A few Sundays ago we didn’t have soccer or any other event to go to. We should have worked in the yard since the weather was amazing. But I had the idea that we go take a walk on the Riverwalk in Tampa. The Wife loved the idea. A nice walk with the family through downtown Tampa or no fun yard work. The middle boy didn’t want to get out of bed, but J-dawg and the oldest were in. We parked at the Poe Garage next to the Glazier Children’s Museum. The Wife wanted to walk up the river to Water Works Park. It’s a short walk, but the Riverwalk is under construction for this segment and we had to cross the street several times. We hoped we would be able to eat lunch at Uele. Our hopes were squashed by an hour and half wait. We should have expected it to be crowded. It was a Sunday afternoon with amazing weather. We decided to walk back to Curtis Hixon Park. We found Anise Gastropub across the street from Curtis Hixon. It wasn’t too crowded and we were sat rather quickly. They had a good drink selection and a small food menu. J-Dawg is not a big lunch eater so we let him order some ice cream. The Wife got the Chicken and Waffles. The oldest and I ordered the Lobster Mac. The lobster mac was good, but couldn’t touch the Chicken and Waffles. They were very tasty and ended up being shared by the four of us. After lunch, we headed down river on the Riverwalk. There were families out riding bikes and spending time in the marvelous weather. We walked about a mile down river to the Sail Pavilion to have a few adult beverages and a lemonade for J-Dawg. It was fun watching the boats going up and down the river. We saw a few college rowing teams training on the river. I wish I had taken my camera with me to take some better photos, but will have to settle for the ones I took with my iPhone.
On Sunday we woke up early to see the amazing sunrise over the Atlantic. J-Dawg wasn’t thrilled with the idea until he saw it. I wish some of our view wasn’t obstructed by the building, but it was still an awesome experience. After the sun was up, we went for a run on the beach. It sounded like a fun way to get my 5K training in. The three of us are running the Star Wars Dark Side 5K in April at Walt Disney World. I was miserable while we were running since the sand was so soft. I know look back at it as an experience that I’m glad we did. Running with my Wife and Youngest son is a great memory. We went back to the room to pack up and then hit breakfast. It was a fun couple of days and I look forward to taking the whole family back to Disney’s Vero Beach Resort.
A couple of weekends ago, my Wife and I took our youngest son to stay a night at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort. We are Vacation Club Members and had a some points that we forgot to bank. We needed to use them before they expired at the end of February. We couldn’t find anything to book at Walt Disney World, so we decided on a last minute trip to Vero Beach. It was the first time we have stayed at a Vacation Club Resort that wasn’t at Disney World. It took a couple of hours to drive across the State. It was a pleasant drive through the heart of Florida. Lots of farms and forest. We got to the resort a little after noon and were pleasantly surprised that our room was ready. I spent a few extra points to get an Ocean View room and was happy I did. The view from the room was awesome. We spent some time enjoying the view, then went downstairs for lunch. We had a nice lunch at the Green Cabin Room out on their outdoor dining area. It overlooked the Atlantic and the sound of the waves crashing was relaxing.
After lunch, J-Dawg wanted to play Mini-Golf. They have a 9 hole mini-golf course by the pool called Port Holes. I managed to beat the two of them for the first round. We then went to play some ping pong. It was fun spending time with our youngest. We spend so much time with our middle son at soccer, that we don’t get much alone time with J-Dawg.
After some goofing around, we took a walk on the beach and collected seashells. J-Dawg had a blast walking along the beach.
More on our trip tomorrow.
I swore to my Wife that the only time I would run was if a clown was chasing me with a chainsaw. I still only needed to be faster than the slowest person around me. Well……. I started Couch to 5K last week. I ran Monday and Wednesday and planned to run Friday, but forgot I was going to the Tampa Bay Lightning game Friday night. Didn’t feel like running on Saturday and was dead tired from no sleep due to the severe weather that came through Sunday morning. I needed to get day 3 of week 1 in. I got home from work today and decided to just get it done. Was able to jog all the jogging parts and covered more distance than my first two runs. Now I need to figure out how I am going to fit in this weeks three runs. I expect them to be harder, but haven’t taken a peek yet. Don’t want to be discouraged. The ultimate goal is to be able to run the Star Wars 5K with my Wife and my 10 yr old son, J-Dawg. The race is in April, so I should be able to be ready by then. Wish me luck!
I’ve neglected Life As Dad for a while. Wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it. Have thought about taking down the site and moving on from Life As Dad. I’m at a place in my life where I don’t know what I want to do. I’m no longer coaching soccer. I’m not a travel agent. I took a normal job and stopped working social media over a year ago. I loved coaching, being a travel agent and managing social media for small businesses, but that didn’t pay the bills. I was able to do some cool things in 2012 and 2013 when I was working from home.I was invited by NASA to attend the retirement of the Space Shuttle Atlantis. I traveled to Europe and the Caribbean. I long for those days. I didn’t have an hour commute to work and then back home every day. I spent more time with my boys. I need to make some changes. I’m overweight, out of shape and generally unhappy. My wonderful Wife has encouraged me to run. She loves to run. Ran her first Marathon in 2015. So today, I start the Couch to 5K program. She has been after me to blog again. So today I am blogging. Two changes to be a better me starts today. Wish me luck!
Dolphin Tale 2 will be in theaters soon. Here’s Gavin DeGraw’s new video to go with the movie. It was just released this morning. It’s a great song and I hope you enjoy it.