Deck Part 2 - NOTHING is ever easy...

Ok, deck plans made.

Deck plans submitted. (Yet still waiting to hear back from inspector)

Materials on sale.

Money in bank.

That's when I find out that the cantilever that is my sliding patio door was indeed NOT built to support the weight of a deck, even thought it has the decking channel built into the siding...

What does this mean? This means more work, modification of plans, more money, more work, more time... I don't even know what the inspector is going to say yet, but because I WANT to do the job right the first time, I am going to ask the inspector, and see what he says.

I am going to venture a guess that he is going to ask me to place another "Beam" up along the house under the deck where it meets up with the cantilever entrance, to support the weight of the deck. All things considered... That wont be too bad. About $100.00 extra, three additional holes / posts, and a few hours extra time. But to not have the deck rip a portion of the house away, it will be worth it.


Deck Part 1

Ok, since it will cost nearly $70,000 to add the addition we want to add to the house, that idea has been scrapped. The next best thing is... A deck. About the same size, (ok... a little bigger) in the same area as the addtion would be put. We have been kicking around ideas on a layout of the deck, and this is what we have come up with...

21' deep (out from the house) x 20' wide (side to side). Here is a quick photo of the layout... It may be hard to see, but I'll try to get some better pictuers of it later.

Here is where it will be;

On a side note... Zachary offered as much help as I want when it comes time to build. He said he has his own tools, and lots of screws in his toolbox too! (I was so proud). Guess he is going to learn a little bit about deck building this summer! Jonathan was not too intrested in helping build, but said he can't wait for the "finished deck party"! That's my "socialite" kiddo for ya!


Vacation Plans...

Let's kick this Blog off with something good! A mini - vacation to Chicago for some Museum hopping. The King Tut exhibit is coming to town, and I want to take Jonathan to this "once-in-a-lifetime" oppurtunity! We are finalizing our vacation plans. This vacation has been in the works for over a year, when they (who is "they"?) announced the traveling King Tut museum tour. I checked, and the closest it comes to us is the Chicago Field Museum. It started as being plans for Jonathan and I. We then added Michele. Then the plans grew again when it was decided that Zachary too be joining us. After Ben completed treatment he was added to the list too. The trip went from 2 to 5. So much for some one-on-one time with the Jonathan. Sorry buddy, I did try, but we will still have a lot of fun! Anyway, as it looks now, here are the plans...

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Sunday - Leave Minnesota for Chicago in AM. A possible visit to the Hancock Observatory (top of Sears Tower) in afternoon / evening based on a recommendation from a co-worker who had just returned from taking her kids to Chicago. Then a hotel stay in Chicago for the night.

Monday - A visit to the Field Museum for the King Tut exhibit (and various other exhibits) or a visit to Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry for the day. (I went there as a kid, and can remember how cool it was even today!) Then another hotel stay in Chicago for the night.

Tuesday - We will visit the Museum that we did not visit the day before (The Field Museum or the Museum of Science and Industry). We will then leave for Brian's new house (about 2 hours south of Chicago) to see their new house, visit Brian and Jessica, and spend some time with Miles. We will be staying with Brian and Jessica for the night. (Thanks guys! That saves us some extra $$.)

Wednesday - We will be visiting Brian, Jessica and Miles for the day (He has the day off of work - I dont know about Jessica though). We will leave for home some time that afternoon / evening.
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It's a busy little trip, but I think it's gonna be FUN!

Girls, I know that you will have fun with Grandma and Grandpa for these few days, and dont fret... We will have our own mini-vacations to go on too! (No boys (execpt your dad) allowed! (grin))

Love, Dad

My Blogroll

In an effort to clean up my sidebar just a bit, I am removing the "Father Bloggers", and in it's place I am going to put a single link to this post in it's place.

Of course, the first three links are my "trifecta" of blogs... So they get first billing! After the list of my blogs, I will maintain the list in ALPHABETICAL ORDER. There is NO SIGNIFICANCE to which blog is first, and which is last.

I do my blog reading through Google Reader, and this is the list of Father Bloggers (and a few mothers too) that are currently in my reader. I do read all of these (as time allows), but the BOLDED links are ones that (for whatever reason) I tend to gravitate more towards, and comment on more frequently. Most of these are from Minnesota, or (if the are not) it is someone that I share a a common interest (other than fatherhood) with, or wrote a post that hooked me in.

If you do not find your blog on here, and you think I would be interested in it, please drop me an email HERE, or leave me a comment!

Dad Bloggers - Updated 07-20-08

The Life of a Father of Five

- Dad's Outdoor Journal

- My Unattainable Dreams

A Family Runs Through It

Adventures of Darth Daddy

All That Comes With It

Almost a Dad



Be A Good Dad

Citizen of the Month

Claire's Dad

Coffee Shop Pop

Creative-Type Dad

Cry It Out: Adventures of a Stay-At-Home Dad

Cynical Dad

Dad In Alaska

Dad in Progress

Dad of All Trades, Master of None

Dad of Divas
- Dad of Divas Reviews

Dad's Workbench


Daddy Daze

Daddy Types

Daddy's Fish Bowl

Daddy's Little Tax Credits

Diary of Triplet Fatherhood


Family Guy

Fatherhood Matters

From The Morning


Hooray For Saturday!

