This week was the playoffs for the Columbia Academy Cougars. They played Central Hinds Academy in a best of three series. Wiley played his heart out, the 1st game was a blow-out with CA winning 14-1. A few days later the 2nd game was a loss, for some reason our boys were WAY off their… Continue reading State Champs
When I met my wife, I knew the from the first moment that she was special. After a year of marriage, she showed me just how special she was. Kelsey gave me Lizzy, my awesome little daughter that I strive to do better for. In Lizzy's eyes her mommy and daddy hang the moon, and I am working hard to do just that. This series 'As you grow up' will be composed of many short things that I have been able to see as you grow and learn.
A brief story about my younger cousin Wiley Wade Cleland.
While I don't believe in allowing children to have constant interaction with phones/smart devices, I certainly don't believe in leaving my child in the dark ages. Lizzy can operate her restricted tablet to play learning games and some of her favorite music, but at the same time, by focusing her attention to other things( drawing,… Continue reading Toddlers and Technology
It's spring, that means for some animals, especially turtles, that its a dangerous time of year. In recent years with the expansion of highways in rural areas i've noticed a decline in the number of box turtles and common snapping turtles. I see them splattered on the roadways, even purposely targeted by some drivers. Please… Continue reading Crossing the road
It's now April 2017, Lizzy is growing like a weed. Her vocabulary is phenomenal. When I finally make it home after a long day at work she meets me at the door, hugs my neck and yells HEY DADDY TOOTIE BOOGIE. When Lizzy was still a fresh baby I gave her the nickname of Tooter… Continue reading Tootie Boogie
Turning thirty wasn't to bad, except for loosing half of my vision to some health reasons. Money being tight as always, and with our anniversary coming only three days after my birthday, my wife and I decided to go eat crab legs at Boom Town Casino in Biloxi, MS. Naturally Lizzy was the 'belle of… Continue reading Turning 30 😦
Pompano usually cruise between the bars, generally just behind the 2nd bar in my experience. They patrol up and down the beaches looking for sand fleas and other small creatures. They are a member of the jack family, and they let you know when they run with your bait. On occasion you can see them… Continue reading Pompano
Its 2013 and my wife is making rounds delivering flowers for valentine's day when she came across a house with white GSD's for sale. She picked out a little male as a 'surprise' and gave him to me later that night. I had raised white shepherds as a youth and loved them very much( I still had an… Continue reading The Boss, the Trigger and the Benelli
Few things are as fun as getting into a bream bed. On my grandparents property we have a small 1/2 acre pond that is stocked with bass and bream. I love to take a fly rod with a tiny dry fly and work the shallows and edges of the bream beds. Its always fun when… Continue reading Dippin Sauce and Fried Fish