Steve Schappell-My Blog

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Back on track....

It has been several weeks since a blog posting and I aim to get back on track again....

June is a busy month early, with the end of school exams, the last few soccer games and practices, and a busy work schedule.  Then to quote Alice Cooper "School's out for summer..."  and just like that my situation changes.

During the school year, I have my kids every other week, on a Friday night to the following Friday morning.  In the summer, that changes to every other weekend and 2 weeks in the summer.  A staycation, and a Vacation.

I just came back a few days ago from my annual Vacation with the kids.  Where did we go?....relaxing beach retreat (not even close)....mountain camping (no way).....sightseeing and educational? (sort of)

Nope, our kind of vacation involves Roller Coasters and Amusement parks....lots of them.  We made our way this year back to Cedar Point in Sandusky, OH for what is becoming our annual summer rite of passage.  3 years in a row and running....

New this year was King's Island outside Cincinnati for 2 days and then a day at the Cincinnati Zoo.  (hence the educational part) across Ohio and then spent a day at Kennywood Park outside Pittsburgh.  Finally back home one week later...and right into my company picnic at Knoebel's Grove in Elysburg, PA.

Lots of driving,  long days at the parks, interesting hotel stops and of course, food, food, food.  We found some new favorites like Steak and Shake (build one here please!!!!), Waffle House and Graeter's Ice Cream.

It was great to get away, bond with the kids, and forget about life for a while.  Trust me, the kids keep up with me when I am in my amusement park zone...

Which brings me to this favorite part of this blog post.  Sunday afternoon when I dropped off the kids at their mom's after our Knoebel's visit, I got a long hug from my soon to be 16-year old son...thanking me for vacation and letting me know it was appreciated.  That my friends, is ALL I needed to make my vacation complete.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

It has been a while....

Since I was last one  I intended to set up a post a week ago Monday, but life has had other plans.  My last blog was called "Didn't see what one coming," and it was about a Member asking me out on a date.  We did, but the end result was not as anticipated.

At that point, I decided to walk away from this whole dating thing and re-evaluate where I was at.  And God in his wisdom closed all the doors, but one...

Now, leading up to Memorial Day weekend, I worked for 13 days and had one off.  Here's how I went in to the holiday weekend.  Friday night, I worked to close and then was invited out to a nearby restaurant where friends were already there for happy hour.  I was able to get a quick meal and we watched a thunderstorm pass by.  I was home by 9:30 that night.

The next day, I worked and then went home to start on my patio project.  Got myself dinner and relaxed later.  Ditto for Sunday...exact same thing.

On Monday, I slept in, worked more on the patio, stayed in for the afternoon and then went out in the evening.

Now for me, this was unusual.  A weekend with no kids and staying in....It felt great doing that and I am enjoying more time to myself and keeping busy on house projects.

So, I have not been on here due to the end of the school year and the kids schedules, working at home and enjoying some alone time.

I'm happy to see where life takes me next.