Imps Playground - Living in Our Imp.Perfect world

Inside Fatherhood

It's Not about the Badge

-----It's About the Photos

Jerrychicken - The Diary

L.A. Daddy


Male Homemaker - A Contradiction in Terms



Mr. Mom in Florida

My Best Investments

OMG I'm a Daddy

Peanut Butter and Smelly's Dad

Postulates & Pasttimes

Rebel Dad: the stay-at-home dad revolution, online

Relaxed Parents

Shotgun Daddy


Stuff in My Brain

Tales From The Dad Side

The Adventures of Charlie Blockhead

The Adventures of Samok Daddy

The Blogfathers

The Ethereal Garage

-----Confluence and Terminus

-----Tales from the Tuck-Under

The Famfare

The Journey of a Happily Married Man with Two Kids

The King of Clubs

The Life and Thoughts of a Midwest Geek

The SuperDad Chronicles

The Tutu Botique

Total Depravity

Unfinished Dad

What the World Needs...

Where Boys Fear to Tread

Here are a couple of Moms too!

Are We There Yet?

Cheaper Than Therapy

Common Mom

Days of Deerledge

From Russia With Love

Life Is Good

Lori and the Boys

Many Things Do Not Fly

Meet Virgina

Mother of 8

My Family and Other Animals

Peddlin' Crazy

Refuse To Turn 30 (aka Krystal-the-Pistol)

Thoughts From a Stay-At-Home Princess

Two Texas Twins

World of Weasels


Yes, a close friend of mine has recently started a blog for reason(s) of her own. As I read over her entries, I thought to myself how much I would enjoy doing something similar. So, am I copying what she is doing? Was I inspired by her initiative? I do not yet know. I tried to start a Blog of my own. I can pinpoint the exact date. It was the day Star Wars Episode 1 was out in theaters. I started a Blog that evening, because I took my boys out of school and take them to see the movie on the day it was released. I so enjoyed seeing the excitement in my boys eyes that they were going to see the movie the DAY it was released, not having to wait months for it to come out on DVD, and because it was the culmination of a lifelong story that I enjoyed, that was passed on to my boys. Everything was so right in the word for me that day. I wanted to put down my feelings somewhere. That was the one and only entry I made. (View it HERE.)

My life is busy. Very, very busy and stressful. Yet, I do enjoy writing. I do not write often, and when I do, it takes me a while to do it. I go over and over my writing, tweaking and adjusting it until it is just so. But when I am done, it is something I am proud of.

I guess in a way, I have been keeping a Blog (ok, not a Blog, but more of a memoir) of my outdoor adventures for many years now. Outdoor hunting / fishing / camping is something I enjoy, but do not partake in as often as I would like to. I have wanted to leave behind a legacy of some of the things that meant a lot to me when I had the chance to do them. I have been documenting my hunting and fishing adventures on and off since 1998. I usually type them up in a word processor (tweaking them as I do) and when I am happy with the results, I print them out. I now have a special outdoor journal I keep. It is a soft leather book with handmade paper, and a leather strap around the outside. I spent months looking for just the right one. I have been transferring my printed stories into that book for my children, and my children's children. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE ELECTRONIC VERSION OF THAT JOURNAL.

You will NOT find me posting here every day. I would love to say that I will be writing once a week, but, as I have stated earlier, my life is busy.

I'd like to summarize some of why I started this Blog with lyrics of a song. Music has been, is, and will continue to be a huge part of my life. I am not normally an emotional person. I have learned to re-direct emotions. Music is the one place that I allow my feelings and emotions to run free. Happiness, humor, sadness, sorrow, anger, reflection, or relaxation. This is one song that CONSISTENTLY makes me cry. It is the reason I took my boys to Star Wars, It is the reason I keep my outdoor journal, and it is the reason I am starting this Blog.

I guess now I do know. Although inspired by what she is doing, I am not copying what my friend is doing after all.

Benjamin, Jonathan, Zachary, Rebecca, & Melissa - I hope that in some ways you are not like me...

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Cats in the Cradle
by Harry Chapin

A child arrived just the other day,
He came to the world in the usual way.
But there were planes to catch, and bills to pay.
He learned to walk while I was away.
And he was talking 'fore I knew it, and as he grew,
He'd say, "I'm gonna be like you, dad.
You know I'm gonna be like you."

And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon,
Little boy blue and the man in the moon.
"When you coming home, dad?"
"I don't know when,
But we'll get together then.
You know we'll have a good time then."

My son turned ten just the other day.
He said, "Thanks for the ball, dad, come on let's play.
Can you teach me to throw?" I said, "Not today,I got a lot to do."
He said, "That's ok."And he walked away, but his smile never dimmed,
Said, "I'm gonna be like him, yeah.You know I'm gonna be like him."

And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon,
Little boy blue and the man in the moon.
"When you coming home, dad?"
"I don't know when,
But we'll get together then.
You know we'll have a good time then."

Well, he came from college just the other day,
So much like a man I just had to say,
"Son, I'm proud of you. Can you sit for a while?"
He shook his head, and he said with a smile,
"What I'd really like, dad, is to borrow the car keys.
See you later. Can I have them please?"

And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon,
Little boy blue and the man in the moon.
"When you coming home, dad?"
"I don't know when,
But we'll get together then.
You know we'll have a good time then."

I've long since retired and my son's moved away.
I called him up just the other day.
I said, "I'd like to see you if you don't mind."
He said, "I'd love to, dad, if I could find the time.
You see, my new job's a hassle, and the kid's got the flu,
But it's sure nice talking to you, dad.
It's been sure nice talking to you."
And as I hung up the phone, it occurred to me,
He'd grown up just like me. My boy was just like me.

And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon,
Little boy blue and the man in the moon.
"When you coming home, dad?"
"I don't know when,
But we'll get together then.
You know we'll have a good time then."

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