Matthew Hinton

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Wonderful Birthday Weekend

My birthday was on Sunday and I had a wonderful weekend. Memorial Day was yesterday so it was a three day weekend. On Saturday we mostly just hung out around the house although we did start my daughter on learning to ride a bike without training wheels. Last year she was really to big for the bike with training wheels but not big enough for the bike without them. This year she is almost to big for the small bike but she’s to small for her brother’s old bike. In the evening we went out to dinner and we picked the Texas Roadhouse a restaurant we haven’t eaten at as a family before. We had a real good time and the kids raved about their food which doesn’t happen often.

Sunday, my birthday, was a nice day which is unusual because it has rained on my birthday for most of the past half dozen years or so. We went over to my parents house and had lunch and socialized for a while and we all had a good time. In the evening the kids sang “Happy Birthday” to me and I got some really nice Cardinals items. I got a really spiffy hat and a t-shirt. Then we watched most of the Cardinals game on ESPN, they beat the Reds. The season finale of Mad Men was on so we watched that, this season has been better than the last one.

Monday we had lunch at the deli and ran some around some in town. I got an Apple Case for my iPad Mini which I had been wanting but I am not sure if I like it or if I am going to return it. The fold up cover that turns into the stand is harder to use than I expected it to be and it collapses much easier than it should. After running errands we relaxed a while and then it was back out to the cul-de-sak with my daughter to teach her to ride a bike. It didn’t take long at all before she was doing circles around the cul-de-sak with very little help from me. So I taught her how to get the bike going herself from being stopped. I taught her how to stop the bike using the brake. I had her try going from the cul-de-sak up the driveway then down it. So she picked up all the basics of riding a bike a yesterday which was awesome. Then she asked me to get my bike out and ride with her. We road around the cul-de-sak for quite a while. My wife came out and watched us ride and I road up the drive and talked to her for a minute. Then she asked Autumn to come in and on her last loop she went through a muddy patch and wiped out. She was a little banged up which wasn’t to bad but she was covered in mud which she didn’t like at all. We brought her in and got her cleaned up and then everything was alright because she was so happy to have picked up riding a bike.

The Softball Team Steps It Up A Notch

My daughters softball team was really on point Monday night. They were fielding and trying to throw runners out. Both teams were doing really well and they got four innings played rather than the two they have been managing so far this Spring. We had a lot of fun watching the girls play and be really into the game.

Red Green Show and Sleeping Beauty Ballet

We had a fun weekend full of activities with the kids. We like watching the “Red Green” show on PBS and last November I got a notice that he was coming to the Peoria Civic Center. I asked my wife if she was interested in going and if so we should take our son as well. My wife thought it sounded fun so I went ahead and bought the tickets.

Saturday we drove to my parents house and dropped off my daughter who is a little to young to sit through a late show an hour and a half from home. Then we headed to Bloomington to grab dinner. We stopped at Steak ‘N Shake which is my son’s favorite. However the place was a mess and the service was awful. I never count on great service at a diner but this was terrible. We barely made it out of the restaurant in time for the next leg of our trip.

We did get over to Peoria and parked in time to be a little early for the show. Downtown Peoria on a Saturday night was unexpectedly deserted. I was surprised there wasn’t more going on when the weather was nice.

We saw the show and had a good time. The show was really more of a book tour/comedy show. There is a new “Red Green” book out and if you bought one it was already signed on the inside cover. Steve Smith who plays “Red Green” was available after the show to write something else in your book. So we bought our son a book and stood in line to meet “Red Green” with him. Steve Smith is a really nice guy who stood for pictures with everyone who went through the line. Our son was really tickled by the experience and we were really glad we went to the show.

My wife had bought tickets to take our daughter to a ballet of Sleeping Beauty on Sunday at the Virginia Theater in Champaign. She thought it would be good for our daughter and that she would enjoy it. Our daughter got dressed up for the show which she usually not real cooperative about doing lately because she would rather be playing ninja. They had pretty good balcony seats and our daughter sat and watched for all but the last fifteen minutes or so when got squirmy.  My wife was asking her which part was her favorite on the way home and she said she didn’t have any but my wife said there was one part where she blurted out “that’s awesome!” during the show. When they got home my daughter was doing some ballet dancing in across the house so I am guessing she had a good time.

Last Day of Grade School

Today is the last day of grade school for my son. My wife went over to the school to have lunch with him today and she said she is sadder than she expected to be. I am not really sad about it now but I think I will feel more apprehensive in the Fall when he starts middle school. I am looking forward to this summer and spending time with my son while he is still our little boy.

Family Health

My family had a scare last month when my father had a health issue that totally hit us out of the blue. My father was loosing control of his legs. My mom and brother were able to get my father to the emergency room at the hospital of the small town he lives in. They did some tests and arranged for him to sent to the larger and better equipped hospital 30 miles away. My mom called me from the hospital and said they were taking my dad for an MRI. At midnight mom called me and said they were going to do surgery on my dad and I should come to the hospital. I drove over to the hospital and sat with my mom until 4:15 am when the doctor came to talk to us about the surgery. My dad had a small tumor next to his spine that was bleeding and impacting the spinal cord. The doctor removed and he was cautiously optimistic that my dad would make a full recovery.

My dad spent a few days in the hospital and then he was moved to the nursing home in his home town because it has a good physical therapist. My dad is very slowly regaining movement in his legs and we are hoping for the best.

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