In an effort to keep things fresh, I went to a another WordPress templet design by Justin Tadlock called Options. It replaces the previous theme called Structure. I also went with a new “summer travel” inspired header theme. As our family is going to be doing a fair bit of traveling. Orlando in June to visit family. Punta Cana in July for 10 year aniverisry. I’m also sure there will also be a few quick trips back to West Virginia for good measure.
As for the new look, I really like the flexibility of the new template. It allows different sidebars based on what type of page you are viewing. It also is also very easy to create new “skins” for the look of your site. I have also enlarged the embedded video windows for easier viewing.
I was in Phoenix this week attending the American Gas Association trade show for work. After I could take no more of the classes and demonstrations, a group (Nicole, Scott, and I) decided to make a run to the Grand Canyon. On Thursday morning we got up at 5:00 AM (8 EST) and left for the Canyon. It took us a little over a 3.5 hours to get there and the temperature dropped 30 F. The entry point for the Canyon is at 7500 ft and was a little overcast with a fair bit of wind to go along.
All I can say is WOW! Not much can prepare you for the overwhelming size and beauty. The pictures do not do it justice, but I still will post a few here. You can see the album for more.
Neat rock formations.
Chris grits his teeth…it was 55F with strong winds.
See the people…upper left standing on the ledge.
Chris, Nicole, and Scott pose for a quick picture.
A little late posting this, but the whole family had a fun time last weekend at the 4th annual McMillion Derby Party in Symrna, TN. We drove down early on Saturday arriving around lunch time. Ashley had prepared a nice spread for everyone to enjoy. The kids grazed all afternoon on the chips, veggies, and chicken fingers. Kudos to Ashley for the kid friendly menu!
As you can see by the pictures, the corn hole tournament was the highlight of the day. Unfortunately for the other teams, Neil and I got paired as teammates in the random (“wink, wink”) selection. No one could come close to matching the honed bag tossing skills that were displayed by us that day.
Super Dad can retire now that Shelley has made it back from her trip to Denmark. As you can see by the photo, the kids were very happy to see her. They insisted on making a welcome home sign. I printed the sign at work and we decorated it the afternoon before she arrived.
Shelley seems finally recovered now that it is Sunday. Friday and Saturday were early nights.
The excitement is growing. Mom will be returning tomorrow night from her two week trip to Denmark. We have all been following Mom’s activities on their travel website (www.ncchstravel.com).
04/14 – Super Dad = Tired Dad. Fell asleep on the couch last night and wasn’t able to report on Day 13. Better late than never. Kids had fun playing outside after school while I prepared cheeseburgers, fries and salad. Of course Natalie and I ate in a timely fashion and then waited for poky eater Eli. After dinner Natalie played with neighbor next door and Eli and I played “Star Wars”.
04/15 – Kids talked with Mom this morning before school. Everyone was quite chipper this morning. Hopefully this will hold throughout the day. The big gymnastic whirl wind will be this afternoon.
04/15 – Gymnastics went without a hitch. Everyone got a shower when we arrived home. Even Nat had time to finish up her math review with only minor corrections needed. All in bed by 8:30. Many “I miss Mommy” statements tonight. Only 2 more days!
Uneventful…lack of naps made for tired pups. Went right to sleep.
Nothing exciting today. Lounging and wallowing Uncle Corey was the activities of the day. The kids did get a bit out of line…but were quickly corrected with some time out.
Power outage…living pioneer style! A quick storm rolled through and knocked out the power. The kids were instantly bored until “Shadow Puppet Theater”. Turtles, old man, crocodile, and butterflys were the animals of the night. Kids went down without much fuss to candle light.
04/08 – Last night…after the whirl wind that was the 5 hour gymnastic shuffle, I tried to log on to update the goings here in the Wykle household. The server was acting a little flaky and I decided to wait to update before going to bed. Needless to say my intentions were squashed by my sleepiness. I feel asleep on the couch watching TV. Any who…Eli and Natalie both had good gymnastic sessions. While Nat was completing her last hour Eli and I went to grab a bite at our favorite deli (McAlsiters). We ate quickly and then picked up Nat. Got home and grab quick showers and were in bed by 8:15…not to shabby!
04/09 – This morning was picture day for Nat. Everyone was up and out of bed before the alarms went off (strange…I know). Nat put on her “special” picture outfit and was quite chipper and helpful. I was then tasked to fix Natalie’s hair. I have to admit that the hair ended up not as “poofy” or “stylish” as Mom would have made it, but she seemed OK with the attempt. See below for the results (picture quality sucks on my phone).
04/09 – Update – I hate this new version (2.5) of WordPress. It has lost this update now 2 times! Here we go again. After picking up the kids, we made an afternoon of running errands (this would make Mom proud I’m sure). I had to pick up dry cleaning, get cat food, and buy some new windshield wipers for the van. Quite a hodgepodge of things. In the middle we decided to hit the Taco Hell for a quick bite. I again have to say that the TB on Mall Road is a piece of SH$T. It took 13 minutes to get 2 taquitos and 1 burrito. Can you say “NO EXCUSES”!. Needless to say that may be the last time for me at that store. Lastly, a little bad news…it seems that little miss priss (a.k.a Nat) managed to get a face wound prior to pictures. It seems a crafty glue stick (up to obvious no good) inflicted damage on her chin. Sorry Mom…sigh…
Glue stick wound.
Weather continues to be beautiful! Kids enjoyed the afternoon while dinner was cooking. Trampoline and bike riding were on the agenda. Eli did share some 4 year-old wisdom on the way from school.
“Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, and Leprechauns use magic because they don’t want to be seen”
I found this statement to be very insightful and I agreed with a strong affirmation. Tomorrow will be the usual Tuesday whirlwind with the 5 Star gymnastics shuffle.
Spring is here. Today was a sunny welcome to the wet spring that we’ve had this season. We enjoyed the day by taking a trip to the park. Eli and Natalie played on the playground for 45 minutes and then we went for a walk around Loop 1 (see map below). They didn’t understand what they were getting into. They realized about 20 minutes into the walk. The whole trip took about 45 minutes and both were beyond thirsty…Boone County did not have the water fountains hooked back up for this season. I’m sure they will sleep well tonight!