brief trip to Grandpa Wyman' s Farm. Here the girls are feeding Newt a carrot.


Sunday, December 14, 2008

Oasis Rocks Chicago!

The Gallagher Bros tearing up Chicago this past Friday night. What a great show!!

The one and only picture of me ever officiating a game. Charles Underwood is the other official in the picture. Fellow DeSoto alum and local sports photographer Matt O'Harver sent this to me. This is from couple of weeks ago at the Crystal City Boy's Invitational at the Championship game. This is why I have not posted in while. I have been calling games every night for the past 2 and 1/2 weeks. So far so good this season. Only 30 more games to go!

Kirsten and I also made it up to Chicago this past weekend to see OASIS at the AllState Arena in Rosemont, IL. We had a great time and the band was amazing.

I have some Thanksgiving photos, but will have to take some time to download them.

I have been riding the mtn bike just about every weekend. Some fellow sharks and I went out tot he Chubb over Thanksgiving, while neighbor Carey and I went out and rode at Klondike and Matson last weekend. I hope to put in some miles on the trials over Christmas break.

Here are a few clips from the Oasis gig this past Friday night. Make sure to pause the music player on the right hand side of the blog before watching the vids. The first vid is a collection of songs, while the second one is a great acoustic version by Noel of "Don't Look Back in Anger". The third is "Wonderwall"



Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Skate Night, Halloween and Fort de Chartre Rendevoux

Sorry it has been so long since I last posted. I must admit, it has been pure laziness on my part. As you can see we have been busy just about every weekend for the past month.

The first set of photos are of skate night at Antonia Elementary. It was the first time the girls have ever skated, so things were a bit dicey at first. Tatum had the bid girl skates and was very upset at first because she kept falling. She finally somewhat figured it out and then skated for the rest of the night with her classmates. Reese had the training skates and just basically rolled around all night very slowly. She too had a great time. It sure did bring back memories for me of the old Spinning Wheels in Crystal City, Mo.

The next weekend of course was Halloween. We went over to my brother's house and did the trick or treating in his hood. The girls got a ton of candy that they are still eating today!! Reese was Gabrielle from High School Musical and Tatum was a pirate. I sure am glad it was on a Friday this year!
The last set is of our yearly trip down to Fort de Chartres for the Fall Rendevoux. Because of budget cuts in Illinois, the Fort is shutting down indefinitely. This may be the last one for a while. I always remember going down there with my Dad as a kid, and had hoped to keep up the tradition with my family. If you haven't ever been, you should go.
I have only been on the bike once in 4 weeks. I have put on 4 lbs and will start the mtn riding this coming weekend. Family come first and the biking will have to wait. I do need to get back on as I am going mad just sitting around.

Only three more weeks until I start officating games. I will leave in the dark and get home in the dark for the next three months! Joy.