Monthly Archive: February, 2012

Dreams, Fantasy, and Crap-uccino

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, You kids were crazy last night. Mommy brought home some tiny things of ice cream for us as a treat. One of them was Starbucks Capuccino flavored. Max, you… Continue reading

5 Ways to Succeed as a Triathlete and Dad

Dads, here are the 5 ways I’ve learned to succeed at triathlon and keep the peace at home: Wake up Early! This is a tough one for alot of dads. Most everyday triathletes… Continue reading

Nothing is real if you don’t believe in who you are

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, The little kid in the picture grew up on Rocky Balboa. That’s your daddy in 1985. I wanted to be Rocky when I was kid. Sometimes I still do.… Continue reading

How Kids add Fluffy Clouds

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, Last night before dinner I decided to sketch a friend for the “runner dude” I sketched earlier this week. Kate, you took particular interest in the process. What… Continue reading

Peeing off the deck and other things Dad’s should teach their kids

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, As I watch you all I grow I’m always coming up with random things that make me think “hey, that was a good thing to teach the kids.… Continue reading

We just called it spaghetti

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I came home from work early yesterday because Mommy was sick. That’s a good thing for Dad’s and husbands to do. The goodwill Dad’s create by coming home early and letting their… Continue reading

The Wrinkled Shirt

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I wear wrinkled shirts alot these days. A long time ago your Nana used to starch and press them for me, then before you kids came along I… Continue reading

The Hulk, weak as a kitten

 Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, It was a strange weekend at home. Izzy, you went to Aunt Carolyn’s in Knoxville with Grandma and Grandfather for a short visit so we missed you! Meanwhile… Continue reading

Don’t miss it

 Valentines Mug shots from Max and Kate Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, Lately I’ve been wrestling with what I’ve decided is an addiction to noise. Our modern lives are filled with it: email,… Continue reading

How a triathlete does the Truffle Shuffle

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I blame you. I blame you for causing me to gain 20 pounds since Ironman Boulder 70.3 in August! Once I started training again the reality of the extra pounds… Continue reading

Crushed cheez-its. Smashed poptarts. It’s okay.

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate I’m constantly trying to improve as a father. Mommy reminds me regularly that I’m already doing a great job, but to me if there’s one thing I need… Continue reading

It’s not the money, It’s the effort

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, Happy Valentines Day! Thats your mommy cruising Charleston harbor in 1999. We loved Charleston very much. We lived there on Seabrook Island for the first year that we… Continue reading

Let Them Eat Cake

Busted! Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I ran my first 5k race since 2007 on Saturday morning. It was 24 degrees with 20mph winds. Luckily most of the race was on the heavily… Continue reading

Family Friday

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I’ve been interested in our family history of late. I have lots of old pictures to share with you, but I’ll start here. This one is from 1939.… Continue reading

The List

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I know it’s been a month and a half since Christmas, but Izzy, I wanted to post your Christmas list here anyway. I love you sweet girl. Don’t… Continue reading

Don’t let your dreams be dreams

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, Although “dreamer” sometimes carries a negative connotation, I think it’s okay to admit to being one, but only if it’s accompanied by action. When mommy and I first… Continue reading


Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, Mommy made this sign for our kitchen. It’s just a regular picture frame, but she framed a piece of paper that says “I love you, because…”. We (mostly… Continue reading

Get to / Have to

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, Today is my rest day, so I didn’t get to do any training today. Did you catch that? I didn’t “get” to rather than “have” to. There’s a big… Continue reading

Chapters of Life

Dear Izzy, Max and Kate, We’ve had a busy weekend, so it’s been a few days since I’ve written to you. Mommy and I pulled out some old pictures this weekend, because mommy… Continue reading

The best thing I did today

Dear Izzy, Max and Kate, I’ve taken the last couple of days off from work just relax and get my head screwed on right before I tackle some new projects and challenges at… Continue reading

What Heaven looks like

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I took some chances yesterday. I said some things that needed to be said to some folks who needed to hear from me. I’d like to tell you that… Continue reading