Bash’s Fourth Birthday Party and Room Change Day

I suppose I should get basketball out of the way first. The NCAA tournament started last week, with Duke’s first game coming on Friday night against North Dakota State. They won that one 85-62, but it wasn’t even that close really. Duke was only leading by four at the half, but they pushed it out to something over 30 points before Coach K put the bench in. They played against nine-seeded Central Florida tonight, and that one was a lot tougher than it should have been for the overall top one seed. They’re coached by former Duke player and assistant coach Johnny Dawkins, whose son had a monster game. The final score on that one was 77-76, and UCF had …

St. Patrick’s Day Weekend 2019

I just got off a video chat with my Irish cousin, Lucinda (she’s apparently one of the people who reads this site for some reason now and then, so everyone say hi to her!), which is about the most fitting thing I could have done on a St. Patrick’s Day, right? We’ve chatted Facebook Messenger before, but never actually spoke. One of the first things she commented on was how American I sounded. Later in the conversation she put me on the spot and had me do my Irish accent, which is not my strongest. She had me repeat a couple things after her, one meaning “My name is Zach” and the other meaning “Shut the door.” On the latter …

My 41st Birthday Week

There’s a good bit that’s been going on of late, and I have, as usual, been slacking on here, so I thought I’d try to sum up a bunch of it all in one post. We went to Rougemont last weekend. When my parents were here for the boys’ birthday, my dad said they were going to be doing an oyster roast the weekend before our birthday. (For you newcomers, I was born on my dad’s 22nd birthday.) I’m not an oyster fan, but there would be other food too. Plus they were taking down the back 70 feet of a barn and needed help with that. I’ll explain that a bit. My parents bought the property next to theirs …

Labor Day 2018

Looking back on the past few Labor Days, I lamented to Tristen this weekend that we used to travel. Well, we didn’t last year because Tristen was just finishing up her first trimester and wasn’t feeling great anyway. This year it would have been hard to go anywhere with two six-month-old babies. We did have a really good extended weekend though. Our friend Steven told us a few weeks ago in a group text that he was going to be in town and wanted us to meet his girlfriend. Figuring people might spend too much time trying to thinknwhatnto do, indecided we’d have a cookout and invite a bunch of people over. With the boys, we don’t get to see …

Did You Ever Pet a Penguin?

That sounds like the title of a children’s book, doesn’t it? Amanda was kind enough to let us borrow Milly this morning in lieu of her going to church, despite the fact that she hasn’t been since her baptism a couple weeks ago. (For the record, I did ask her if she wanted to go last week, but she said she got kinda bored outside of reading and drawing. I found that hard to believe since Treasure Island, the church service she goes to at Port City Comunity Church, is like a kid’s show on TV, or at least the service part is.) Anyway, Tristen and I picked Milly up at Lifepoint Church, where Amanda goes on the weeks she …