It was a bittersweet Christmas this year.
For the first time since I can remember we were unable to go up to Duluth to visit my family because of a raging snowstorm that the state patrol deemed "deadly" on their highway conditions web site. Uh, yeah, we get it... don't travel.
So we spent the extended weekend here, alone in St. Cloud as a family, socked in by snow, warm by the fire and completely relaxed. It was very nice, but empty too. Especially for my parents. The storm was so bad in Duluth it knocked their phone lines out, so we couldn't even call them! What's that... phone lines? Oh yeah, those are wires that people attached to their houses in the old days so their phone signals could travel over them. They became popular just after the days when you had to climb up the telephone pole so you could talk to Mr. Drucker.
Speaking of old technology... with all my spare time this weekend I got the chance to start a project I've been wanting to work on forever - converting all my old VCR tapes to DVD. I've got a million old tapes that need to be copied and I finally got started yesterday.
And what surprises I found!
There were preschool concerts, birthday parties, Roseanna's birth! and some big firsts. For example I found two scenes of my boys learning how to ride their bicycles for the first time. Oh and they are hysterical... but not for the reasons you'd think. Here check them out, they're very short.
Ok... go ahead and take your best shot - but I blame my wife. First of all, why would she let me wear pants like those? I mean come on... women control your lives 99% of the time but then they don't chime in when it's an emergency like this? WTF?
Secondly, I know when we got married she vowed to take me "for better or for worse" but seriously...either of these should have been a deal breaker.
Then there's the famous bigfoot bike-push waddle that I've mastered so well. And here I thought people always called me an ape just because I had long arms.
But my favorite moment of all of this is the very last few frames of Austin's video, after I sent him around the corner on the sidewalk. Go back and check it out again. I think you'll agree that things didn't go quite as I planned.