Monday, December 15, 2014

Stupid Criminals

This story would be absolutely hilarious if it didn't include callous, senseless violence by a group of stupid street thugs. For proof of their stupidity, look no further than the following photo:

This picture was taken about an hour after these thugs invaded a home, beat two of its occupants using a pistol and a pair of brass knuckles, and then made off with cash and various pieces of electronic equipment.

The thugs, just to clear up any possible confusion, are the three guys on the right.

What these idiots didn't realize as this picture was being uploaded to Snapchat, was that one of the occupants of the home they had just terrorized was friends on Snapchat with the girl taking the picture. Doh!

Since the two guys on the left were not wearing masks, they were immediately recognized, and this photo was captured and turned over to the police.

Prior to this event, I didn't give much thought to a phone app called Snapchat, but now, I'm a huge fan.

What follows is a timeline for this crime, which I will update as new information becomes available.

Dec 13, 2014 at approx. 1:50 am - Home invasion begins. Lasts about 10 minutes.

Dec 13, 2014 at 2:10 am - Police respond to call for help, and log the following charges: Home Invasion, Aggravated Battery, Armed Robbery.

Dec 13, 2014 - Snapchat photo taken.

Dec 13, 2014 - Snapchat photo captured and turned over to police.

Dec 13, 2014 - Two of the armed thugs are identified as football players at a local University.

Dec 16, 2014 - I contacted one of the detectives working this case to ask why an arrest had not yet taken place. We've known the identities of these thugs for 3 days now, and when you consider their propensity for violence, it seems to be in the public's interest that they be taken off the street. The detective assured me that this case is a priority, and that as of today, there are interviews that still need to take place, including interviews of the two Snapchat girls.

Future Event - Arrest of suspects.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Alex is Back in Town

Alex is home for Christmas break, which means that many of his friends that we haven't seen for a while are stopping by the house.

This group is lucky to be alive. I can't talk about the details right now, but as soon as the police are finished with their investigation, I'll post a full reporting of the incident.

Surprise Birthday Party

Our good friend Krissy turned 50 recently, so we surprised her with a birthday party. Krissy was very surprised. Those are tears of joy:

The girls wanted a photo with Krissy, so of course I obliged them:

Monday, December 08, 2014

Miracle on 34th Street

Recently, our good friend John played Fred Gayley in the Seedling Theatre production of Miracle on 34th Street. John's performance was epic.

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Last Holiday Concert

A lot of lasts will be occurring this year now that Nick is a senior in High School. Last Thursday was Nick's last Holiday concert. The songs featured at this year's concert were from Frozen, Polar Express and The Grinch who stole Christmas.

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Alex Came Home for Thanksgiving

Alex made a short appearance over Thanksgiving weekend. Unfortunately, the weekend went way too fast.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Rob Plays Hockey

I discovered last week that a friend of mine, who is probably the greatest athlete I've ever known, plays hockey, so naturally I had to drop by a game to see him in action. I wasn't disappointed.

ISU Tailgate

One of our last tailgates of the season. We had a big crowd at this one.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Nick in Concert

This isn't a timely post, this was the Halloween concert, but better late than never.


Fall Senior Photos

Took advantage of a beautiful fall day to shoot some photos of our newest senior. Cody even got into the action.

Father's Weekend at Missouri State

Drove to Springfield to visit Alex over Father's weekend at Missouri State where we took in a football game. Missouri State lost, but we had a great time anyway.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

College Visit - Southeast Missouri State

Southeast Missouri State left a very good impression with Michele and I, and most importantly, with Nick. We loved the campus, the cafeteria, the housing, and the  administrators we came into contact with.

Here are some of the sights from that visit:

This tree is called the gum tree due to the number of chewed pieces of gum that students have stuck to it over the years.

Champion Beech tree near the river front branch of the campus.

Looking out over the Mississippi towards Illinois.

Academic Hall, which is the landmark building of the campus.

The probability that this will be Nick's choice for college is very high.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

She's a Keeper

Our neighbor's tree looks very nice this time of year, so it seemed like a good backdrop for a photo of my life partner.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Alex Came Home

For the first time since starting college at Missouri State University, Alex came home for the weekend. He spent much of his time catching up with friends, but we did manage to get him to sit still long enough to take a few pictures.

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Cody Wants to Go for a Walk

This is Cody's way of saying, hey, I'm ready to go outside and sniff around:

Who could say no to that face? Not me, that's for sure.

Tailgating Two Weeks in a Row

This week's tailgating group prior to ISU's game against the SDSU Jackrabbits:

Monday, September 29, 2014

ISU Tailgate

Finally had an opportunity to look inside the newly renovated ISU stadium this past Saturday during the pre-game tailgate.

The place looks very nice. Can't wait to see the Redbirds take on South Dakota next weekend.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

We Care Twin Cities Half Marathon

Michele ran a 10K today alongside the participants of the We Care Twin Cities Half Marathon. Pictured with her is her good friend Tara who took part in the half marathon:

This is a shot of Michele as she crosses the starting line. That smile makes me wonder if she knows there is more than an hour's worth of running still ahead of her:

Amazingly enough, she crossed the finish line with the same smile. I'll never understand runners.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Up Up and Away

Stumbled upon this powered paraglider trike while walking with Cody today at Maxwell Park:

I have got to get me one of those!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

College Visit - Western Illinois University

Today we paid a visit to Western Illinois University so Nick could take a closer look at their Engineering program.

On the plus side, we were very impressed with the engineering program as a whole, and especially with the chair of the engineering department. On the minus side, Nick thought the campus was spread out too much, and he wasn't happy with the meal options in the cafeteria.

Next on the college visit list - Southeast Missouri State in October.