During 2017, one or more of me, Lindsey, Harvey, and Carson spent at least one night in each of the cities listed below. If it was less than all of us, I note the initials.
- Traverse City, MI (our hometown)
- Redwood Shores, CA (just north of Palo Alto) (CL)
- Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA (CL)
- Dana Point, CA (CL)
- Atlanta, GA
- Augusta, GA (Masters!)
- Stone Mountain, GA
- Ada, MI (C only, Michigan Amateur)
- Chicago, IL (Family fun)
- Mackinac City, MI (CHC – waterpark)
- Winter Park, FL (C only, Union Championship)
Last night, while laying in bed after reading a book, Harvey said he would like to take a golf trip with me and that I could hand the money to the people. I told him that sounded like a good plan, and would be great. I also asked if mom and Carson could come, and he said yes.
Often, when I hold Harvey and he faces me with his head resting on my shoulder, he lightly pats my back with his hand. I don’t think he even knows he’s doing it.
Carson is talking more and more, and stringing words together. And he has the ability to focus and say things repeatedly; especially on longer car rides. Imagine listening to a 2-year-old say, “Tao” (i.e., Cow) hundreds of times on the way to getting ice cream. It’s one of those things we’ll soon miss.
In late June, I watched mom and dad try Nutrisystem and both had outstanding results. So, I decided to try it and, after following it meal for meal and snack for snack with no exceptions for two months, I’ve lost right around 30 pounds – down to 183 from 211. My initial goal was 182, which was my weight when I started at the University of Michigan in 2000 (see reference picture to the right, of me standing on my doorstep at 1518 Golden Street).
Over the years of working, law school, and more working, the pounds had slowly added on. It was a combination of lack of exercise and poor eating (like downing some Cinnamon Toast Crunch each evening, where “some” was limited by the bottom of the box!).
As a result of my weight loss, I’ve recovered a few suits, some other clothes, and most importantly, my Christmas pants (see picture). And, I just feel must better. I would recommend the program to anyone. After a couple weeks of adjusting to the smaller portions, I had no issues with the plan. The food was varied and generally good. My favorite breakfast item is the waffles, on which I put peanut butter, fresh blueberries, and a little sugar free syrup.
I have about one month of Nutrisystem food left, and hope to get to a range between 175 and 180 (a little below the upper end of my BMI calculation). I’m also trying to dedicate more time to working out (both lifting and cardio), as that will continue the good habits.
Just wanted to write and share this, so that I remember that it’s possible to try to loose weight, and actually do so!
Side note: today is my 36th birthday, 17 years after the start of college!
Just a quick note that as soon as you take Carson’s shirt off, he loves running all over the house! Very cute, but have to plan a few extra minutes to laugh and smile.
Harvey tried on ski boots and skis for the first time ever today. Within an hour, he was skiing down the small hill in the front yard and loving it – total smiles – couldn’t get enough. The only reason we stopped was because I got tired of pulling him back up the hill! He went out again in the evening and was coasting down even longer hills. We’re excited to head out to a bunny hill at a local ski area this weekend.
During 2016, Lindsey and/or I spent at least one night in each of the cities listed below. The boys were with us for all but the Grand Canyon.
- Traverse City, MI (Hometown)
- Grand Canyon, AZ (Phoenix, then Lee’s Ferry, then camped while rafting, then South Rim)
- Lansing, MI (Boys first MSU Game)
- Grand Rapids, MI (John Ball Zoo)
“What if you started a school that presupposed the goal was happy kids? And I mean happy with a capital H. Balanced. Thoughtful. Compassionate. Doers. What if their resume wouldn’t ever matter? Some of you have heard me say before that the only people who care about your GPA are people who you’ve given no other basis to evaluate you. So, what if instead you wanted to build an education that fostered interestingness? Understanding? Action? Experience? . . . I’ve yet to see test scores correlate with happiness. I’ve yet to even see test scores correlate with learning with a L, …”
~ Chris Sacca
“If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore; and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown! But every night come out these envoys of beauty, and light the universe with their admonishing smile.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Be amazed by each morning breath. By the boys’ precious smiles. By the sunrise each morning.
While they may seem the same, each is unique.