When we were back in Hawaii we came up with our family motto “Full Family. Full Life. Full Throttle. Every Day.” Over the last year or so we have definitely lived the Full Life and Full Throttle but for me personally I am not so sure I did the Full Family up to its full potential. Over the last week or so I have had the opportunity to walk Mara down to catch the bus in the morning with our new puppy Bullet. Sounds pretty simple and maybe even a chore for most but it’s hard to put into words how much I enjoy the chats and hanging out visiting w/ my daughter while we wait for the bus. This comes closer to my view of Full Family and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to do so. Have a great day.
I think this post officially catches me up on Adventures that I had some pics of that Jen had not posted. Huge thanks again to her for keeping our Family Adventure blog up to speed. As I referenced earlier, inspired by friend I have never met ( Jim Jaillet – http://blog.seattlepi.com/ramblinman/ ) , my goal is to post at least once a week if not daily.
Above is Mara getting the hang of surfing. I LOVE seeing my kids learn new skills and try things they did not know they could do. I am hoping by the end of the summer I can get her to throw the rope and go freestyle. She is such a cool chick.
Max and I were messing with each other. He kept trying to get me to crash (not an uncommon occurrence) so he could get a pic and I was focused on splashing him!
Above Max and Mara were goofing with the camera. This is a picture of Max up close and personal. He is such as awesome kid whose mind never stops. I love his kindness. He is the kid who is always the first one to give you a hug and tell you he loves you. Nothing better in life.
Above is simply a cool picture that one of the kids caught. Probably not some of my best air but I was on the water with my awesome family.
It is appropriate for me to wrap up with a sunset. This blog was started to capture and share our family adventures and sunsets inevitably have a roll in so many of these. From the bike ride up from Florida, to the countless breathtaking sunsets in Hawaii, to the nights wrapping it up on Table Rock, to this night which was simply a night on our local lake (Smithville). I live an incredibly blessed life. Sometimes I forget that. Thanks for letting me share these occasions with you. I hope if you are reading this you will make sure to prioritize living life as an Adventure in whatever way that means for you.
Earlier this summer Jen noticed in one of the papers that Farm Aid was coming to Kansas City. She probably caught it as the big push for Farm Aid now is family farms growing food locally which is a passion for her and one that also comes naturally for me. I was interested to see the music line up which included Jamie Johnson who I had seen a while back in Kearney (see earlier post), Dave Mathews, Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, and the infamous Neil Young. The event took place at the new Livestrong Sporting Park ( http://www.livestrongsportingpark.com/ ) which did an incredible job on logistics. In terms of getting 20K people in and out of facility quickly and painlessly, they could not have done a better job. They got bonus points for being a great Cisco customer as well!
Jen got us awesome seats up front. This is a shot towards the back of the stadium. The variety of people at the show was probably broader than any other we had ever been to. From farm parents with young kids to hard core bikers to those that obviously were MAJOR followers of Willie and his natural herb. The cool part was EVERYONE got along great.
We saw Mellencamp at The Blue Note ( http://www.thebluenote.com/ ) years ago and he put on a heck of a show. Fifteen years later and he still puts on a great show. John was joined by Miriam Sturm, violinist and band member who stole the show. I am not sure I have seen a performer play with more passion. She was almost worth the price of admission by herself.
Ok, this is a fun one. I like Neil. Jen, not so much. By the end of the show I did get her to agree that he was a heck of a songwriter. Neil by far and away was the most vocal about the cause of Farm Aid. His message was really simple. Buy local. You don’t have to make some sweeping change in your life. Simply start to buy local. He also sung a very powerful song that I had not heard previously called Love and War – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skJddbSJQjA . Take a listen. Does make you stop and think. I had hoped to hear him sing Rockin in the Free World which is one of my favorites but no luck. Still a memorable performance.
Ok, when you are 78 years old, what will you be doing? Hanging out on the front porch? Complaining about this or the other? Not Willie Nelson. At 78 he is still on the road and touring. I had never seen Willie and figured this may be one of my last changes. I am not a huge Willie fan but he has had a significant influence on music over the past five or six decades. Songs like Angel Flying too close to the Ground stick with you well after the last strum of the guitar.
I also tremendously respect his independent nature. You may not agree with his politics or lifestyle but you have to give the guy credit for blazing his own path.
This is Sloan riding the tube and loving every minute of it!
I have said for years that if money were no object I would spend my life teaching kids (and adults who want to act like kids) to wakeboard, ski, and surf. This ‘adventure’ reaffirmed that view and hopefully provided the kids with one last break before heading back to school.
Above is a picture of Max with his camp mates. He came back a changed kid.
Director Chancey closed out the session. A guy with a lot of passion that inspires all of us to the live of our dreams, to lift others, and to walk with God.
Ten years from now I think all four of us will look back at Kanakuk as a life changing moment in our lives.
This is the last picture from this trip. We have a rule that says that no cameras are actually allowed on the river. For anyone who has floated the Huzzah in Southern Missouri you understand. I took this primarily in reference to what is likely one of the last working pay phones in N. America. In the background you can see the workhorse – the Bounder which as always served us well throughout the trip.
Wow. I started this blog in June of 2009. My last blog post was in June of 2010. This raises a lot of thoughts. The first is an incredible amount of thanks to Jen for keeping our family adventures chronicled (is that a word?). Second is a significant kick in the rear for me. This all started as a way to share the adventures of our family’s life and a long the way occasionally I think I have gotten distracted by things that are not nearly as important as these daily experiences. Inspired by a friend I have never personally met but who chose to make his own path ( Jim Jaillet – http://blog.seattlepi.com/ramblinman/ ), I am challenging myself to update this blog at least once a week if not daily.