Much like Sara mentioned, I’m also behind in blogging. It is not because there is a lack of things to blog about. But, there’s been a struggle for focus on things outside of being a father, husband and employee.
Never mind that! Life is quite good. Since the last time I’ve written, I have completed my Extra-Life goal. In our third year of participation, we doubled our fundraising efforts yet again. Brad, Cyle and I raised over $1,000 this year for the Sioux Falls Children’s Miracle Network. We played video games for 25 hours, and by the end, we were zombies. It was fun, and I’m already looking forward to the 2014 event in ten months.
Thanksgiving was an exciting time; for the first time in our new house, I prepared our house for both of our families to come over and enjoy a Thanksgiving meal. My brother smoked a turkey, I baked a ham and also provided a small buffet of random munchies. Everyone brought over some treat or food of their own, and it was a wonderful day. We were delighted to share the holiday with both Sara’s family and mine together at the same time, which is something we have wanted to do for years.
That night, we scored a new TV for our basement with my brother and brother-in-law when we door-busted Wal-Mart. Now there were people waiting for hours. However, we left my house on a spur of the moment (in fact, I had just opened a fresh beer), and by time I returned my beer was still cold. It took about 45 minutes to get a 55″ TV for half-off. Score.
Christmas was the next super event, and it was really fun to wake up and have our first family Christmas in the house. Putting up Christmas lights, Sara putting up trees and decorations, and Lionel taking them down all added up to a really fun holiday season.
With life getting pretty cold around here, a lot of my time is now spent inside. Sara and I have been binge-watching “Game of Thrones,” movies and other things while spending the rest of our free time playing/reading with Lionel.
Looking ahead in 2014, I want to make it a point to blog twice a week, so expect many more updates!