Friday, July 18, 2014

A Very Special Five for Friday

It's been quite a week, so here's a very special Five for Friday (hosted by Doodle Bugs Teaching).

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Running: In my post last week, I mentioned that I needed to be running more than I was. Well, I guess that was a bit of a motivator because I did quite a bit of running this week. I ran Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Thursday. I was pretty proud of myself on Thursday because I was able to break the 3-mile hump and ran 3.55 miles. Granted there was some walking in there because I was doing intervals, but I was pretty happy. Now I just need to continue increasing the size of the intervals. In time, in time.

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Making Bow Ties: I am a bow tie guy. I wear bow ties almost every day at school. It is part of my "look" and students actually get upset with me if I don't have one on. Last year I got tired of wearing the same bow ties all the time, but they were too expensive for me to buy news ones. As a result, I started learning to make my own. This week I started on a new batch of ties. I finished one, but as you can see from the other pictures, I still have quite a mess in my work area (read: my wife's dining room). (The internet in the hospital room where I am currently working is too slow to handle Photobucket, so there is no picture of the mess). Most of them turn out fairly good. I just wish I had confidence enough in my abilities to offer them for sale.

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It is probably cheating to make numbers 3-5 our new baby girl, but this whole week has been about preparing for her arrival. Tuesday morning my wife woke up at 4 am with pretty severe contractions. They continued to be strong and regular (every 10 minutes) for next couple of hours. We got up and got dressed, called the daycare parents to let them know my wife would not be taking any kids that day, and got our boys ready to go to grandma's house. Then the contractions stopped. We went to Hobby Lobby to walk around to see if we could get things going again. Nothing. No more contractions.

My wife had a doctor's appointment on Wednesday and that is when we got the news that she was going to be induced on Friday morning. So, as you are reading this and I am typing this, my wife is laying in a hospital bed receiving the necessary medicines to encourage our little girl to come out and play. It's kind of a surreal feeling. I have four boys already and I don't remember there being so much anticipation as there is with this baby. Maybe it's because it's a girl. A girl. I'm about to be the daddy to a little girl. Holy cow.

So that's my week in a nutshell. There will most likely be pictures in the near future, so please come back if you are interested. (Shameless self-promotion alert). You can follow me on Instagram at or on Facebook at to see pictures there as well.


  1. So excited for you! Can't wait to see the pics!!

    1. Thank you! She is absolutely beautiful. All my kids are awesome, but I think she wins.

  2. That's awesome! Can't wait to see pics!!

  3. Congrats! Hopefully you're not checking blog comments right now...but I'll be back to see pictures when everyone is rested and home again!

    1. Thank you. I will certainly be breaking the internet with pictures of her shortly.

  4. Oh congratulations! What an awesome day you are having! I can tell you there is nothing like a baby girl. Our daughter got married last summer and my hubs sobbed all the way down the aisle!

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  5. I can only imagine that you've had a wonderfully busy week! Your bow ties look great. My screen was angled in a strange way, so at first I thought they were an interestingly patterned bell bottom jumpsuit. I had to laugh at my own thinking when I adjusted the screen and realized what it really was.

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  6. Ha! A bell bottom jumpsuit? I've made some questionable fashion statements (according to my wife, at least), but never went that far. I will have to take pictures of my other ties and post them as well. It is an enjoyable habit. Thanks for taking a look.