Thursday, April 30, 2009

Final day as an active duty member of the Air Force - amazing

This reflects the highlights of my career, crew my own F15 in Alaska and work Jet engines on the test cell at max operating power - what an incredible experience This is the certificate from the Pentagon with a flag that was flown in honor of my retirement.

Thank you Air Force for all the wonderful memories.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Easy morning spin, and some incredible biking skills

This morning was perfect weather (64 deg's, 0-mph wind, 80% humidity), for a easy spin on the bike. I decided not to join the fellows this morning as I just felt like riding easy and enjoying the morning without trying to catch the speedsters. I was the only one on the road for most of the morning. 20 mile ride just over 1 hour long and 1100 calories later.
Cockpit view of the Garmin. as you can tell I wasn't pedaling when I snap the picture (hence the 0-rpm).

Nothing like a homemade waffle with berries for breakfast.
Now this guy has some serious biking skills - Danny MacAskill
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Friday, April 24, 2009

Comedy/juggling show and then movie under the stars

What an action packed Friday evening!

It all started off with a free comedy/juggling act on base by the gold champion Team Root & Berry (click the link to watch a similar performance). These guys were really good and put on a good 1 hour show for all the kids in attendance. Thanks Hickam Services for putting this together it was amazing! Then it was home for an hour and Lynn says OK let's go to the movies at Amanda's school. I helped them get the beam-bag chairs and blankets and they were off for more adventure. Since the weather held out and it was a nice evening they showed the movie outside under the stars and it was really nice. Shortly after the movie began I decided I was bored at home and joined them for the rest of the movie. The movie was The Tale of Despereaux


Wednesday, April 15, 2009

mixing it up a little at lunch

Since i was unable to ride yesterday during the normal Tuesday lunch ride, I was able to break away today at lunch and get in a quick 70 min ride with Ben and Dev. The wind was very strong as it has been for the last month.
Saddle time: 71 mins
distance: 19.5 miles
Avg HR: 153
Max HR: 177
very wind but a really nice day for a ride

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Jake's Birthday Party

Today, was Jake's birthday party and it all started as soon as he got up to find all of his Lego's were assembled and ready for playing. He was so excited he didn't know which one he wanted to play with first.
This year Jake wanted a Thomas Train & Friends ice cream cake that turned out really nice

He also wanted a Thomas pinata
The big surprise of the day was an edible fruit basket from Nana & Papa, this thing was incredible and the kids thought it was soo cool.
I think everything is ready to go for the big party
Looking good on the outside as well, Lynn is such a good party coordinator
Jake and Sammy, enjoying a snack during the party
Jake and a neighbor friend playing
It's cake time
Everyone loves the cake
All in all it was an excellent party and good day for everyone, especially Jake

Friday, April 10, 2009

Jake's birthday dinner

Tonight was the family birthday dinner for Jake who wanted to go to Farrell's (his new favorite restaurant). What an incredible time we had with tons of fun and a special treat (magician) First we started off with a few presents from Nana, Grandma, Uncle Nathan & Mary and us.

Since Jake loves building things Lego's are his new favorite toys, and of course remote controlled cars
A soccer ball
As you can tell Jake made out on the Lego's.
He's so excited he is speechless
Now Amanda and Jake are deciding what kind of dessert Jake would like for his birthday

Jake patiently waiting for his dinner
The special treat was a magician that showed up at the table with some really incredible tricks. The kids loved it. He did several tricks that had us all guessing
Jake decided on the clown dessert
But the biggest treat was the Happy birthday song, this is a classic

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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Thursday lunch ride

Today I was able to break away for the normal Thursday lunch ride to the small hills around base. It was obvious I hadn't rode any hills in quite some time, I was able to complete 3 loops and felt better after each one.I was able to complete 3 loops (good thing the weather was cool) and overhaul felt better after each loop.

distance: 18.5 miles
saddle time: 73 mins
avg HR: 157
max HR: 181
max speed: 40 mph

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Night of haircuts

Tonight we decided the kids were getting haircuts. Amanda already had an appointment downtown and Jake decided he needed one too. Jake loves getting his haircut and doesn't move while sitting in the chair. Here is Amanda's haircut, it look incredible. Probably the best haircut she's ever had.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Kids soccer practice, Tuesday lunchtime bike ride

For the past several weeks, we've been taking the kids to a great 2 hour soccer practice with "Uncle Clay", previous student of Lynn's that teaches kids basic soccer drills. Incredible practice field with tons of kids everywhere but no one is crowded. Uncle Clay helping Jake during stretching portion


All the kids coming together in the end of a really good 2 hour workout. It was freezing tonight with very high winds, wind chill must have made it feel like it was in the 50's.

Back on the bike for a nice Tuesday lunch ride. Several riders turned out along with some very stiff winds.

I was able to hold on at the back of the pack for quite awhile before my lack of endurance kicked in and then I was left in no-mans land battling the wind.

Saddle time: 1 hour
Distance: 17 miles
Avg HR: 149
Max HR: 190
Total Calories: 1000

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Family camping

Since it was the last day of spring break, we decided to have a special treat and have a camp-out in the back yard. We set the tent up (along with the air mattress and computer to watch a movie). Jake decided he needed everything from his bed in the tent

We had to improvise a little for the smores, it worked pretty good on the grill

Jake and his very own smore.

Jake giving me a kiss for another smore
Amanda and I made it through the night, but around 11:00 Jake decided it was time to go back in the house so him and Lynn heading in to sleep in a real bed