EVERYDAY ADVENTURES: Fall Break Breakdown

My family and I couldn’t wait for Monday morning. It was my kids’ fall break, and I had taken the week off so we could all hang out together for an autumn staycation. Who needs a fancy beach trip or a week at Disney to have fun? Not us! Our minivan was a party onContinue reading “EVERYDAY ADVENTURES: Fall Break Breakdown”

Everyday Adventures: Facing the Mountain

I never planned to be a lifeguard in the Smokies, but that’s just how it worked out. My wife’s family used to own some old cabins on a river near the Great Smoky Mountains national park. One of the most entertaining parts of vacationing there was watching tubers go down the rapids just upstream.  There wasContinue reading “Everyday Adventures: Facing the Mountain”

Everyday Adventures: Who Needs the Beach?

Several years ago I had the chance to attend a work conference in Pawleys Island, South Carolina. Rough, I know, but it was not my idea. I got recruited into going. However, once I was invited on the trip, I kept thinking about one thing: how soon I could get to the beach.  After all,Continue reading “Everyday Adventures: Who Needs the Beach?”

Everyday Adventures: Hole in None

I once fell down trying to hit a golf ball. I’m not proud of it, but it happened. I needed P.E. credits in college and figured golf was an easy way to get them.  I was wrong.  Sure, my golf teacher wouldn’t have me out doing push ups and running laps, but the mental anguish ofContinue reading “Everyday Adventures: Hole in None”

Everyday Adventures: A Winter Escape

I feel sorry for my wife because she usually has crummy birthday weather. As a midwest February baby, she’s lucky if it breaks sixty degrees. It’s often freezing, rainy or worse. One year she even got to celebrate with eight inches of snow on the ground. By the time my April birthday rolls around, however, theContinue reading “Everyday Adventures: A Winter Escape”

Everyday Adventures: The Star of Christmas

Putting the star on top of the Christmas tree is the greatest honor in yuletide decorating. Oh sure the lights are important, but there are a million lights. They’re a dime a dozen. And ornaments? Don’t even get me started. Who’s going to notice where you hang one of dozens of ornaments on your festiveContinue reading “Everyday Adventures: The Star of Christmas”

Everyday Adventures: Kindergarten Fugitive

Do you remember your first day of kindergarten? Were you excited? A little nervous, maybe? Did you flee from your classroom and cause a school-wide manhunt? Oh, wait. Maybe that was just me.   It wasn’t that I hated school. It just wasn’t my cup of tea. It all started innocently enough. My mom wasContinue reading “Everyday Adventures: Kindergarten Fugitive”

Everyday Adventures: Life in Tandem

When my youngest daughter was five, we bought her a tagalong bicycle that hooked to the back of my bike. This made it easy to take long rides as a family without wearing her out.  The tagalong just had one wheel and its own chain so it didn’t matter if she pedaled or not.  ItContinue reading “Everyday Adventures: Life in Tandem”

Everyday Adventures: Brick by Brick

Last summer Lowes put their bricks on sale, and it almost killed me. We had a cracked concrete patio that didn’t look so hot, but my wife had found a DIY site that showed how you could brick over it and transform it into a backyard paradise. It was just laying bricks on sand. HowContinue reading “Everyday Adventures: Brick by Brick”