O God, Thou sellest all good things to men at the price of effort.” -Leonardo da Vinci
This year was about getting re-settled and getting re-situated. The main themes of the year were moving the family to La Crosse, selling the house in Tipton, the ramping up of t-shirt sales, and the ramping down of client work.
The work I was doing was different. Instead of making blog posts I would make over 1000 t-shirts. Instead of listening to podcasts on my way to and from work, I would spend more time with my wife eating out or taking the kids to the park.
At the beginning of the year I lived alone in a one-bedroom, studio apartment.
I designed t-shirts and sold them on Amazon when I wasn’t at Marine Credit Union.
One day in January, Jason and I went to the ice caves with his family.
And towards the end of the month I went up on Grandad Bluff to take a selfie.
In February I went to Kansas City to meetup with my wife and my aunt Peggy in Garden City.
Later on that month my boys visited me in La Crosse and took them to the quarry.
I’d go on walks along the La Crosse river during breaks at work.
And I kept making new t-shirts. This is from a bumper sticker my Grandpa Wade had on his truck.
In March, Suzanne and Carmina visited me and we went to the Mall of America. We haven’t been back since.
After they left I played Minecraft with Samuel remotely online.
Jason and I explored the coffee shop on the corner. It was the only time we did that.
In April I went back to Tipton to visit for Easter.
I took the kids to the park for one of the last times.
My brother, Mitch, came over and I gave him a t-shirt.
We took the kids to see their Grammy.
I went for my first bike ride of the year.
Jason and I went to Taco Bell.
I went to a payments conference in Austin, Texas with Jason.
I saw my aunt and uncle in Austin while I was down there.
I hiked the Balanced Rock Trail along Devil’s Lake.
And then Carmina came to help me move out of the apartment.
I rode my bike across the Mississippi for the first time. It was an odd feeling doing that from my house.
I continued walking on the trail at work. The leaves were starting to come out now.
We celebrated the lives of Joe and Helen O’Banion, my wife’s grandparents, in Tipton.
I was back at home alone. I mowed the yard for the first time.
I had to make my own breakfast.
But then I met this guy at Taco John’s. He recognized me from Instagram.
But at home I was still all alone in an empty house.
But then the kids arrived (along with a lot of help from my Mom, Dad, Mitch, and Jennifer)!
Magdalena setup her workstation in the basement.
I took the kids out for hot chocolate at the Root Note.
The Cobb’s came over for ice cream.
And we met new friends, the Miller’s, at Ranison’s for ice cream.
Samuel enjoys building things. We sold the house in Tipton. Suzanne drove back to sign the papers.
I went on a Dragon Boat race with Jason and Marine Credit Union.
Because we live close to work now, Suzanne would come bring me lunch and we’d go to the park to eat.
For my mom’s birthday, we drove back to Indiana to see her. My aunt, Mary, also drove to see her from Missouri.
But then my Aunt Peggy got sick so I went and visited her before she died.
The family came together for a meal in Garden City.
We celebrated my Aunt Peggy’s life.
See also Peggy’s 50th Birthday Party from August, 2006.
It was good to get the family together for a time.
I took a selfie with my two brothers.
And with my dad.
Back in La Crosse we went for a walk along the marsh.
We also walked to the Mississippi River.
Suzanne continued growing her essential oils business while I continued making t-shirts.
The kids went on a plane ride around La Crosse.
They were all very excited.
The girls were growing up.
The lights were going out.
It was a very exciting time.
In September I went kayaking with Jason.
I visited my mom in Franklin.
While I was there I visited my friend, Hans.
I recreated the Shog logo in Adobe Illustrator and turned it into a t-shirt for me and Samuel to wear.
Amalia learned how to ride a bike.
The kids really got into LEGO building.
And at the end of the summer we finally made it to the beach.
We went kayaking again. It was getting darker again.
Jason and I went to Minneapolis to see a graphic designer and tour the city.
I visited my mom and took a picture of my dad’s bookshelf.
Suzanne’s aunt Kathy visited us in La Crosse.
Suzanne and I visited New Glarus Brewery south of Madison.
Magdalena started swimming and I went to one of her swim meets for the first time.
We dressed up for Halloween.
I hung out with Hans in Franklin.
Kevin started a hot cocoa stand.
Carmina was in a ballet.
Suzanne and I started going on more dates.
I visited the Pearl Street Brewery.
Jason and I made a podcast.
I kept walking on the trail by work.
The kids had a good Christmas. I was glad to have everyone in the same place.
Like Andy Bernard says in the television show, The Office, “I wish there was a way to know you’re in the good ole’ days before you’ve actually left them.” Well, maybe there is. Sometimes you just have to stop and pay attention to the moments you’re in and be thankful for them. They may never happen again.
Never thought we’d get old, maybe we’re still young
May we always look back and think it was better than it was
Maybe these are the moments
Maybe I’ve been missing what it’s about
Been scared of the future, thinking about the past
While missing out on now
We’ve come so far, I guess I’m proud
And I ain’t worried about the wrinkles around my smile
I’ve got some scars, I’ve been around
I’ve thrown some pain, I’ve seen some things, but I’m here now
Those good old days -Macklemore