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Just blog it.

 
By Mike at February 8, 2013 - 21:36

I was afraid that everyone was too distracted by my blogs since I was blogging so frequently, so I decided to take a 6 month break... :-)

I'll try to bring you up to speed on everything bockstock.

Eli turned three back in October. It's hard to believe my little man is already three years old.

Beau turned five in January. He is still a giant and towers over the other children in his pre-k class, but somehow still lets his little bro take him down when Eli's feeling ornery. Maybe he's just being nice to his little bro.

We celebrated Charlene's birthday with a kidless trip to NYC. It was an awesome trip and we got to see some great shows. We got to see The Daily Show, Late Night w/Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live with Martin Short and Paul McCartney, Chicago, and the Book of Mormon. It was unreal the luck we had getting into these shows. The trip of a lifetime! Thanks to Gingy and Patches for holding down the fort and watching the children while we were away.

I uploaded some photos to the monthly albums for 2012 and 2013 if you want to check them out.

I was checking out the videos on my phone that I've randomly taken over the last few months, and the two below are my two favorites. In the winter time when it's too cold to go outside, we play and unhealthy amount of Wii. Eli started off as terrible as a three year old should be, but now regularly wins 1st. It blows my mind... he must have had an awesome teacher. :-)

The boys got a sweet new playset for Christmas from Gingy and Granddad, and Beau still gets really dizzy on the tire swing. He's missing that inner ear ability that little kids are supposed to have that makes them able to spin around insanely fast and not get too dizzy. He must have inherited my crappy "gets dizzy too easily" gene. Poor guy.

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T-Ball ends and we escape the heat.

 
By Mike at August 9, 2012 - 21:23

We just got back from a two week vacation to northern Minnesota. It was well worth the 1000 mile drive to escape the 110+ degree heat here in Oklahoma. We had a nice "Bockus Compound" where my fam, my bro's fam, and my parents all stayed in two cabins on a single lot. Fun family times were had.

Before we went to MN, Beau wrapped up his first t-ball season. Beau takes after his dad when it comes to tball skills. He can hit the ball pretty good, but man does he run sloooow. He didn't get tagged out all season, and he only got hit in the face with the ball one time. I think he liked tball a lot more than soccer. His favorite part was playing second base and distracting batters with poop, pee, and fart jokes so that they forgot to run when the ball was hit. It was actually a pretty good defensive strategy... Here are a few pics and a video of his last at bat.

Keeping his eye on the ball!

Ruuuuun Beau!

The 1000 mile drive to MN wasn't as bad as I anticipated. We hooked up the zombification devices for the boys and they watched the same four Max and Ruby shows about 30 times. They actually got to the point where they knew all the words, and now they'll act out the shows sometimes. It's pretty creepy. Once we got to MN the boys and fam were in for some nonstop action for two weeks.

They didn't always put on their bathing suits before getting in the lake...

Enjoying the lake while we catch massive fish.

Eli loved him some crawdad fishing.

We played the most difficult mini golf course I'm aware of. Eli was so sad when the last hole ate his ball. He's asked me about fifty times since then if we can play mini golf for his birthday this year.

Daddio was the cribbage champion this year. It wasn't even close.

Charlene showing us her mad backflip skills.

Nana loves her some grandbabies!

Eli got a very inappropriate corn dog at the blueberry festival...

Go get it nash!

Regina Bockus showed us how not to ski.

Gordon loves to give Nana a good massage... especially when she doesn't want one so she gets all tense. Then we make her say the alphabet before he'll stop. It's my new favorite Minnesota activity.

We had a really good time this year. The boys are already asking about when we get to go back. There are a lot more photos of the MN action in the July 2012 album.

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Summertime and the livin's easy

 
By Mike at July 5, 2012 - 10:38

June was pretty crazy. We kept ourselves busy with a triathlon, a mud run, man trip to vegas, tball for Beau, and swim lessons. The triathlon went really well and we both dramatically improved our times over last year. Charlene managed to beat me in the swimming portion, so I'm going to be training on nothing but swimming until the next tri... :-)

The mud run was a little more painful. It was a 5k with 13 obstacles and I managed to hurt my knee and pick up poison ivy along the way. It would have been good mud run times if it wasn't for the injury and the itchy butt for the next month. Here are some before and after pics:

Before:

After:

The annual Bockus man trip was about as successful as it is every year in that most of us lost money. I actually came home with some money left over which is an improvement over previous years. Every year we get some free pics with a million bucks. One of these years the million dollars won't be protected encased in plastic and we'll be RICH! Until then we'll settle for this...

OMG WE WON!

I think we had just lost some funds at the poker table, so here is how we really felt...

He likes it when we do this.

We've been spending a lot of time hanging out in the back yard too. I'm afraid to find out what my water bill is going to be. The boys favorite thing to play with is the water hose, and I think I filled up about 800 water balloons. Here's some of my favorite pics from June.

Slip 'N Slide!

The camera barely survived.

Nap time

We had bumpers, and I don't think any of us managed a strike the whole game.

Beau can grow a better stache than I can.

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