Summer Time

Summer is a perfect time to put your feet up, relax, and enjoy some sunshine. If you aren’t too busy, that is.

Here in the midwest when the weather gets nice the plans get heavy. Pool parties, barbecues, little league, swim lessons, yard work, vacations, and more yard work. We have to squeeze it all in while we can because next thing you know it’s twenty degrees out and we’re exchanging gifts next to an indoor tree.

No matter how much I try to slow things down during the summer months time simply gets the best of me. Perhaps it’s related to that old saying, time flies when you’re having fun. Summer is incredibly fun despite a busy schedule. Heck, even yard work is enjoyable when the sun is shining.

But let’s be honest, the first thing to get dropped during this busy time is blogging.

Family Fun at the Illinois Marathon 5k

This year’s Illinois Marathon 5k was a family gathering for the Burgetts. We had 10 total family members participating.

We had a few walkers, some walkers/runners, and then a couple speed demons.

One nice thing about this race is that it’s on Friday night. It was a blast getting the family together for some exercise and pizza to kick off the weekend. Hopefully it becomes a tradition.

Goodbye Old Friend

After 13 years I finally made the decision to part with my Jeep Wrangler. Although it was an amazingly fun car to own, the reasons for trading it in far surpassed the reasons to keep it.

Don’t get me wrong, the car itself was in great shape. I put a mere 70,000 miles on it over 13 years and recently upgraded the tires, replaced the battery, and painted the wheel trim. And it should be noted, I never once had to take the car in for issues.

So what are all these reasons for trading it in? Well, the primary one is my future son. The Jeep isn’t the safest vehicle to haul a baby around. Aside from that, it’s a pain to put an umbrella in the back seat, let alone a child.

Inevitably my son will someday hear this story and think I’m lame. “You had a Jeep Wrangler?!? And you got rid of it?!” I keep thinking of that Harley Davidson commercial where the guy says he opted for a dinette set and not a motorcycle. I’m that guy.

Oh well. I loved the time I had with the Jeep, but this is a new chapter.

And about those other reasons for trading it in… Well, let’s just say in a headwind the Jeep did not perform well. It’s nice to finally drive the speed limit on the interstate.