Friday, August 31, 2012

School Lunch Portions Too Small

I may be jumping the gun as it's only the 4th day of school here, but when your kindergarten student asks for you to save food from supper so he can eat it cold the next day at school because they don't serve enough food, I think there may be a problem.

My son doesn't eat a lot at home, most of the time, but he doesn't complain of hunger.  What is going on?  Then my high school aged nephew comes over and raids my freezer so he has something to eat with his school lunch saying that with the new Michelle Obama lunch program they are getting hardly anything to eat.

On spaghetti day, they measured out one small scoop of spaghetti, a small serving of lettuce and a half a piece of toast made out of regular bread.  The football team was fatigued and getting sick part way through practice.  I believe it.

As an honorable mention All American football player in high school I can relate.  I tried to gain weight and could not.  With weights in the morning, practice in the evening and all the running I could do in between I would eat 8 eggs for breakfast, 3 plates full of food for lunch and 4 heaping plates of spaghetti for supper.  The food would change daily but the serving sizes didn't.  I couldn't get over 160 pounds.  My matabolism was extreemly high.

Not all students are athletes, and most are probably not as active as I was, but the food amounts that my nephew explained to me would not get an average student through a day of studying.  For some students this may be the only meal they get each day. 

What will this do to our academic scores?  Will this stunt growth in young americans? 

I'm not about to find out.  My kindergarten son is complaining of being hungry at school so I will start packing his lunch.  He's far from obese.  He looks like a twig with a head.  As a parent I will make sure he gets the right nutrition and does not gorge himself on unhealthy foods.  That's part of being a responsible parent. 

Thursday, August 23, 2012

I Need to Travel

My buddy sent this pic to me the other day.  "The good ole days"
 It's been a tough summer for fishing around here.  The ponds and rivers are drying up again.  The weather has been either hot or windy or both.  It's starting to cool down now.  I am feeling the urge to go fishing on one of these cooler 95 degree days. 

I have been playing some online poker to keep myself occupied.  Maybe one of these days I will have a brag post where I win a decent tournament on there. 

I'm getting ancy for the Grand Lake tournament.  It was such a fun lake last year.  That and our last tournament in July was tough.  I want to go catch some bass.

I was online the other day and saw that Jacob Wheeler won the Forrest Wood Cup.  How awesome is that?  Just a couple years ago we were talking at the BFL's in Ohio.  He had some great advice about moving up that has stuck with me since that conversation.  I would like to think that if I was still in Ohio I would be on the Boater side of the BFL's next year.

This fall should be a lot of fun.  I will be fishing the Grand Lake 2 day tournament and now I'm planning another trip to Las Vegas.  If everything goes well at Grand Lake, I may even get to go to regionals in Louisiana.  I've been getting some tips on where to go eat if I make it.

School is starting up next week and both boys will be going this year.  We did some school shopping last weekend and they are getting really excited.  We will be busy chasing the nieces and nephews to volleyball and football games. 

Fall is an exciting time and would be even better if it wasn't followed with that dreaded winter.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012


Home of Home on the Range

This last weekend we took a trip to Northern Kansas to visit family.  We had great weather compared to the 115 degree days we had been having.  Saturday was only in the mid 80's. 

While we were up there we visited a cabin where the song "Home on the Range"  was written.  It was interesting to imagine living in that cabin with a gravel floor and that size of living arrangement.  The owners were also getting a trail set up along the creek that the cabin sets on.  We walked part of the trail before loading up the kids and going back to Grandma and Grandpa's. 

That afternoon as most of the family was napping a few of us snuck off to play a round of golf.  It was the first time in several years that I had been golfing.  I used to golf all the time.  When we had kids, I pretty much quit playing.  I had a few bad swings, but was amazed at how well I could still hit the ball.  Setting the ball on the green from 150 yards seems impossible when you haven't played in forever, and yet I did that a few times.  I just couldn't get it on there from 3 feet away!

On Sunday we visited the Lutheran church we were married in.  It is a little church in the country about 15 miles from any towns.  Everybody there invited us to stay for breakfast afterwards and we stayed and ate and talked for about an hour after the service.

We dropped the kids off on the way back.  They are staying with my parents this week.  They stayed there last week as well.  This will be a trip they remember.  My youngest son doesn't want to come home.