Bristol homecoming, day 4

July 25, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Last night the boys watched a little Big Bang Theory before bed.


This show is not really kid appropriate, but whatever. All the talk of “musical foreplay” must have gotten Cody riled up because he did not want to go to sleep. He wouldn’t have anything to do with me and only wanted “Meeum” (his name for Grandma).


He’s missing his mommy. She’ll be here Friday night.

This morning I did the first part of my ModelFit workout at home in my parent’s basement. You can see a thorough description of the routine and links to all the exercises here: ModelFit Adaptation Routine .

First I did the mobility (foam rolling + stretching) and warm up routines.


Cody was copying my moves but he likes to lift one leg so we did a few one-legged downward facing dogs.


Next I did “Circuit One” of the adaptation routine…three sets of:

1. Plank hold- 60 seconds/feet on fireplace


2. Side plank hold- 40 seconds each side/top leg raised
3. Single leg glute bridge hold- 40 seconds on each leg

While I was doing all this exercising my Mom took the boys to a park to play, but I forgot to ask her to take the camera. Apparently they saw a “twain!” that Cody has been talking about a bunch.

When Mom got Cody down for a nap around 11:00 am, she took Cal and Mack to Bristol Caverns while I stayed home to babysit the sleeping boy. I gave her my camera and she did a great job. Good blog-mom.


Bristol Caverns was used as a shelter by the Native Americans back in the day. I think it was also used during the revolutionary war. I don’t know. I have lot of facts about it swirling around in my head from the past 30+ years. We used to go on fieldtrips here when I was a kid. I’ve probably been to Bristol Caverns a dozen times in my life. It never changes.


Mom does need to work on her arm-length photography skills.


This hole (pictured below) was once a natural entrance to the caverns. When you are in the cave you can look up and see this tiny hole…a few hundred feet above your head. Bristol Caverns are pretty huge.


The entrance used today:



My little point and shoot camera didn’t do a great job of capturing how huge and beautiful it is inside of the caverns.


The boys have been to Bristol Caverns twice, but they wanted to go again and they had a great time today.




The underground stream that carved out the caverns over the millennia is pretty cool. Blind fish and all that.



Here is the shot where you can see the tiny hole from the picture above. See that little bit of light in the left/center of the picture above the railing?


When you are walking around the picnic area on the surface it is hard to believe there is this huge, hollow cavern beneath your feet.

On the way home they stopped by Pal’s to pick up lunch.


I had a chicken sandwich, but didn’t take a picture.

After lunch the boys got to check out a dead bat that had gotten caught in a sticky rodent trap that my Dad had put in their downstairs garage.



Exciting and stinky stuff. The thing was decomposing already.


After the poor bat was disposed of, I broke out some sidewalk chalk and the boys unleashed their inner artists on the driveway.


Mom took all of these photos.







While they were making the driveway colorful, Dad and I went to the YMCA.


He swam while I did Circuit Two and the conditioning workout of my ModelFit plan.

Circuit two: (3 sets of this)
1. Lat pull-down- 12 reps/60#
2. Split squat hold- 45 seconds on each side
3. Moving single leg glute bridge- 12 on each leg
4. Push ups- 12, on toes
5. Burpees- 12

Conditioning- 10 to 1 (10 reps of each exercise, then 9 of each, then 8, etc.)
1. Medicine ball slam and air squat 4:49 (5 seconds longer than last time I did this combo)

Afterwards I did 15 minutes on the elliptical until Dad was done swimming.


That looks like endless cardio machines, but there’s actually a mirror on the far wall. Still, they did have a TON of cardio equipment.

As we were coming home I took a bunch of pictures of Calcote Forest, and my parents’ long, steep driveway.







We have had some hard rains here the past couple of days, and there are branches and leaves down everywhere. Dad says this happens every time it rains hard. Mom and boys cleared all the big branches out of the driveway this morning. They have to have the woods thinned out and dead trees removed every couple of years to keep the house safe.

Well, that’s it for today. Mom made lasagna for dinner and it was awesome. I’m going to run back out to the store in a minute. Apparently I must go every day, just like at home. We are out of milk again.

Oh, a picture of a local Tampa Bay television personality, Cyndi Edwards, popped up on my Facebook feed today and caught my eye. I liked her dress (from Loft).


More fun tomorrow! Cya.