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Jun 28 2013

Squirt Gun Fight

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It was a beautiful evening tonight and, after dinner, the boys all went outside for a good old fashioned squirt gun fight.

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There was plenty of running around, squirting, and general soaking.

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No doubt the boys all slept good after their evening bedlam.

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We just discovered Lowe's awesome Build and Grow program. It's a free program, that has apparently been going on for years, which allows kids to build all kinds of simple yet cool little projects. Each child received an apron, goggles, a patch and a certificate in addition to the project which, this weekend, was a Monsters University Chest.

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Half way through their builds.

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Landon did a surprisingly great job of hammering. He was a little soft but had excellent aim. He would patiently tap away at his nails that I started for him until they were pretty close to all the way down.

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Will did great following the instruction even correcting me one time when I was using the wrong size nail. All he needed was a little assistance getting the nails started and off he went.

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Drew did the entire project by himself. My offers of assistance were politely rebuked.

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After the boys finished, proudly displaying their completed chests.

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Once home, the boys put the finishing touches on their Lowe's Grow and Play Monster University Chests by applying the supplied stickers. Great job boys and thank you to Lowe's. We will certainly be going back!

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Jun 16 2013

Lion King Musical

I had a great Father's Day with my family today. And, this evening, we all went to see the Lion King musical at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.

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Despite the usual potty reminders before leaving home, Landon had to go right before the show started. He's normally got a bladder of steel so when he says he's got to go...he's got to go. I took him to the restroom while all the ushers were saying there's a "hold" and that we couldn't go. Yeah right, there's no "hold" on a four year-old's bladder! We just ignored the "hold" and made a beeline for the nearest restroom.

On the way back, Landon and I got held up at the door but were treated to seeing some of the performers up close (arm's length away) as they made last second costume adjustments and sung on their wireless microphones the opening number before proceeding down the isle. We followed behind them and made it to our seats having enjoyed our unique view of the show.

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Drew and Will both said they really enjoyed the show. Landon made it through the first half and half way through the second half before falling asleep but he also like it. It was another great Father's Day thanks to my loving family. (The photos aren't mine...just some internet finds which looked right.)

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For an end of season party for Will's baseball team, we all went to see the Tulsa Drillers play the Springfield Cardinals today at ONEOK Field. We got out butts kicked 5-0 but, as you will see below, the boys had an absolutely amazing day.

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The first activity before the game started was a baseball clinic on the ONEOK field. Our boys all went together with Tulsa Drillers outfielder #24 Delta Cleary Jr. and pitcher #34 Christian Bergman to practice catching and throwing. This is Landon catching a ball thrown by Cleary.

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Landon stretching for the ball.

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Landon throwing a rocket back to Bergman.

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Will's turn to shag an outfield fly.

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Will catching another fly ball.

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Throwing the ball back.

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Drew easily catching one of his fly balls.

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A great shot of Drew having just made a catch with the ONEOK Field sign in the background. There is a number 5 on the Drillers roster but Drew's shirt was a give-away from another game a few years ago honoring Matt Holiday who once played for the Drillers and who signed a major league deal in 2010 for $120 million over seven years.

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Drew throwing the ball back.

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The boys really enjoyed their time on the field with the Drillers players.

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The Tulsa skyline showing what a beautiful day it was for a ball game.

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The next activity up was some time in Hornsby's Hangout. The boys first spent some time on the inflatable slide. Landon climbed and slide like an old pro.

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Will enjoying himself on the slide.

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Drew in arms up roller coaster mode.

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Next, the boys had the inflatable bouncer all to themselves.

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After burning off some excess energy, the boys went down to the filed where Will got a team picture taken.

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The boys then got to be on the giant scoreboard jumbotron.

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Drew, Landon and Will on the jumbotron screen.

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Next, the boys got to high-five the Tulsa Drillers starting lineup as they took the field. This is second baseman #3 Angelys Nina.

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High-fiving first baseman #18 Kiel Roling.

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Finally, giving high-fives to the catcher #13 Dustin Garneau.

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The boys even got line up with the players during the singing of the National Anthem.

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Once the game started, I took the opportunity to snap a few pictures of the game. Tulsa Drillers center fielder #5 Rafael Ortega was called out sliding into second on a very close and questionable call.

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Tulsa Driller shortstop #2 Cristhian Adames getting safely back to first on a pick off attempt.

