Category Archives: Life

Valley Lodge is Closed

Since a few people have been asking, I am making a formal announcement.



THERE IS NO CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT BIRTHDAY EXTRAVAGANZA AKA BENNETT-FEST THIS YEAR!


The reasons are multiple and complicated, but it is probably your fault. If you search your heart, you know it to be true.

So there will be NO:

– Baby Got Rack Award Winning Barbecue
– Hardcore Firetub Action
– Bubbles
– Sidewalk Chalk
– Golden Retriever
– Master’s Playlist
– Cornhole
– Tent
– Stimulating Conversation
– Catching up with old friends
– No photos like the ones below







2016 Birthday Party Photo Booth

2016 Birthday Party Photo Booth

2016 Birthday Party Photo Booth

2016 Birthday Party Photo Booth

2016 Birthday Party Photo Booth

2016 Birthday Party Photo Booth

2016 Birthday Party Photo Booth

2016 Birthday Party Photo Booth

2016 Birthday Party Photo Booth

2016 Birthday Party Photo Booth

2016 Birthday Party Photo Booth

2016 Birthday Party Photo Booth

Better luck in 2018. I have the idea for that year’s invite. I just need to find some volunteers and some costumes.

Li’l JT Sr.

A few weeks back Micky and I hopped in his wife car and traveled to exotic North Ankeny to visit Michelle, Craig, Lily, and the newest addition to their family… Levi.

I didn’t actually getting any pictures of Levi, but here are some pictures of Lily:


Lily

Lily

Lily

Lily

Lily

Lily

Lily

Lily

Lily

Lily

Lily

Lily

I have to give Micky some props. It was amazing how quickly Lily warmed up to him. He is the toddler whisperer. A skill that will no doubt come in handy on our future snake hunting adventures.

3 for 4

Jesse and I went down to Kansas City last Saturday to watch Iowa State play West Virginia in the Big 12 Championship Game. Here are a few cruddy cell phone pictures from the day:


2017 Big 12 Tournament Championship

2017 Big 12 Tournament Championship

2017 Big 12 Tournament Championship

2017 Big 12 Tournament Championship

2017 Big 12 Tournament Championship

2017 Big 12 Tournament Championship

2017 Big 12 Tournament Championship

2017 Big 12 Tournament Championship

2017 Big 12 Tournament Championship

2017 Big 12 Tournament Championship

2017 Big 12 Tournament Championship

2017 Big 12 Tournament Championship

2017 Big 12 Tournament Championship

2017 Big 12 Tournament Championship

2017 Big 12 Tournament Championship

2017 Big 12 Tournament Championship

It was a great day spent in Hilton South with 18,000 of my closest friends!

Iowa State held off a gritty West Virginia team to claim the championship, behind the play of the the best point guard in the country Monte Morris and Deonte Burton’s thunderous dunk and Matty T’s shooting and Naz’s grit and determination and Solo’s defense and Bowie’s onions and DJ’s heart and Little Babb’s spark.

Here’s hoping for a long run in the NCAA Tournament!

I’ve Done My Sentence…. But Committed No Crimes

It finally happened. After playing in the Ames Basketball Rec League for I think 6 years now, my team won the championship.

Raise the championship banner guys!


2017 - Monstars
CHAMPIONS!


Congrats to Charge, Josh, Humble Narrator, Ian, Frank, Cole, Scott, Adam, and Matt. (Not pictured is the injured Jacob)

We did it! Well, mostly you guys did it. But I’ll wear my championship shirt very proudly.

It wasn’t an easy road. The Monstars blew out some team that I don’t remember in the quarterfinals. Then we had a furious 4th quarter comeback to be Danfoss in the semifinals. Then we beat Bloated in the finals when they fouled Charge with 3.5 seconds left in a tied game. Charge calmly knocked down both free throws. Then Matt stole the inbounds pass and then it was time to cue Freddie Mercury.

I can’t wait for next season.

Get Your Ash On! (Reminder)

A quick break for me to pimp a great dinner option for tonight!

Hey if you are free on Wednesday nights and generally hungry on Wednesday nights, do I have a deal for you!

Come down to the Boone First United Methodist Church at 6 PM for a Spaghetti Dinner. The cost is an at-will offering! Can’t beat that price. And all the money goes to pay for the Youth Group’s Mission Trip this June in Saint Paul.

To repeat:

WHAT: Spaghetti Dinner
WHERE: Boone First United Methodist Church
WHEN: Wednesday, March 1 – 6 PM
WHAT: Fundraiser for Youth Group Mission Trip to Saint Paul
COST: At-Will Donation

You can come. Knock down some tasty vittles and then go upstairs and join us for Ash Wednesday Service.
You can come. Knock down some tasty vittles and then go to your church for Ash Wednesday Service.
You can come. Knock down some tasty vittles and then go to you neighborhood bar and tie one on.

Just come eat with us.

Support these kids:


Youth Group Activities

Do things like this:


Milwaukee Mission Trip

Or this:


Milwaukee Mission Trip

Or this:


Milwaukee Mission Trip

Or this:


Martin, South Dakota Mission Trip

Or this:


Kansas City Mission Trip #2

Or any of these things in this video:



You will have to be on the website to see the video.

Hope to see many of you there next Wednesday!

Drone Fantasy

I like this picture because it helps me pretend like I have that drone that I want to get:


View from the High Trestle Trail Bridge

But alas, I’m only standing on a bridge and looking down.

PARTICULARS

CAMERA: Sony SLT-A65V
ISO: 100
FOCAL LENGTH: 15mm
APERTURE: f/8
EXPOSURE: 1/160
DATE: 12-24-2016 – 11:32
LATITUDE: 41.86653°
LONGITUDE: -93.86984°
PHOTO ASSISTANT: Peace.
PHOTO EDITING SOUNDTRACK: “When Tomorrow Comes” by Pillar from THE RECKONING