Here we are hanging out on the front porch. I was playing guitar and Gridley decided to start dancing. It was so beautiful. She insisted I play Harlem River Blues by Justin Townes Earl over and over again. No problem. such fun.
For Krista's birthday we sent her away to Boston to have a girls weekend with Hillary. they had a great time. Lots of long walks and wine. time on the beach. great stuff.
I enjoyed my daddy time with the kids too. We went to the store and bought marshmallow cereal. that was a big hit. we watched movies and went to the swimming pool. Here we are at the aquarium before we went to pick up mom at the airport.
We managed to not miss our towns annual pancake breakfast at the firehall. Always well attended. the kids got pancakes with whipped cream, m&m's and sprinkles. whoa!!
We had an unbelievably sad event last week that knocked us all over. Jason Testrake, cousin Jill's husband, very unexpectedly died of a massive heart attack. He had just turned 40. it was awful. He has two kids. both under age 3.
We went up to Mt Horeb WI to be with the family and attend services. Due to some huge software conference every hotel was booked. but krista found this farm house on airbnb which was pretty amazing. We even had fresh chicken eggs every morning.
We stayed with Krista's dad and step mom. Here is Pop ready to dig into a huge pretzel.
this was the start of a memorial bike ride for jason. He loved riding his bike more than anything, so we all got together and rode a route near his home remembering how awesome he was.
This is Gridley with cousin Gemma. I got to pull both of them the whole way. And even to the top of a huge hill! i didn't realize quite how tired i was until a couple days later. Sore!
The family is still reeling from the loss. we're hoping to get back up there soon and spend some more time with Jill as she starts working through this terrible time.