Happy 30th Birthday, Jake

My brother Jake turns 30 today.

Jake's Evil Eye

Jake’s one of the funniest people I know and he just so happens to be one of my best friends. I’m lucky like that…to get along with my brother so well.

But this isn’t really a post about my brother so much as it is a post to him, welcoming him into his 30’s.

I’m proud of you, Jake. Not only are you my favorite brother (natch) but you’re also a loving husband, a great dad, a loyal friend and a hard worker. Knowing that you’ve now joined the rest of us in the ranks of your 30’s makes me feel old, sure, but I’m also reminded of how much you’ve grown since 25.

You’ve matured in a way that, at that time, I am not sure I would have believed…not 5 years ago.

Understand that I don’t mean that in a condescending way. I’m just so proud of the man you’ve become, even if you will always be my little brother and I’ll always, by default, be able to whip you.

I hope you have a great day.

Man Day

Tomorrow is MAN DAY…also known as the bachelor party celebration for my brother. We’re going to kick off the day with a 16-person scramble at Royal Meadows Golf Course in Independence, followed by a 20-person poker tournament and grilling some burgers and hot dogs (and one piece of chicken for me). After that, the plan is to head out to the Power & Light district or some other place. Watch out for us…we’re pretty awesome.

There will be more testosterone at this party than you can deal with.

It’s gonna be awesome.

Happy Birthday Brother

Brothers

Today is Jake’s birthday. His lady-love Kelly’s birthday is on Wednesday. We had a little party for them today at my parents house after church today. (Alli totally killed her sermon today, BTW. She’s a serious Rostrum Rockstar.)

Steaks

Jake, in his infinite kindness, decided he wanted STEAK for his birthday. Having to look at these gorgeous steaks all day was not fun. Everything else was a lot of fun. We had a blast hanging out with the family all day, playing with the kids, playing Apples to Apples, overeating. All of it was a lot of fun.

Being with the family was fun. Watching Jake and Kelly be great parents was fun. Even the parts where the baby got scared of me and started bawling…those were even fun.

Nap time with Daddy

Fuzzy Beard

A little pie

Happy birthday brother.

Follow Through

OK, so I realize I’m a bit behind on the blogging. But here’s something fun:

I beat my brother last night heads-up to win my first poker game in a long while. It was a good win, probably the best poker I’ve played in a long time and I was able to outlast 10 other guys in doing it. Not a bad night of poker.

I was chip lead for most of the evening, but once we combined our two tables, I lost a few hands and others picked up a couple big ones leaving me about 4th in chips. I had one huge takedown of Justin that nearly increased my chips by about 50% and then I lost a huge one to Jake when I called his all-in with [cards]Ah 8d[/cards] with my [cards]Ks Kc[/cards]. He caught an Ace on the river, which gave him a monster stack. Once Darin went out, it was brother vs. brother for the first time in…well…ever…I think.

After going back and forth a couple times, I beat Jake on a couple huge hands and I managed to catch top pair on the final hand flop. Jake called with middle pair and my pair of sixes held up and I won (crazy, I know!). Thanks go out to Darin and Jackie for hosting last night. Jackie provided the rice krispie treats, which as always were unbelievably good. Winning always makes you feel good.

Until next week, that is.