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Our bats were all too quiet today as demonstrated by Tulsa Drillers first baseman #18 Kiel Roling's swing and a miss. The team only had 3 hits all day.

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First baseman Roling getting a throw from the pitcher after short ground ball for an easy out.

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Between innings, the boys got Cane's Chicken t-shirts and got to run across the field. Will went with a friend on his team who he also goes to school with.

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Drew was a good big brother and ran with Landon who was swimming in his t-shirt.

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A quick picture with Hornsby as he passed our section of the bleachers.

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Finally, after the end of the game, all the children in attendance got to run the bases.

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Will high-fiving Hornsby as he crosses home plate.

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Drew slipping Hornsby some skin as he crosses home plate.

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Landon finishing out the day's activities, crosses home plate as he gives Hornsby five. Not shown in pictures was Drew catching a Drillers shirt thrown to him from the field and Landon who got a foul ball from a worker Daddy knows who always seems to have one handy for good little boys. Obviously, living in a bigger city has its advantages, but only in a city the size of Tulsa can children to do all the things the boys got to do today. It was an amazing day, the boys will hopefully remember for a long time.

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"I participated in a campaign on behalf of Dad Central Consulting for LongHorn Steakhouse. I received a gift card to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank-you for participating."

445-longhorn-steakhouse-logo.jpgAfter running errands this morning, edging, trimming, and mowing the front and back yards this afternoon, we all went to church and then to Longhorn Steakhouse this evening for a fantastic meal. It was nice to be able to enjoy a great steak with all the fixings and sides without having to worry about having all the ingredients, cooking/grilling, and cleaning up. Even then, we probably wouldn't have had fresh bread let alone a different item for every person.

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We went right at the busiest time on a Saturday night but only had to wait 15 minutes. The weather was absolutely gorgeous so we didn't mind waiting outside for a few minutes.

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Me and the world's most awesome boys in a pre-Father's Day photo-op.

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Everyone gets fresh warm honey wheat bread to start out with while you wait for your appetizers and/or salads. We didn't get an appetizer this time but we've previously had the spinach dip and grilled white cheddar stuffed mushrooms both of which were excellent.

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Mary and I both had fresh mixed green side salads. Mine had raspberry vinaigrette dressing on the side. They were a perfect warmup for the food to come.

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My 9oz filet, known by Longhorn as Flo's Filet, was incredibly tender, juicy and full of flavor. My steak was accompanied by a fresh vegetable medley which I did not hesitate to roll around in my steak juices...yum!

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I ordered my filet medium plus (between medium and medium well). It was perfectly done and absolutely delicious!

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Mary had the bone-in Outlaw Ribeye. You almost can't go wrong with a bone-in steak and the Outlaw Ribeye doesn't disappoint. Mary also had the Steakhouse Mac & Cheese which has got to be the best macaroni and cheese I've ever tasted.

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Will wanted ribs and since they weren't on the kids menu, we order some baby back ribs off the adult menu. A full rack was only $4 more, it would have been a sin not to get the full order. I've had the ribs before, and had some of Will's this time, and they were awesome. You can literally eat them with a fork as the meat just falls off the bone.

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Drew went kids classic with some chicken tenders. He said they were really good.

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Landon is our salad eater and he ordered a kids grilled chicken salad. I tried a piece of the chicken and it was great. With a little ranch dressing, Landon ate all of his chicken and a good portion of his salad.

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Will's ribs came with a side of fresh mixed fruit which Landon ate with his salad.

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There was nothing left on my plate when I was done.

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One of the reasons we like Longhorn Steakhouse so much is the atmosphere. It is just the right mix of upscale casual and not too loud. The booths are roomy and the tables aren't shoved together. The only cattle are on your plate.

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Longhorn Steakhouse has some tips for grilling at home. Click on the image for the full size.

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If you like a serious steak knife with some real heft in your hand when you're having steak at home, you can pick up a set of Longhorn Steakhouse steak knives at the restaurant. The quality is actually quite impressive and worth checking out...especially if you might be short of ideas for Father's Day. As good as they look in the picture, the knives are even more handsome in person.

The point of all this...give your dad a break this Father's Day and take him to Longhorn Steakhouse..."you can't go wrong."*

*Actual quote from Mary in reference to the menu.

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Jun 1 2013

Lego Creations

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Drew and Will created their own Lego creations from a bucket of random Lego. Drew built a podracer with Anakin Skywalker driving. Will built a droid automatic spaceship with forward and reverse guns.

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